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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo Pic From NASA's Precipitation Tracking Equipment

Atmospheric science yield some pretty awesome visuals.  Here is a still-frame image from NASA's scanning output tracking precipitation in Hurricane Gonzalo, during Oct. 16th, 2014.



Image Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.


Here's a video of their software in action.  Futuristic, to say the least.  It's amazing how this kind of thing can so simply convey the data that otherwise would possibly be too full of jargon for the layman.



On Astronasty's YouTube.  Video Credit as Requested: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.  
Video Permission: "You may use NASA imagery, video, audio, and data files used for the rendition of 3-dimensional models for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages."

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Art More Beautiful Than Fiction

"Poof!" goes a star, leaving its new dust to interact as it will.  Ever wonder what solar systems may look like before those clouds of dust coalesce to form the clumps we call planets?

Sometimes those who know the science + data can visualize things in a special way.
[Enter astronomers.]

Here's NASA's new artistic visualization of the actual planetary system austerely named "HD 95086."



Image Illustration Credit: Spitzer Space Telescope, JPL, NASA
Source page: NASA's APOD

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