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Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth). Traditionally this is a day where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch the Cowboys lose to whomever they're playing. It's just about a perfect day.

Our offices are closed today for the Holiday, but tomorrow is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US (it's known as Black Friday), where everybody puts everything on sale, and of course we have some of our insane deals too - I'll share those tomorrow.
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n the meantime, here's wishing you and your family a joyous, happy, and yummy Thanksgiving.

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Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, published 100 years ago this month, predicted the phenomenon of gravitational lensing. And that's what gives these distant galaxies such a whimsical appearance, seen through the looking glass of X-ray and optical image data from the Chandra and Hubble space telescopes. Nicknamed the Cheshire Cat galaxy group, the group's two large elliptical galaxies are suggestively framed by arcs. The arcs are optical images of distant background galaxies lensed by the foreground group's total distribution of gravitational mass dominated by dark matter. In fact the two large elliptical "eye" galaxies represent the brightest members of their own galaxy groups which are merging. Their relative collisional speed of nearly 1,350 kilometers/second heats gas to millions of degrees producing the X-ray glow shown in purple hues. Curiouser about galaxy group mergers? The Cheshire Cat group grins in the constellation Ursa Major, some 4.6 billion light-years away.

Gravity's Grin 
Image Credit: X-ray - NASA / CXC / J. Irwin et al. ; Optical - NASA/STScI
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Pic for Today: Happy Thanksgiving! Just for fun.
I am not a big fan of Photoshoped images…images that are created in Photoshop…and could not exist without digital manipulation. I tried for an actual shot of Sandhill Cranes against the almost full moon at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge during the Festival of the Cranes, with some success, but also took a few daylight shots of the moon thinking I might later work up a composite image in Photoshop…just for fun! This is one. In some ways it is a testament to the power of the Nikon P900 camera. Both shots, moon and cranes, were taken hand-held with the P900. The moon is at about 2000mm equivalent field of view, and the cranes are at about 1200mm. To create the image, I edited out one piece of crane in the top left corner using iPixio. Then, in Photoshop, I used the magic wand tool to select and delete the blue sky background around the cranes. It required some fine adjustments of the selection, pixel by pixel, to eliminated almost everything that was not crane. Finally I opened the moon shot and pasted the cranes over the moon. It took about an hour.
As art, I think it works. As a photograph, maybe not so much. :)

And, as a Thanksgiving shot? Well I am, of course, thankful for my cameras, for my software and computer, and most of all, for time to play. But that thankfulness does not begin to touch the real thankfulness for my life, my life in Christ…for my family, for my home, for the blessing of being…for the privilege of sharing…for the love I am surrounded by. When we sit down to celebrate today as a family, it is such an amazing abundance that we celebrate. And no matter what else goes on in this world, we have a right, we have a duty, to be happy! Happy Thanksgiving.
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Sunrise Prayer by Christina Rollo. The cross in the woods was a trail marker on one of my hikes. The early morning light created this heavenly scene. 
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The Eruption blazing sunset reflects in calm waters, Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California - US
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MUSE Observations Enable Prediction of Once-in-a-lifetime Supernova Replay

Images of the galaxy cluster MACS J1149+2223, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in November 2014, revealed a distant exploding star — a supernova (https://goo.gl/VhJNhj) — like no other ever seen. Nicknamed Refsdal, it is the first supernova to be split into four separate images through the process of gravitational lensing, forming an almost perfect Einstein Cross around one of the cluster’s galaxies. Because the light that forms the multiple images of the supernova takes paths to the Earth with different lengths, they appear at different times as well as at different points on the sky. Using all the available MUSE (https://goo.gl/X0F4CJ) data, in combination with Hubble observations, a team of astronomers led by Claudio Grillo (Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) have predicted that a further replay will peak in brightness between March and June 2016, with a possible first detection before the end of 2015.

Full story here:
http://www.eso.org/public/unitedkingdom/announcements/ann15088/

More on the Refsdal supernova and Sjur Refsdal, the Norwegian astrophysicist it was named after:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SN_Refsdal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sjur_Refsdal

Gravitational Lensing

In this image you can see an effect known as strong gravitational lensing producing what is called an Einstein Cross a name originally given to Q2237+030 (https://goo.gl/yCgfmR), a gravitationally lensed quasar.

Gravitational lensing (https://goo.gl/lCqLtN) is the bending of light from a distant source by a massive object (such as a galaxy cluster) in front of it. Spacetime around the massive object is curved as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity (https://goo.gl/7o0b7q).

Gravitational lenses can be used to see very distant galaxies, pretty much acting as magnifying glass. A good example for this would be the gigantic galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (https://goo.gl/WyMD1v) showing us objects estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

Image credit: This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the positions of the past, present and predicted future appearances of the Refsdal supernova behind the galaxy cluster MACS J1149+2223. NASA, ESA, S. Rodney (John Hopkins University, USA) and the FrontierSN team; T. Treu (University of California Los Angeles, USA), P. Kelly (University of California Berkeley, USA) and the GLASS team; J. Lotz (STScI) and the Frontier Fields team; M. Postman (STScI) and the CLASH team; and Z. Levay (STScI) http://goo.gl/PtgqxE

My Astronomy/Astrophysics collection recently surpassed 50,000 followers. I would have never expected that much interest, thanks to all of you! If you haven't already, maybe also try my Space/Space Technology collection here https://goo.gl/5KP0wx , or circle me +Pierre Markuse to get all of my posts which usually are science-related.

#science   #astronomy   #astrophysics   #einsteincross   #gravitationallensing   #supernova   #refsdal   #snrefdal   #space   #muse   #vlt   #hubble  #MACSJ11492223
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American Goldfinch by Christina Rollo. Male American Goldfinch perched on a branch in spring. The American Goldfinch prefers open areas such as fields and meadows, where weeds are abundant. They feed mostly on seeds and are attracted to bird feeders containing sunflower or thistle. The American Goldfinch is the state bird of Iowa, New Jersey, and Washington in the USA. 
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It's #BlackFriday, but for us, it's the third annual #BlackHoleFriday. Today, we'll post pics & info about black holes.

What Is a Black Hole?

A black hole is a region in space where the pulling force of gravity is so strong that light is not able to escape. The strong gravity occurs because matter has been pressed into a tiny space. This compression can take place at the end of a star's life. Some black holes are a result of dying stars.

Because no light can escape, black holes are invisible. However, space telescopes with special instruments can help find black holes. They can observe the behavior of material and stars that are very close to black holes.

Pictured here is an artist's drawing a black hole named Cygnus X-1. It formed when a large star caved in. This black hole pulls matter from blue star beside it.

Image Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
#NASA #Space #Blackhole #blackholes
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