Earth Science Picture of the Day: December 21, 2011
In July 2010, Geeked on Goddard marked the 10th anniversary of the Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD), a social media site founded at Goddard Space Flight Center.
EPOD is still going strong. Here is today’s Earth Science Picture of the Day, a beautiful multiple-image composite of the moon rising above the Parthenon in Athens.
Photographer: Elias Chasiotis; Mona Sorayaei
Summary Author: Elias Chasiotis; Mona Sorayaei
The image sequence above shows the partially eclipsed Moon rising over the Parthenon in Athens, Greece on December 10, 2011. Philopappou Hill, the hill opposite to the Acropolis, offered an interesting perspective to capture this lunar eclipse. Totality was noted in Australia and most of Asia as well as portions of western North America. Totality was not visible in Greece, where the full Moon rose after the Earth’s shadow had already covered the lunar disk. Nevertheless, the partial phase of the eclipse was quite attention getting. This was the last total lunar eclipse until April 2014.
The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) was started at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2000 by scientist James Foster of Goddard’s Hydrological Sciences Laboratory and is a collaboration with Universities Space Research Association (USRA). USRA’s Stacy Bowles handles the technical aspects of the site with help from Erin Carver. Stu Witmer does the editing and runs the EPOD Facebook page.
Since its launch in September 2000, the Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) website has provided a forum for professional photographers, educators, scientists, students and the general public to share images that highlight Earth Science processes and phenomena. To date, there are well over 3000 user-submitted images and educational summaries representing the full spectrum of Earth Science.
Each year EPOD receives more than twice as many submissions as can be published. Submissions are reviewed for scientific accuracy, topic relevance, and aesthetic appeal before publication. Further, EPOD receives more 2 million visits (worldwide) resulting in over 4 million page views each year. Web analytics also reveal that in addition to a loyal U.S. and Canadian audience, EPOD reaches viewers in 205 other countries and territories.
Visit the EPOD website if you would like to contribute your Earth photography to the project.
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