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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Photo by @amivitale #onassignment in China for @natgeo. A baby panda in a basket at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province. I am in China to document this year’s bumper crop of baby pandas born at the breeding center. I'm grateful for the rare and exclusive access into the world of pandas. I want to explore how an animal this elusive and rare became so beloved and popular. The giant panda was not known outside of China until 1869; incredible when you think about their indisputable global appeal today. Follow me @amivitale for more adorable pandas. @ipandacam @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #pandas #babypandas #yaan #bifengxia #sichuan #conservation #natureisspeaking #china #animals #wildlife #photooftheday #photography #nature #seetheworld #photojournalism #amivitale by natgeo


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Photograph by @stefanounterthiner | In Finland, particularly in the central eastern part of Country, the "bear-waching” is becoming a popular activity. I photographed this large male - while working for my book “The nights of the bear” - from a blind at 1.30am using a wide angle. @natgeo @thephotosociety #bear #wild #book #Finland by natgeo


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Photo by @yamashitaphoto: Omori, Shimane Prefecture. A perfectly preserved Edo period samurai town and world heritage site, The town is connected to Iwami Ginzan, a silver mine active from 1526 to 1923, at the time, one of the largest in the world. #Japan #Iwamiginzan @thephotosociety @natgeocreative by natgeo


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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo First leopard I saw one morning in Yala National Park #SriLanka. I’m just finished shooting my worldwide #leopard story, for @natgeo showcasing the world’s most adaptable, but persecuted, big cat. And for Nat Geo Wild a one hour TV program! National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing big cats. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out more about Build a Boma and other ways to become involved to save big cats! @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #leopard #photooftheday by natgeo


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Tumalog Falls - Philippines ✨πŸƒπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸƒ✨ Picture by ✨✨@RapzkieGeson✨✨ by wonderful_places


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Photograph by @yamashitaphoto: bamboo blowing in the wind, Omori, Shimane Prefecture. #Japan #world heritage #iwamiginzan @thephotosociety @natgeocreative by natgeo


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@RobertClarkphoto I shot these #JellyFish at the #Aquarium in #Toronto, it is one of the most entrancing and relaxing scenes I have every seen. They are not only beautiful but very interesting in an evolutionary sense. Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Scyphozoans are exclusively marine, but some hydrozoans live in freshwater. Large, often colorful, jellyfish are common in coastal zones worldwide. Jellyfish have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years, and possibly 700 million years or more, making them the oldest multi-organ animal. #Evolution #Darwin @ThePhotoSociety @InstitueArtist by natgeo


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Photo @lucalocatelliphoto After a long journey I'm leaving Indonesia tomorrow. I will always remember the amazing places I've discovered like the Belitung Island in Sumatra. Here is Tanjung Tinggi, a wonderful bay where gigantic granite stones from megalithic era are composing a spectacular scenery. Crystal clear water and very few people swim there. I hope the Indonesian government will protect and reserve this place. by natgeo


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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The four light coloured pyramids in the foreground are lake sediments around the shore of Centrum SΓΈ. They reach many 10s of meters above the current lake level, indicating that the level of the lake was once much higher than it is today. Photograph from a recent expedition, sponsored by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration to construct the first record of past climate change from caves in Greenland. by natgeo


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Photo by @stephenwilkes: Re-planned and rebuilt. A levee in New Orleans as seen from above, nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina. The change from 2005 is dramatic: resilience and restoration in some areas, abandonment in others. The colorful new buildings were designed to withstand the next hundred-year storm. This restoration project is a reminder that we have decisions to make—and some will be easier than others. #KatrinaAnniversary #levee #nola #NewOrleans #Louisiana #hope #progress by natgeo


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Photograph by @thomaspeschak A pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins socializes together, swimming inshore in the Ponta D'Ouro Marine Reserve in southern Mozambique. To get this shot I had to time things perfectly. Swimming in and out of the surf zone rapidly to avoid being pounded by sets of large waves. #mozambique #dolphins #waves #surf Shot on on assignment for @natgeo magazine. For a different image of these dolphins follow me @thomaspeschak and check my feed tomorrow. by natgeo


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Photo by @amivitale #onassignment in China for @natgeo. Panda mothers are one of the most loving creatures on the planet. They cradle their babies 24 hours a day for the first few weeks of their lives without ever putting them down. This is Ying Hua and her baby, who was born June 19th at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province. I am in China to document this year’s bumper crop of the most adorable baby pandas born at the breeding center. At birth, pandas are blind and weigh only a few onces, but in 6 months they can grow to 88 lbs. Follow me @amivitale for more adorable pandas. @ipandacam @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #pandas #babypandas #yaan #bifengxia #sichuan #conservation #natureisspeaking #china #animals #wildlife #photooftheday #photography #nature #seetheworld #photojournalism #amivitale by natgeo


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The beautiful Mt. Titlis - Switzerland ✨πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š✨ Picture by ✨✨@MThiessen✨✨ Good night world 😊😊😊 by wonderful_places


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photo by @joelsartore | A male Mountain goat at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Please #follow me at @joelsartore to see more beautiful species from the #PhotoArk. #joelsartore #photooftheday by natgeo


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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial Rainbow over Rufiji River in marvelous Selous,Tanziania where I keep coming back for work. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see an impala taking cover during a torrential rain storm! Covering 50,000 km2, the Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Africa, famous for its large numbers of elephants, black rhinos, wild dogs and other big game. But extensive poaching has led to a tragic decline in its elephant and rhino populations whose numbers have dropped by nearly 90 % since the reserve was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1982. Please support WWF! #selous #stoppoaching #beautiful #africa #rainbow #green @natgeo @thephotosociety by natgeo


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Scottish Moments: Full moon rising over the moors neat Tomintoul in the Highlands. #Scotland @natgeocreative @natgeotravel Photo by @jimrichardsonng by natgeo


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Photo by @BrianSkerry Happy International Whale Shark Day! The largest fish in the ocean, a whale shark, feeds on plankton and fish eggs in the waters off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This region is home to one of the largest gatherings of whale sharks in the world each year. For more shark and ocean wildlife photos #follow @BrianSkerry. @thephotosociety #sharks, #mexico #sharklove by natgeo


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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo In an article in The Dodo, NG Explorer Dr. Jane Goodall says: "Lions, leopards, sable antelopes, giraffes and all the other sport or trophy animals are beautiful – but only in life. In death they represent the sad victims of a sadistic desire to attract praise from their friends at the expense of innocent creatures. And when they claim they respect their victims and experience emotions of happiness at the time of the killing, then surely this must be the joy of a diseased mind? “ Here a lioness waits for her turn to feed on a giraffe under the milky way. We need to make sure all the big cats, elephants, rhinos their other animal cousins and the landscape that is so important to them - and us is around for the future. If you save the forests of the world like the Amazon for the jaguar and puma, central African forests for lions, leopards elephants etc. the forests of India and south Asia for the tiger - we help save ourselves. 50% of our oxygen comes from forests - the other from our oceans. 75% of all fresh water in one way comes from forests. So the air we breathe and the water we drink comes from the homes of these precious animals. I photographed this lioness for my worldwide #leopard story, for @natgeo showcasing the world’s most adaptable, but persecuted, big cat. And for Nat Geo Wild a one hour TV program! Check out Nick Nichols Serengeti Lion site on natgeo.com National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing big cats. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out more about Build a Boma and other ways to become involved to save big cats! @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #leopard #photooftheday #bigcatsforever #photojournalism #wildlife #animals #nature #swfoto by natgeo


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Photograph by @thomaspeschak The shallow Danajon Bank used to be one of the most productive marine realms in the Philippines, but decades of overfishing have taken its toll. Today seaweed farming is often the only viable economic activity left for many impoverished communities. Conservation and social up-liftment programs by @projectseahorse and other NGOs are trying to improve the odds for both people and biodiversity. Nature Tourism, sustainable aquarium fisheries and a novel project that turns discarded fishing nets into carpet tiles are all designed to help restore the Danajon's Banks once legendary productivity and diversity. @ilcp_photographers @thephotosociety @natgeocreative For more images from this unique marine realm and the conservation measures to protect it please follow @thomaspeschak by natgeo


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A new Milky Way Panorama for you [1638x2048] [OC]


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An awesome picture of Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy [2700 x 1955]


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