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March 08, 2006

Sunset at the North Pole

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This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point.

Posted by Heather at March 8, 2006 11:48 AM

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I thought sun and moon were about the same size in the sky, so a telephoto lens that enlarges the moon would also enlarge the appearance of the sun. Why doesn't that show up here? The moon wasn't THAT much larger in comparison to the size of the sun, was it?!

Posted by: Jim Boswell at March 29, 2006 06:56 PM

From the Snopes.com urban legend website:

Although the above-displayed image has been circulating as a "photograph" of "sunset at the North Pole," it is a purely digital creation. As far as we know, it is a work entitled "Hideaway," produced by a 22-year-old German astrophysics student named Inga Nielsen using TerragenTM scenery rendering software.

Posted by: Ralph Bierbaum at July 11, 2006 09:52 AM

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