Astronomy

Milky Way over Historic kilns

Milky Way over Historic kilns

What’s that below the Milky Way? Historic kilns. Built in the 1870s in rural Nevada, USA to process local wood into charcoal, the kilns were soon abandon due to a town fire and flooding, but remain in good condition even today.   Photographer Tom McEwan

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Emerald-Cut Galaxy

Emerald-Cut Galaxy the rectangular-shaped galaxy (LEDA 074886)

A team of astronomers from Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and Finland, has discovered a rare, rectangular-shaped galaxy (LEDA 074886) that has a great resemblance to an emerald-cut diamond.

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New images of Planet Mercury

New images from Messenger spacecraft of Planet Mercury

A perspective view of the immense volcanic plains that span Mercury’s northern latitudes, from Messenger spacecraft, colorized by the topographic height of the surface. The purple colors are the lowest and white is the highest.

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By |March 23, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , |

Northern Lights in clouds

Aurora

A large solar coronal mass ejection smacked into planet Earth’s magnetosphere producing a severe geomagnetic storm and wide spread auroras. Photographer Fredrick Broms (Northern Lights Photography)

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All-Sky Atlas from NASA

All-Sky Atlas from NASA

This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release.

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Mosaic Image of Vesta

Mosaic Image of asteroid Vesta

This mosaic of Vesta one of the largest asteroids, with a mean diameter of about 530 kilometres (330 mi), shows the location of the data acquired by VIR (visible and infrared spectrometer) during the HAMO (high-altitude mapping orbit) phase of the Dawn mission.

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Distant Sun and Sunspot 1429

Distant Sun and Sunspot 1429

Over the past two weeks, one of the most energetic sunspot regions of recent years crossed the face of the Sun. Active Region 1429, visible above as the group of dark spots on the Sun’s upper right, blasted out several solar flares and coronal mass ejections since coming around the edge of the Sun almost a month ago.  Photographer Juan Manuel Pérez Rayego

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By |March 20, 2012|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena|Tags: |

NUIverse multitouch application (video)

NUIverse multitouch application for the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface

Demonstration of the NUIverse application a multitouch, universe simulating wonder, designed by David Brown for the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.

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Earth by One Ring Zero

Earth by One Ring Zero

Stunning images from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center set to awesome music from indie band One Ring Zero.

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By |March 19, 2012|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena|Tags: , |

Bright Planets at Solar Telescope

Venus and Jupiter and Solar Telescope

The two bright planets Venus and Jupiter are framed by the National Solar Observatory’s McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope in this astronomical scene.

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