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I have a Samoyed puppy, his name is Hawkwind's Obsiddian Kryptonite, aka Astro.
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield recently wrote a post for Mashable about what it’s like to orbit the earth.
In just 92 minutes we go all the way around, incredulously gazing on place after place, barely known and only dreamed of. The colors and textures pour underneath, a refilling kaleidoscope of delight. Over the months in space that followed, I took thousands of photos to capture and remember it. My book You Are Here is the best of those photos — my guided tour of our planet, as if we were floating and looking out the spaceship window together. Here are a few.
"We are more insignificant than we ever imagined"
- Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist and cosmologist, in his talk “A universe from nothing" in 2009.
Read the rest of the comic here: Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not)
It’s coming back around. Educate yourself and pay it forward.
Indigenous People’s Day > Columbus Day
Your shadow is a confirmation that light has traveled nearly 93 million miles unobstructed, only to be deprived of reaching the ground in the final few feet thanks to you.
The real problem with people fussing over Pluto all the time is it represents the priorities of the public - preserving traditions rather than accepting facts. The pursuit of science is about building a sustainable catalog of truths, and there is no advantage in altering truths to appease nostalgia.
Michael “Eyedea” Larsen
Ladies and gentlemen, what you see before you is something that I don’t think has ever been done before. This is a gif of Tuesday’s Lunar Eclipse….seen from the orbit of Mercury.
In the image, the Moon can be seen slowly disappearing into Earth’s shadow over the course of an hour. The series of 31 images were taken by the narrow-angle camera on Messenger, orbiting high above Mercury. The Earth and Moon were about 66 million miles from the spacecraft at the time of the Eclipse.
In the raw image, Earth is about five pixels across, and the Moon is just over one. The luminosity of the Moon was increased by a factor of 25 in order to make it more visible.
While we’ve seen a solar eclipse from the Mir space station before, and a solar eclipse from lunar orbit, I believe this is the first time any eclipse has been seen from the perspective of another planetary body.
Absolutely stunning. The full article by the Planetary Society is here.
spectrum: The Sun, photographed by Solar Dynamics Observatory, 28th August 2014.
10 frames; each frame is a composite of 3 images in different wavelengths. Here, I have used 3 wavelengths in the extreme UV range (17.1, 19.3, and 21.1 nm), for the blue, green, and red channels which usually represent visible light of about 475, 530, and 680 nm, respectively.
Sequence covers about 11 hours.
Image credit: NASA/SDO, AIA/EVE/HMI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.
picked up some amazing C02 Girl Scout Cookies