Cosmic Appalachia

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APOD: 2013 May 8 - Earth's Major Telescopes Investigate GRB 130427A

Can we talk about just how fast Earth’s telescopes collaborated to observe this explosion?  Seriously, that’s commendable.

colchrishadfield:

Our Sun is immensely, unfathomably powerful.

You forget, sometimes.  There are moments I look at the Sun and remember, “Oh yes, it’s a star.”

colchrishadfield:

Our Sun is immensely, unfathomably powerful.

You forget, sometimes.  There are moments I look at the Sun and remember, “Oh yes, it’s a star.”

HAHAHA!!!
(This is really funny if you’re into particle physics.)

HAHAHA!!!

(This is really funny if you’re into particle physics.)

infinitecandycorn:

#Obscure Science Joke

YES. LOL!
Especially the “Are you dense?” part. That is hilariously awesome.

infinitecandycorn:

#Obscure Science Joke

YES. LOL!

Especially the “Are you dense?” part. That is hilariously awesome.

brownbohemian:

The Higgs Boson Explained

Watching this again, knowing that the Higgs Boson has been discovered, makes it that much cooler. This is the only explanation I’ve read or seen for the Higgs that really makes sense to me.

This made me a little too excited. I love the concept of quantum entanglement. ^.^  My post is being spookily reblogged at a distance!

This made me a little too excited. I love the concept of quantum entanglement. ^.^  My post is being spookily reblogged at a distance!

fishingboatproceeds:

colchrishadfield:

Bournemouth to Weymouth, towns named for where rivers meet the sea. Ancient folds of rock help define the coast.

This is from the tumblr of Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut currently living on the International Space Station.
But I like to think of it as Space’s tumblr, and every single post is like, “Hey, guys. It’s me, Space. Look at you down there. Can you believe all the silly crap you’re fighting and worrying over? I mean, JUST LOOK AT YOU. You guys better cowgirl up and work together to keep this place running, because that is one gorgeous motherf*&ing planet you’ve got.”

Great blog to peruse.

fishingboatproceeds:

colchrishadfield:

Bournemouth to Weymouth, towns named for where rivers meet the sea. Ancient folds of rock help define the coast.

This is from the tumblr of Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut currently living on the International Space Station.

But I like to think of it as Space’s tumblr, and every single post is like, “Hey, guys. It’s me, Space. Look at you down there. Can you believe all the silly crap you’re fighting and worrying over? I mean, JUST LOOK AT YOU. You guys better cowgirl up and work together to keep this place running, because that is one gorgeous motherf*&ing planet you’ve got.”

Great blog to peruse.

stargateatlspace:

The Magnificent Tail of Comet McNaught 

The Southern Hemisphere has gotten all the goodies recently.  The Great Comet of 2007.

stargateatlspace:

The Magnificent Tail of Comet McNaught 

The Southern Hemisphere has gotten all the goodies recently.  The Great Comet of 2007.

get-spaced:

Astounding photo of comet Hyakutake as it passed by the Earth.

I remember driving up a neighbor’s mountain to get a good look at Hyakutake.  I saw it through a telescope and binoculars, bisected by the silhouettes of a stand of trees (This was a mountain in Appalachia. You can’t get away from trees to stargaze).  I remember thinking it beautiful, a fireball trailing a cosmic veil. We called it the Great Comet.  We had no idea what we were in for the very next year in 1997, when Hale-Bopp arrived.

get-spaced:

Astounding photo of comet Hyakutake as it passed by the Earth.

I remember driving up a neighbor’s mountain to get a good look at Hyakutake.  I saw it through a telescope and binoculars, bisected by the silhouettes of a stand of trees (This was a mountain in Appalachia. You can’t get away from trees to stargaze).  I remember thinking it beautiful, a fireball trailing a cosmic veil. We called it the Great Comet.  We had no idea what we were in for the very next year in 1997, when Hale-Bopp arrived.

The other Comet of 2013: PANSTARRS

PANSTARRS seemed fairly dim when it was first discovered but has now brightened considerably and will be visible to the naked eye around March 2013.  A treat for skywatchers! The comet is expected to be about as bright as the star Vega (not as bright as a planet; brighter than most stars).

Aren’t you glad the world didn’t end?

thefewagainstthemasses:




Comet Hale-Bopp or The Great Comet of 1997 is my earliest memory. I was barely able to walk at the time but its sight and beauty has been driving me since.




Hale-Bopp wasn’t my first memory but it stands out strongly in my childhood.  I remember coming home from some school event to a chilly but unusually bright night.  The comet filled the sky, twin rivers of ice blue and magnesium white that consumed the stars. 
If Comet ISON survives the Sun and arrives when expected in late 2013, we’ll be treated to a second Great Comet, perhaps one that will put Hale-Bopp to shame.  Many of us will see two (three if you remember Hyakutake in 1996, and even four if you were lucky enough to see Comet West) great comets in the span of only a few decades.  Centuries can go by without such a delight.  Here’s hoping that ISON doesn’t disappoint. 

thefewagainstthemasses:

Comet Hale-Bopp or The Great Comet of 1997 is my earliest memory. I was barely able to walk at the time but its sight and beauty has been driving me since.

Hale-Bopp wasn’t my first memory but it stands out strongly in my childhood.  I remember coming home from some school event to a chilly but unusually bright night.  The comet filled the sky, twin rivers of ice blue and magnesium white that consumed the stars. 

If Comet ISON survives the Sun and arrives when expected in late 2013, we’ll be treated to a second Great Comet, perhaps one that will put Hale-Bopp to shame.  Many of us will see two (three if you remember Hyakutake in 1996, and even four if you were lucky enough to see Comet West) great comets in the span of only a few decades.  Centuries can go by without such a delight.  Here’s hoping that ISON doesn’t disappoint. 

badesaba:

‘Brighter than a full moon’: The biggest star of 2013… could be Ison - the comet of the century 
A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a  once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse

If it makes it around the Sun intact, comet ISON will be a sight to behold.

badesaba:

‘Brighter than a full moon’: The biggest star of 2013… could be Ison - the comet of the century

A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a  once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse

If it makes it around the Sun intact, comet ISON will be a sight to behold.

sharkfoodie:

Picture of the Andromeda galaxy, about 2.5 million light-years away, containing probably more than one trillion stars.

What Andromeda will probably look like in our telescope if we can ever get some clear skies.

sharkfoodie:

Picture of the Andromeda galaxy, about 2.5 million light-years away, containing probably more than one trillion stars.

What Andromeda will probably look like in our telescope if we can ever get some clear skies.

suspiciousminds1980:

Andromeda Galaxy

We’ve been trying to view this in our 6-inch Dobsonian telescope for a couple weeks now. Was going to do it Friday, but stupid snowstorm will be in the way.  Someday.

suspiciousminds1980:

Andromeda Galaxy

We’ve been trying to view this in our 6-inch Dobsonian telescope for a couple weeks now. Was going to do it Friday, but stupid snowstorm will be in the way.  Someday.

The Moon Gets Even Weirder: Nanoparticles in Lunar Soil Bequeath Unusual Properties

It seriously makes lunar soil sound like magic, sparkly pixie dust. I wonder if it could ever have practical applications?