Category Archives: Image

Awesome Panoramic picture of mars

NASA released a 360 degree panoramic picture of the Martian terrain taken by Opportunity, the mars exploration rover. I guess scientists actually CAN take a decent picture? Pretty amazing if you ask me!

This full-circle scene combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. It shows the terrain that surrounded the rover while it was stationary for four months of work during its most recent Martian winter.

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saturn ring effects

I love the pictures from the NASA Cassini mission. This one is especially interesting because it displays the gravitational effects that Saturn’s moons have on its rings. You can see that it almost has a ripple effect as if it were flowing through a liquid.

Saturn’s moons Daphnis and Pan demonstrate their effects on the planet’s rings in this view from the Cassini spacecraft.

Read more here.

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Awesome view of a high pressure system

I love these satellite pictures. High pressure systems are usually an indication of great weather with clear skies. The skies are clear because air is descending in a high pressure system rather than ascending (which creates clouds as the water vapor condenses). Because this high pressure system is in the southern hemisphere it is turning in a counter-clock wise direction. At the edge of the high pressure system, you can see evidence of this rotation from the angled streaks of the clouds.

Enjoy this one. Got an AMAZING time lapse coming up soon 🙂

Read more about it at the UK Guardian here.

The cloud hole, with a diameter that stretched as far as 620 miles across, was caused by sinking air associated with an area of high pressure near the surface. Globally, the average sea-level pressure is about 1013 millibars; at the centre of this high, pressures topped 1,040 millibars

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Gorgeous map of earthquakes since 1898

John Nelson from IDV Solutions has mapped out all of the earthquakes on Earth since 1898. The firefly like glow of the earthquakes represents the earthquake intensity; the more yellow the color is, the more intense the earthquake. Stunningly beautiful and a great representational tool of plate tectonics.

It took me awhile to figure out where the USA was because the continents are pretty faint. If you look on the lower right side of the image you can easily find South America to the right of the bright line of earthquakes. From there you can easily find your bearings… Let’s hope…

So off topic, but are quakes on Mars called Marsquakes? What about Jupiterquakes? Uranusquakes… Hehehe. Sunquakes exist (see previous post), so I guess so!

Read more here: LiveScience