Neptune, seen from the Keck Observatory in the infrared (wavelength 1.17-1.3 microns), 11 August 2004. (Program ID N19N2.)
Geminid Meteor Shower
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
The Beauty of Scientific Diagrams is a typography set by Khyati Trehan that “integrates the initial of scientists with the diagrams they were responsible for”.
i don’t understand why people aren’t interested in astronomy
like you can look up into the night sky and see a fucking galaxy with your naked eye like you can see cosmic structures that are millions of light years across and if you don’t think that’s the coolest fucking shit then iono what to tell you
Books we love:
The Stars by H. A. Rey ($12)
Who, upon leaving the city on a dark, clear night hasn’t been suddenly struck by the intensity and intricacy of the rural sky? And who hasn’t wished they knew more about what’s up there?
Lovingly devised & illustrated by the creator of Curious George, The Stars is easily the most accessible and enjoyable guide we’ve found for developing a casual & practical familiarity with the celestial world.
"The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars."
I made these to fit the Facebook cover photo size - feel free to use them and direct your friends to Sci-Universe. Photo courtesy: ESA/NASA.
The Day of the Doctor
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A look at what Mars may have looked like once.
Video: The Evolution Of Mars.
This is a concept video by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland of how the Martian atmosphere and landscape may have changed in the past 4 billion years.
All going to plan, NASA will launch MAVEN this Monday, to find out whether the theories of change are correct. MAVEN will orbit Mars with a suite of instruments that will scan the upper atmosphere for proof of the existence of a much richer ancient atmosphere above the Red Planet.
The spacecraft will arrive at the Red Planet on Sept. 22, 2014, and slip into an elliptical orbit ranging from a low of 93 miles above the surface to a high of 3,728 miles. It also will take five “deep dips” during the course of the mission, flying as low as 77 miles in altitude and providing a cross-section of the top of the atmosphere
"And someday, everything you see here will disappear…forever. And eventually the night sky will be almost completely dark…"
The #astronomy tag is a test of patience.
The world’s most viewed TED Talk. In GIFs!
I just can’t reblog this enough. If I filled up my tumblr with just this it wouldn’t be enough. Most of all I wish I could tell my immediate family about this because they perpetuate me growing out of creativity -.-
If you haven’t seen this TED Talk, I highly recommend it.
One of the things I’ve really focused on as a parent is making sure my kids know that making lots of mistakes is the best way to learn something new. If you get something on the first try it might be exciting, but you haven’t really learned anything. This is definitely something I was not taught as a child, unfortunately, which made me averse to trying anything new out of a fear of failure. It’s taken me a long time to retrain my thoughts to not take errors as huge blows to my self-confidence.
My kids deserve better. All kids deserve better. ~JJ