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Shadowplay by ChrissieCool Shadowplay by ChrissieCool
On the next sunny day, step outdoors and look inside your shadow. It's not very dark, is it? Grass, sidewalk, toes--whatever is in there, you can see quite well.

Your shadow's inner light comes from the sky. Molecules in Earth's atmosphere scatter sunlight (blue more than red) in all directions, and some of that light lands in your shadow. Look at your shadowed footprints on fresh sunlit snow: they are blue!

Without the blue sky, your shadow would be eerily dark, like a piece of night following you around. Weird. Yet that's exactly how it is on the Moon.

To visualize the experience of Apollo astronauts, imagine the sky turning completely and utterly black while the sun continues to glare. Your silhouette darkens, telling you "you're not on Earth anymore."

Shadows were one of the first things Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong mentioned when he stepped onto the surface of the moon. "It's quite dark here in the shadow [of the lunar module] and a little hard for me to see that I have good footing," he radioed to Earth.

The Eagle had touched down on the Sea of Tranquility with its external equipment locker, a stowage compartment called "MESA," in the shadow of the spacecraft. Although the sun was blazing down around them, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to work in the dark to deploy their TV camera and various geology tools.

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"On the lunar surface there's no air to refract light--so unless you've got direct sunlight, there's no way in hell you can see anything. It was just pitch black. That's an amazing phenomenon on an airless planet."

Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell


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:bulletpurple: Moon [link] by LarryLens [link]

:bulletpurple: Stars :iconvicious-stock:

:bulletpurple: Earth from NASA [link]

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nudagimo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! :clap:
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QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018
Nice job.  I just hope Corpse Bridezilla doesn't accidentally crush any of the Apollo 11 lunar modules or lunar probes....
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :hug:
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nudagimo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome :heart:
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FABRYKING61 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mondial work :-)
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marymo75 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist
fanfrickentastic work! Really creative.
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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AndreasHensel Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Wonderful idea and great art!
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :heart:
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AndreasHensel Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
It´s always my pleasure to comment your fine art! :aww:
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AndreasHensel Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
You´re so welcome! :aww:
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NigNag Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Outstanding
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :heart:
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NigNag Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Most welcome
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teopa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice:)
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :hug:
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AngeloVentura Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Very cool!
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Original, delightful surprise, beautiful
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent concept and fantasy
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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motherearth01 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work.
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :hug:
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motherearth01 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! Have a wonderful day.
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing!
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :hug:
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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giannisk Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
amasing
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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giannisk Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome love:rose:
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DemonMathiel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009   Photographer
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :hug:
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ivanraposo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative and completelly unexpected!
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :heart:
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ivanraposo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime :wave:
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OneClownShoe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
You are a genius! :clap:
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I wouldnt go that far but thanks very much :D
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oibyrd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is magnificent :jawdrop::faint:!
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :heart:
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YuRaliv Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Great job! I love it!!
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :hug:
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YuRaliv Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
You're welcome^^ I really liked this work!!
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A masterful work; love how you added the detail of the hands' shadows on the moon -- a bold design decision that proved to be a great touch!
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :heart:
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jmariephotography Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009   Photographer
very cool! =)

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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much :hug:
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somnium79 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
i like the mix with the earth, brillant:)
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ever so much :hug:
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somnium79 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
;) your welcome:)
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