Title text: [One hill over, a competing astrophotographer does a backflip over a commercial airliner while throwing a tray of plastic space stations into the air, through which a falcon swoops to 'grab' the real one.]
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Astrophotographers like to take photos of things transiting the Sun. Typical things include planes, the International Space Station, and the Moon. In this comic there seems to be an abundance of things:
- There is a partial solar eclipse (the view of the sun is partially obscured by the moon on the upper right). The sun is much larger than the moon, but the moon is able to block a significant fraction of the sun's light from reaching Earth because it is much closer to the Earth. The same optical arrangement is popular in photography, where it is possible to show the silhouette of a person or a cityscape in front of a full moon, making the moon look larger or smaller by adjusting the lenses used and the photographer's distance to the closer subject.
- A person slightly below the peak of a mountain is juggling, with several of the balls also in front of the sun.
- An archer at the peak is firing arrows from a bow, and one arrow has pierced what at first appears to be one of the juggling balls, but is probably a Transit of Venus.
- Two airplanes flying above them are pulling signs with the words "nice" and "shot" (which could refer to either the archer or the photograph).
- The ISS can be seen transiting on the upper left.
Taking the picture required combining various photography techniques to arrange all of the subjects in front of the eclipse.
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- [Cueball and Megan stand on a hill with the sun behind them. Cueball is at the top-left of the hill, holding a bow in his left arm, which has been recently shot, with the arrow to right. Megan is at the bottom-right of the hill, juggling some balls. There are two planes going in opposite directions with banners on them. Above the planes is the ISS. All these items are silhouetted against the sun partially eclipsed by the moon in the upper right.]
- [Banners]: Nice Shot
- [Caption beneath the panel]:
- Our astrophotography community's one-upmanship is getting out of hand.
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