Posts Tagged ‘photo’

How Cool Am I?

June 8, 2011 1 comment

I’ve wanted one of these for a long time and now I have it!

Ha! Jealous?

(Don’t worry, you can get one here or here.)



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Star Wars Books Are Going in An Odd Direction…

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment


I took this myself. And no, you are not allowed to ask me why I was in the Erotica section!

What Does a Black Hole Look Like?

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Credit & Copyright: Alain Riazuelo - Click Image for Large Version

Not to sound like a smart ass…but it would look like a big black hole.

This is a computer generated image by Alain Riazuelo and I saw it the other day as the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Aside from eating all the light hitting the black hole straight on, notice the “rings” around it as well. This is called gravitational lensing, and is something astronomers look for in order to identify a black hole, since the lensing is easily visible at a larger distance.

Best Wildlife Photos of the Year

October 22, 2010 2 comments
The winners of the 46th annual Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 competition, run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, were announced a couple of days ago. You should go check out the site for all the photos, but I’ve included the winner (the first photo) and a few of my other favourites here for you.

A Marvel of Ants

And You Thought The De-excitation of Oxygen and Nitrogen Atoms Would Be Boring…

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

I love the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, Aurora Australis, whatever you want to call them.

Lots of scientists will tell you world is “beautiful”. Their research is beautiful, the laws of physics are beautiful, hell I once had a co-worker go on about how ‘beautiful’ Maxwell’s Equations are:

Maxwell's Equations. To physicist, this is like looking at the Mona Lisa.

But whether you are scientist, artist, lawyer, whatever, we can all agree on the awesomeness of the Aurora. Here’s yet another image from Astronomy Picture of the Day:

Credit & Copyright: Paul Alsop - Click image for High-Res Version

This photo is particularly awesome thanks to the magnificent star-trails in the background and excellent foreground lighting at the same time.

One day I will create spectacular images like these. Unfortunately, the last little while my nights have been consumed with watching Dexter.

Absolutely Stunning Aurora Photo!

September 21, 2010 1 comment

If you don’t check out the Astronomy Picture of the Day, you should really start subscribing. Some of the photos are just jaw-dropping.

Like this photo of an aurora with meteors in the background. Incredible!

Click for large version. You won't be disappointed!

Photo Credit and Copyright: Ole Christian Salomonsen

Hurricane Earl and My House in the Same Photo!

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I know I’ve done a post about hurricane Earl already, but this is just too cool not to mention.

This visible light photo was taken by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) satellite yesterday, and boy is it cool.

You can see the hurricane (obviously) but what makes it so cool to me is that you can see all of southern Ontario and the great lakes. Right where I grew up!

Never thought I’d seem my hometown and a hurricane in the same picture before. Awesome!

Photo: NASA/JPL – CalTech Click for High-Res Version

NASA Flies Plane Into Hurricane Earl

August 31, 2010 2 comments

Photo: NASA

NASA, in its ongoing effort to study just about, well, everything, has outdone themselves this time.

They flew a DC-8 into Hurricane Earl in an effort to study how hurricanes and tropical storms form. SWEEEET!

They also got this really cool satellite image of Hurricane Danielle (northern one) and Hurricane Earl (southern one) in the same image.

Photo: NASA Click for Large version

Easter Island Solar Eclipse

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Easter Island is famous for its giant moai statues.

Moai Statue on Easter Island

But on July 11th 2010, the island was in a small corridor on the Earth from which a total solar eclipse was visible. This absolutely fantastic picture was captured by Stephane Guisard

Click the photo for high-res version

With the moai statues in the foreground, this is one the coolest photos I’ve seen in a long, long time.

This photo was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. As can be seen in the diagram below, the total eclipse is always only visible from a very small region.

Totality is visible in the dark blue region. From: NASA

I love solar eclipses. Too bad the next one where I live won’t be coming around for another 30 years or so.

What Does Saturn Look Like From an Asteroid?

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

The spacecraft Rosetta is on its way to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But along the way, they decided to fly it by asteroid Lutetia. On July 10th, Rosetta got to within 3200 km of Lutetia, and the ESA streamed the approach live online.

Now, they have released the photos and they are AWESOME!

This one is my favourite. They managed to catch Saturn in the background when Rosetta was about 36000 km away.

Asteroid Lutetia with Saturn in the background

You can check out all the photos from the flyby on the ESA’s website.