Saturday, October 31, 2015

photo by @joelsartore | Pumpkin or porcupine? Meet Halsey, an female albino porcupine being nursed back to health by Nebraska Wildlife Rehab in Louisville, NE. NWR saves the lives of thousands of injured animals each year, including this one, who was hit by a car a few months ago but is expected to make a full recovery. See http://bit.ly/1GTF8TB to learn more, and Happy #Halloween! #Follow me at @joelsartore to see more members of the #PhotoArk. #photooftheday #joelsartore by natgeo


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In honor of bat week, here is a pallid bat flying in Khaleel Razak’s lab at UC Riverside. The lab studies how bat brains process auditory signals. The pallid bat is a gleaner, which means it uses its big ears to listen for insects which it picks off the ground. They can even eat scorpions and appear to be immune to their venom. When they are resting, they can fold down their ears like an accordion to minimize heat loss. Photo by @anandavarma #bat #batweek #UCRiverside #flight #pallidbat by natgeo


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Photo by @daviddoubilet A ghoulish wolffish peers from its den on the steep slopes of the Bonne Bay #Fjord in Newfoundland. On assignment with @natgeo with @jenniferhayesig @natgeocreative #scary #halloween #monster #canada #Newfoundland #fishface #halloween by natgeo


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The Milky Way Over Monument Valley


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Ghosts and Star Trails


Don't be scared. Stars won't fall from the sky and ghosts won't really haunt your neighborhood tonight. But it looks like they might be doing just that in this eerie picture of an eccentric old abandoned house in moonlight. A treat for the eye the image is a trick of stacked multiple exposures, 60 frames exposed for 25 seconds each. While the digital frames were recorded with a camera fixed to a tripod stars traced concentric arcs about the north celestial pole, only a reflection of planet Earth's rotation on its axis. Conveniently marked by bright star Polaris, the pole could be positioned above the peaks of the deserted dwelling. Wrapped in a blanket to stay warm, the photographer's own movements during the exposures were blended into the ghostly apparitions. Of course, the grinning Jack-o-Lantern is there to wish you a safe and Happy Halloween! via NASA http://go.nasa.gov/1KOA8Lg

New NASA Images: The Geysers of Saturn's Enceladus


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Image of the Day: Ancient Mystery Earthworks So Massive NASA is Imaging Them From Space


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@natgeo Photograph by David Coventry @davidcoventry While on a late night tour of The Met this beautiful Goddess caught my eye. Egyptian “Coffin of Udjaersen. The inner faces of Udjaersen’s coffin present two views of the sky goddess Nut, drawn on a background of magical spells. On the inner side of the box, the goddess who’s name is written above her head faces right. The drawing on the inner face of the lid, in front of the deceased’s eyes, shown the nude goddess frontally, the sun between her hands and, at the same time, giving birth to the sun. The drawing is a symbolic rendering of the sun’s journey during the day, while the birth represents the dawn” approx 664-525 BC description courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC , #natgeo #nationalgeopraphic #themet #metropolitanmuseumofart #newyorkcity #archeology #ancientegypt #iphone6 #magic #egyptianmythology #egyptiangoddess by natgeo


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Photo @ladzinski / The remains of a beached wooden boat setting the perfect foreground tone for this stormy view of the #VestrahornMountains, #stokksness beach South East Iceland. by natgeo


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Photo by @haarbergphoto (Erlend Haarberg) Early morning lights in the Curvature Carpathians. In autumn, low-lying clouds form after rain which look amazing from the peaks, standing above the clouds at sunrise. #carpathians #fog #forest #transylvania #romania @thephotosociety @natgeocreative by natgeo


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Photo by @jimmy_chin After almost 20 days on the mountain and having to turn around a few hundred feet from the summit, @conrad_anker rappels through the lunar landscape of the Sharks Fin on Mount Meru. #Garwhal #Himalaya @thephotosociety by natgeo


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A mother polar bear sits up in a bed of kelp so she can nurse her young cub on the shores of Hudson Bay, Manitoba. She is waiting for the sea ice to freeze so she can head out on this frozen platform from which she will hunt seals to replenish her depleted energy and fat reserves. In some places of the Arctic, such as northern Norway and Russia, the temperature has risen by as much as 15 degrees F. There are places where there is available sea ice for 20 fewer weeks each year. Please check out the Climate Change special issue in National Geographic this month. #followme on @paulnicklen to see an entire body of work on the most important topic of our time. #arctic #polarbear #nurse #nursing #mother#gratitude #explore #nature #smile #love #beauty #adventure #travel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #instagood #tbt #follow #followme #photooftheday #happy #tagforlikes #beautiful #like #picoftheday #summer #fun #friends by natgeo


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What Thirty Years of Female Friendship Looks Like (13 photos)


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China Building World's Most Massive Particle Accelerator --"Capable of Producing Millions of Higgs Bosons"


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The Large Magellanic Cloud [2000×1069] Photographed by Eddie Trimarchi


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NASA Kepler Mission: "Finding Alien Worlds with a Play of Light and Shadow"


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Photo by @jtkerby | These are not the fangs of a vampire, but rather the huge canines of a male gelada monkey. These large teeth are primarily used for fighting or signaling other monkeys, or even as a defense against predators. They are not, however, used for hunting other animals because geladas live on a diet that is almost totally comprised of grass and herbs. To survive on this strange diet (for a monkey), geladas have also evolved specialized molars that researchers at the Guassa Gelada Research Project (study led by NatGeo Young Explorer Vivek Venkataraman [@vivekvasivvv]) have found allow them to chew more efficiently than any other primate species. You're unlikely to bump into these specialized teeth anytime soon unless you find yourself in the chilly highlands of Ethiopia as geladas can be found nowhere else! | Shot #OnAssignment for @natgeo alongside fellow photographer @tbfrost. | Additional generous support from the #NatGeo #ExpeditionsCouncil | #Guassa #Ethiopia #Primate #Nature #Gelada #Wildlife #Monkey | More monkey and behind the scenes photos from life in the the field @jtkerby by natgeo


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Photo @ladzinski / #MtKilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain towering at 19,341ft tall. The hike to the top passes through 5 distinct ecosystems which you witness in slow and steady progress as you make your way to the summit. The first documented Summit was in 1889. Today the mountain sees some 25,000 summit visitors each year. @mikelibecki and @lilliana_libecki seen here staring at the summit from our basecamp on day 4 of our approach. by natgeo


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Photo by @ciriljazbec / Police hold the front of a line of thousands of refugees in Rigonce, Slovenia. An estimated 70,000 migrants and refugees—mostly fleeing war and violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq—crossed over a bridge from Croatia into Rigonce on their way to Germany and Austria. Many of them have already spent weeks traveling by boat, train and foot before reaching this small village of 176 residents. See more pictures and read the full story on National Geographic News. @natgeo @ciriljazbec #natgeonews #refugees #migrants #refugeecrisis #migrantcrisis #slovenia #rigonce http://ift.tt/1NBq908 by natgeo


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Photo by @jimmy_chin Always good to remember even the worst storms eventually pass - literally or figuratively. @sonnietrotter keeping it positive and gearing up for a clear weather window in the morning. Canadian Rockies, Alberta. #mounttemple @thephotosociety by natgeo


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Photo by @james_balog Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) capped by a veil of lenticular clouds. A dusting of snow from the previous night enhances the textured gullies and ridges formed by a past history of lava flows and ash clouds. I just returned from a successful trip to the summit where I spent a couple of days exploring and photographing the ephemeral and disappearing glaciers and ice fields. My #extremeicesurvey work continues along with a few new projects that focus on environmental change and inspiring a balanced relationship with #nature. Follow me on @james_balog to see more from my trip to #Kilimanjaro as well as our continued photographic exploration of the #anthropocene. #ClimateChange #ArtPlusScience by natgeo


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Photo by @stevemccurryofficial // "I shot this coal miner in Pul-e-Khumri, capital of Baghlan Province in the north of Afghanistan. Despite the coal dust covering his face, he exudes a sense of dignity and pride. Christopher Kremmer in his book, Carpet Wars, said, "...they are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud." Please check out our current project in Afghanistan: @imagine_asia by natgeo


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iPhone photo by @stephenwilkes : In a city known for its skyscrapers, it's nice to know that these views still exist. #iPhoneonly #CentralPark #trees #fall by natgeo


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Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo. It was an incredible experience to dive and explore the underwater caves of the Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Mexico. To see my favorite image that I have ever taken while diving in these stunning caves, please #followme on @paulnicklen // With @cristinamittermeier and Guillermo De Anda. #gratitude #explore #nature #dive #smile #love #beauty #adventure #travel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @sea_legacy #instagood #tbt #follow #followme #photooftheday #happy #tagforlikes #beautiful #like #picoftheday #summer #fun #friends by natgeo


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During STS-95, John Glenn's return to space, shooting for @natgeo, I was able to light and shoot the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL). A measure of how closely @natgeo & space program worked together on coverages over the years that this rare opp was made available. STS-95 astronauts were training there for EVA. (Not John Glenn.) Amazing facility w entire space shuttle mockup dropped into it. by natgeo


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Cooler than cool. Processed pics from the Oct. 28 #Enceladus flyby by @NASA's #Cassini mission to #Saturn include this surface stunner. Info: http://go.nasa.gov/1LGs0A5 #space #science #planet #moon #ice #NASA #JPL #NASABeyond by nasajpl


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Photo by @ciriljazbec / A new group of migrants arrived early in the morning. One of them had brought along football and despite the cold and foggy weather they immediately started playing soccer on the field. It was pleasant to watch how much they enjoyed the game and how they forgot on all the troubles surrounding them for a moment. See more pictures and read the full story on National Geographic News. @natgeo @ciriljazbec #refugees #migrants #refugeecrisis #migrantcrisis #Slovenia #Rigonce #Europe http://ift.tt/1NBq908 by natgeo


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photo by @joelsartore | Check out these #adorable chinstrap penguins at @newport_aquarium. They can dive up to 230 feet into the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean! #Follow me, @joelsartore, to see more members of the #PhotoArk. #joelsartore #photooftheday #penguin by natgeo


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Photo by @daviddoubilet A spine-cheeked clownfish (anemonefish) stands out in the bright white tentacles of its host anemone in #KimbeBay #PapuaNewGuinea. The pure white anemone may be beautiful to look at but it is a symbol of stress, coral bleaching and #climatechange. Higher than normal sea temperatures caused the anemone to lose its photosynthetic algae and its normally rich coloration. Clownfish and their host anemones are a biological barometers of coral reef health. With @JenniferHayesig @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #CoralTriangle #coralreef #nemo #beauty #coralreef #elnino #coralbleaching by natgeo


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The Witch Head Nebula


Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble .... maybe Macbeth should have consulted the Witch Head Nebula. A frighteningly shaped reflection nebula, this cosmic crone is about 800 light-years away though. Its malevolent visage seems to glare toward nearby bright star Rigel in Orion, just off the right edge of this frame. More formally known as IC 2118, the interstellar cloud of dust and gas is nearly 70 light-years across, its dust grains reflecting Rigel's starlight. In this composite portrait, the nebula's color is caused not only by the star's intense bluish light but because the dust grains scatter blue light more efficiently than red. The same physical process causes Earth's daytime sky to appear blue, although the scatterers in planet Earth's atmosphere are molecules of nitrogen and oxygen. via NASA http://ift.tt/1WnLsog

Active Regions Blossoming


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Photos of the Week: 10/24-10/30 (35 photos)


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Close View of Saturn's Moon Enceladus From Oct. 28 Flyby


This unprocessed "raw" image of Saturn's icy, geologically active moon Enceladus was acquired by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its dramatic Oct. 28, 2015 flyby in which the probe passed about 30 miles (49 kilometers) above the moon's south polar region. via NASA http://ift.tt/1MxNoLy

Astrophysicists May Soon Announce Earth's Twin Around a Distant Star --"Exotic Clouds or Haze a Key"


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NASA: "Spiral Stars Signal the Presence of Giant Planets"


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Hubble snaps image of space oddity 'Hanny’s Voorwerp' [1194 x 1674]


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Week In Images


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The echoing of light through space caused by an unusual stellar outburst in January 2002; NASA, European Space Agency, and H.E. Bond [2048 x 1536]


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LDN1251 and a bonus galaxy [2810x2300][OS][OC]


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Ceres rotating in the dark [718 x 404] [GIF]


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Manicouagan Crater


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

IC 1871: Inside the Soul Nebula


This cosmic close-up looks deep inside the Soul Nebula. The dark and brooding dust clouds outlined by bright ridges of glowing gas are cataloged as IC 1871. About 25 light-years across, the telescopic field of view spans only a small part of the much larger Heart and Soul nebulae. At an estimated distance of 6,500 light-years the star-forming complex lies within the Perseus spiral arm of the Milky Way, seen in planet Earth's skies toward the constellation Cassiopeia. An example of triggered star formation, the dense star-forming clouds of IC 1871 are themselves sculpted by the intense winds and radiation of the region's massive young stars. This color image adopts a palette made popular in Hubble images of star-forming regions. via NASA http://ift.tt/1kdERR7

Karen Main (@dogzillalives) can create one of her bewitching, multi-tentacle polymer clay pieces in one day, with another day to paint them. Not bad for an artist who only began working with polymer five years ago just for the fun of it. “I was doing beadwork for a while,” says Karen, who lives in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. “There were cool things online incorporating polymer clay, so I started trying it. It’s easy to work with.” However the glass eyes, which feature so prominently in her work, are a bit more of a challenge. Unable to find them inexpensively, Karen started making her own and strives to keep making them more detailed. As for the slithery tentacles? “I have a lot of love for weird sea creatures,” she explains. Yet, while her sculptures might give some people goose bumps, she has no plans for Halloween. “I’m just normally very quiet and I don’t like to talk to people,” she says. “I sit in my own little world and make monsters.” Photo by @dogzillalives by instagram


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