Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

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A Stunning New Image of The Pillars of Creation

January 20, 2012

The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory released a stunning new image of the Eagle Nebula and the area of star formation known as the Pillars of Creation. The Herschel Observatory focuses on the far infrared spectrum and is capable of seeing the coldest and dustiest objects in space. In this image the observatory shows this well know Nebula in Spectacular color in detail in spectacular detail. The Pillars of Creation can be seen sticking up in the central-lower part of the image.  Thanks to the Daily Mail for the image and  article:

This image is taken from the x-ray and infrared spectrum as opposed to the Hubble image below that is in the visible spectrum.  Hubble’s picture was taken in 1995 and is one of the most famous images in the legacy of the space telescope.

In other space news be sure to check out the Hubble 3D film at your local IMAX theater (probably at your local science museum). Here’s a look at the trailer.

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Magic Mushrooms to Return to Psychology Labs

December 20, 2011

‘Magic Mushrooms’ Return to Psychology Labs 40 Years After Leary – Bloomberg.

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The Coolest Video of The Earth You’ll See All Day

November 20, 2011

The music is a bit annoying and the video goes on for five minutes, but what else are you doing for the next five minutes?

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

JAW DROPPING Space Station time lapse! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine.

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Happy Solstice!

June 21, 2010

The monolith – moon – sun alignment from 2001.

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Shadows on Saturn’s Rings

April 15, 2009

New photos from the Cassini space-craft have returned these amazing photos of Saturn’s rings.

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“What’s that jaggedy dark stuff behind the brightest ringlet in the image? We’re only a few months away from Saturn’s equinox, the day when the Sun will pass through the plane of Saturn’s rings. So to an observer standing on Saturn’s rings, the Sun is beginning to set, and casting long shadows. We’re seeing shadows cast from structure within Saturn’s rings. COOOOOOOL.”

Read the rest from Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society.

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The Top Stories of 2008

January 4, 2009

Over at the Daily Grail, they have a run down of the top stories of 2008.  Here are just a few:

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2009

Here’s to hoping that 2009 will be as weird and enlightening as 2008!

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My only question is why do we have to celebrate thew new year in the dead of winter?  At least in Australia they celebrate in the middle of the summer (Sydney above).  I know it has to do with the Roman calendar and the later modification with the Adoption of the Gregorian calendar.  Perhaps it also has something to do with the proximity to the former feast of Saturnalia and the new holiday of Christmas?  Of course December 21st represents the darkes and shortest day of the year, so astronomically speaking the sun does begin to return at this time and thus can be considered to bring with it the dawn of a new year.

However, I find the cultures (such as Noruz in Persia) that celebrate the new year in March (around the vernal equinox) to make much more sense.  At that point spring begins and with it the return to warmth and light in the Northern Hemisphere.  Now that sounds like a reason to celebrate.  Until then I think I’ll keep heading south.