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creekin111 06-03-2011 09:56 AM

Images from space


NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite captures an image of the Earth's moon crossing in front of the Sun, on May 3, 2011.


Massive magnetic loops dance across the surface of the Sun in this animation from November 29, 2010.


On Oct. 6, 2008, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft successfully completed its second flyby of Mercury. The next day, the images taken during the flyby encounter began to be received back on Earth. The spectacular image shown here is one of the first to be returned and shows a WAC image of the departing planet taken about 90 minutes after the spacecraft's closest approach to Mercury. The bright crater just south of the center of the image is Kuiper, identified on images from the Mariner 10 mission in the 1970s.


A view of The second planet from the Sun, Venus, as seen on June 5, 2007 as NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft flew past. Thick clouds of sulfuric acid obscures the planet's surface completely, reflecting some sunlight back into space, while trapping heat below in a 460 C (860 F) greenhouse.


On October 28, 2010, astronauts aboard the ISS gazed down on the Earth at night and captured this scene, with Brussels, Paris, and Milan brightly lit.


Snowfall across 30 U.S. States last February shows snow from the Great Plains to New England under the cold and clear skies that followed. The storms made for a nice snowy satellite-view panorama in this February 3, 2011 GOES-13 satellite image captured at (11:45 a.m. EST).


Mars Rover Opportunity looks across the surface of the planet, a small crater nearby, in this mosaic of images acquired in May of 2011.


A close-up view of comet Hartley 2, taken as NASA's EPOXI mission approached the comet on November 4, 2010.


Outward to Saturn now, this image taken by NASA's Cassini Orbiter on April 25, 2011, shows several of Saturn's moons aligned along its rings, with Saturn's dark side taking up the left third of the image.


Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus pass high above the rings and surface of the planet below, in this image taken by Cassini on May 21, 2011.

God of War 06-03-2011 09:58 AM

Mind blowingingly cool. I have loved astronomy since I was about 5. This shit never gets old.
My mega-uber-super love of sci-fi stemmed from astronomy. The universe around us is beyond awesome and beautiful.
Those first two images of the sun, including the gif remind me of the movie Sunshine.

Cronos 06-03-2011 10:12 AM

I'm currently reading Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot which has rekindled my interest in astronomy and these images are absolutely stunning.

And the pale blue dot itself:

God of War 06-03-2011 10:17 AM

Cronos. Did you ever see Carl Sagan's Cosmos?

Cronos 06-03-2011 10:27 AM

No I haven't and should probably pick it up, it's one of the documentary series I've been meaning to watch for a long time but just haven't got round to yet.

xseanymacx 06-03-2011 11:34 AM

GoW, I think you should repost your badass space images in this thread!

vesaker 06-03-2011 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by God of War (Post 3406055)
Cronos. Did you ever see Carl Sagan's Cosmos?


Badbird 06-03-2011 04:25 PM

That ISS pic is cool. Looks like the opening scene from AVP in a way.

As for the Pale Blue Dot:

From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

Carl Sagan

Bondgirl 06-03-2011 09:48 PM

Geez it is always interesting seeing images from space.

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