I took these pictures. I saw this with my own eyes. I am forever changed. And I’m giving you the whole sequence here, because why not? I was tapping the shutter on my iPod rapidly, as fast as it would let me, and then I put it down and just watched.
Archives for February 2011
I’ve decided that being able to post MY VERY OWN SPACE PICTURE is an awesome feeling, beyond my capability to describe. I hope I have another VERY OWN picture to post tomorrow, and I will say no more that might border on jinxing anything.
A beautiful Hubble Heritage image for your Wednesday!
A mere 46 million light-years distant, spiral galaxy NGC 2841 can be found in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. This sharp view of the gorgeous island universe shows off a striking yellow nucleus and galactic disk. Dust lanes, small, pink star-forming regions, and young blue star clusters are embedded in the patchy, tightly wound spiral arms. In contrast, many other spirals exhibit grand, sweeping arms with large star-forming regions. NGC 2841 has a diameter of over 150,000 light-years, even larger than our own Milky Way, but this close-up Hubble image spans about 34,000 light-years along the galaxy’s inner region. X-ray images suggest that resulting winds and stellar explosions create plumes of hot gas extending into a halo around NGC 2841.
Okay, so here I am again — Thursday looks very promising for an on-time space shuttle launch, and NASA has extended our security clearances so I will be coming to you LIVE from the KSC press site! Here’s a handy list of links to my photos and updates:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/silverrockets (I have set Twitter to update my Facebook, for those connected to me there.)
Blog: You are here. Let’s see what happens on Thursday!
There are no formal NASA Tweetup “events” this time around, but there are ~110 of us coming back, so I’m sure the #nasatweetup tag will be in heavy use, and therefore NASA Buzzroom will be the happening place (no Twitter acct required to view!)
Safe travels to all my fellow NASA Tweetup friends – see you in FL!
This true colour image of the giant planet Jupiter, by NASA and ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope, reveals the impact sites of fragments ‘D’ and ‘G’ from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
Here’s a couple of space-inspired rings for your Thursday! I guess I’m in a jewelry mood. Normally this would be my every-other-weekly crafting session, this morning, but we’re having a snow day.
Above, you can’t go wrong with lapis lazuli (the sky, the stars….) Below, a terrific wire-work spiral galaxy for the finger. (I have no desire to learn wire—more of a stringing person, myself—but it’s beautiful stuff!)