Earth Science Pic of the Day for Sept. 16th – Autumn Splendor in Connecticut

Autumn Splendor in Connecticut

September 16, 2011

The panorama above shows the splendid fall foliage of the Quinnipiac River Valley in south-central Connecticut as viewed in October 2010 from the top of Meriden Mountain (Hubbard Park). Meriden Mountain stands about 900 ft (275 m) above the Quinnipiac River. Maples and oaks ignite the river valley and Hanging Hills in brilliant shades of gold and crimson. The city of Meriden, Connecticut stretches out in the mid-ground.

Photo details: Panorama “stitched” using 10 individual frames with my mini Nikon camera.

Earth Science Pic of the Day for 9/12 – Scorpio and Companions

Photographer: Stavros Hios; Stavros’s Web site
Summary Author: Stavros Hios; Jim Foster

The photo above showing the starry night sky as viewed from the village of Eglouvi on Lefkada Island, Greece was taken on June 29, 2011. The hook-shaped grouping of stars at left, dominated by brilliant 1.0 magnitude Antares, is the constellation of Scorpio. It appears that twin comets are blazing across the Heavens, but alas, it’s just a pair of Earth-bound fireflies gliding by the camera. Note that the structure in the foreground is the remnants of an ancient stone house.

Photo details: Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION; Camera Model: NIKON D3100; Lens: 18.0-135.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length: 18mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm); Focus Distance: 3758m; Aperture: f/3.5; Exposure Time: 63.100 s; ISO equiv: 1600; Exposure Bias: +1.00 EV; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: Manual; Exposure Mode: Manual; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No; Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.