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Meanwhile in a place free from light pollution...

Big Dipper Above and Below Chilean Volcanoes
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170509.html

Do you see it? This common question frequently precedes the rediscovery of one of the most commonly recognized configurations of stars on the northern sky: the Big Dipper. This grouping of stars is one of the few things that has likely been seen, and will be seen, by every generation. The Big Dipper is not by itself a constellation. Although part of the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major), the Big Dipper is an asterism that has been known by different names to different societies. Five of the Big Dipper stars are actually near each other in space and were likely formed at nearly the same time. Connecting two stars in the far part of the Big Dipper will lead one to Polaris, the North Star, which is part of the Little Dipper. Relative stellar motions will cause the Big Dipper to slowly change its configuration over the next 100,000 years. Pictured in late April, the Big Dipper was actually imaged twice -- above and below distant Chilean volcanoes, the later reflected from an unusually calm lagoon.
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Earth as seen between the rings of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft camera. Take a closer look to spot the Moon on its left!
Between the Rings
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, +European Space Agency, ESA, +NASA
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170422.html

On April 12, as the Sun was blocked by the disk of Saturn the Cassini spacecraft camera looked toward the inner Solar System and the gas giant's backlit rings. At the top of the mosaicked view is the A ring with its broader Encke and narrower Keeler gaps visible. At the bottom is the F ring, bright due to the viewing geometry. The point of light between the rings is Earth, 1.4 billion kilometers in the distance. Look carefully and you can even spot Earth's large moon, a pinprick of light to the planet's left. Today Cassini makes its final close approach to Saturn's own large moon Titan, using Titan's gravity to swing into the spacecraft's Grand Finale, the final set of orbits that will bring Cassini just inside Saturn's rings.
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The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble
Image Credit: +NASA, +European Space Agency, ESA , Hubble, HLA; Reprocessing & Copyright: Jesús M.Vargas & Maritxu Poyal
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170208.html

The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope and is presented here in reprocessed colors. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star's dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius).
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Comet 45P Returns
Image Credit & Copyright: Fritz Helmut Hemmerich
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170102.html

An old comet has returned to the inner Solar System. Not only is Comet 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková physically ancient, it was first discovered 13 orbits ago in 1948. Comet 45P spends most of its time out near the orbit of Jupiter and last neared the Sun in 2011. Over the past few months, however, Comet 45P's new sunward plummet has brightened it considerably. Two days ago, the comet passed the closest part of its orbit to the Sun. The comet is currently visible with binoculars over the western horizon just after sunset, not far from the much brighter planet Venus. Pictured, Comet 45P was captured last week sporting a long ion tail with impressive structure. Comet 45P will pass relatively close to the Earth early next month.
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Sharpless 308: Star Bubble
Image Credit & Copyright: Anis Abdul
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap161220.html

Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a full moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured in the expansive image is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms mapped to a blue hue.
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B&W Project 2016
Looking forward to... (25/26)

#BWproject2016 +The B&W Project +Lauri Novak +Al Chris

My first try at astrophotography with my DSLR attached to my telescope.
Looking forward to many more...


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ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France Discusses Life in Space with French Journalists | NASA TV | Nov. 23, 2016 | Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed his initial impressions of the orbital laboratory and his goals for his mission during a question and answer session with French journalists Nov. 23. Pesquet launched aboard the Soyuz MS-03 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Nov. 18, Baikonur time, and arrived on the complex two days later. He is expected to remain in orbit until next spring.

Learn about ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet:
http://thomaspesquet.esa.int/

Find out more about the Proxima mission:
http://www.esa.int/proxima

Credit: NASA TV
Duration: 21 minutes
Release Date: November 23, 2016

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+NASA Johnson Space Center 

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Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Image Date: November 18, 2016

French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Roscosmos commander Oleg Novitsky blasted into space on Thursday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 20:20 GMT. Their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft is now safely heading towards the International Space Station for docking on Saturday (today!).

Docking coverage will be from 21:30–22:10 GMT 19 November and the opening of the hatch and welcome ceremony is from 23:45–01:10 GMT. 
Expedition 50 Soyuz Rocket Launch
In this one second exposure photograph, the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft is seen launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Expedition 50 crewmembers NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, Kazakh time (Nov 17 Eastern time). Whitson, Novitskiy, and Pesquet will spend approximately six months on the International Space Station.

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Image Date: November 18, 2016

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B&W Project 2016
Beautiful Bokeh (15/26)

#BWproject2016 +The B&W Project +Lauri Novak +Al Chris

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