The new promo for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey certainly makes me excited to see this show. With it hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson, who I have enjoyed for awhile when I have seen him on TV, it should hopefully be a good adventure. The FOX network is certainly not the kind of network I would have expected to air this type of TV show, but from the previews I have seen it seems likes they might be on the right track so far.
The Expedition 27 crew photographed this sunset over western South America from aboard the International Space Station. The station crew sees, on average, sixteen sunrises and sunsets during a 24-hour orbital period.
Such a great picture of the Earth and such beauty.
A simply amazing video time lapse of the aurora borealis in Norway. There is some breath taking video in it. I wish I could see the aurora borealis more often, one year they drifted far enough south that I could see them I think in winter of 2004-2005. It is great to see them in person.
I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years. Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. Temperatures around -25 Celsius. Good fun. Music is Gladiator soundtrack “Now we are free”
A great time lapse video of the lunar eclipse from late monday/early tuesday morning. It was a shame that it was so cloudy here in Minnesota that I could not really see it at all. Also an interesting fact that for the first time since at least 1638 that a lunar eclipse and the winter solstice have coincided.
A great picture of Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson taking a moment to look down at Earth from the International Space Station. The space station orbits Earth from 217 miles above. Pictures like these just amazingly help to bring across the wonder and the beauty that we can get from space exploration among other reasons to continue it.
I came across the article talking about how Neptune is now just about under a year from completing its first full orbit since it was discovered by humans, that is 164 years to go around the sun once. Pretty amazing amount of time, and learning that it takes the outer planets that long to travel around the sun really puts into perspective as to how huge just our own solar system is. I know the solar system is huge but just did not quite understand how big, since when you hear a planet is so many billion miles or kilometers away from Earth it is sometimes hard to get a true sense of scale. That is where the time it takes to travel around the sun really helps to put it into perspective.
As Neptune is located so far away from the sun (approximately 4.5 billion kilometers, 30 Astronomical Units (AU), or 30-times the sun-Earth distance), it takes over 164 Earth years to complete one full orbit around our star.
As the first direct observation of the blue-green gas giant was made on Sept. 23, 1846, Neptune will arrive back in approximately the same spot as where it was first spotted on July 12, 2011.
For comparison sake it takes Uranus 84 years to make a complete circuit, first discovered in 1781 and first one completed 1865. For Pluto it is even longer than Neptune taking 248 years for each rotation, first discovered in 1930, won’t make a complete rotation until 2178.
From the first article link it appears that the wild boars in general are a problem with the article noting some of the recent headlines.
Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents and keeping police busy; and on Friday morning, a German highway was closed for hours after 10 wild boar broke through a fence and waltzed onto the road.
Ah the fun of wild animals, boars are at least a little more interesting, here in Minnesota the most common road nuisance is Deer. I was most amused and hope the man is alright by the headline from the Berlin park.
Image from NPR piece, Timm Schamberger/AFP/Getty Images
This wispy blue cloud of gas and dust is a star-forming region surrounding the star R Coronae Australis, which is about 420 light-years away. The new portrait was taken with the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image, a combination of 12 separate snapshots in three different colors, depicts a young family of stars still embedded in and interacting with the cloud of dust and gas from which they formed.