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Post by Revs on Thu Nov 26 2009, 07:10

the latest and greatest snap of our galaxy, interactive

http://galaxy.phy.cmich.edu/~axel/mwpan2/
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Post by Revs on Sun Nov 29 2009, 12:51

recent incredible nasa footage compilation
http://www.vimeo.com/7852885
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Post by H8R on Sun Nov 29 2009, 20:44

I find it so fascinating...
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Post by gueuzeman on Mon Nov 30 2009, 01:21

I feel like I'm on drugs..... only better.


There used to be an APOD thread on the old Shamu, I remember just being boggled by the images.

Thanks, Reg.

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Post by H8R on Mon Nov 30 2009, 02:22

gueuzeman wrote:I feel like I'm on drugs..... only better.


There used to be an APOD thread on the old Shamu, I remember just being boggled by the images.

Thanks, Reg.

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Yeah...it was cool I totally forgot about it....thanks for the reminder gueuze!
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Post by Revs on Thu Dec 10 2009, 03:47

ok, this one has me completely fkn flummoxed... a way massive wtfknhellisthatmthrfknthing?don'tletthefundamentalistchristiansseeit!

from http://spaceweather.com/

STRANGE LIGHTS OVER NORWAY: This morning in arctic Norway, onlookers were stunned when a gigantic luminous spiral formed in the northern sky. "We are used to seeing lots of auroras here in Norway, but this was different," says Nick Banbury of Harstad who witnessed the phenomenon on his way to work "between 7:50 and 8:00 a.m. local time." Onlooker Jan Petter Jorgensen took this photo:



The first reaction of many readers when they see this picture is Photoshop! Surely this must be a fake. But no, many independent observers witnessed and phtotographed the apparition. It is real.

Banbury continues: "It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in color to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end. This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to Earth. According to press reports, this could be seen all over northern Norway and must therefore have been very high up in the atmosphere to be seen hundreds of km apart."

UPDATE: Circumstantial evidence is mounting that the phenomenon was caused by a malfunctioning rocket, possibly an ICBM launched from a Russian submarine. A Navtex no-fly alert was issued for the White Sea on Dec. 9th, and photographers appear to have recorded the initial boost phase of a launch below the spiral (see inset). A rocket motor spinning out of control could indeed explain the spiral pattern, so this explanation seems plausible, although it has not yet been confirmed.

More reports and videos:
http://www.vg.no/nyheter/vaer/artikkel.php?artid=596359
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http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nordland/1.6902336

i don't speak norwegian, but i don't think it needs any translation... seriously, wtf!?
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Post by Revs on Fri Dec 18 2009, 08:44

back to reality... just!

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Post by Revs on Fri Jan 29 2010, 01:35

do the LHC, yo!
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Post by Revs on Wed Feb 17 2010, 03:46

slow mo lightning
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1909906828?bctid=64729176001
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Post by gueuzeman on Wed Feb 17 2010, 06:29

Reg - keep the cool shit coming!
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Post by Henrik on Wed Feb 17 2010, 08:35

I have always been fascinated by lightning. The coolest lightning storms I have seen was in Saudi Arabia when there was a sandstorm moving in towards you. The lightning was amazing.

Here is a picture I love taken by a local photographer of lightning over Geneva:


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Post by Revs on Thu Feb 18 2010, 07:43

gueuzeman wrote:Reg - keep the cool shit coming!

Smile


apophis path towards earth... eeeeep!
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1909906828?bctid=57769460001
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Post by Revs on Fri Feb 19 2010, 04:11

this has got to be a good omen, right? Smile

February 18, 2010: Last week, on Feb. 11th, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) lifted off from Cape Canaveral on a five-year mission to study the sun. Researchers have called the advanced spacecraft the "crown jewel" of NASA's heliophysics fleet. SDO will beam back IMAX-quality images of solar explosions and peer beneath the stellar surface to see the sun's magnetic dynamo in action.

SDO is designed to amaze—and it got off to a good start.

"The observatory did something amazing before it even left the atmosphere," says SDO project scientist Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Moments after launch, SDO's Atlas V rocket flew past a sundog hanging suspended in the blue Florida sky and, with a rippling flurry of shock waves, destroyed it. Click on the image below to launch a video recorded by 13-year-old Anna Herbst at NASA's Banana River viewing site—and don't forget to turn up the volume to hear the reaction of the crowd.





http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2010/images/coolmovie/anna-herbst1.m4v




here's a longer one from youtube
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Post by pabs on Tue Feb 23 2010, 15:08

Courtesy of Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who is on board the ISS. As far as I know, this is the first time this has been photographed from space. It is Space Shuttle Endeavour during reentry doing the so-called S-turns to burn energy. The shiny stuff is ionized gas, in the wake of the shuttle, generated by aerodynamic heating. During reentry, the gas temperature can reach temperatures well in excess of 10000 K, which is hot enough to ionize the air.


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Post by Werner on Wed Feb 24 2010, 00:02

pabs

I don't see anything. Is there a link or something?
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Post by Revs on Wed Feb 24 2010, 14:58

Werner wrote:pabs

I don't see anything. Is there a link or something?


it's an image host domain... guess it was taken down... pirat
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Post by pabs on Wed Feb 24 2010, 15:20

Let's try this

http://twitpic.com/14of2q

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Cool

Post by Danny Boy on Mon Mar 01 2010, 18:29

I bet the cockroaches survive;

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Post by Werner on Tue Mar 02 2010, 02:32

Very uplifting!


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Post by pabs on Wed Mar 03 2010, 15:42

Soichi Naguchi is a very cool dude! I asked him on twitter to snap a picture of Bogota, and he came through last night.

Enjoy!

http://twitpic.com/16ad2d

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Post by Henrik on Wed Mar 03 2010, 23:14

If he is also willing to worship Takagi I am sure he can become a Shamuist!

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Post by Revs on Sun Apr 11 2010, 11:25

Comet going into the sun... no warning.

http://spaceweather.com/images2010/09apr10/comet_c2_big2.gif?PHPSESSID=0vame7bufrl97ueoc98emqqor7
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Post by Revs on Fri Apr 23 2010, 07:38

extreme high res sun vids and pics

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/21apr_firstlight/
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Post by Revs on Mon May 24 2010, 09:28

Astronomer Copernicus reburied as hero in Poland
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By VANESSA GERA (AP) – 1 day ago

FROMBORK, Poland — Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.

His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age.

Copernicus, who lived from 1473 to 1543, died as a little-known astronomer working in a remote part of northern Poland, far from Europe's centers of learning. He had spent years laboring in his free time developing his theory, which was later condemned as heretical by the church because it removed Earth and humanity from their central position in the universe.

His revolutionary model was based on complex mathematical calculations and his naked-eye observations of the heavens because the telescope had not yet been invented.

After his death, his remains rested in an unmarked grave beneath the floor of the cathedral in Frombork, on Poland's Baltic coast, the exact location unknown.

On Saturday, his remains were blessed with holy water by some of Poland's highest-ranking clerics before an honor guard ceremoniously carried his coffin through the imposing red brick cathedral and lowered it back into the same spot where part of his skull and other bones were found in 2005.

A black granite tombstone now identifies him as the founder of the heliocentric theory, but also a church canon, a cleric ranking below a priest. The tombstone is decorated with a model of the solar system, a golden sun encircled by six of the planets.

At the urging of a local bishop, scientists began searching in 2004 for the astronomer's remains and eventually turned up a skull and bones of a 70-year-old man — the age Copernicus was when he died. A computer reconstruction made by forensic police based on the skull showed a broken nose and other features that resemble a self-portrait of Copernicus.

In a later stage of the investigation, DNA taken from teeth and bones matched that from hairs found in one of his books, leading the scientists to conclude with great probability that they had finally found Copernicus.

In recent weeks, a wooden casket holding those remains has lain in state in the nearby city of Olsztyn, and on Friday they were toured around the region to towns linked to his life.

The pageantry comes 18 years after the Vatican rehabilitated the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was persecuted in the Inquisition for carrying the Copernican Revolution forward.

Wojciech Ziemba, the archbishop of the region surrounding Frombork, said the Catholic Church is proud that Copernicus left the region a legacy of "his hard work, devotion and above all of his scientific genius."

Saturday's Mass was led by Jozef Kowalczyk, the papal nuncio and newly named Primate of Poland, the highest church authority in this deeply Catholic country.

Poland also is the homeland of John Paul II, the late pope who said in 1992 that the church was wrong in condemning Galileo's work.

Jacek Jezierski, a local bishop who encouraged the search for Copernicus, said that he considers Copernicus' burial as part of the church's broader embrace of science as being compatible with Biblical belief.

"Today's funeral has symbolic value in that it is a gesture of reconciliation between science and faith," Jezierski said. "Science and faith can be reconciled."

Copernicus' burial in an anonymous grave in the 16th century was not linked to suspicions of heresy. When he died, his ideas were just starting to be discussed by a small group of European astronomers, astrologers and mathematicians, and the church was not yet forcefully condemning the heliocentric world view as heresy, according to Jack Repcheck, author of "Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began."

The full attack on those ideas came decades later when the Vatican was waging a massive defense against Martin Luther's Reformation.

"There is no indication that Copernicus was worried about being declared a heretic and being kicked out of the church for his astronomical views," Repcheck said.

"Why was he just buried along with everyone else, like every other canon in Frombork? Because at the time of his death he was just any other canon in Frombork. He was not the iconic hero that he has become."

Copernicus had, however, been at odds with his superiors in the church over other matters.

He was repeatedly reprimanded for keeping a mistress, which violated his vow of celibacy, and was eventually forced to give her up. He also was suspected of harboring sympathies for Lutheranism, which was spreading like wildfire in northern Europe at the time, Repcheck said.

Copernicus' major treatise — "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres" — was published at the very end of his life, and he only received a copy of the printed book on the day he died — May 21, 1543.

One of the world's leading Copernicus scholars, Owen Gingerich, traveled from his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend the ceremony. "I missed the first funeral back in 1543 and thought this was an occasion not to be missed," he joked.

Owen also argued that the church has, in fact, long reconciled faith and science, noting that the Vatican removed Copernicus from its index of banned books nearly 200 years ago.

Bishop Jezierski said church officials began looking for Copernicus' remains two centuries ago but were blocked by the upheaval of wars in the area.

And only thanks to modern scientific tools like DNA testing was it possible to identify such old remains.

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