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Thermal Images - Can You Guess What These Are?

I thought I would have some fun with the thermal camera and see what it sees.  I took two images of two different objects which appear to be exactly the same size but in fact are not.  In the thermal images they appear to be the same temperature, but in fact are not. 

The image on the right was harder to get to come out the same size with the camera and in the same position in the image, and I tried!

The colors in the images look to be the same.  There is no temperature scale included because that would give things away.

Interestingly, the colors in the background look to be and are very similar in temperature.

You are intimately familiar with both of these things.

What do you think these two images are of?

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

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Comment balloon 32 commentsJay Markanich • September 23 2010 04:48PM

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The sun?

Posted by Mike Wong, Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest (Keller Williams Realty Southwest) about 8 years ago

There are two images Mike!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Keep guessing.  I will answer later this evening...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

I think Mike was on the right track.. I will say the Sun and the Moon... sun on right.. looks to be a bit hotter... at lease on the color scale.. but then, I have no clue how to read that.. lol...

Posted by Darren Revell (Keller Williams Realty Temecula Valley) about 8 years ago

Two white dots!! Give is a hint Jay.

Stars?

Posted by Vince Santos, Southeast Michigan Home Inspector (StepByStep Home Services LC) about 8 years ago

Jay - I agree with Darren, sun and moon.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 8 years ago

One just might be a star...  um, Mike and Darren?

The other might be in orbit...  um, Darren?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Um, John?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

sun and a planet...

a planet and it's moon....

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 8 years ago

This is an image of a certain 13 year old who was on the deck last night to help me as I took an image of the Harvest moon.

The image on the right is the sun, although the image is larger.  I tried to get them to come out the same size, but alas and alack, could not.

Interestingly, the temperatures in the background only vary by two degrees F.  And, of course, that is during the night and the day.

The temperature of the moon is 108.1F and the sun 576.4F!  I do not know how far out the infrared beam of my camera goes to capture those temps, but that is what they read.

Moon burn anyone!?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

We had storms yesterday.  We were cheated out of views of the Harvest moon.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 8 years ago

You were right on the Maureen, just an evening object away!  Our moon was glorious here and I wanted to take advantage.  I understand it is the brightest moon.  I will take another thermal in Dec or Jan and see if the moon is the same temperature!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

It's nice to see how you enjoy playing working with your toys equipment. And very interesting.  My initial thought was a door bell - not even close.

Mel

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Mel - my wife sometimes accuses me of purchasing toys.  But they sure do make a lot of money!  Door bell was close though!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Very cool. (or hot).

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

Debbie - my daughter, above, helped take a couple of the photos and thought they were pretty cool!  Didn't know the moon was so warm, did you?

Get some sleep...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Jay, I'm going to have to burst a bubble here. Last nights moon was the Full Corn Moon. The Harvest moon will be on October 23rd. Thanks, I was wondering what my blog was going to be about today.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) about 8 years ago

Ha!  Thanks Cynthia!  Never heard of that there Full Corn Moon!  I just looked it up and you are right!  The site I found said that October's moon, "The Full Hunter's Moon - This is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead. October's Moon is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon."

Harvest moon must be an American farmer's term. 

Well, the Full Corn Moon was 108.1F!  At least last night...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Jay - LOL, I didn't mean to be a know-it-all ... I actually didn't know that each full moon had it's own name until this year. (Gee it took me 53 years to figure this out?) And they are corny (pun intended) names at that. Full Worm moon, Full Sturgeon moon, Full Beaver moon ... who came up with these? Thanks for the laugh! Looks like you are having fun with that camera!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) about 8 years ago

Cynthia - the webiste I found with all those names says they came from the American Indians.  As to all the names, I didn't know either!

Just because you come up with some good, and correcting, information, it doesn't make you a know it all!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I believe that it is the brains of two teeny boppers who are listening to Wheatloaf at full volume.

Wheat

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

And for all I know, Wheat, you are correct!  I have never taken a thermal image of such, but it would be interesting to do so.  Thanks for stopping by.  I believe this is your first visit!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay,  "Inter-esting; stuphid, but verrry inter-esting!"  Famous quote by:  Arte Johnson from Laugh-In!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

Jay this is demonstrates how thermal images can be misleading unless you know the IR scale and temperature range of your object.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Tish - I think there was a K on the end of interesting and "shtupid" is the correct spelling there.   ;)

Jim - exactly.  I am interested in seeing what the temp of the moon is in Dec or Jan.  I was surprised by the temps day and night in the background, with very little differences.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Jay,

This has certainly got my interest, and I'm tempted to guess, but don't want to look foolish. I'm saying these images are of a light switch while on, and off positions. I can't wait for the answer later on...

 

Posted by Sergio DePinto (Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area) almost 8 years ago

Jay, sun and moon are my first guess, maybe a little more than  a guess.  There are times during hay fever season where that could be one of my eyes.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 8 years ago

Hi Sergio - I gave the answers above!  It is the moon on the left and sun on the right.  The sun is 573F!

Jack - again, look above.  I had a cute assistant help me with the photos.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

On posts where I'm suppose to make a guess I try not to read the comments. They have a tendency to influence my guesses. 
Izzy says high to your cute assistant.

 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 8 years ago

Hi to Izzy!  She found that hat at a store last week and thinks it is the coolest fashion statement since fashion statements were invented.  She has worn it to school all week.

It's the hat stage...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Pointing the camera directly at the sun doesn't risk damaging the detector?

Posted by Brandon Clark (UTAH INFRARED Home and Building Inspections) almost 8 years ago

I read the book before I did it and they said it can go up to 1000F Brandon.  The sun was only about half that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

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