Thursday, December 31, 2015

Solstice Sun at Lulworth Cove


A southern exposure and striking symmetry made Lulworth Cove, along the Jurassic Coast of England, planet Earth a beautiful setting during December's Solstice. Five frames in this dramatic composite view follow the lowest arc of the Sun, from sunrise to sunset, during the shortest day of the year. The solstice arc spans about 103 degrees at this northern latitude. Of course, erosion by wave action has produced the cove's remarkable shape in the coastal limestone layers. The cove's narrow entrance is responsible, creating a circular wave diffraction pattern. The wave pattern is made clearer by the low solstice Sun. via NASA http://go.nasa.gov/1NYvv3O

Cat Sleeping 2


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Cat Sleeping


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Cat Sleeping 2


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Cat Sleeping


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[1920x1080] can anyone tell me what this is?


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 21.4


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 21.3


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 21.2


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 21.1


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 17


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 16


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 15


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[OC] Starry moon [1054x1004]


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Lift off of the Mercury-Redstone vehicle with Alan B. Shepard aboard. During the 15-minute suborbital flight, Shepard would become the first American in space. May 5, 1961. [1140 x 900]


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A cosmic question in NGC 4696 [3864 x 1820]


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Happy New Year's Eve! For some celestial fireworks, here's a composite of 40 meteors I captured during 6 hours this summer over Lassen Peak in Northern California. [OC][2500x1875]


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"Beyond the Higgs" --Hints That the Universe Could Suddenly Collapse (2015 Most Popular)


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[OC]Morning planets over Vistula River in Torun, Poland [1280x853]


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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Fox Fur Nebula


This interstellar canine is formed of cosmic dust and gas interacting with the energetic light and winds from hot young stars. The shape, visual texture, and color, combine to give the region the popular name Fox Fur Nebula. The characteristic blue glow on the left is dust reflecting light from the bright star S Mon, the bright star just below the top edge of the featured image. Textured red and black areas are a combination of the cosmic dust and reddish emission from ionized hydrogen gas. S Mon is part of a young open cluster of stars, NGC 2264, located about 2,500 light years away toward the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). via NASA http://ift.tt/1RRhE5q

A Year of Syria's War Seen Through the Lens of Bassam Khabieh (42 photos)


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The Alps in Winter


European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut and Expedition 46 Flight Engineer Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) photographed the Alps from orbit on Dec. 27, 2015 and later shared the image with his social media followers, writing, "There may not be much snow in the Alps this winter but they still look stunning from here! #Principia" via NASA http://ift.tt/1miLof5

Hubble Hints at Source of Milky Way's Titanic Eruption 2 Million Years Ago (2015 Most Popular)


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Scientists Identify Fragments of Primordial Proteins that Existed 3.5 Billion Years Ago


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The Carina Nebula in Near Infrared [2048×1541] Photographed by Rolf Wahl Olsen


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dust of the Orion Nebula


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Dust of the Orion Nebula


What surrounds a hotbed of star formation? In the case of the Orion Nebula -- dust. The entire Orion field, located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with intricate and picturesque filaments of dust. Opaque to visible light, dust is created in the outer atmosphere of massive cool stars and expelled by a strong outer wind of particles. The Trapezium and other forming star clusters are embedded in the nebula. The intricate filaments of dust surrounding M42 and M43 appear brown in the featured image, while central glowing gas is highlighted in red. Over the next few million years much of Orion's dust will be slowly destroyed by the very stars now being formed, or dispersed into the Galaxy. via NASA http://ift.tt/1PuLd9H

Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 14


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 13


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 12


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 11


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 10


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 9


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 8


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 7


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 6


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 5


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 4


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 3


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 2


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Spiral Wizard Tower Crossroads Station 1


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Halo around the Christmas Full Moon (Long Exposure) [2400x1734]


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NASA/Hubble: "Human Civilization Has Arrived Early in the Universe" (2015 Most Popular)


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Reading the Alphabet From Space


NASA's Earth Observatory has tracked down images resembling all 26 letters of the English alphabet using only NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography. In this image, the letter 'Y' is for yardangs, elongated landforms sculpted by erosion and similar to sand dunes, but instead comprised of sandstone or siltstone. via NASA http://ift.tt/1ZzD7Bo

Two stars of the DI Cha star system shine through the center of a ring of cascading dust; ESA/Hubble,NASA, Judy Schmidt [2048 x 1536]


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'Does This Tiny Ocean World Harbor Life?'--NASA's Last Flyby of Saturn's Geyser Moon, Enceladus


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Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest (13 photos)


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