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Moon Over Antarctica

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Moon Over Antarctica


Explanation:

Last week, the nearly Full Moon set along the northern
horizon - as seen from
Davis
Station
,
Antarctica.

The squashed orange pumpkin shape just silhouettes
the peak of a distant iceberg in this stunning view.

The Moon's apparently
squashed shape is due to atmospheric
bending of light or
refraction - an effect which
is more severe closer to the horizon.

Skimming low along the stark features of the frozen landscape, the
Moon's
lower edge appears
noticeably more distorted
than the upper limb.

Along with about 70 others present at Davis Station,
Dr. Jim Behrens had a chance to
enjoy the view
while studying the
ongoing detachment
of a large iceberg known as "Loose Tooth".




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