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Space engineering grad student. Wanderer, geek, pianist... me!
Space engineering grad student. Wanderer, geek, pianist... me!

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A rare astronomical event shared with friends ;-)
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Venus Transit 2012 (5 photos)
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Da nu awesome version!!! XD
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Meteor Over Crater Lake

Did you see it? One of the more common questions during a meteor shower occurs because the time it takes for a meteor to flash is typically less than the time it takes for a head to turn. Possibly, though, the glory of seeing bright meteors shoot across and knowing that they were once small pebbles on another world might make it all worthwhile, even if your observing partner(s) could not share in every particular experience. Peaking over the past few days, a dark moonless sky allowed the Lyrids meteor shower to exhibit as many as 30 visible meteors per hour from some locations. A bright Lyrid meteor streaks above picturesque Crater Lake in Oregon, USA, in this composite of nine exposures taken last week. Snow covers the foreground, while the majestic central band of our home galaxy arches well behind the serene lake. Other meteor showers this year include the Perseids in mid-August and the Leonids in mid-November, both expected to also dodge the glare of a bright Moon in 2012.

Image Credit & Copyright: Brad Goldpaint
Explanation of the image from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120425.html
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I am in more of an exploring mood lately, so came across this gorgeous interactive model of the Solar System. Thought you all might like it. :)

View it here: http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ #space #science #education #fun #interactive
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Elena Gagarina, a daughter of Yuri Gagarin, the first human in Space: “He liked to read to us in a very loud voice. It was too difficult for us to understand at the time, but he still liked doing it. He thought of himself as a pilot. His favorite book wasn’t the Little Prince, it was Night Flight.”
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awesome!
This is just awesome!
An 8-bit version of Google Maps!
Check it out at http://maps.google.com/?t=8&utm_campaign=8bit
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130 days to landing Curiosity on Mars!
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WOW :-)
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Earth and Moon seen from +Mercury (183 million kilometers)

On most days, the Earth Observatory presents our planet in close-up, filling the camera with its oceans and mountain ranges, clouds and rivers. But occasionally, NASA helps us all take a step back to see the big picture of our place in the solar system and universe. Such a view was recently beamed back by NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.

Looking back from its orbit around Mercury, MESSENGER captured this view of Earth and the Moon on May 6, 2010. The spacecraft was 183 million kilometers (114 million miles) from Earth at the time, farther than our average distance from the Sun (150 million kilometers, or 93 million miles) because Mercury and Earth were at different places in their orbits around the Sun. The image was taken by the spacecraft's Wide Angle Camera (WAC) on the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS).

The view was a happy coincidence for the MESSENGER science team, as the probe was looking for vulcanoids, small rocky objects that have been postulated to exist in orbits between Mercury and the Sun. From the spacecraft’s view, Earth and the Moon are located near the boundary of the constellations Libra and Scorpius.

MESSENGER is the first spacecraft to fly by Mercury since Mariner 10 in 1974-75. It is not, however, the first to get a long-distance shot of Earth. In 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor spied Earth and its Moon in the same frame, while the Spirit Rover on Mars snapped the first shot of our planet as viewed from the surface of another planet. In 2006, Cassini sent back snapshots from 1.5 billion kilometers (930 million miles) from Earth as the spacecraft orbited Saturn. And the operators of the venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft pieced together a family portrait of the entire solar system in 1990, spying Earth from more than 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away.

May 6, 2010

Image Credit: MESSENGER science team, NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Explanation of the image from: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=45710
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Great!
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+Venus and +Jupiter seen on March 11, 2012 from Earth

Szubin, Nakło County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Image Credit & Copyright: Marek Nikodem
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I totally agree DST IS BAD: especially reminding the Celestial Coordinate conversion exercises in our Orbital Mechanics tests, which - thanks to Murphy's Law and to professors lack of mercy - obviously were always set across DST change days XD
Who else thinks 'Daylight saving time' is idiotic and pointless?

I think Daylight saving time is an obsolete, idiotic waste of time, energy and attention. What do you think?

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-daylight-saving-time-20120309,0,4357567.story

Plus, Daylight saving time isn't good for your health:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120307162555.htm
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