Friday, May 4, 2012

An Echo of a Lunar Transit

Some pictures from SDO go the long way 'round! Here is an AIA 304 image taken during the April 21, 2012 lunar transit and the same image sent to the moon, reflected back to the Earth and reconstructed by Daniela de Paulis back on Earth. I wonder if this is what the SDO images would look like if they were received by someone on Polaris? The striping in the lower image is visual static. It is what the hiss between radio stations would look like if you made it into a picture rather than listened. I do wonder why the noise has blue dots.
More information about sending images to the moon and back can be found the OPTICKS website.