March 7, 2021
Originally published July 19, 2011
Just slipped past 1,000,000 at 9:22 AM EST!
image by Howard Eskildsen, Ocala, Florida
Like northern lights streaking across the sky, the rays of Copernicus add faint and effervescent light to a dark background. In this case the darkness is lava rather than sky, but the effect is similar in being delicate and hard to capture. I found Howard's image in the LPOD Photo Gallery that is now only 24 contributions short of 5,000. This must be the largest lunar photo collection that includes mages from hundreds of contributors (rather than one spacecraft). And if you look at the counter at the bottom left of this page you will see that sometime today it will roll over to one million visits. Of course the counter was only started in January 2008 so the first 4 years of LPOD are not included. None-the-less, any passing of a landmark is always a time for celebration, for the alternative is not to make it that far. So I thank the many image providers, comment writers and general supporters who power LPOD. When 1,000,000 visitors or 5,000 images are reached look again at Howard's image and enjoy the fireworks bursting overhead, high in the sky.
I just noticed that the LPOD Photo Gallery has been viewed nearly a million times too!
04/18/2011 03:22 UT. 6" f/8 refractor, Explore Scientific Lens, 3X Barlow, DMK 41AU02.AS.
Rükl plate 20
Yesterday's LPOD: Polar Outlook
Tomorrow's LPOD: One Small Spaceship for Man