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loverofbeauty:

Roy Lichtenstein: Sunshine  (original size)
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loverofbeauty:

Roy Lichtenstein: Sunshine  (original size)

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Just in case you weren’t on the moon last night. This is what earth looked like from the moon’s perspective 

Just in case you weren’t on the moon last night. This is what earth looked like from the moon’s perspective 

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elisemesner:

Projekt No.1, 1969 by unit_editions on Flickr

elisemesner:

Projekt No.1, 1969 by unit_editions on Flickr

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kenobi-wan-obi:

Science At NASA: The Opposition of Mars

Opposition date: April, 8th, 2014

By the time you finish reading this story, you’ll be about 1,000 km closer to the planet Mars.

Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter. As March gives way to April, the distance between the two planets is shrinking by about 300 km every minute. When the convergence ends in mid-April, the gulf between Earth and Mars will have narrowed to only 92 million km—a small number on the vast scale of the solar system.

Astronomers call this event an “opposition of Mars” because Mars and the Sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Mars rises in the east at sunset, and soars almost overhead at midnight, shining burnt-orange almost 10 times brighter than a 1st magnitude star.

Oppositions of Mars happen every 26 months. Of a similar encounter in the 19th century, astronomer Percival Lowell wrote that “[Mars] blazes forth against the dark background of space with a splendor that outshines Sirius and rivals the giant Jupiter himself.”

In other words, it’s really easy to see.

There are two dates of special significance:

April 8th is the date of opposition, when Mars, Earth, and the sun are arranged in a nearly-straight line.

If the orbits of Mars and Earth were perfectly circular, April 8th would also be the date of closest approach. However, planetary orbits are elliptical—that is, slightly egg-shaped—so the actual date of closest approach doesn’t come until almost a week later.

On April 14th, Earth and Mars are at their minimum distance: 92 million km, a 6+ month flight for NASA’s speediest rockets. You won’t have any trouble finding Mars on this night. The full Moon will be gliding by the Red Planet in the constellation Virgo, providing a can’t-miss “landmark” in the midnight sky.

Remarkably, on the same night that Mars is closest to Earth, there will be a total lunar eclipse. The full Moon of April 14-15 will turn as red as the Red Planet itself.

Although these dates are special, any clear night in April is a good time to look at Mars. It will be easy to see with the unaided eye even from brightly-lit cities. With a modest backyard telescope, you can view the rusty disk of Mars as well as the planet’s evaporating north polar cap, which has been tipped toward the sun since Martian summer began in February.

Experienced astro-photographers using state-of-the-art digital cameras can tease out even more—for example, dust storms, orographic clouds over Martian volcanoes, and icy fogs in the great Hellas impact basin. The view has been described by some observers as “Hubblesque.”

Update: You’re now 1000 km closer to Mars.

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spacettf:

ISS terminator MOON by dani caxete on Flickr.

spacettf:

ISS terminator MOON by dani caxete on Flickr.

lafilleblanc:

Simona Pries

  1.  paradiesfragment nr.1, 20
    Glas, teilweise bemalt, gesandstrahlt, Betonplatte gebrochen
  2. paradiesfragment nr.2, 2006
    Glas, teilweise bemalt, gesandstrahlt, Betonplatte gebrochen
  3. schichtengeteiltes licht nr.1, 2006
    Glas, teilweise bemalt, Betonplatte gebrochen

 

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androphilia:

Blacknet 2 by Tobias Møhl

androphilia:

Blacknet 2 by Tobias Møhl

androphilia:

Blacknet 1 by Tobias Møhl

androphilia:

Blacknet 1 by Tobias Møhl

brocklefferts:

Heliocentric.
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brocklefferts:

Heliocentric.

20140407

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wzu:

Venus, the sun, and an airplane.

wzu:

Venus, the sun, and an airplane.

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zuriya:

ask yourself if you drank enough water today

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spaceplasma:

Pastel Rings

The rings of Saturn have puzzled astronomers since Galileo Galilei discovered them with his telescope in 1610. Detailed study by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft in the 1980s only increased the mystery.

There are billions of ring particles in the entire ring system. The ring particle sizes range from tiny, dust-sized icy grains to a few particles as large as mountains. Two tiny moons orbit in gaps (Encke and Keeler gaps) in the rings and keep the gaps open. Other particles (10s to 100s of meters) are too tiny to see, but create propeller-shaped objects in the rings that let us know they are there. The rings are believed to be pieces of comets, asteroids or shattered moons that broke up before they reached the planet. Each ring orbits at a different speed around the planet. Information from NASA’s Cassini mission will help reveal how they formed, how they maintain their orbit and, above all, why they are there in the first place.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This is a turn on.

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alterities:

The ear goes more towards the within, the eye towards the outer.

— Robert Bresson, in: Film Sound

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