I think it’s fair to say that sunrises (and sunsets) are the favourite photograophic subjects of many photographers here on Earth. They’re a classic tourist shot, aren’t they? You can’t beat a moody pic of the Sun rising or setting behind a distant hill, castle or the ocean skyline. Many armchair rover drivers love seeing sunrise and sunset pictures taken by Oppy, too, but there’s never been a “classic” sunrise or sunset shot taken by Oppy as she heads to Endeavour, just because… well… one isn’t needed. They’re not that useful, scientifically, and they are, frankly, a waste of the precious power needed to keep the rover healthy and operating during the daytime.
But what if Oppy DID take a sunrise picture? What would it look like?
Well, as she’s heading east, towards Endeavour, the Sun would come up from behind the great crater’s hills. So sunrise for Oppy might… possibly… perhaps… look something like this…
Of course, you’ll need to click on that to enlarge it and see it properly. The position of the Sun is just about right for sunrise yesterday (Nov 16th) when I made the picture, using the popular astronomy software “Starry Night” to work out where the Sun would rise along the Endeavour skyline.
As is the case with most of my pictures here, I’m not claiming that image is particularly accurate, or scientific, or even useful – it’s just, I hope, a pretty picture, a vision, of a fascinating alien world. I hope some of you like it!