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Old 03-04-2011, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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STARS & Space

The admittedly tiny & telescopic theme of which will come to pertain to those intriguing bits of spacedust up there.
Here is my fondest hope that you (dear audience) will come to enjoy what is presented (& come to participate, too!).

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-- (to note: sync'd up just right with the alignment of the New Moon.)
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Jet, what is that flashy astronomically inclined graphic above?

Since you started with an interesting "different" sort of pic, I'll also start with one I think is a different, interesting view of something familiar, our Moon.



This "illumination map" was constructed using over 1700 photographs of the same area of the moon's south pole taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) over a six month period.

Because the moon's rotational axis is tilted by only 1.54 degrees (compared to Earth's 23.5 degrees), some areas near its poles are left in permanent shadow, while nearby regions remain sunlit for most of the year.

Each image taken by the LROC was projected onto a map of the area and converted to a binary image: if the ground was illuminated that pixel of the map was set to one, and if shadowed zero. Researchers then stacked all the binary images and calculated the percentage of the time each pixel was illuminated over the six month period.

The resulting "illumination map" is shown above. Areas that were never illuminated appear black, areas that were always illuminated are white, and areas that were sometimes illuminated and sometimes in shadow appear as varying shades of grey.

The Shackleton crater, 19 kilometres in diameter and 4 kilometres deep, can be seen at the centre of the image. The south pole is at approximately 9 o'clock on its rim.

The LROC is making daily (which is about 28 Earth days) and yearly illumination maps for both poles in preparation for future lunar missions.


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And since the above involved the Shackleton crater on the moon and Ernest Shackleton explored the South Pole on Earth, it reminded me of this unusual photo taken at the South Pole near the time of the summer solstice (a photo I've posted here a couple times in the past...but it's an oldie but goodie imo) of our home star, the Sun. It shows the time in Antarctica when the Sun never sets below the horizon:

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Old 03-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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quick Re:
it's a fast-paced (and just as quickly grabbed) animated b-w outline image of the known galaxies able to seen through the Hubble Telescope, (c 2008) BadNick.

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Miss Rushdie seems quite alluring. Is she Mr. Salman's lovely daughter?



Since I've enjoyed astronomy since I was a little boy, I got my first telescope from my godmother and godfather when I was about 10 years old, and since have also become interested in cosmology and astrophysics, I like to check this site once a week or so...if you hunt around there are some stunning photos of our world. HubbleSite -- Out of the ordinary...out of this world.
I'll also add a quick link to an EXPANSIVE trove of atrological wonderment: NASA's APOD - Astronomy Picture of the Day
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In case somebody looking in here hasn't seen this, check out Google Mars Google Mars

Also, if you care to download Google Earth, look at the toolbar at the top and the icon that looks like Saturn allows you to view Earth, Sky, Mars or Moon ...very interesting views and explorations possible.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Final Frontier
by William Bullimore

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Astronomers use the Parkes CSIRO Radio telescope to measure the radio energy produced naturally by objects in the universe such as stars, galaxies and clouds of dust and gas. In the spirit of international cooperation, this dish is occasionally used to help JPL/ NASA with collection of data from its spacecraft exploring the planets. Famous for its role in relaying Apollo 11 telemetry and television pictures from the Moon on 21st July, 1969 - the movie "The Dish" was loosely based on that involvement - it has more recently assisted with Voyager 2 at Uranus (January, 1986) and Neptune (August, 1989), Giotto at Comet Halley (March, 1986) and Galileo at Jupiter (most of 1997).

{Photo taken in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia.}
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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APOD: 2011 March 5 - Cooling Neutron Star


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Supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cass A) is a comfortable 11,000 light-years away. Light from the Cass A supernova, the death explosion of a massive star, first reached Earth just 330 years ago. The expanding debris cloud spans about 15 light-years in this composite X-ray/optical image, while the bright source near the center is a neutron star (inset illustration) the incredibly dense, collapsed remains of the stellar core. Still hot enough to emit X-rays, Cass A's neutron star is cooling. In fact, 10 years of observations with the orbiting Chandra X-ray observatory find that the neutron star is cooling rapidly, so rapidly that researchers suspect a large part of the neutron star's core is forming a frictionless neutron superfluid. The Chandra results represent the first observational evidence for this bizarre state of matter.
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Voyager images below from NSSDC PLANETARY IMAGE CATALOG

Image taken by Voyager 2
Io is seen in this image near the center of the frame in front of the southern hemisphere of Jupiter.
The image was taken on 25 June 1979 from a distance of 12 million km. Io's yellowish color is due to sulfur compounds.
Features as small as 200 km can be resolved in this image. Io is 3640 km in diameter, roughly the size of Earth's Moon,
and north is at 11:30. (Voyager 2, P-21719)




Voyager 1 image of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter in enhanced color to bring out details.
The Great Red Spot is about 12,000 km across its shortest dimension.
It has been known since 1610, when Galileo first observed it with his telescope.
It appears to be some sort of stable vortex in Jupiter's atmosphere.
North is at 1:00. (Voyager 1, P-21229)


From Eminem2Pac's Blog: Benvenuti

Celestron Celestar 8" + Imaging Source DBK21AU04.AS + Baader Ircut + Celestron barlow Ultima 2x + Extender, 75 avis processed to get this GIF,
the first avi was recorded at 0.24 of 15/9/2010 while the last avi was recorded at 3.05 of 15/9/2010, the total time is 2 hour and 40 minutes, here Jupiter + Great Red Spot + Europa Moon


From Views of the Solar System Photo Gallery


Jupiter's Great Red Spot | Hayden Planetarium

This brief animation shows the motion of the clouds in the Jovian atmosphere.
Most notable is the dark, oval-shaped Great Red Spot. The animation was compiled from
blue filter images taken using the narrow-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft
during seven rotations of Jupiter between October 1 and October 5, 2000.
The images reveal an area on Jupiter centered on the equator that extends about
50° north and south and covers 100° east-west (about a quarter of Jupiter's circumference).

From From NASA - Map of Jupiter's South
This map of Jupiter is the most detailed global color map of the planet ever produced. The round map is a polar stereographic projection that shows the south pole in the center of the map and the equator at the edge. It was constructed from images taken by Cassini on Dec. 11 and 12, 2000, as the spacecraft neared Jupiter during a flyby on its way to Saturn. The map shows a variety of colorful cloud features, including parallel reddish-brown and white bands, the Great Red Spot, multi-lobed chaotic regions, white ovals and many small vortices. Many clouds appear in streaks and waves due to continual stretching and folding by Jupiter's winds and turbulence. The bluish-gray features along the north edge of the central bright band are equatorial "hot spots," meteorological systems such as the one entered by NASA's Galileo probe. Small bright spots within the orange band north of the equator are lightning-bearing thunderstorms. The polar region shown here is less clearly visible because Cassini viewed it at an angle and through thicker atmospheric haze.

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Old 03-06-2011, 08:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Astronomatryoshkas”, crafted by Nate Bellegrade.

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My girlfriend is majoring in Astronomy, so for her birthday I made some astronomer matryoshkas. She is really awesome so I tried to make a gift as awesome as she is. I had planned them out for months and it was great to finally be able to give them to her and see the look on her face as she opened each one. These were done with acrylic on wood (I am really rusty at painting and acrylics are maybe my least favorite medium :/), and I kind of cheated and used a brush pen for the black lines, since I couldn't really pull off the detail in paint. The downside is that the ink from the pens comes off the paint when you handle them so I have to put a varnish on them. Hopefully, if you know anything about famous astronomers, you can guess who they are (without cheating!).


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It's almost here! 400 Years of the Telescope | A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought

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The above image was taken by the Cassini spacecraft in mid January in infrared and polarized light. Titan looms just over the thin rings, while dark ring shadows on Saturn show the Sun to be above the ring plane. Close inspection of the image will show the smaller moon Enceladus on the far right. Cassini, humanity’s first mission to orbit Saturn, currently has operations planned until 2017.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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NASA - Multimedia: STS-133 Booster Camera Views [video ; out-of-this-world]

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Video recorded by cameras mounted on Discovery's twin solid rocket boosters provide unique views of the February 24 launch.

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Last Discovery launch
--Photo by: Michael Erard

{Taken in Cape Canaveral, FL, on Feb. 24, 2011.}
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Photographer Anton Jankovoy spent months camping at the foot of Mount Everest
in a bid to capture the perfect picture of star trails over the Himalayas. Anton,
from Zhytomyr in Ukraine, used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 24mm lens to capture
this picture, leaving the shutter open for several hours.



author's comments: (A. Jankovoy)
I adore photography, especially landscapes because I can just sit there and observe the nature around me. It's so peaceful.

But because star trail images need very long shutter speeds they take a lot of patience. I've learnt how to endure the freezing cold by meditating.

It's surprising but it really helps. Although I started taking photographs when I was nine years old I really learnt to cultivate my skills when taking photographs in the mountains. All my childhood I dreamt about mountains and hoped to visit Nepal one day.

Then four years ago, after saving for a year-and-a-half, I made my first trip to the Himalayas.

I visited Mount Everest and it was like a revelation to me, a different world, a different way of life, almost a different universe to what I had known in the Ukraine.

It had a profound effect on me and seriously changed my life. I fell in love with Nepal, the people and the amazing scenery.

When I came home I realised I couldn't go back to my old way of life and so for the last three years I've lived in Nepal for six months of the year.

It has taken a lot of dedication and patience but the result has been worth it.


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Peaks including the Annapurna South and the Hiunchuli can be seen in this spectacular image, which took hours to capture and expose


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Storm on Saturn



Late last year, a new, remarkably bright storm erupted in Saturn's northern hemisphere. Amateur astronomers first spotted it in early December, with the ringed gas giant rising in planet Earth's predawn sky. Orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft was able to record this close-up of the complex disturbance from a distance of 1.8 million kilometers on December 24th. Over time, the storm has evolved, spreading substantially in longitude, and now stretches far around the planet. Saturn's thin rings are also seen slicing across this space-based view, casting broad shadows on the planet's southern hemisphere
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In Nostalgic Mood.
(The retired astronaut.) design by Yau Hoong Tang.
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Space shuttle Discovery and the six-person STS-133 crew lifted off from
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 24, 2011, starting a
mission to the International Space Station.

At 11:57 a.m. EST on Mar. 9, 2011, space shuttle Discovery landed for
the final time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after 202 orbits around
Earth and a journey of 5,304,140 miles on STS-133.

STS-133 was the 39th and final flight for Discovery, which spent 365
days in space, orbited Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles.
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Jasper becomes world's largest 'astronomy park' - CTV News

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Illustration of a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. Using new data from ESA’s XMM-Newton spaceborne observatory, astronomers have probed closer than ever to a supermassive black hole lying deep at the core of a distant active galaxy known as 1H0707-495.

XMM-Newton detected two bright features of iron emission in the reflected X rays that astronomers had never seen together in an active galaxy. These bright features are known as the iron L and K lines, and they can be so bright only if there is a high abundance of iron. Seeing both in this galaxy suggests that the core is much richer in iron than the rest of the galaxy. The direct X-ray emission varies in brightness with time. During the observation, the iron L line was bright enough for XXM-Newton to follow its variations.

A painstaking statistical analysis of the data revealed a time lag of 30 seconds between changes in the X-ray light observed directly and those seen in its reflection from the disk. This delay in the echo enabled scientists to measure the size of the reflecting region, which lead to an estimate of black hole's mass to be about 3 to 5 million solar masses.

The observations of the iron lines also reveal that the black hole is spinning very rapidly and eating matter so quickly that it verges on the theoretical limit of its eating ability, swallowing the equivalent of two Earths per hour.

The team is continuing to track the galaxy using its new technique. Far from being a steady process, a feeding black hole is a messy eater. "Accretion is a very messy process because of the magnetic fields that are involved," Fabian said.

The team's new technique will enable the astronomers to map out the process in all its complexity, taking them to previously unseen regions at the very edges of this and other supermassive black holes.
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First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit | NASA



{Captured on Tuesday morning (March 29, 2011) at 5:20am EDT ; Photo by: NASA's MESSENGER Spacecraft}


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Early this morning, at 5:20 am EDT, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System's innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still continuing to come down. Tomorrow, March 30, at 2 pm EDT, attend the NASA media telecon to view more images from MESSENGER's first look at Mercury from orbit.

The dominant rayed crater in the upper portion of the image is Debussy. The smaller crater Matabei with its unusual dark rays is visible to the west of Debussy. The bottom portion of this image is near Mercury's south pole and includes a region of Mercury's surface not previously seen by spacecraft. Compare this image to the planned image footprint to see the region of newly imaged terrain, south of Debussy. Over the next three days, MESSENGER will acquire 1185 additional images in support of MDIS commissioning-phase activities. The year-long primary science phase of the mission will begin on April 4, and the orbital observation plan calls for MDIS to acquire more than 75,000 images in support of MESSENGER's science goals.

On March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011, UTC), MESSENGER became the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. The mission is currently in its commissioning phase, during which spacecraft and instrument performance are verified through a series of specially designed checkout activities. In the course of the one-year primary mission, the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation will unravel the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the science questions that the MESSENGER mission has set out to answer.
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Beautiful signs from space:



"It is a timelapse video of the Northern Lights. All sequences are shot in or close to Tromsø in Northern Norway."
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...like when the moon looks @you quizzically?
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Over 5,000 space-flight shots of Saturn coalesce ideally, by the Cassini Imaging Team


This video is made entirely by images captured from the Cassini spacecraft and the best part is, this awesome clip is actually a
teaser for a larger IMAX called "Outside In" that is currently in production.
-- Music: Adagio for Strings (NY Philharmonic)

FOR MORE INFO, CLICK BELOW


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Speaking of which:

The Aurora(s) Over Norway by Terje Sørgjerd. Music featured: Gladiator Soundtrack: 'Now we are Free'

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Sometimes, after your eyes adapt to the dark, a spectacular sky appears. Such was the case earlier this month when one of the largest auroral displays in recent years appeared over northern locations like the border between Norway and Russia. Pictured in the above time-lapse movie, auroras flow over snow covered landscapes, trees, clouds, mountains and lakes found near Kirkenes, Norway. Many times the auroras are green, as high energy particles strike the Earth's atmosphere, causing the air to glow as electrons recombine with their oxygen hosts. Other colors are occasionally noticeable as atmospheric nitrogen also becomes affected. In later sequences the Moon and rising stars are also visible. With the Sun expected to become ever more active over the next few years, there may be many opportunities to see similarly spectacular auroras personally, even from areas much closer to the equator.

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Gallery: Discovery's Last Voyage

Space shuttle Discovery's next mission will be to awe and inspire those who visit it at the Smithsonian Institution. NASA's workhorse shuttle was retired after completing its trip last month to the International Space Station -- that’s 39 missions covering 5,750 orbits, 150 million miles, and almost a year in space since it first lifted off in 1984. It's name was inspired by the exploring ships of the past, including one that plied the Hudson Bay in the early 1600s seeking a northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Discovery carried some of NASA's most-distinguished astronauts, including Eileen Collins, the first female commander, Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian to fly on a shuttle, and Senator John Glenn, who returned to space at 76. In its last mission, Discovery dropped Robonaut 2, the first dexterous humanoid robot in space, at the space station. -- Lloyd Young




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"The Milky Way Over Tenerife" by Juan Carlos Casado (Spain)

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Have you ever seen the band of our Milky Way Galaxy? Chances are you have never seen it like this -- nor could you.
In a clear sky from a dark location at the right time, a faint band of light is visible across the sky. This band is the disk
of our spiral galaxy. Since we are inside this disk, the band appears to encircle the Earth. The above spectacular picture of
the Milky Way arch, however, goes where the unaided eye cannot. The image is actually a deep digital fusion of nine photos
that create a panorama fully 360 across. Taken recently in Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, the image
includes the Teide volcano, visible near the image center, behind a volcanic landscape that includes many large rocks. Far
behind these Earthly structures are many sky wonders that are visible to the unaided eye, such as the band of the Milky Way,
the bright waxing Moon inside the arch, and the Pleiades open star cluster (can you find it?). The deep exposure also brings
out many sky wonders normally beyond human perception, many of which are labelled on the annotated image version, including
Barnard's Loop, visible above as the half red ring below the Milky Way band.

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“Hyakutake over Rabbit Island” by Richard Wainscoat (as seen in Oahu, Hawaii, USA)

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Comet Hyakutake over Rabbit Island (Manana Island), Oahu, Hawaii. On the night
this photo was taken the comet passed very close to Polaris, so a sharp image of
the comet could be obtained without use of an equatorial mount to compensate for
the Earth's rotation. As you move further away from the north celestial pole the
Earth's rotation leaves clear star trails in this long exposure. This photograph was
taken using film in 1996. With a modern digital camera (which are more sensitive
than film), a short enough exposure could be used to freeze both the land and the
sky, without any trailing from the Earth's rotation.
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Rain on Titan - artwork by David A. Hardy.

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It's been raining on Titan. In fact, it's likely been raining methane on Titan and that's not an April Fools' joke. The almost familiar scene depicted in this
artist's vision of the surface of Saturn's largest moon looks across an eroding landscape into a stormy sky. That scenario is consistent with seasonal rain
storms temporarily darkening Titan's surface along the moon's equatorial regions, as seen by instruments onboard the Cassini spacecraft. Of course on
frigid Titan, with surface temperatures of about -290 degrees F (-180 degrees C), the cycle of evaporation, cloud formation, and rain involves liquid
methane instead of water. Lightning could also be possible in Titan's thick, nitrogen-rich atmosphere.
+ bonus... author's comments:
I originally painted this, in acrylics, early in 2010, having seen reports of methane rain on the Cassini website. I knew that radio bursts had been detected too,
so wondered whether there actually could be lightning and asked Carolyn Porco, who said it hadn't been seen but that didn't mean there couldn't be any. Then
last week I saw the report of rainstorms on Titan [March 17, 2011 news release], so sent this image! I had to use artist's license to show Saturn through a brief gap in the clouds.


-- David A. Hardy is European Vice President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA).


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...with surface temperatures of about -290 degrees F (-180 degrees C)...
yikes! I guess you don't need air conditioning on Titan.

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Old 04-10-2011, 12:28 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I've been meaning to add a bit of musical inclination inside the observatory from...

... the very beginning. (* -)


In Love With Oblivion, (2011) by Crystal Stilts. #currently live-streaming the new album.


-- (to note: I especially like the tune, Flying Into the Sun, which I am re-listening to now.)
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I'm still in that vibe of relating music to the heavens


Cat Power - Rockets

(cont.) ... and then, relating imagery to the lyrics ...


The Red Pyramid by Maurice Graham

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Angel wings tonight
Appear normal in daylight
They shine and dazzle
With glittering shimmer
Reflections of the sun
Keep babies protecte
From the bad
Guiding them to good
Hovering above them as they sleep
Watching as they peacefully dream
-- Unique-Mystique
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The fitting end to this eerie endeavor... I have more, but I'll leave you in suspense






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Old 04-12-2011, 11:56 AM   #35 (permalink)
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NASA’s Hubble Sees A Majestic Disk of Stars
| captured by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA image release Feb. 17, 2011

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The Hubble Space Telescope revealed this majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.

A bright cusp of starlight marks the galaxy's center. Spiraling outward are dust lanes that are silhouetted against the population of whitish middle-aged stars. Much younger blue stars trace the spiral arms.

Notably missing are pinkish emission nebulae indicative of new star birth. It is likely that the radiation and supersonic winds from fiery, super-hot, young blue stars cleared out the remaining gas (which glows pink), and hence shut down further star formation in the regions in which they were born. NGC 2841 currently has a relatively low star formation rate compared to other spirals that are ablaze with emission nebulae.

NGC 2841 lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). This image was taken in 2010 through four different filters on Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3. Wavelengths range from ultraviolet light through visible light to near-infrared light.

-- NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration; Acknowledgment: M. Crockett and S. Kaviraj (Oxford University, UK), R. O’Connell (University of Virginia), B. Whitmore (STScI), and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee
To see a hd video of this sprial galaxy go to: Spiral Galaxy Zoom [hd video] | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight orbit


Today's (April, 12, 2011) Google Doodle... celebrating Yuri Gagarin's successfully completed
orbit of the Earth, 50 years ago on this date, thus marking him as the first man in space.

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Yuri Gagarin: First Human in Space

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Yuri's Night is an international celebration held on April 12 every year to commemorate space exploration milestones.
To commerate the 50th Anniversary this year, the Expedition 27 crew aboard the International Space Station sent
a special video message to the world below to wish them a Happy Yuri's Night.



A patron dines under a painting of Yuri Gagarin in Kazakhstan on August 9, 2006. Gagarin's fame outlived the Soviet Union
itself, which ceased to be in 1991. READ MORE.
-- Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images


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YouTube is celebrating 50 years of human spaceflight with the premiere of an hour-and-a-half long video, First Orbit, that recreates, in real-time, Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin's first 108-minute long orbit of Earth in 1961.

First Orbit's creators worked with the International Space Station to obtain footage that presents "a new view of what Yuri would have seen as he travelled around the planet."

"Weaving these new views together with historic voice recordings from Yuri's flight and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard, we have created a spellbinding film to share with people around the World on this historic anniversary," The Attic Room explains on its website.

The video begins with Gagarin's launch and the astronaut's reflections as he is about to take off--"All I have done and lived for has been lived for for this moment"--then takes viewers on a breathtaking tour through orbit.

First Orbit not only honors a milestone in human spaceflight, but the film itself marks a significant change in YouTube's content strategy.

Until now YouTube has offered a growing repository consisting mostly of short video clips uploaded by users--both professionals and amateurs--from around the world. This formula is being radically revamped as Google plans to pour millions into developing original content and First Orbit, the length of a feature film, marks YouTube's effort to feature longer, higher-quality video content on its website.

-- courtesy of huffingtonpost.

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[NationalGeographic. / russianarchives. / NYTimes. / TIME. / wiki.]
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:43 PM   #37 (permalink)
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“The Frontier is Everywhere” by damewse

author's comments:
In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have forgotten to share their
hopes and dreams in a way the public can relate to, leaving one of
humanities grandest projects with terrible PR and massive funding cuts.
I have a lot of ideas for a NASA marketing campaign, but I doubt they’d
pay me even minimum wage to work for them.


+ bonus: Part 2

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Milky Way over Chile's Very Large Telescope array:



---------- Post added at 11:32 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:21 PM ----------

Interesting vid showing E-ELT in Chile and more night sky:



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follow-up, about 3 weeks later...
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It may not be faster than a speeding bullet, but tonight the moon will make its closest approach to Earth
in 18 years—making the so-called "supermoon" the biggest full moon in years.

A full moon sets over Hungary, Photograph by Tamas Ladanyi (TWAN)

source: "Supermoon" Tonight: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years

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"The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC. "I'd say it's worth a look."

Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee): diagram. Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon's orbit.
source: Super "Perigee Moon" - NASA Science
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Fly Me to the Moon (* -) ; created by Adam de la Mare (Melbourne, Australia)
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