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Time-Lapse Auroras and Flyovers

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes capturing things on video is the only way to truly express their beauty and magnificence.

And sometimes, its the only way to express the extent of their AWESOME!

This time-lapse video shows how circling the planet looks from the International Space Station:

The next one is a time-lapse of an aurora (my fav, as you all know) over Finland:

Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.

The awesome is just…too much sometimes :)

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Awe Arousing Appearance of Aurora

September 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I love aurorae. Possibly one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural phenomena to grace this planet.

Astronaut Ron Garan recently posted a fantastic photo of an aurora from Earth’s orbit on his Twitter feed:

One of the last pictures I took #FromSpace #Aurora - southern lights - dancing with #Orion 9/14/11 18:48 GMT

Makes me feel like a 9 year old kid again, wishing he could be an astronaut when he grows up.

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Sweeeeeet Aurora Video

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I think auroras are one of the coolest things on the planet. Along with bacon and beer.

This video was featured on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Two words:

Awe. Some.

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!

Umm…WTF is that?

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Keel (University of Alabama) and the Galaxy Zoo Team

What is that green blob in this photo?

It is called Hanney’s Voorwerp. Does that help? (It means Hanney’s Object in Dutch)

No? Ok, well it is a long stream of gas (about 300,000 light-years long, in fact) that is being illuminated by the Quasar being emitted from galaxy IC 2947.

A quasar is a bright stream of light that gets emitted from a black hole. Do you see the bright stream of light from the center of the galaxy? No?

That is because the quasar turned off about 200,000 years ago. The light from it is only now reaching the gas stream and illuminating it.

The image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope around April 2010, and it has been a bit of a curiosity for a while. NASA has just released an explanation for what it is.

I could seriously do a blog made of entirely cool astronomy photos and it would always be interesting. Oh wait, there already is a site like that…damn.

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.

Elephant and Crocodile Photographed in a ‘Tug of War’

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

In a series of photos, a battle between and elephant and a crocodile showed up on the BBC website today. The photos were taken in Zambia’s Luangwa National Park.

Don’t worry, the story has a happy ending. Both the elephant and the baby were seen near the river later in the day.

Isn’t nature cool?