Monthly Archives: July 2012

Incredibly active aurora in Grand Rapids, MN

The intensity of the solar storm in mid-July was incredible. Very rarely does aurora reach as far south as this. Let alone be as intense!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45950026″>July 15, 2012 Auroras from Grand Rapids, MN</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user10568869″>Robert John Conzemius</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Lightning captured at over 7,000 FPS

Pretty incredible stuff. Hard to believe this happens to quickly!

 

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Yet another wonderful Time Lapse from the ISS

This may be the best one I’ve seen.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45878034″>View from the ISS at Night</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/knatephoto”>Knate Myers</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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SpaceX’s Highlight reel for Dragon

In case you did not know, SpaceX recently completed their mission to attach to the ISS. Seems pretty easy? Well this is significant because it is the first privately developed space craft to do so. It is truly a turning point in our history, as private companies are now exploring and considering space exploration. Soon, you could take a trip to space. Maybe even the moon! Sign me up!

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Storms… Saturn Style.

This HUGE storm – as in the width of the storm is as large as the Earth – was captured by the Cassini spacecraft (yet again another brilliant photo from Cassini). Isn’t it amazing how illustrative the storm is? You can clearly how the storms seems to be “flowing” as well as the eddies on the edge of the storm. Lightning has even been spotted in this storm!

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Brilliant auroras from recent Solar Storm

The recent solar flare has been lighting up the night skies with beautiful aurora. This photo by Goldpaint Photography displays the brilliant purple aurora behind a background of mountains. Not to mention the cool reflection pool, too. A great work of photography!

Aurora Borealis over Sparks Lake in Central Oregon.
http://portfolio.goldpaintphotography.com/nightsky/e280C1EB5#h280c1eb5

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Incredible timelapse by an MIT PhD

Alex Rivest has a PhD in Neuroscience from MIT. Oh, and he’s competiting to be a NASA astronaunt. Oh, and one more thing, he’s put together this beautifully artistic time lapse of earth as seen from the International Space Station. You see tons of aurora, the flickering of lightning from storms on the earth and the bright lights of the world’s largest cities. He also has a blog post that answers a lot of questions you may have after watching the video. You can find it here. Enjoy!

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Aurora Dances with Jupiter, Venus, and Pleiades

Excellent shot by Doug Kiesling in Saint Cloud, MN this July. On the left of the photo is the faint aurora in pink while on the right of the photo you can see Jupiter, Venus, and Pleiades, a cluster of young stars. By young I mean 100 million years old.

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Great Photos of Giant Sun Spot

Sun spots are areas on the surface of the sun of extreme magnetic activity. Very large ones have been known to cause significant solar storms and this one is quite large. You can see the “swirling” effect in the photo caused by the strong magnetic field lines much like those that you can observe when you use a magnet to align particles of graphite.

Here’s an interesting fact: The “black” spot on the sun is about as bright as a full moon. It’s only dark because the photos are taken with settings to make them stand out against the extremely bright background.

The black and white photo gives you a great sense of depth. These sun spots are 120,000 miles in width. Yeah, about halfway to the moon. No big deal.

A quick measurement shows both are about 200,000 kilometers (120,000 miles) across – fifteen times the width of the Earth! If one end were placed on Earth, it would stretch halfway to the Moon.

 

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/07/10/huge-sunspot-group-coming-round-the-sun/

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