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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Photo Evidence: Phoenix Found In The Sky ;) Ahem...

Sorta... ;)
In the center of the Flame Nebula, 1,400 light years away, what a gorgeous shot here, so reminiscent of the fabled Phoenix.  
     This is a picture of the clusters of NGC 2024.  (An astro database, basically.  NGC stands for The New General Catalogue, and lists 7,840 objects.)
This being listed as NGC 2024... 
Maybe the PHOENIX IS COMING... In 2024?? 
At least we'd have a decade to enjoy ourselves before the bird of flames' reign!
Composite Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/K.Getman, E.Feigelson, M.Kuhn & the MYStIX team; Infrared:NASA/JPL-Caltech found at NASA

Not to be outdone by mythological jokes, 
the optical spectrum capture of this area in the sky is also BREATHTAKING:
Image Credit: DSS (Digitized Sky Survey, image found off of Chandra's site)

Want to learn more about the Flame Nebula?  Let Me Google That For You :)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

New Japanese ALMA Video Is Breathtaking

Topically transcending cultures, the reasons the new Japanese ALMA video below might not get be as widely shared in America would be insignificant reasons.
ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is one of my favorite projects in astronomy, yielding some of the most freaking ridiculously beautiful data humans have yet to discover and render.  The most well known ALMA related image is probably this one, the Antennae Galaxies composite of ALMA and Hubble observations:
Composite Image Credit:ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.  For more resolutions go straight to
Japan is one of many countries involved with ALMA, an astronomy array that may remind you visually of the movie Contact.
Image: Contact (1997) Theatrical Release Poster

The new video is a phenomenal and touching audiovisual experience spanning all languages.  That's one of the best things about science; none of this stuff has anything to do with me arbitrarily speaking English.
So obviously without any reservations, I'd excitedly share this new video, simultaneously urging that people of all cultures to try to shed their societal connotations when experiencing something beyond our puny differences! :)

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