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  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 12,217
    hedonist wrote:
    Our place faces east, so we get these awe-inspiring sunrises and depending on the clouds, backsplash reflections of sundown on the buildings facing west toward us.

    It's quite beautiful actually - these huge glass structures looking like deep-orange pillars.

    Part of what I love about those moments is how fleeting they are. Makes me appreciate them that much more.

    On occasion, I do seen Venus in the early morning. Great way to start the day, especially if the moon's visible and still hanging around.
    ...
    Speaking of Sunrises... we are taking an April road trip to Phoenix to catch Eddie Vedder's gig and are planning it so we get to see a desert Sunrise. I love the sun rise in the desert.
    Also... think about McCready's UFO gig at the Galaxy (see how it ties to the Universe topic?) Theater in Santa Ana. There are booths there that are first come first serve, if your back keeps you from standing.
    Allen Fieldhouse, home of the 2008 NCAA men's Basketball Champions! Go Jayhawks!
    Hail, Hail!!!
  • g under pg under p Surfing The far side of THE Sombrero GalaxyPosts: 17,610
    120227111238.jpg

    It looks like a not too far off place I sometimes surf to in my dreams...

    080512sombrero.jpg

    The Sombero Galaxy

    Peace
    *We CAN bomb the World to pieces, but we CAN'T bomb it into PEACE*...Michael Franti

    *MUSIC IS the expression of EMOTION.....and that POLITICS IS merely the DECOY of PERCEPTION*
    .....song_Music & Politics....Michael Franti

    *The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite INSANE*....Nikola Tesla(a man who shaped our world of electricity with his futuristic inventions)


  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 20,540
    edited March 2012
    "The Sombrero Galaxy" - I fucking love that.

    Really beautiful, too.

    *edit* - just realized you said Sombero, I said Sombrero (let's call the whole thing off :P )
    Post edited by hedonist on
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 20,540
    Cosmo wrote:
    Also... think about McCready's UFO gig at the Galaxy (see how it ties to the Universe topic?) Theater in Santa Ana. There are booths there that are first come first serve, if your back keeps you from standing.
    Cos, I can't even sit IN a car for the time it'd take to drive there. But that's now; I hope then/later is better.

    The Phoenix trip sounds badass.
  • g under pg under p Surfing The far side of THE Sombrero GalaxyPosts: 17,610
    hedonist wrote:
    "The Sombrero Galaxy" - I fucking love that.

    Really beautiful, too.

    *edit* - just realized you said Sombero, I said Sombrero (let's call the whole thing off :P )

    For some reason going back 67 years i've ALWAYS spelt it that way even I know better. To me it just looks kooler so I use it as my location on all my music sites. :D

    Still beautiful though and out here in the country in S Fl the nights are dark but the skies always light up.

    Peace
    *We CAN bomb the World to pieces, but we CAN'T bomb it into PEACE*...Michael Franti

    *MUSIC IS the expression of EMOTION.....and that POLITICS IS merely the DECOY of PERCEPTION*
    .....song_Music & Politics....Michael Franti

    *The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite INSANE*....Nikola Tesla(a man who shaped our world of electricity with his futuristic inventions)


  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 12,217
    g under p wrote:
    hedonist wrote:
    "The Sombrero Galaxy" - I fucking love that.

    Really beautiful, too.

    *edit* - just realized you said Sombero, I said Sombrero (let's call the whole thing off :P )

    For some reason going back 67 years i've ALWAYS spelt it that way even I know better. To me it just looks kooler so I use it as my location on all my music sites. :D

    Still beautiful though and out here in the country in S Fl the nights are dark but the skies always light up.

    Peace
    ...
    That galaxy looks like when Luke blew up the Death Star... in the later version of Star Wars where George Lucas messed it up by 'enhancing' the (superior) original release. I mean, come on... Greedo was a notorious bounty hunter.. and he missed a sitting target across the distance of a bar booth with a first shot? Really?
    Allen Fieldhouse, home of the 2008 NCAA men's Basketball Champions! Go Jayhawks!
    Hail, Hail!!!
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 20,540
    g under p wrote:
    hedonist wrote:
    "The Sombrero Galaxy" - I fucking love that.

    Really beautiful, too.

    *edit* - just realized you said Sombero, I said Sombrero (let's call the whole thing off :P )

    For some reason going back 67 years i've ALWAYS spelt it that way even I know better. To me it just looks kooler so I use it as my location on all my music sites. :D

    Still beautiful though and out here in the country in S Fl the nights are dark but the skies always light up.

    Peace
    Wait - it IS Sombrero with two r's? And your location still spells it otherwise?

    If so - and again - I fucking love that :mrgreen:

    Also, skies lighting up reminds me of the Van Halen song.
  • g under pg under p Surfing The far side of THE Sombrero GalaxyPosts: 17,610
    This might not be dorky about the universe but it's certainly dorky about our plant. This from the frozen planet take a look at the video....
    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/ ... orm=MSNRLL

    Peace
    *We CAN bomb the World to pieces, but we CAN'T bomb it into PEACE*...Michael Franti

    *MUSIC IS the expression of EMOTION.....and that POLITICS IS merely the DECOY of PERCEPTION*
    .....song_Music & Politics....Michael Franti

    *The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite INSANE*....Nikola Tesla(a man who shaped our world of electricity with his futuristic inventions)


  • pandorapandora Posts: 21,855
    g under p wrote:
    120227111238.jpg

    It looks like a not too far off place I sometimes surf to in my dreams...

    080512sombrero.jpg

    The Sombero Galaxy

    Peace
    beautiful :D

    black-holes.jpg

    and black holes so cool

    think it's time travel 8-)
  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,496
    Cosmo wrote:
    ...
    At sunset (the Sun setting in the Pacific, not the Boulevard), look westward. The bright 'star' is Venus, the lesser bright star, Jupiter.
    With an average pair of binoculars, you can make out four of Jupiter's moons under moderately dark skies. I was doing some viewing last night, but the moonlight was causing problems.

    Also, Mars can be seen in the early evening to the SW. It's hanging to the left of the full moon.
  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,496
    There is a super-tornado on the surface of the sun that is 5X the size of the earth that moves at 186,000 mph!

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/supermassive-swirling-solar-tornado-5-times-size-earth-213755952.html
  • pandorapandora Posts: 21,855
    Jason P wrote:
    There is a super-tornado on the surface of the sun that is 5X the size of the earth that moves at 186,000 mph!

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/supermassive-swirling-solar-tornado-5-times-size-earth-213755952.html

    saw this on the news this morning ...
    that speed and size is just incredible :shock:

    The sun has sure been in the news lately ...
    and what a weirdly warm winter and spring ... we have fireflies already
    and hee hee frogs

    I wonder ... will summer arrive just after Easter ? :o
  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,496
    :shock: :shock: :shock:

    The Tarantula Nebula .... to put it in perspective, it takes light 650 years to get from one side of the picture to the other ...

    hubble-jpg_182632.jpg

    http://news.yahoo.com/amazing-hubble-photo-reveals-tarantula-nebulas-star-filled-140801377.html
  • mikalinamikalina Posts: 7,206
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120227111238.htm

    The picture is awesome... scientist re thinking galaxy formation models.



    If I was going to be a heavenly body... I wanna look like this! :lol: (the pink dancing butterfly on the astral plane)


    very beautiful .... thanks for sharing
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  • chadwickchadwick up my assPosts: 21,157
    Jason P wrote:
    :shock: :shock: :shock:

    The Tarantula Nebula .... to put it in perspective, it takes light 650 years to get from one side of the picture to the other ...

    hubble-jpg_182632.jpg

    http://news.yahoo.com/amazing-hubble-photo-reveals-tarantula-nebulas-star-filled-140801377.html
    i use of light year is fantastic and mindboggling

    1 light year
    2

    3 light years
    4

    like that... and very far and deep away

    like an ant herd walking to the moon and back or something
    maybe ants walking to the sun and back

    might take awhile
    for poetry through the ceiling. ISBN: 1 4241 8840 7

    "Hear me, my chiefs!
    I am tired; my heart is
    sick and sad. From where
    the sun stands I will fight
    no more forever."

    Chief Joseph - Nez Perce
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 29,630
    Space... the final frontier! :lol:

    Fascinating!

    I also Like what Edward O. Wilson said about the other frontier: the minuscule. I don't have his statistics in front of me but he's pointed out that we've only identified a small percentage of the very tiny life forms on earth and have a lot to learn about them and from them.
    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
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    M.I.T.S.









  • pandorapandora Posts: 21,855
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47091385/ns ... 5A5m2Bbklk

    watched a show on this last evening

    they spoke of many having the right conditions for life ...


    :corn:
  • mikalinamikalina Posts: 7,206
    This is incredibly beautiful - I find this stunning.

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/short ... h-res.html
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,496
    Wow!_Mars_Rover_Landing_Spotted-882f7bd5be225385e3484b954992b906
    This is a picture taken from a spacecraft orbiting Mars of the new Mars Rover parachuting down to the surface. Pretty cool stuff! It's amazing what human ingenuity and $2.5B can do. :ugeek:

    Now the two-year search for life begins ...
  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,496
    mikalina wrote:
    This is incredibly beautiful - I find this stunning.

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/short ... h-res.html
    That is cool.
    PurpleA.jpg

    Side Note. M31 (Andromeda) is on a path to collide with the Milky Way, destroying both galaxies in the process. Don't worry, it won't happen until 4 billion years from now ... almost 2 billion years after Earth is inhabitable.
  • JeanwahJeanwah Posts: 6,363
    Another meteor shower the night of Aug. 11th. Make sure you look up that night!
    http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essential ... ower-guide
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 20,540
    We watched an episode of Through the Wormhole this weekend, about parallel lives and deja vu, which spurred such a good conversation between my guy and me (we were either slightly or very high at the time :mrgreen: ).

    It just gets the brain going. It feels so good - nutritious, almost - to think about these things that are beyond the regular courses of our consideration.

    I also love how it puts the trivial in perspective, in its place.
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 20,540
    Jeanwah wrote:
    Another meteor shower the night of Aug. 11th. Make sure you look up that night!
    http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essential ... ower-guide
    I meant to thank you for this reminder! This Saturday night, I shall be looking up in the hopes I can see it.

    Never have yet, dammit.

    *shakes fist at smog and city lights*
  • JeanwahJeanwah Posts: 6,363
    hedonist wrote:
    Jeanwah wrote:
    Another meteor shower the night of Aug. 11th. Make sure you look up that night!
    http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essential ... ower-guide
    I meant to thank you for this reminder! This Saturday night, I shall be looking up in the hopes I can see it.

    Never have yet, dammit.

    *shakes fist at smog and city lights*

    I haven't had much success with meteor showers either, I either forget or it's cloudy here. I love "the wormhole" series, I haven't seen the one on parallel lives and deja vu! Must look that one up... thanks!
  • mikalinamikalina Posts: 7,206
    Jeanwah wrote:
    Another meteor shower the night of Aug. 11th. Make sure you look up that night!
    http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essential ... ower-guide


    Thanks - I've got this date posted....
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  • mikalinamikalina Posts: 7,206
    Jason P wrote:
    mikalina wrote:
    This is incredibly beautiful - I find this stunning.

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/short ... h-res.html
    That is cool.
    PurpleA.jpg
    Side Note. M31 (Andromeda) is on a path to collide with the Milky Way, destroying both galaxies in the process. Don't worry, it won't happen until 4 billion years from now ... almost 2 billion years after Earth is inhabitable.

    Thats quite interesting, thanks for sharing...
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 18,496
    An amature captured this amazing photo of solar eruptions on the sun! He must have a better setup then my $400 dob scope.

    sun-jpg_185509.jpg
  • mikalinamikalina Posts: 7,206
    Jason P wrote:
    An amature captured this amazing photo of solar eruptions on the sun! He must have a better setup then my $400 dob scope.

    sun-jpg_185509.jpg


    Wow - just beautiful.... that must be some scope he has in order to capture that. Thanks for sharing.
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 20,540
    Jeanwah wrote:
    Another meteor shower the night of Aug. 11th. Make sure you look up that night!
    http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essential ... ower-guide
    *nudge*

    Looks like it might be a cloudy evening here so we may not see much.

    But I'll be checking!
  • mikalinamikalina Posts: 7,206
    hedonist wrote:
    Jeanwah wrote:
    Another meteor shower the night of Aug. 11th. Make sure you look up that night!
    http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essential ... ower-guide
    *nudge*

    Looks like it might be a cloudy evening here so we may not see much.

    But I'll be checking!


    A cloudy evening for me too....
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