Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cosmic Recycling


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One man and his robot


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Northern Light above Troms county, Norway [OC] [2048×1365]


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Mercury's transit: An Unusual Spot on the Sun [1200 x 800]


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Full replay: iriss launch


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ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen launched to Space Station


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iriss liftoff


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Distant Neutrinos Detected Below Antarctic Ice


From where do these neutrinos come? The IceCube Neutrino Observatory near the South Pole of the Earth has begun to detect nearly invisible particles of very high energy. Although these rarely-interacting neutrinos pass through much of the Earth just before being detected, where they started remains a mystery. Pictured here is IceCube's Antarctic lab accompanied by a cartoon depicting long strands of detectors frozen into the crystal clear ice below. Candidate origins for these cosmic neutrinos include the violent surroundings of supermassive black holes at the centers of distant galaxies, and tremendous stellar explosions culminating in supernovas and gamma ray bursts far across the universe. As IceCube detects increasingly more high energy neutrinos, correlations with known objects may resolve this cosmic conundrum -- or we may never know. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1FfSi7o

New Discovery: Ancient Antarctic Lake --"A Replica of Conditions on Early Earth"


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Midnight Sky // New Paltz, NY [4096x2731]


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Midnight Sky // New Paltz, NY [4096x2731]


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Good Night From Space


Earth's thin atmosphere stands out against the blackness of space in this photo taken on Aug. 31, 2015 by astronaut Scott Kelly on board the International Space Station. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1N7CNGs

Hubble/Subaru composite of star-forming region S 106 [8163 x 8046]


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Space nears


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Enhanced color image of Pluto, used detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface: New Horizon's LORRI and Ralph [1920x1080]


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A 360*, 4 Gigapixel panorama of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover [90000x45000]


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The Strange World of Quantum Physics --Scientists "Squeeze a Single Light Particle"


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Alien Chemistry of Exo-Planets?


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Sombrero Galaxy [1600 × 1200]


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Latest Galileos closing in on launch


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LISA Pathfinder set for launch site


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Pluto in Enhanced Color


Pluto is more colorful than we can see. Color data and images of our Solar System's most famous dwarf planet, taken by the robotic New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby in July, have been digitally combined to give an enhanced view of this ancient world sporting an unexpectedly young surface. The featured enhanced color image is not only esthetically pretty but scientifically useful, making surface regions of differing chemical composition visually distinct. For example, the light-colored heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio on the lower right is clearly shown here to be divisible into two regions that are geologically different, with the leftmost lobe Sputnik Planum also appearing unusually smooth. New Horizons now continues on beyond Pluto, will continue to beam back more images and data, and will soon be directed to change course so that it can fly past asteroid 2014 MU69 in 2019 January. via NASA http://1.usa.gov/1Q5g5xa

Cassini's Final Breathtaking Close Views of Saturn's icy moon Dione [2881x2698]


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Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo // A diver descends through a net pen full of farmed Atlantic Salmon. Did you know that it takes between 2 and 4 pounds of wild fish (anchovies and or herring) to make a single pound of farmed fish? Did you know that more pesticides and antibiotics are used in Atlantic Salmon than any other livestock industry on Earth? Alaska refuses to allow these farmed fish pens in their waters to protect their wild stocks and ecosystems. People think that they are doing our oceans a favor by eating farmed fish whereas, in reality, this industry is helping drive the collapse of our oceans and our wild salmon stocks. Want to help? Whenever you are in a restaurant or grocery store, ask where your seafood comes from. Many restaurants and grocery stores have already boycotted the sale of farmed salmon. Remember you support healthy oceans every time you order at a restaurant or pay the cashier. Please #follow me on @paulnicklen and @sea_legacy to learn a lot more about our oceans and how we can protect them. #marineprotectedareas #knowwhereyourseafoodcomesfrom @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #oceans by natgeo


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This two toed sloth had wandered into my yard in Gamboa, Panama when I was working there with @christianziegler a few years ago on assignment for @natgeo. I took a few photos and then left it alone. Later on that night, I went to check on it and found it had somehow wandered into the neighbor’s fenced off back yard and was having trouble finding its way out. Using a branch, I lifted it across the fence and took it to the nearest patch of forest. Think sloths are gentle creatures? This one chased me back across the lawn as soon as I set it down. Check out @anandavarma if you want to see what an awkward sloth attack looks like. #onassignment #sloth #panama #rainforest #Gamboa @thephotosociety by natgeo


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Photo by @markleongphotography. In the village of Hongphoi, Konyak tribesmen celebrate the Aoleang planting festival by wearing traditional costumes, beating log drums and firing off their muskets. This is probably my favorite outtake from our Naga coverage. The Northeast Indian state of Nagaland is home to 16 indigenous hill tribes. Formerly headhunters, today 90% of Nagas are baptized Christians. Warrior ways have continued, however, with armed insurgents fighting India for autonomy. This month, the Central Government just signed a peace framework with the largest insurgent group, the NSCN-IM. See my profile link for full Nat Geo story. #Naga #Nagaland #headhunters #NortheastIndia by natgeo


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photo by @joelsartore | A bush hyrax at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic. Please #follow me at @joelsartore to see more #beautiful species from the #PhotoArk. #joelsartore #photooftheday by natgeo


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Photograph by @paulnicklen. Does anyone care to count how many King Penguins are in this image? If so, please let me know what you come up with. Please #follow me on @paulnicklen to see an even bigger colony. #toomanytocount #beauty #nature #kingpenguins #penguin by natgeo


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Scottish Moments: Visitors welcome an open door at Mar Lodge near Braemar. Photo by @jimrichardsonng #scotland @natgeocreative @natgeotravel by natgeo


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Photo by @tbfrost A Village in the highlands of Ethiopia. Photo was shot from cliffs overlooking the great Rift Valley. A outtake from my first feature story for @natgeo with @jtkerby For another photo from this assignment, please follow me in 5 mins @tbfrost by natgeo


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Photo by @TimLaman. Abstract patterns of tree trunks and foliage reflect in a rain forest river in Borneo. @saveGPorangutans. #Indonesia, #Borneo, #GunungPalung, #rainforest, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative, @TimLaman by natgeo


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@natgeo @stevewinterphoto Almost home from 3 months on the road - here is an #iPhone photo from the Hong Kong airport on my way to the gate! Just finished a very exciting and rewarding tour of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for NG LIVE - Where I spoke of my life as a @natgeo photographer and my life working with and trying to help conserve big cats and the lands in which they live. Fantastic and receptive crowds at every venue - it was such and honor to take the stage for @nglive at such iconic locations as the Sydney Opera House, Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Perth and like them all, a fantastic crowd at the Esplanade in Singapore! Thank you to everyone involved in this tour @nglive and everyone that came to see me speak and all the interviews I did along the way. I am almost home - just a few more hours. Thanks again I look forward to bringing the story of big cats to new cities around the world. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nglive @stevewinterphoto @natgeo #photooftheday @brucelee @iPhone by natgeo


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Photograph by @joeriis On the trail of the Grand Teton pronghorn migration. This herd of pronghorn moves at a pace of 40 miles per day during their migration. My 2 year journey to document this migration was supported by a Nat Geo Young Explorers Grant, a program dedicated to 18-25 year old emerging photographers, filmmakers, scientists, and explorers. Link to the program in my profile, check it out. by natgeo


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Western Wildfire Smoke Has Drifted Over the Atlantic [2000x1600]


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Ten years after making landfall, scars from Hurricane Katrina still linger. [4000x3000]


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Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Corrals the Supply of Fresh Fruit [4928x3280]


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Selfie Sticks Extend Their Reach (28 photos)


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Watch iriss launch live


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Abell 2052: A Galaxy Cluster Gets Sloshed [3600 x 3600]


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Launch preview


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MIT: "Largest of the Five Mass Extinctions Caused By Microbes" (Today's Most Popular)


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Western Wildfire Smoke Has Drifted Over the Atlantic


Smoke from the treacherous western wildfires has wafted across country and out to sea. via NASA http://ift.tt/1MXEkxm

Aerial Sunset Over Paranal


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Galileo satellites fuelled and ready for launcher attachment


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A galactic maelstrom


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy


What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 is a digital mosaic of 20 frames taken with a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including exactly how long it will before it collides with our home galaxy. via NASA http://ift.tt/1Eq99t1

Mt. Jefferson, OR [OC] 2070x3105


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Photo by @TimLaman. Old friends gather around a campfire to share stories from 30 years of rain forest research at the Cabang Panti research site in Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo. This year marked the 30th anniversary of this unique research station in Indonesian Borneo which has been a center of rain forest ecology and primate research, including orangutans, for three decades. A huge thank you to @NatGeo Society for research grant support to so many of us carrying out field research here over the years. I count myself among the old-timers. First came here to this amazing forest 28 years ago and my life was forever changed. Learn more @saveGPorangutans. #Indonesia, #Borneo, #GunungPalung, #rainforest, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative, @TimLaman. by natgeo


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photo by @joelsartore | A collared brown lemur at the Lemur Conservation Foundation near Myakka City, #Florida. Please #follow me at @joelsartore to see more amazing images from the #PhotoArk. #joelsartore #photooftheday by natgeo


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Photo @pedromcbride // The last of an estuary: The Cienega de Santa Clara is the last 5% of the Colorado River Delta that has not dried up. The only thing keeping this dwindling sanctuar--coveted by over 50 species of bird-- alive is waste water too salty to use for agriculture upstream. This image along with 19 more of my work on the entire Colorado River and its challenges are on display at the Rockwell Museum in New York for the next five months. #chasingrivers #delta #changethecourse #pow #estuary #petemcbride by natgeo


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