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thedailywhat:
Space Shot of the Day: Leonids Meteor Shower

The earth’s sky is open for double feature this week, first with the rare sighting of a total solar eclipse in Australia on Wednesday, and now one of the most spectacular meteor shower’s return for its annual November show. Commonly known as Leonids, reports of the celestial storm have been recorded as early as the 10th century and its most prolific shower in 1833 saw as many as 100,000 meteors per hour. The photograph (shown left) was taken by Fred Aspenak in November 2001.
For a better view, check out the telescopic recording of the shower provided by NASA’s Marshall Center.
Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

thedailywhat:

Space Shot of the Day: Leonids Meteor Shower

The earth’s sky is open for double feature this week, first with the rare sighting of a total solar eclipse in Australia on Wednesday, and now one of the most spectacular meteor shower’s return for its annual November show. Commonly known as Leonids, reports of the celestial storm have been recorded as early as the 10th century and its most prolific shower in 1833 saw as many as 100,000 meteors per hour. The photograph (shown left) was taken by Fred Aspenak in November 2001.

For a better view, check out the telescopic recording of the shower provided by NASA’s Marshall Center.


Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.

expose-the-light:

NASA’s Intense Satellite Views of Hurricane Sandy

thescienceofreality:

Screenshots I got from Ustream broadcast. TOUCHDOWN CONFIRMED. Receiving information from the surface of Mars!! Congrats JPL!! Images coming down!

fancyleatherchairs:

HOLY COW HE ALREADY HAS FANART

Bobak has the coolest hair!

fancyleatherchairs:

HOLY COW HE ALREADY HAS FANART

Bobak has the coolest hair!

typogodess:

The first 3 photos from Curiosity, the first one is it’s shadow in Mars

Aug 8

firelordazula:

You may have seen Curiosity’s livetweets last night but here’s the other side of the story. Thanks internet!

(Source: wandaventham)

trendytraveler:

Dancing Spirits
Magical lights of Aurora Borealis appear over a traditional Sami village in Lapland, northern Sweden. The scenes of the sequence are each 2 minutes apart. The photos are panoramic projection of a fisheye lens, covering a large area of the sky.

trendytraveler:

Dancing Spirits

Magical lights of Aurora Borealis appear over a traditional Sami village in Lapland, northern Sweden. The scenes of the sequence are each 2 minutes apart. The photos are panoramic projection of a fisheye lens, covering a large area of the sky.

(Source: kenobi-wan-obi)

(Source: petalis)

Birth of a New Moon

the-star-stuff:

Venus was there, watching. Aldebaran in Taurus was an orange dot. The ghost of Full Moon Past, the complete lunar disk, was dimly lit by the bluish hue of earthshine. The time was 07:45 on June 18 (GMT).

At 7: 45,

At 9:17,

At 13:56, there was only the smallest glint that we even had a Moon,

Captured by Astronaut Don Pettit

Carl Sagan and his Fully Armed Spaceship of the Imagination


Admiral Leo. An unidentified spacecraft is closing in on us.


On screen Commander Capricorn. Magnify.


OH NO!!! It’s Carl Sagan and his Spaceship of the Imagination!!!!


Astrology… Your future looks…………. Gloomy.


Quickly Major Pisces! Fire the Homeopathic Medicine Ray!!!


Direct hit Sir!


Admiral! The Homeopathic Medicine Ray is having absolutely NO measurable effect!


Hmmmmm….


‘CLICK’


Incoming missile Sir!!!!


Sergeant Scorpio! Engage the Perpetual Motion Machine Powered Shield!!!!


Sir! There is no power at all coming from the Perpetual Motion Machine!!!


Uh… Okay. Quick! Everyone put on your Magnetic Healing Power Bracelet© before the mis-


BOOOOOM!!!!


MMMMmmmmm…


Crumbly.


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(Source: thecoffeerunout)