Solstice Sun Over Sounion

By: Anthony Ayiomamitis


Region: Europe

Site: Cape Sounion - Greece

Date: 2009 December 4

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day our mother star, the Sun, begins a new day in Cape Sounion of Greece. The twenty-four hundred year old Temple of Poseidon lies in the foreground, also visible to sailors on the Aegean Sea. In this well-planned single exposure, a telescopic lens makes the Sun loom large, but even without optical aid casual skygazers often find the Sun or the Moon looking astonishingly large when seen near the horizon. That powerful visual effect is an Illusion. As noted by the photographer "The image above is an extension of a prolonged effort to capture the rising full moon against the Temple of Poseidon in southern Greece and which was finally realized in 2005 and 2008. The primary task in such an exercise is to very precisely reverse engineer the perspective of the temple with respect to its physical azimuth and altitude from my shooting location approximately 1750 meters west of the foreground. Such a distance was ideal to have a balance between the apparent size of the temple and the sun." Anthony Ayiomamitis/

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