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Just another drop in the Ocean, slowly becoming Just another atom cluster in the Universe
Just another drop in the Ocean, slowly becoming Just another atom cluster in the Universe


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"Off My Shoulder, Galaxies Ascend" by Will Vrbasso (

The Green Pools at William's Bay, Denmark, Western Australia is a fantastic and popular beach. Not only is it clean and scenic, but it has lots of rocks just off shore that break up the waves before they reach the beach, making Green Pools nice and calm and easy for young kids to swim. At night, I had the beach all to myself. Walking under the moonlight and stars with only the wind and waves making a sound, wonderful. Here I'm look back off my shoulder to view the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds - galaxies separate to our own and easily visible to the naked eye.

This image is a mosaic of 4 shots taken through my Canon 50mm f/1.2 prime lens using a standard Canon EOS6D DSLR. All shots were at ISO3200 for 30sec each. I took 1 shots of the foreground with a static mount, and then the rest on a tracking mount for the night sky. Stitching of the shots was done using PTGui Pro, and processed in Adobe Photoshop.

Enjoy, Will.

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DATE / TIME: 2016-10-07
LOCATION: William's Bay, Denmark, Western Australia
SCOPE: Canon 50mm F/1.2 prime lens (@f/2.8)
MOUNT: iOptron tracking mount head on standard tripod
CAMERA: Canon EOS6D unmodded
EXPOSURE: 4 x ISO3200 @ 30sec (foreground on stationary mount, sky on tracking mount)
PROCESSING: Stitched using PTGui, and post-processed in Photoshop.

#magellanic #clouds #galaxy #nightscape #night #astrophotography #longexposure #seascape #landscape #canon #australia #denmark #stellaraustralis #vrbasso
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Keep looking up, Earth.
NASA Sails Full-Speed Ahead in Solar System Exploration
Image: Montage of planets in our solar system.
July 15, 2016: NASA's Juno is now poised to shine a spotlight on the origins and interior structure of the largest planet in our solar system. As we wait for Juno's first close-up images of Jupiter (to be taken Aug. 27 during the spacecraft's next pass by the planet), NASA continues to explore our solar system to help answer fundamental questions about how we came to be, where we are going and whether we are alone in the universe.

"Juno is the latest example of the extraordinary science we have to look forward to right in our own solar system," said NASA Planetary Division Director Jim Green. "There are many uncharted, promising worlds and objects we are eager to explore with our current and future missions."

The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb telescope), set to launch in 2018, can observe not only faint objects across the universe, but also all of our neighboring planets and their moons within our solar system. Webb's angular and spectral resolution will allow us to observe these targets with unprecedented sensitivity and even follow geologic activity.

With Juno exploring Jupiter, NASA is also intrigued by its largest moons.

Io's intense geological activity makes it the most volcanically active world in the solar system, something Webb could potentially follow-up with. And NASA has selected nine science instruments for a future mission to investigate whether Europa—a mysterious moon that scientists believe to have a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface—hosts habitable environments.

Hubble, with its suite of upgraded instruments, has captured Jupiter's auroras and found evidence of saltwater on Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede. The mission has been extended another five years, and NASA expects it to continue to provide excellent science.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues exploring Saturn, its rings and moons, as it has since 2004. In 2017, during the final phase of its long mission, Cassini will complete 22 dives through the narrow gap between Saturn's outer atmosphere and its rings. This exciting set of orbits, called the Grand Finale, will be like a whole new mission, with new views and profound new scientific insights.

Titan is one of the major satellites of Saturn, with a rich atmosphere and surface chemistry that has been observed extensively by Cassini and ESA's Huygens Probe. After Cassini's mission ends, Webb will begin operations, providing an excellent platform for continuing studies of Titan with its unique new capabilities.

On July 14, NASA celebrated the one-year anniversary of New Horizons' flyby of Pluto, which brought the world unprecedented views of the dwarf planet and its moon, Charon. The mission has been extended to study an object in the Kuiper belt, an icy field of early building blocks of the solar system packed with primordial organics.

NASA's Dawn mission set out to investigate the solar system's two largest asteroids remaining intact since their formation—Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. The mission has revealed strange, bright regions on Ceres with the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth.

In September, NASA will launch OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer), the first U.S. mission to a near-Earth asteroid (Bennu) to collect a sample for return to Earth in 2023. OSIRIS-REx will help unlock secrets of the history of our solar system, and shed light on how life may have come to be on our planet.

On our journey to Mars, we are closer than ever before to sending American astronauts to our neighboring Red Planet. The Opportunity and Curiosity rovers are traversing Martian soil, while MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and Mars Odyssey are cruising the Martian skies above. They are helping uncover Mars' past, present, and future by searching for clues in both the surface and the atmosphere.

The next Mars rover scheduled for launch in 2020 is under construction, and NASA's InSight Mission to study the interior of the Red Planet is scheduled to launch in 2018.

"We are fortunate to live during a time when grand scientific quests are possible, and in a country that values curiosity and discovery as inherently noble pursuits," says Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division Director at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

NASA has recently directed nine planetary missions to plan for continued operations through fiscal years 2017 and 2018, contingent on available resources.

What about Pluto? It was not a NASA decision
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has acted as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies (stars, planets, asteroids, etc.) and any surface features on them since the early 1900s. In 2006, the IAU declared a new definition of a planet in a resolution passed by a majority of its members:

"A celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit."

Pluto subsequently became recognized as a dwarf planet by the IAU (no longer as a planet) and as an important prototype of a new class of Trans-Neptunian Object.

Credit: NASA/JPL
Release Date: July 15, 2016

+NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
+NASA Solar System Exploration 
+Dawn Mission Engagement and Communications (E/C) 
+OSIRIS-REx Mission 
+James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) 
+Hubble Space Telescope 
+NASA Goddard 
+European Space Agency, ESA 
+Space Telescope Science Institute 
+JHU Applied Physics Laboratory 
+Lunar and Planetary Institute 
+The University of Arizona 

#NASA #Astronomy #Space #Science #SolarSystem #Exploration #Planets #Jupiter #Io #Europa #Ganymede #Cassini #Saturn #Titan #Moons #Juno #Mars #Mars2020 #Insight #JWST #Hubble #DwarfPlanets #Pluto #NewHorizons #2014MU69 #KuiperBelt #Ceres #Bennu #Asteroids #JPL #Goddard #GSFC #USA #UnitedStates
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The Sadr Region in Cygnus
The Sadr region, or IC 1318, is the diffuse emission nebula surrounding Sadr or Gamma Cygni. Sadr lies in the center of Cygnus' cross.

Credit: Gilles Chapdelaine
Capture Location: St-Luc-de-Bellechasse, Québec, Canada
Image Date: June 30, 2016
Release Date: July 6, 2016

Technical details: Canon 6D 19x300s, ISO 800, AT 65mm, Losmandy G-11, trait. image Image Plus 6.5, PixInsight

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Nebula #Emission #Sadr #IC1318 #Cygnus #Cosmos #Universe #Astrophotography #Art #Quebec #Canada
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A Brazilian Rainforest in Kew

Kew Gardens in London is currently having an orchid exhibition on, and I finally had a chance to check it out today. Inside a tropical greenhouse, filled with lush orchids and bromeliads of stunning colours, it was a lovely escape from the grey dreary winter weather. It was also a chance for some macro shots of interesting flower shapes and colours - I haven't really had a chance to enjoy photography for quite a few months now!

Showing until the 6th of March 2016, it's definitely worth a visit. More details here:
Kew Gardens 21st Feb 2016
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