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Red Sprites over The Seč Reservoir, Czech Republic
"As the hot and dry summertime peaks in the center of Europe, this season finally brought some strong MCS storms visible far from the Seč reservoir. And then came my opportunity to capture some Red Sprites just by the DSLR camera. I was waiting almost 3 hours until I finally succeeded—even if it was in strong moonlight." 

Used Canon 6D IR Baader Mod, Samyang 24 mm, f2.0, ISO 3200, 3 seconds exposure, tripod.

What are Sprites?
Giant red blobs, picket fences, upward branching carrots, and tentacled octopi - these are just a few of the phrases used to describe sprites - spectacular, eerie flashes of colored light high above the tops of powerful thunderstorms that can travel up to 50 miles high in the atmosphere. 

Sprites, so-named by a University of Alaska scientist inspired by the creatures in Shakespeare's "The Tempest," have been observed since the 1800s, though rarely visible from the ground. Aircraft pilots began reporting sightings of sprites in the 1950s and '60s, but they were not formally identified until 1989 when the Space Shuttle (STS-34) recorded the flashes as it passed over a thunderstorm in northern Australia. While many theories have been offered on the cause of this rare phenomenon, new NASA-funded research is settling the mystery and helping to determine the driving force behind these marvel displays of light. (Source: NASA)

Image Credit: Petr Horálek
Location: Ustupky, Czech Republic
Acknowledgement: Spaceweather.com
Date: July 6, 2015

#Space #Astronomy #Science   #Earth   #Sprites #Red #Seč #Reservoir #Ustupky #Czech #Republic #Art   #Astrophotography
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Canadian Wildfires Overlay Salish Sea | Suomi NPP Satellite | NOAA
Smoke from fires burning on Vancouver Island consolidated over the Salish Sea region on Sunday, July 6, 2015, bringing thick haze to Port Angeles and south to Seattle. This combined image is from the Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument taken on consecutive days.

Clear skies image above the area captured on July 4 (left) compared to smoke-laden skies captured on July 5 (right).

Credit: NOAA Satellites 
Date: July 6, 2015

+NOAA Weather 
+NASA's Earth Observatory 
+NASA Goddard 

#NASA   #NOAA   #Space   #Satellite  #Earth #Salish #Sea #Wildfire #Smoke  #Vancouver  #Island #BritishColumbia #Canada #Seattle #PortAngeles  #Washington  #USA #UnitedStates #NPP #Suomi
#VIIRS #GSFC  #Goddard
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The Crescent Nebula
The Crescent Nebula (also known as NGC 6888, Caldwell 27, Sharpless 105) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5000 light-years away. It was discovered by Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel in 1792. It is a rather faint object located about 2 degrees SW of Sadr. For most telescopes it requires a UHC or OIII filter to see. Under favorable circumstances a telescope as small as 8cm (with filter) can see its nebulosity. Larger telescopes (20cm or more) reveal the crescent or a Euro sign shape which makes some to call it the "Euro sign nebula".

This is a combination—mosaic of wide field Bi color data, with added close-up data of the Crescent nebula area acquired with my RC8.  

Credit: Paul Swift
Release Date: July 6, 2015

#Space #Astronomy #Earth #Stars #Nebula #Crescent #Emission #NGC6888 #Constellation #Cygnus   #Caldwell27 #Sharpless105 #Science #Astrophotography #Art #Telescope   #Cosmos   #Universe
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NASA New Horizons Journey to Pluto | NASA EDGE
In recognition of New Horizons' upcoming closest approach to Pluto, NASA EDGE sets out on their own parallel mission to Pluto, West Virginia. Along their journey, NASA EDGE interviews experts involved with this amazing mission, and they even meet the authors and illustrator of the popular children's book, "Pluto's Secret." Franklin talks to people on the street about Pluto's planetary status, and despite the Co-Host's struggles with basic navigation, both missions are right on track.

"NASA EDGE takes a unique look in and around the greatest space program on the planet. Whether it's the latest launch or the coolest gadgets, NASA EDGE hosts provide an offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. If you've ever wanted to learn about NASA but thought you needed to be a rocket scientist, wait no longer. Watch NASA EDGE and embrace your inner astronaut."

Credit: NASA TV
Duration: 26 minutes
Release Date: July 6, 2015

+NASA New Horizons 
+Johns Hopkins University 
+NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
+NASA EDGE 
+NASA Langley Research Center 

#NASA #Space #Pluto #Astronomy #Science #Dwarf #Planet
#NewHorizons #Spacecraft #JPL #KuiperBelt #SolarSystem #MSFC #JohnHopkins #JHUAPL #APL #STEM #Education #PlutoFlyby #Exploration #SouthwestResearchInstitute #SwRI #History #Pluto #WestVirginia #USA #UnitedStates #NASAEDGE
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Nanotechnology | NASA EDGE
NASA EDGE takes a close look at how NASA's Game Changing Development (GCD) Program Office is exploring nanotechnology. GCD Program Manager, Steve Gaddis, and his team highlight how this technology is being used in sensors and various materials. It is high risk, high reward.

"NASA EDGE takes a unique look in and around the greatest space program on the planet. Whether it's the latest launch or the coolest gadgets, NASA EDGE hosts provide an offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. If you've ever wanted to learn about NASA but thought you needed to be a rocket scientist, wait no longer. Watch NASA EDGE and embrace your inner astronaut."

Credit: NASA TV
Duration: 29 minutes
Release Date: July 6, 2015

+NASA EDGE 
+NASA Langley Research Center 

#NASA #Space #Technology #Nanotechnology #Sensors
#GameChanging #Development #GCD #Science   #Engineering #ISS #Exploration #Human   #Astronauts #Robotic   #Mars #JourneytoMars #NASAEDGE
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Latest Color Image of Pluto from NASA New Horizons!
July 6, 2015: The color version of a July 3, 2015 LORRI image was created by adding color data from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

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+Johns Hopkins University 

#NASA #Space #Pluto #Astronomy #Science #Dwarf #Planet
#NewHorizons #Spacecraft #JPL #KuiperBelt #SolarSystem #MSFC #JohnHopkins #JHUAPL #APL #STEM #Education #PlutoFlyby #Exploration #SouthwestResearchInstitute #SwRI #History #LORRI 
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The Ring Slicer: Saturn's moon Prometheus | NASA Cassini Mission
July 6, 2015: Saturn's moon Prometheus, seen here looking suspiciously blade-like, is captured near some of its sculpting in the F ring.

Prometheus' (53 miles or 86 kilometers across) orbit sometimes takes it into the F ring. When it enters the ring, it leaves a gore where its gravitational influence clears out some of the smaller ring particles.  Below Prometheus, the dark lanes interior to the F ring’s bright core provide examples of previous ring-moon interactions.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 7 degrees below the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 15, 2015.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 286,000 miles (461,000 kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 115 degrees. Image scale is 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov or www.nasa.gov/cassini . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute 

+NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
+European Space Agency, ESA 
+Carolyn Porco Fan Page 

#NASA #Space #Saturn #Cassini #Rings #Fring #Prometheus
#Ringplane #Science #Spacecraft #ESA
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Colorful Clouds Near Rho Ophiuchi
Why is the sky near Antares and Rho Ophiuchi so colorful? The colors result from a mixture of objects and processes. Fine dust illuminated from the front by starlight produces blue reflection nebulae. Gaseous clouds whose atoms are excited by ultraviolet starlight produce reddish emission nebulae. Backlit dust clouds block starlight and so appear dark. Antares, a red supergiant and one of the brighter stars in the night sky, lights up the yellow-red clouds on the lower center of the featured image. Rho Ophiuchi lies at the center of the blue nebula on the left. The distant globular cluster M4 is visible to the upper right of center. These star clouds are even more colorful than humans can see, emitting light across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Image Credit & Copyright: Markus Noller
Deep-Sky-Images: www.deep-sky-images.de

+Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD) 

#NASA   #Space   #Astronomy   #RhoOphiuchi #Nebulae #Emission #Reflection  #Star   #Antares #Red #Supergiant #Globular #Cluster #M4 #Cosmos #Universe #APoD
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"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." 
 Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

"Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world."
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) 
[Thanks to author Ann Lee for this one.] 

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
– Edwin Powell Hubble (courtesy of Lillian Ortiz)

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit” 
Stephen Hawking

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
– Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

"And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream...allows you to dream in the dark. It's just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film."
– David Lynch (1946- )

"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
– Douglas Adams (1952-2001) 

"Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged."

"Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls."

"Brother stand the pain; Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose. A particular glows with the universal."

"He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, Live!'"
– Mevlana Rumi (1207-1273) [Three quotes above]

“The final mystery is oneself.”
– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
– Nelson Mandela (1918- )

"Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so."
– Doris Lessing (1919-?)

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
– Native American Proverb

"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew." 
 Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)

"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys." 
– Chief Dan George (1899-1981)

"The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky,
The rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me.
The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars."
– Chief Dan George (1899-1981)

Live Your Dreams! Seize the Day!
– Anonymous

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1933

"It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it."
Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

"The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
Nelson Mandela, Autobiography

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."
Joseph Campbell


Personal influences include:
Carl Sagan, Joseph Campbell, Gore Vidal, 
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., 
Thomas Friedman, Aung San Suu Kyi吴仪/Wu Yi,
Winston Churchill, Mahatma Ghandi, Elon Musk,
Ann Lee (NYU Prof/Author), Ennio Morricone, 
Al Gore, Leo Buscaglia, Bono, Hermann Scheer, 
Michael Moore, Marshall McLuhan, Noam Chomsky, 
Gwynne Dyer, Tony Benn, Bill Moyers, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marc Garneau, Chris Hadfield,
Annie Lennox, Martin Luther King, The Kennedys, 
Bishop Desmond Tutu, Chief Dan George, 
George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, 张艺谋/Zhang Yimou, 陈凯歌/Chen Kaige, 王家卫/Wong Kar-wai, 李安/Ang Lee, 黒澤 明/Akira Kurosawa, 宮崎 駿/Hayao Miyazaki, Sergio Leone, David Lynch
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