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Jimmy Jam



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing shot from earlier in the week.

http://www.ciclops.org/view/7696/The_Day_the_Earth_Smiled_Sneak_Preview

Distant Earth from the rings of Saturn.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ stuff like that makes me feel really really insignificant.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great image showing how dominating in the night sky our nearest neighboring galaxy (Andromeda) would be if we could see it more distinctly.



Explanation: The Great Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda (aka M31), a mere 2.5 million light-years distant, is the closest large spiral to our own Milky Way. Andromeda is visible to the unaided eye as a small, faint, fuzzy patch, but because its surface brightness is so low, casual skygazers can't appreciate the galaxy's impressive extent in planet Earth's sky. This entertaining composite image compares the angular size of the nearby galaxy to a brighter, more familiar celestial sight. In it, a deep exposure of Andromeda, tracing beautiful blue star clusters in spiral arms far beyond the bright yellow core, is combined with a typical view of a nearly full Moon. Shown at the same angular scale, the Moon covers about 1/2 degree on the sky, while the galaxy is clearly several times that size. The deep Andromeda exposure also includes two bright satellite galaxies, M32 and M110 (bottom).
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning image of sunrise and moonrise (look to the right side of the image), taken by Karen Nyberg aboard the ISS.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are amazing shots, Kent. Thanks!

Here's an article & guide to enjoying the Perseus meteors that peak this week. Enjoy the spectacle!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/08/09/perseid_meteor_shower_2013_catch_the_falling_stars.html
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curiosity Rover Watches Mars’ Two Moons Pass Each Other in the Night Sky

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/08/curiosity-phobos-deimos/

I never realized how small Mars' moons are - both are only about twice the size of Mt Everest.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently there are two types of blue moons.

Last night was the rarer type.

http://www.space.com/22439-blue-moon-5-amazing-facts.html
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely mind boggling, and a true milestone for our species.

http://www.space.com/22729-voyager-1-spacecraft-interstellar-space.html


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-sci-sn-nasa-confirms-voyager-1-has-exited-the-solar-system-20130912,0,5384903.story
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2013 Astronomy Photos of the Year: http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/2013-winners/

Be sure to click onto the video of the rising moon. Beautiful! http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/09/19/astrophotos_2013_astronomy_photographer_of_the_year_awards.html?wpisrc=flyouts
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kent wrote:


Interesting video showing a new Space X rocket taking off, flying vertically and then landing exactly from where it took off. All this from the guy that brought us the Tesla too!

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/03/second-spacex-launch-hovers/


Another successful launch, this time climbing 1/2 mile and returning vertically to the exact spot it took off from.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/spaceflight-experts-work-alternate-vision-mars-trips-8C11379107
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some fantabulous photos from the year. Is it just me or does the Andromeda galaxy look suspiciously like the Eye of Sauron?

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/bad_astronomy/2013/12/the_universe_in_pictures_the_best_space_photos_of_2013.single.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:29 am    Post subject: awesome footage of shuttle boosters Reply with quote

http://io9.com/5893615/absolutely-mindblowing-video-shot-from-the-space-shuttle-during-launch
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:39 am    Post subject: Re: awesome footage of shuttle boosters Reply with quote

littlewally and farnk wrote:
http://io9.com/5893615/absolutely-mindblowing-video-shot-from-the-space-shuttle-during-launch


Very, very cool!
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing .... live streaming of the earth from the ISS, along with a map showing where the ISS is. The camera changes every minute or two so you get different views.

http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/
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