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  • 21.
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    7 months ago
    by katymac
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    Stay up late, or go to bed early?

  • 22.
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    10 months ago
    by katymac
    +33

    What's your secret?

  • 23.
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    10 months ago
    by spacepopper
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    The Last Days of Venus as the Evening Star

    That's not a young crescent Moon poised above the hills along the western horizon at sunset. It's Venus in a crescent phase. About 54 million kilometers away and less than 20 percent illuminated, it was captured by telescope and camera on September 30 near Bacau, Romania. The bright celestial beacon is now languishing in the evening twilight, its days as the Evening Star in 2018 coming to a close. But it also grows larger in apparent size and becomes an ever thinner crescent in telescopic views.

  • 24.
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    8 months ago
    by katymac
    +24

    Stay Positive

    Building anything or getting anywhere isn’t always going to be easy. Keep moving. Stay positive.

  • 25.
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    9 months ago
    by spacepopper
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    Gibbous Moon beyond Swedish Mountain

    This is a gibbous Moon. More Earthlings are familiar with a full moon, when the entire face of Luna is lit by the Sun, and a crescent moon, when only a sliver of the Moon's face is lit. When more than half of the Moon is illuminated, though, but still short of full illumination, the phase is called gibbous. Rarely seen in television and movies, gibbous moons are quite common in the actual night sky.

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    11 months ago
    by spacepopper
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    A Solar Filament Erupts

    What's happened to our Sun? Nothing very unusual -- it just threw a filament. Toward the middle of 2012, a long standing solar filament suddenly erupted into space producing an energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The filament had been held up for days by the Sun's ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosion shot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth's magnetosphere.

  • 27.
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    11 months ago
    by katymac
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    The Mighty Oak

  • 28.
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    7 months ago
    by Jourdy288
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    Bittersweet, after the storm.

    Connecticut got hit by quite a bit of snow and ice over the weekend; after the storm had passed, it left behind a lot of beautiful things.

  • 29.
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    2 months ago
    by MontgomeryLaw
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    Secure Your Loads, People!

    This lucky driver (a 35-year-old Florida woman) was somehow mostly unscathed after a large piece of plywood impaled the vehicle’s windshield at highway speeds.

  • 30.
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    11 months ago
    by TNY
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    The Galaxy Tree

    First came the trees. In the town of Salamanca, Spain, the photographer noticed how distinctive a grove of oak trees looked after being pruned. Next came the galaxy.

  • 31.
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    11 months ago
    by spacepopper
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    Aerosol Earth

    On August 23, 2018 the identification and distribution of aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere is shown in this dramatic, planet-wide visualization. Produced in real time, the Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS FP) model relies on a combination of Earth-observing satellite and ground-based data to calculate the presence of types of aerosols, tiny solid particles and liquid droplets, as they circulate above the entire planet. This August 23rd model shows black carbon particles in red from combustion processes, like smoke from the fires in the United States and Canada, spreading across large stretches of North America.

  • 32.
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    12 months ago
    by spacepopper
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    Space Station Flight Over Hurricane Lane

    Taken on August 22, 2018.

  • 33.
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    10 months ago
    by spacepopper
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    Halo of the Cat's Eye

    Not a Falcon 9 rocket launch after sunset, the Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky. Its haunting symmetries are seen in the very central region of this composited picture, processed to reveal an enormous but extremely faint halo of gaseous material, over three light-years across. Made with data from ground- and space-based telescopes it shows the extended emission which surrounds the brighter, familiar planetary nebula. Planetary nebulae have long been appreciated as a final phase in the life of a sun-like star. But only more recently have some planetaries been found to have halos like this one.

  • 34.
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    1 year ago
    by paddystacks
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    California Fires as Seen From the Space Station

    The Earth, in all its majesty and its tragedy, is the subject of images taken aboard the International Space Station. This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires was captured by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex), on August 3, 2018, from the station. "California burning. These fires are frightening to watch, even from space. Here's a shout-out from space to all firefighters on this planet, my former colleagues. Stay safe my friends!" Gerst, a geophysicist and volcanologist, wrote on his Twitter account.

  • 35.
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    9 months ago
    by TNY
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    Smuggler's Notch

    I arrived early in the morning to the walkway by Smuggler's Notch to find the whole area engulfed by a void of fog. I was exploring around and shooting some reflections of the trees in a nearby pond when I suddenly noticed the fog was slowly receding, revealing the amazingly colorful foliage on the hills. It was a pretty magical start to my week-long photography stay-cation in Vermont.

  • 36.
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    1 year ago
    by TNY
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    The One True Monolith

    Uluru. Needs no explanation. Truly difficult to capture the massiveness of this sandstone formation. Every cleft and imperfection has cultural/"Dreamtime" significance. Unfortunately, the bush flies kept me from staying longer. You can see the smoke from controlled spinifex burnings begins the rock. You can see in the middle, a group of people walking on top. Picking up some Aboriginal hitchhikers, their first question was if I had climbed it.

  • 37.
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    10 months ago
    by spacepopper
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    Jupiter in Ultraviolet from Hubble

    Jupiter looks a bit different in ultraviolet light. To better interpret Jupiter's cloud motions and to help NASA's robotic Juno spacecraft understand the planetary context of the small fields that it sees, the Hubble Space Telescope is being directed to regularly image the entire Jovian giant. The colors of Jupiter being monitored go beyond the normal human visual range to include both ultraviolet and infrared light.

  • 38.
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    1 year ago
    by katymac
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    Failure is treasure

  • 39.
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    11 months ago
    by katymac
    +26

    Perfection

    It doesn't exist. So get moving.

  • 40.
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    4 months ago
    by katymac
    +8

    Career Growth