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Easter Island Eclipse Photo
July 15, 2010 6:16 AM   Subscribe

Moai silhouetted by a solar eclipse. That is all.
posted by cog_nate (31 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
You would think Cthulhu would have returned by now or something.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:23 AM on July 15, 2010


See, when someone complains about a single link post on Metafilter this is the sort of thing I want to show them before I smack them across the head with a four day old halibut.

Beautiful. And kind of creepy. Like this is the sort of thing you see just before the sun goes out and the universe ends.
posted by bondcliff at 6:28 AM on July 15, 2010


Something something going back to the island.
posted by pyrex at 6:39 AM on July 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


That is awesome.
posted by King Bee at 6:40 AM on July 15, 2010


Great picture. Thin post for MetaFilter. I must meditate on this.
posted by m0nm0n at 6:41 AM on July 15, 2010


One of them seems strangely familiar.
posted by TedW at 6:47 AM on July 15, 2010


Oh, sweet, they're remaking Gradius!
posted by cortex at 6:49 AM on July 15, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm with m0nm0n, but I guess SLAPOD posts have stood before. I think the fact that someone could make a SLAPOD post every day means it's not really a good post for MeFi.
posted by BeerFilter at 6:52 AM on July 15, 2010


Great post, cog_nate!
posted by sciurus at 6:53 AM on July 15, 2010


Today's picture is pretty sweet too.
posted by sciurus at 6:56 AM on July 15, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yeah, it's a single link, but there's a nice paragraph-long writeup at the APOD page, so what the fuck ever.

I just like to imagine how quiet it was there when the photo was taken.
posted by cog_nate at 7:02 AM on July 15, 2010


But wait! Where are the links to explain to us that Easter Island has lots of cool statues, and that the moon occasionally passes right in front of the sun! Surely that would redeem this shocking waste of electrons and/or seconds of Mefi readers' time?

Good stuff, cog_nate.
posted by rory at 7:20 AM on July 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


Lovely. I don't normally look at the APOD so I'm all for the occasional SLAPOD.
posted by egypturnash at 7:24 AM on July 15, 2010


Oooh, I likey. Something weird about the clouds though.
posted by antifuse at 7:25 AM on July 15, 2010


"Today's picture is pretty sweet too."

Whoa, it looks like some early 80's late-prog album cover. Like something Zebra would do.

I was underwhelmed by the Moai pic, though probably only because I'd built it up so much in my head.
posted by Eideteker at 7:45 AM on July 15, 2010


Beautiful. And kind of creepy. Like this is the sort of thing you see just before the sun goes out and the universe ends.

Oh no! It's happening again!
posted by blue_beetle at 7:50 AM on July 15, 2010


I wonder how many photographers were crowding around those Easter Island statues for an eclipse shot. I mean if you're within 1000 miles of the area and you like to take pictures, that's straight where you'd go.
posted by crapmatic at 7:58 AM on July 15, 2010


"I see you! I see what you're doing! Return to the night! You've no business here!"
posted by Atom Eyes at 7:59 AM on July 15, 2010


Perfect. the new cover for Collapse by Jared Diamond
posted by infini at 8:03 AM on July 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


It was time for new wallpaper anyway. Great stuff.
posted by jquinby at 8:14 AM on July 15, 2010


[cups hands over mouth and tries to make didgeridoo sound]
posted by CynicalKnight at 8:18 AM on July 15, 2010


That's just the smoke monster about to attack the others.
posted by special-k at 8:30 AM on July 15, 2010


Man, I come in here and the Gradius joke has already been made - and by cortex, no less. I just don't know what I'm supposed to do anymore.
posted by NMcCoy at 8:51 AM on July 15, 2010


Nice shot. Stephane Guisard has some amazing work.
I wonder how long this image was in the planning. As an astronomer he presumably anticipated it years in advance. Did he have this exact image in mind when he decided to go to Easter Island to observe this eclipse?
posted by Jode at 8:57 AM on July 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nice.
posted by homunculus at 9:48 AM on July 15, 2010


It's a beautiful picture. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
posted by frodisaur at 10:08 AM on July 15, 2010


I mean if you're within 1000 miles of the area and you like to take pictures, that's straight where you'd go.

Easter Island is really remote... if you're within 1000 miles of the area, you're still just floating around in the Pacific. The closest inhabited island is Pitcairn Island, 1300 miles away, with Tahiti and Chile the next closest inhabited lands, at 2600 and 2300 miles respectively.

The moai in this lovely photo are Ahu Nau Nau (an Ahu is the platform the moai statues are lined up on) on the north side of the island, next to Anakena Beach. Probably the most beautiful spot I've ever been to in my life.

I just like to imagine how quiet it was there when the photo was taken.

Normally Anakena Beach at night would be extremely quiet, but people have been planning trips to Easter Island during this eclipse for years. The island will be at capacity this week, and I'll bet there were a fair number of people hanging out at the more picturesque Ahus during the eclipse.
posted by lefty lucky cat at 12:41 PM on July 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


Men in funny hats staring at a giant blackhead in the sky...

I thought I read somewhere that Devo was touring again. Thanks for the heads up.
posted by crunchland at 2:53 PM on July 15, 2010


Dude, don't be so gullible. This is totally 'shopped. I can tell by some of the pixels, and from having seen quite a few 'shops in my time.
posted by kcds at 3:31 PM on July 15, 2010


Beautiful. Thanks for posting, cog_nate.
posted by yoga at 5:51 PM on July 15, 2010


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posted by homunculus at 2:45 PM on July 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


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