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The Moons of Uranus, 


            Corey Rueckheim

The Moons of Uranus

Technical card

Resolution: 3840x2160

Date:Nov. 23, 2019

Time: 00:40

Frames: 50

FPS: 1.00000

Locations: Lafayette Home, Sparta, WI, United States

Data source: Backyard


I overexposed this image of Uranus to try to spot its 5 major moons, and it worked! Two moons can be seen to the upper right of the planet's glare. The closer one is Ariel, and the more distant one is Titania. Oberon is below the planet and slightly to the right. Umbriel is just to the planet's lower left. Finally, Miranda is the nearly imperceptible speck just above (and very slightly to the left) of the overexposed glare of the planet. Can you see it?

This image is composed of 1 second exposures, which I thought showed the moons best. I took a set of ½-second exposures, but Miranda was completely invisible. I also took a set of 5-second exposures, but the glare of Uranus overwhelmed Miranda's position - Miranda could still be seen, but only as a small bump on the edge of the glare. Perhaps set of 2- or 3-second exposures would have worked better? Unfortunately, I didn't take those!

I attempted to remove the glare from Uranus and replace it with a shorter-exposure image of the planet, but it didn't look good enough to post. I still have a lot to learn!



Corey Rueckheim
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The Moons of Uranus, 


            Corey Rueckheim

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