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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Two Latest Hubble Vids

Just uploaded a couple new hi-res vid versions from HUBBLE my YouTube for your viewing pleasure :)

Hubble Zooms in on the Constellation Fornax

Vid Credits: NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay and G. Bacon (STScI)

NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope

Vid Credits: NASA, C. Meaney (HTSI), R. Kaehler (KIPAC/Standford), S. Wiessinger (USRA), and N. Gehrels (Goddard Space Flight Center)

Want to learn more about The Hubble Space Telescope?  Let Me Google That For You :)

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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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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Printing A Salvador Dali Xmas Card

"There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction." 
-Salvador Dali
Not a bad way to be 
...if you ask me!

This is my kinda Xmas card:
Noel, 1946, Salvador Dali 
(1076x1600 pixels, click to embiggen+print)
Image: Wikiart
Originally I discovered it on "Salvador DalĂ­’s Avant-Garde Christmas Cards"

[UPDATE: These are the printable version I made that I made for meself.  Click to enlarge, Print the first, re-insert the same paper, click to enlarge the 2nd pic and print on the other side.  Enjoy!]

The "shiny" factor*[1], notable in jewelry:
The only LOOSE connection of this to astronomy is 

*1:may require girlfriend/wife to understand :) Happy Holidays!  And no, a card is not enough for them.

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BEHOLD! Earth From Space! ...Wait, it's the holidays. Be held :)

One of my favorite recently released NASA pics, this taken (Dec. 4th 2014) from the International Space Station (ISS), as common with similar ones you may have seen with views like this.
Image Credit:NASA/Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore

Want to check out more on the International Space Station? (ISS for short) 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

ALMA + Japan: Hi-Def Imaging of Spiral Gas Arms from Twin Baby Stars (w/video)

New out of Japan, this high def imaging was possible from the "ATERUI” supercomputer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

This data is from "L1551 NE" in the Taurus Constellation. Quoting NAOJ: "These observational results unveil, for the first time, the mechanism of the birth and growth of binary stars, which are ubiquitous throughout the universe."
Fig.10 from the paper:

We know that about half the the stars out there (with sizes close to that of our sun) are binary systems.  However, for a long time we've been lacking information on how they develop, since it's not been easy to get a whole lot of data from surrounding scattered mass that's so damned far away!  Congrats to all involved!

Video Credits: Tomoaki Matsumoto (Hosei University) from ALMAJapanChannel's YouTube
This next pic was posted on both NAOJ and ALMA.  

ALMA's imaging is to the left, and Japan's processing results are to the right.

Want to learn more about the supercomputer imaging here?  Let Me Google That For You :)

Image Credits:
1:Shigehisa Takakuwa, Masao Saito, Kazuya Saigo, Tomoaki Matsumoto, Jeremy Lim, Tomoyuki Hanawa, Paul T. P. Ho. Published November 20 in The Astrophysical Journal. Takakuwa et al. "Angular Momentum Exchange by Gravitational Torques and Infall in the Circumbinary Disk of the Protostellar System L1551 NE" ArXiv preprint link: here.
2:found at NAOJ: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Takakuwa et al.
Shigehisa Takakuwa, Masao Saito, Kazuya Saigo, Tomoaki Matsumoto, Jeremy Lim, Tomoyuki Hanawa, & Paul T. P. Ho (2014). Angular Momentum Exchange by Gravitational Torques and Infall in the Circumbinary Disk of the Protostellar System L1551 NE The Astrophysical Journal arXiv: 1409.4903v1

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Hubble Pic? Break Out Da Bubbly! (Bubbly Nebula from NASA that is)

This pic was just released last month from Hubble (its Wide Field Planetary Camera-2) This thing's about 5,000 light years away.  A big gassy cloud, The Bubbly Nebula is seen here in   pretty blue.

Most times a color in a NASA picture has a significant meaning to it (especially the sun's freq. color codes of the Solar Dynamics Observatory aka the SDO), but the colors assigned in this pic are simply for the prettiness factor :) ESA said "It is important to note that the colors in this image are arbitrary."
NGC 1501 - The Bubbly Nebula 
aka The Oyster Nebula
Image Credit:ESA/Hubble & NASA; acknowledgement: Marc Canale

Want to learn more about The Bubbly Nebula?  Here, Let Me Google that For You :)

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