Smooth Neck of the Moon
May 26, 2010 8:17 AM   Subscribe

Absolutely stunning, beautiful. Thanks for posting. Cotopaxi is visible from many of the places in Ecuador's capital, Quito, but far too often it is covered with clouds. I think everyone should have an interest in going to Ecuador at some point in their lives to see the spine of the Andes - it's downright amazing down there. This was a majestic and awe-inspiring post, and any Milky Way junkies out there will love it as well.
posted by rodmandirect at 8:42 AM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

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posted by yhbc at 8:43 AM on May 26, 2010

posted by seanmpuckett at 8:51 AM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

I wonder what the 'Explanation' would sould like if it were written by and amatuer astronomer?

"Wow,.. Awesome!"
posted by Hicksu at 8:55 AM on May 26, 2010

Wow, amazing. Cotopaxi means "Neck of the Moon" in Quechua, and you can see why.
posted by gottabefunky at 8:58 AM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

look for the lights of the climbers on the mountain :)
posted by puny human at 9:10 AM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

So beautiful. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 9:35 AM on May 26, 2010

Suddenly, with the parts seen through a thin cloud layer or fog, constellations make sense.
posted by cmoj at 9:53 AM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

I turn along with the planet beneath my feet, staring into the beautiful vastness beyond, a part of EVERYTHING

posted by longsleeves at 10:31 AM on May 26, 2010

Am I imagining it or is there something like a parallax effect due to the time-lapse motion? It seems to reveal a dimension of depth in the night sky.
posted by sudama at 11:11 AM on May 26, 2010

Wonderful. Thank you.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 11:14 AM on May 26, 2010

It's amazing how often Earth is pelted by tiny particles (and how seldom it is pelted by Mount Everest-sized ones, thank goodness).
posted by bwg at 6:08 PM on May 26, 2010

Sublime. Thank you.
posted by nickyskye at 6:27 PM on May 26, 2010

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