Satellite likely incinerated as it returned to Earth

The satellite ran out of fuel Oct. 21 and had been steadily losing altitude since, tugged by Earth\'s gravity.The 1.2-ton GOCE satellite is small in comparison to other spacecraft that recently crashed back into the atmosphere.In January 2012, Russia\'s failed 14-ton Phobos-Grunt Mars probe returned. In 2011, NASA\'s 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite and Germany\'s … Continue reading Satellite likely incinerated as it returned to Earth

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Top 10 Spitzer Nebula Stunners: Photos : Discovery News

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was launched 10 years ago and has since peeled back an infrared veil on the Cosmos. The mission has worked in parallel with NASA's other "Great Observatories" (Hubble and Chandra) to provide coverage of the emissions from galaxies, interstellar dust, comet tails and the solar system's planets. But some of the … Continue reading Top 10 Spitzer Nebula Stunners: Photos : Discovery News

Astronomy and Art.

Awesome…very talented too!

Starry Night rendition
Starry Night rendition

Astronomy and Law

My very artistic niece sent me a link to a very cool rendition of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ that was recreated by an astronomer using Hubble images.

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From the Open Culture Website: Last year, Alex Parker, a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, created a mosaic of Starry Night using 100 Hubble photos. Alex downloaded the photos from the European Space Agency’s website, popped them into a free digital art software package called AndreaMosaic to make the image above. The high-res image can be found here.

The more challenging aspect of the image would be to figure out each of the little panels used to make the image.  How many can you name without looking?

Alternatively, I might use some of my own images and see what great works of art I can come up with.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid…

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Inner Space – Marble Caves

Gorgeous and surreal! I wanna go!
Marble Caves

Astronomy and Law

Normally, I show a lot of space related stuff (hence the name of the blog), but every once and a while you need to look inward at the beauty of our little (and I do mean little) part of the Universe.  I want to go to Chile to visit the great astronomical telescopes high in the mountains.  But after seeing these pictures, I have another reason to want to visit.  Enjoy.

Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

 Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

The Marble Caves of Patagonia, Chile, are beautiful vibrant blue caverns, partially submerged in the equally stunning turquoise waters of Carrera Lake. The lake itself is on the border of Argentina and Chile, with the caves located on the Chilean side. The caves are comprised of three main caverns: the Chapel (La Capilla), the Cathedral (El Catedral), and the Cave (La Cueva). Visitors to the caves can explore them in a small boat or kayak…

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