Solstice

LH7407_Lick Observatory Solstice Dawn Moonset © 2016 Laurie Hatch, image and text - LICK OBSERVATORY - Mt. Hamilton California - 2016 June 20 - Summer Solstice - 05:48:05 AM PDT - Summer Solstice: The full moon descends behind Lick Observatory on the summit of Mount Hamilton at sunrise. The Belt of Venus is exceptionally vibrant on this morning due to particulates in the atmosphere. The camera is positioned on Copernicus Peak (4365 feet, 1330 meters) looking west. The shadow of the peak is blocking and preventing the sun's rays from brightening the nearby domes of the Shane 3-meter Telescope and Main Building's Great Refractor and Nickel Reflector. However, the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope at far left is illuminated by dawn's first light. Note Mount Hamilton's subtle triangular shadow rising above the Santa Cruz Mountains in the background, slightly above the horizon to the right of center. - A VIEW FROM LICK OBSERVATORY - Lick Observatory crowns the 4,200-foot Mt. Hamilton summit above Silicon Valley in central California. This research station serves astronomers from University of California campuses and their collaborators worldwide. Eccentric Bay Area tycoon and philanthropist James Lick (1796-1876) bequeathed funding for construction which spanned from 1880 to 1887, fulfilling his vision of the Observatory as a premier astronomical facility. In 1959, the Shane 3-meter reflecting telescope was completed on Mt. Hamilton. It continues to provide data for forefront research and engineering programs. In total, the mountain top is home to ten telescopes which are supported by resident staff and by headquarters at UC Santa Cruz. Acclaimed for academic excellence, technical expertise, and superior instrumentation, Lick Observatory probes the expanding frontiers of space. - EXPOSURE DATA: Landscape: Nikon D810 Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom 1/50 second @ f10 ISO: 160 Moon (same session, camera, lens, and tripod position): Nikon D810 Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom 1/100 second @ f10 ISO: 160 Native Resolution: 7360x4912 pixels Raw image file data were adjusted, optimized, and sharpened for digital output. - Thank you to UCO/Lick Observatory for supporting this documentary endeavor. - FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ucolick.org, http://www.lauriehatch.com

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