Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category

No Burqas


(Guardian) – Jon Henley:

A Norwegian anti-immigrant group has been roundly ridiculed after members apparently mistook a photograph of six empty bus seats posted on its Facebook page for a group of women wearing burqas. …

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no burqas

How Whales Sleep


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

A photographer went up close to a pod of giant sperm whales and captured incredible photos of the animals asleep in a vertical pose, a rare sight. …

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Sleeping sperm whales

Street View in Space


(Atlantic Science) – Marina Koren:

New images on Google Maps were taken by an astronaut as he floated from module to module inside the International Space Station. …

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Google maps interior view of ISS

Billions of New Neighbours?


(ESO PoTW) – Astronomers estimate that the Milky Way contains at least between 25 to 100 billion brown dwarfs. RCW 38 probably contains even more less massive, fainter brown dwarfs, which are beyond the detection limits of this image — so this new estimate could actually be a significant underestimation. Further surveys will reveal the true number of brown dwarfs lurking in the Milky Way. …

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ESO potw1729: Brown dwarfs in star cluster RCW 38

The Great. Red. Spot.


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

On July 11, 2017, at 00:55 UTC, the armored tank of a space probe Juno reached perijove, the closest point in its orbit over the mighty planet Jupiter. Screaming above the cloud tops at over 200,000 kilometers per hour — fast enough to cross the continental Unites States in a minute and a half — it took eleven minutes and 33 seconds to reach the Great Red Spot. …

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Great Red Spot on 2017-07-11, by Juno

Thousands of Galaxies in One Frame


(National Geographic) – Catherine Zuckerman:

A groundbreaking telescopic portrait reveals galaxies millions of light-years away, and colors the human eye can’t see. …

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Murchison Widefield Array telescope below Milky Way and radio galaxy Centaurus A

Betelgeuse Captured By ALMA


(ESO PoTW) – This orange blob shows the nearby star Betelgeuse, as seen by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). This is the first time that ALMA has ever observed the surface of a star and this first attempt has resulted in the highest-resolution image of Betelgeuse available. …

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Betelgeuse, by ALMA

Fomalhaut’s Debris Disc


(ESO PoTW) –

Fomalhaut is one of the brightest stars in the sky. At roughly 25 light-years away the star lies especially close to us, and can be seen shining brightly in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus (The Southern Fish). This image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows Fomalhaut (centre) encircled by a ring of dusty debris — this is the first time this scene has been captured at such high resolution and sensitivity at millimetre wavelengths. …

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ESO potw1721a: Fomalhaut debris disc

True Shape of the Boomerang


(ESO PoTW) – This picture shows the Boomerang Nebula, a protoplanetary nebula,  as seen by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The background purple structure, as seen in visible light with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a classic double-lobe shape with a very narrow central region. ALMA’s ability to see the cold molecular gas reveals the nebula’s more elongated shape, in orange. …

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ESO PoTW 1724a: Boomerang Nebula, by ALMA

Saturn, From Earth


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

That shot is not from the Cassini spacecraft. It was taken on June 11, 2017, using a 106 cm (42”) telescope located at the renowned Pic du Midi Observatory, located in the French Pyrénées. It’s at an elevation of nearly 3000 meters, and has an unusually steady air flow past it. That’s important: A steady atmosphere means less twinkling, less distortion of the light from astronomical objects. That means images taken there have very high resolution, and I’ve always been very impressed with what I’ve seen coming from that location. …

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Damian Peach, Emil Kraaikamp e.a.:Saturn on 2017-06-11, from Pic du Midi