'UK-based photographer Steve Adams has a great skill for calling attention to very simple, everyday details within the natural world. In this series of work, he captures the mystifying elegance of a full moon as it rises against the surface of the Earth or hangs up high, a tiny circle in the sky.’ Read more at My Modern Met

'UK-based photographer Steve Adams has a great skill for calling attention to very simple, everyday details within the natural world. In this series of work, he captures the mystifying elegance of a full moon as it rises against the surface of the Earth or hangs up high, a tiny circle in the sky.’ Read more at My Modern Met

NASA photographer Pat McCracken captures shuttle Atlantis’ smoke plume casting a shadow across the full moon rising in the horizon.
"Why would the shadow of a space shuttle launch plume point toward the Moon? In early 2001 during a launch of Atlantis, the Sun, Earth, Moon, and rocket were all properly aligned for this photogenic coincidence. First, for the space shuttle’s plume to cast a long shadow, the time of day must be either near sunrise or sunset. Only then will the shadow be its longest and extend all the way to the horizon.Finally, during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the sky. Just after sunset, for example, the Sun is slightly below the horizon, and, in the other direction, the Moon is slightly above the horizon. Therefore, as Atlantis blasted off, just after sunset, its shadow projected away from the Sun toward the opposite horizon, where the Full Moon just happened to be.”
Shuttle Plume Shadow Points to the Moon

NASA photographer Pat McCracken captures shuttle Atlantis’ smoke plume casting a shadow across the full moon rising in the horizon.

"Why would the shadow of a space shuttle launch plume point toward the Moon? In early 2001 during a launch of Atlantis, the Sun, Earth, Moon, and rocket were all properly aligned for this photogenic coincidence. First, for the space shuttle’s plume to cast a long shadow, the time of day must be either near sunrise or sunset. Only then will the shadow be its longest and extend all the way to the horizon.

Finally, during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the sky. Just after sunset, for example, the Sun is slightly below the horizon, and, in the other direction, the Moon is slightly above the horizon. Therefore, as Atlantis blasted off, just after sunset, its shadow projected away from the Sun toward the opposite horizon, where the Full Moon just happened to be.”

Shuttle Plume Shadow Points to the Moon