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Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day featured an announcement for the International Year of Astronomy. This alone would be noteworthy enough, but they also have a downloadable trailer (warning: contains some music, but it’s not prominent until the end). This is great for geeks, and especially video geeks like Belal & me (him much more than me, of course).
Best of all, the content on the website is licensed under a Creative Commons license (albeit, including the non-commercial restriction, which is the worst of the available standard CC licenses).
APOD: 2008 September 20 – A Darkened Sky.
If this isn’t one of the most amazing pictures you’ve ever seen, I really would like to know what you’ve been looking at…
A recent APOD entry showed a simulated photograph of the relative path of the Sun in the Martian sky, a phenomonon known as an analemma. On another entry linked from the first, I found yet another link to a site called The Analemma Project. This is a fascinating article describing one student’s attempt to create his own analemma photograph. What is so fascinating about it is that he describes the entire procedure, step-by-step. It’s enough to make one want to try and attempt it oneself!
Astronomy Picture of the Day rarely ceases to amaze me, and a few days back one image earned its place as my desktop background.
If, at first glance, one is shocked at how unreal that image looks, then rest-assured that it is enhanced for contrast. However, the unaltered image, shown below, is hardly any less surreal.
Click on either thumbnail for the full image.
A beautiful shot of the Earth from the orbit of Saturn, the seventh planet in the Solar System. Visit the APOD page to find out more about this and other amazing photos of our universe.
Found via APOD (click on image for full size or go to original APOD page).
The two largest storms on Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, came very close to colliding and possibly merging. The picture was just too compelling not to include here. Incidentally, I’m starting to think I need to rename the blog from something less tech-oriented more towards my own ramblings….