What an AWESOME post!!!
I am ALSO in AWE over our space pioneers...
What an AWESOME post!!!
I am ALSO in AWE over our space pioneers...
i remember wanting to be an astraunat when i was little.
wow some of those stills just take your breath away,i find it amazing that with all
the crap happening all around us we just seem to forget the pure awsome beuty
that is going on above our heads:=D::=D::=D::=D::=D:
Great story, and some fantastic pictures!!
Thanks for posting! Wonderful stuff.
Spectacular photos. Reminds me of looking out the plane window over southern Scandinavia.
The pictures in this thread are just breathtaking.
I wonder what it's like out there, seeing all that in real life rather than pictures...
wag wag - your sense of wonder is inspirational -
Wow, are we ever the light-pollutingest buggers.
They've got no business up there. This shit needs to be defunded and shut down.
Those are some absolutely amazing photo's!
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Couple photos look like recently publishes satellite photos of India-Pakistan border with long stretch of flood lights installed from Indian side to make night smuggling harder.
Thank you for this. What I don't understand is that it took so long to build (is it complete?) the ISS, now there is talk of scrapping it!!! WTF??? I would think it would stay up there for quite some time, but what do I know.
ISS took a global effort to develop and build. It takes a lot of resources and global brain power. The cost ran up as much as 160 billion dollars. It's expensive to man and maintain and with global economy in decline, countries struggling with debts, NASA fading away as an agency, there is no interest to keep maintaining it beyond the projected operational years.
This thread made me think of this song composed by autotune-altered Sagan Quotes. It's a pretty cool song on its own, though.
Awesome thread. Bump all you want. ;)
You could always ask a mod to rename it for you too.
WaGWaG's house of porrrr.........errrrrr, big huge pee....errrrr, space place or something gay like that. :lol:
Space the Final Front Ear.
I read the title as '10 Years of Human Centipede', the actual topic is far better and the pics are stunning rather than being arse-facey! Thanks.
Can you imagine how awesome it would be if we could all freely observe such an object?
The size of our known universe baffles me.
It brings to mind a Bible verse that I've associated with space exploration for a long time: "What is man, that You care about him?" We live on such a tiny little place!
I can't remember his name, but he packed the place -- the auditorium was definitely far over legal occupancy.
I remember studying the physics of solar prominences. Wish we'd had movies like this to make it easier to visualize!
We even got assigned a sci-fi story -- it was about energy beings that lived in the sun's surface, where they were subject to the violence driven by the magnetic fields. It ended with one making a suicidal leap to escape a rising flare that would have torn him to oblivion. It gave a different perspective.
I LOVE THIS THREAD!! And nice title change btw. Perfect. I'll see if I can come up with something original to offer up and post. <3 WaGWaG!! ;)
I can't wait till we can go up and see some of this for ourselves...
You can almost feel the swirls of the convection currents and the sheer intense heat and the energy and power of the thing. It's like a gigantic furnace.
The sunspots are interesting too - I know they're like 1000°C cooler or something, but I wonder if they are 'level' with the surface around them or 'elevated' or 'sunken' if you know what I mean.
Keep up the good work WaGWaG! :kiss:
there telescope lookin at humans ans their ways lot conetrys
stronga then any telescope man made
it a good thang
That is astounding!
I LOVE it.
I missed the eclipse -- we got fogged in and then clouds came over. I would have had to drive an hour and a half to see it, which would have meant almost no sleep that night.
But those pics bring back memories of an eclipse party by a pool, where two of us decided we'd tread water all through totality -- and we ditched our shorts for the event.
Treading water naked is a very unique thing. Treading water naked with a drink in one hand while watching the moon turn its angry red shade. Its mood was ominous, ours was frivolous.
Random thought, but some of your beautiful photographs reminded me of a visual concept I recently saw applied to the song Jupiter:
The song has an interesting history, has been transliterated many times. A pretty good translation can be found:
I wasn't sure whether you'd like it; but having seen your blog I thought I'd give it a whirl. ;) Not quite as grand as the jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring majesty captured by some of the still-frames here!
Here's something I couldn't link the pictures from -- it's worth the click... astronomy up close and personal:
Just imagine what's out there that we haven't seen yet. Personally I can't wait until we fire up the space race again.
Oh but these pictures are magnificent. Here's a couple more for you.
First, the deservedly famous (but which not everyone may have seen): "Pale Blue Dot":
Of this image Carl Sagan said:
"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. [...] On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
(However, the "beams" are not sunbeams, but artifacts of the imaging process which required a long exposure.)
And secondly, this desert-like place, which could be in the Australian outback:
is in fact the surface of Mars. Think about it - you are looking right now, at the surface of another planet. If that doesn't fill you with a shiver of wonder, then nothing will.
I still remember Adlai Stevenson's designation - "space ship earth". The pictures of Earth
here renew that idea! ..|
WagWag, thank you for keeping this going. The images are amazing.
Right, last picture for me before I head off to work (it's morning in Australia). This is a picture of the "Sloan Great Wall", so far the largest structure found in the observable universe, and is 1.37 billion light years across. It's a "filament" of galaxies; that is, every tiny dot in this picture represents a galaxy (like our own Milky Way):
The extraordinarily huge size and scale of this structure can be described in numbers, but it's almost impossible to understand something of this magnitude because we have no frames of reference for it. Anyway, it's staggering.
I'm not afraid of anything....
Except outer space... I'm not sure why, but thinking about it gives me the heebie jeebies!
If you folks have been paying notice to the night sky, then you'll probably have see two very bright objects very close by. Venus and Jupiter. The closer Venus outshines the more distant Jupiter, in the West in the evening sky. I've had some glorious views of this conjunction.
(Photo from here)
Though I'd like it more if we could build an elevator to orbit, or skyhook, or orbital tower -- whatever you want to call it. Getting to orbit would be like riding a train, and the view...!!!
I SO wish I had a camera!
If folks haven't already discovered the Stellarium, then get this wonderful free piece of software and enjoy the night sky at any time.
Moreover, you can set the view from your own longitude and latitude, as well as change the date to see past and future sky appearances. It's open source, free software, available Linux, Macs and Windows.
It makes me appreciate an old native American prayer my sister turned into a small poster with calligraphy:
you there up in the sky
don't you ever get tired
of having cloud
between you and us?
Beautiful. Thank all of you.
^ OMG, a gargantuan monster is rising out of Jupiter to eat Io!
Hey! I think I have a star system under my bed!