Dark Storm on Neptune Reverses Direction, Possibly Shedding a Fragment
Wow! Reverses direction!
January 17, 2010
By Cassini @ Saturn.
Several kilometers long. Note the shadow.
NASA comment… “A “propeller-like” feature.”
Uh, yeah… good job, guys, good job.
lol those were the days…
Never did follow up on it, as I recall. Sigh. There are a lot of those chunks orbiting.
The further out you go, the stranger it gets.
Photographer Catches the ISS Crossing the Sun and Moon
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Came across these and thought i’d share here. An astrophotographer from California has taken a couple of amazing photos of the International Space Station in front of both the sun and the moon. The station only transits between the earth and both moon and sun for only a few seconds from Earth’s perspective every day. So just the timing for the pictures is pretty incredible by itself.
I don’t really know what else to say other than that the pictures are fairly breathtaking.
Photographer Andrew McCarthy is known for shooting incredible astrophotography images from his backyard in Sacramento, California. He recently added two more jaw-dropping images to his portfolio: ultra-clear views of the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the Sun and Moon.
Given that the ISS whizzes across the Sun and Moon in less than a second from the perspective of someone on Earth, capturing a clear view of the transit is not an easy thing to do.
McCarthy first managed to capture the ISS transiting the Sun on Tuesday, October 6th.
“This shot was captured simultaneously with two scopes, one with a white light filter for ISS details and one with a hydrogen-alpha solar telescope for surface details,” McCarthy writes. “By blending the images together I get a crisp, detailed snapshot of the transit.”
The following week, on the morning of October 14th, McCarthy captured the ISS crossing the face of the Moon.
“[A]fter spending hours scouting for the right location, I set up my gear on the side of a road hoping to capture something I’ve never seen before. The ISS, illuminated by daylight, transiting a razor-thin crescent moon,” McCarthy writes. “Something about the way the illuminated ISS straddles the crescent gives it a sense of depth lacking in my previous transit shots.
“This was captured by recording high framerate video during the pass, and stitching together a full mosaic of the moon after the pass was completed, which was then blended with shots captured before the sun rose to get the ‘Earthshine’ you see on the dark side of the moon.”
A Hole in Mars : What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars. The hole, shown in representative color, appears to be an opening to an underground cavern, partly illuminated on the image right. Analysis of this and follow-up images revealed the opening to be about 35 meters across, while the interior shadow angle indicates that the underlying cavern is roughly 20 meters deep. Why there is a circular crater surrounding this hole remains a topic of speculation, as is the full extent of the underlying cavern. Holes such as this are of particular interest because their interior caves are relatively protected from the harsh surface of Mars, making them relatively good candidates to contain Martian life. These pits are therefore prime targets for possible future spacecraft, robots, and even human interplanetary explorers. via NASA
A long time favorite.
Lava tube? May well be…
We need to send a drone down there.
Hell, I want to go to this locale in person.
Mars is awesome.
Stop war and Explore!
From this thread on ATS, where the poster is a member:
Large Red UAP-UFO Transiting the Moon – 20 December, 2020 – 4:52pm
Dec 21, 2020
Was taking some evening shots of the moon with the Nikon P900 when this large red object flew in front of it. The first clip is the close-up, and the second is the original version. Made sure to check Stellarium.org to check for satellites. None were transiting the moon at the time. Most were above it and were geo-synchronous. (As soon as I set up the tri-pod, a helicopter started circling endlessly. When this happens its extremely annoying and its hard for me to keep from spouting four letter words. This explains the two sound dropouts.)
And here is an enlargement, from another member, in the above-linked thread:
It’s at the 0:25 mark and at 400% enlargement.
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The most epic shot of the Great Conjunction, taken tonight in Giza be sure to zoom in!… An event that will only be repeated after 800 years, the conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn above the Sphinx.
Captured by the ever talented Amr Abdulwahab
M2-9 Twin Jet Nebula (1997) by NASA Hubble
Looks like a moth, or some sort of flying critter…
Did We Just Detect Life on Venus?
Sep 14, 2020
The announcement of the detection of a possible biomarker in the atmosphere of Venus has shook up the field of astrobiology and grabbed headlines across the world. Today, we explore why Venus could plausibly host life, how this detection was made, and whether it really means that we’ve finally found extraterrestrial life. Written and presented by Prof Kipping, featuring guest Dr Caleb Scharf.
You can now support our research program and the Cool Worlds Lab at Columbia University: www.coolworldslab.com/support
Thank-you to Kevin Clark, Tom Widdowson, Denny Smith, Stephanie Hackley, Mark Sloan, Laura Sanborn, Kolos Kantor, Patrick Herman, Abel Aganbegyan, Claudio Bottaccini, Daniel Brunk, Douglas Daughaday, Scott Fincher, James Kindred, Andrew Jones, Jason Allen, Steven Baldwin, Jason Black, Stuart Brownlee, Shivam Chaturvedi, David Denholm, Tim Dorais, Glen Downton, Eneko Urrestarazu, Gordon Fulton, Sean Griffiths, Peter Halloran, John Jurcevic, Niklas Kildal, Jack Kobernick, Wes Kobernick, Valeri Kremer, Marc Lijoi, Sheri Loftin, Branden Loizides, Anatoliy Maslyanchuk, Blair Matson, Ocean Mcintyre, Laini Mitchell, Jeffrey Needle, André Pelletier, Juan Rivillas, Bret Robinson, Zenith Star, Lauren Steely, Ernest Stefan-Matyus, Mark Steven, Elena West, Barrett York, Tristan Zajonc, Preetumsingh Gowd, Shaun Kelsey, Chuck Wolfred, David Vennel, Emre Dessoi, Fahid Naeem, Francisco Rebolledo, Hauke Laging, James Falls, Jon Adams, Michael Gremillion, Pierce Rutherford, Trev Kline, Tristan Leger, Lasse Skov & Takashi Hanai.
::Paper announcing the detection::
► Greaves, J. et al. (2020), “Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus”, Nature Astronomy: doi.org/10.1038/s41550-020-11…
::Other references used::
► Sousa-Silva. C. et al. (2019), “Phosphine as a Biosignature Gas in Exoplanet Atmosphere”, Astrobiology, 20, 235: arxiv.org/abs/1910.05224
► Way, M. et al. (2016), “Was Venus the First Habitable World of our Solar System?”, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 8376: arxiv.org/abs/1608.00706
► Moses, J. et al. (2005), “Photochemistry and diffusion in Jupiter’s stratosphere: Constraints from ISO observations and comparisons with other giant planets”, J. Geophys. Res., 110, E08001: doi.org/doi:10.1029/2005JE002411
::Movies/TV scenes used::
► Roving Mars (2006) Buena Vista Pictures ► Exploring Venus (2019) Magellan TV
► Star Trek (1966) Paramount Pictures
::Other video footage used::
► ALMA timelapse by ESO/José Francisco Salgado: youtu.be/Tn8Udphi6JA
► Venus UV footage by Akatsuki/JAXA: www.isas.jaxa.jp/en/topics/00…
► Bill Clinton footage form the Presidential Library & White House Television
► Galaxies fly through by SDSS/Miguel Aragon/Mark Subbarao/Alex Szalay: youtu.be/08LBltePDZw
::Music:: Music used is licensed via Creative Commons (CC) Attribution License (creativecommons.org/licenses/…)
► “Fusion” by Indive licensed under a CC Attribution license: indive.bandcamp.com
► “Trace Correction” by Indive licensed under a CC Attribution license: indive.bandcamp.com
RAS Press Briefing – Phosphine on Venus
Royal Astronomical Society
Streamed live on Sep 14, 2020
The Royal Astronomical Society press briefing held on 14 Sep 2020, discussing the detection of phosphine in the cloud decks of Venus. See ras.ac.uk/news-and-press/news… for full details of the discovery.
Hey, I know, I know, it’s rather late. From September, even. I spaced it. But that doesn’t make it any less thrilling! I mean… Extraterrestrial Life!
Things are bonkers around here. Really stressful times, since the middle of August. Sigh.
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“false color to pick out specific chemical species in the clouds
(2018/01/18: THE CLOUDS OF VENUS in infrared and ultraviolet light, imaged by the Japanese AKATSUKI SPACECRAFT and processed by DAMIA BOUIC.)”
Wow, this view is simply spectacular!
And, I dare say, a decidedly beautiful view it is.
The Remarkable Phoenix Cluster (NASA, Chandra, 08/15/12) by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Whoa, that’s neat!
Sara Seager: Search for Planets and Life Outside Our Solar System | Lex Fridman Podcast #116
Aug 16, 2020
Sara Seager is a planetary scientist at MIT, known for her work on the search for exoplanets.
Sara’s Twitter: twitter.com/profsaraseager
Sara’s Website: www.saraseager.com/
The Smallest Lights in the Universe (book): amzn.to/3g3LfHA
Podcast website: lexfridman.com/podcast
0:00 – Introduction
5:32 – Falling in love with the stars
9:55 – Are we alone in the universe?
15:27 – Seager equation for number of habitable planets
27:48 – Exoplanets
34:44 – Earth-like exoplanets
40:43 – Intelligent life
52:34 – Number of planets per star
55:09 – Space exploration
57:36 – Traveling to Proxima Centauri
1:00:52 – Starshade
1:07:34 – Using the sun as a gravitational lens
1:09:44 – Starshot
1:12:45 – Rogue planets
1:15:44 – The Smallest Lights in the Universe
1:30:15 – Book recommendations
1:37:48 – Advice for a young person
1:39:29 – Meaning of life
This is an absolutely fascinating conversation that I highly recommend. Exceptionally enlightening and a very sad story at the end.
This Is What The Surface Of Venus Sounds Like! Venera 14 Sound Recording 1982 (4K UHD)
Oct 29, 2020
Nearly 40 years ago Venera 14 landed on Venus and recorded the sound of its eerie, scorched surface. But what did it hear? Click of the video to find out!
If you want to learn more about the Venera program then check out this awesome website – www.mentallandscape.com
Original audio recording – www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jZDW…
Music attribution – “Heat Death” by Simon Wilkinson at www.thebluemask.com (Purchased License)
Oh, yeah, baby, now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Venus! There’s clear evidence of LIFE on Venus, don’tcha know?!
BepiColombo Venus Flyby
About Space Only
Oct 22, 2020
A sequence of images taken by one of the monitoring cameras on board the European-Japanese BepiColombo mission to Mercury, as the spacecraft made a close approach of Venus on October 15, 2020.
This sequence of 64 images was captured by Monitoring Camera 2 onboard the Mercury Transfer Module from 40 minutes before until 15 minutes after closest approach of 10,720 km from Venus. The images were taken every 52 seconds. The camera provides black-and-white snapshots in 1024 x 1024 pixel resolution.
In these images, Venus appears in the top right behind the Mercury Planetary Orbiter’s magnetometer boom and moves across the field of view towards the spacecraft’s medium gain antenna. The shape of the terminator — the boundary between the fully illuminated planet (day) and the fully shadowed area (night) — clearly changes, showing that the spacecraft’s path curves around from the dayside to the nightside.
The images have been lightly processed to enhance the brightness and contrast. The illuminated disk of Venus is so bright that it is saturated in these images, even using the shortest possible camera exposure time. At the planet’s terminator, some very faint structures are visible, but these appear to be due to ghosting in the camera optics rather than features in the atmosphere of Venus. There is also some horizontal striping in the images due to effects in the electronics.
The gravity assist maneuver was the first at Venus and the second of nine flybys overall, which help steer the spacecraft on course for Mercury. During its seven-year cruise to the smallest and innermost planet of the Solar System, BepiColombo makes one flyby at Earth, two at Venus and six at Mercury to brake against the gravitational pull of the Sun in order to enter orbit around Mercury.
BepiColombo, which comprises ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is scheduled to reach its target orbit around the smallest and innermost planet of the Solar System in 2025.
Credit: ESA/BepiColombo/MTM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
A look at a far away place.
Space exploration is a wonderful, beautiful thing.
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Oct. 15, 2020
Cliffs in Ancient Ice on Mars
Scientists have come to realize that, just below the surface, about one third of Mars is covered in ice. We study this ice to learn about Mars’ ancient climate and astronauts’ future water supplies.
Sometimes we see the buried ice because cliffs form like the one in this image. On the brownish, dusty cliff wall, the faint light-blue-colored ice shows through. Some of these cliffs change before our eyes and boulders of ice can tumble downhill. We take repeat images of these scenes to check for changes like this.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2020
Editor: Yvette Smith
This post was inspired by seeing this post by our gortex from ATS:
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posted on Oct, 5 2020 @ 05:00 PM
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away , this happened.
Time-Lapse of Supernova in NGC 2525
Oct 1, 2020
This video shows a unique time-lapse of the supernova in galaxy NGC 2525. The supernova is captured by Hubble in exquisite detail within this galaxy in the lower left portion of the frame. It appears as a very bright star located on the outer edge of one of its beautiful swirling spiral arms. This new and unique time-lapse of Hubble images shows the once bright supernova initially outshining the brightest stars in the galaxy, before fading into obscurity during the telescope’s observations. This time-lapse consists of observations taken over the course of one year, from February 2018 to February 2019. NGC 2525 is located nearly 70 million light-years from Earth and is part of the constellation of Puppis in the southern hemisphere. Hubble captured this series of images of NGC2525 in 2018 as part of one of its major investigations; measuring the expansion rate of the Universe, which can help answer fundamental questions about our Universe’s very nature. More information and download options: www.spacetelescope.org/videos/…
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Kornmesser, M. Zamani, A. Riess and the SH0ES team
The Galaxy is called NGC 2525 and the supernova somewhere in that Galaxy happened 70 million years ago , but because of light speed being so slow we and not the Dinosaurs get to see it today… sweet.
In January 2018, a bright explosion of light was spotted at the outskirts of a galaxy called NGC 2525, 70 million light-years away. In February of 2018, the Hubble Space Telescope turned its Wide Field Camera 3 in the flash’s direction, and started taking pictures.
For an entire year, until February 2019, Hubble continued to take images of the progression of the supernova as it faded over time, until it was no longer visible.
The space telescope just missed the supernova’s peak brightness of about 5 billion times the light of the Sun, but it was still gleaming extremely brightly when Hubble tuned in.
Commiserations to any space brothers and sisters in the vicinity at the time.
Fantabulous. Try to imagine the power… the incredible amount of energy released in these events. Difficult to do!
Neowise comet | Andrew Studer At Oregon
Michio Kaku: Future of Humans, Aliens, Space Travel & Physics | Lex Fridman Podcast #45
Oct 22, 2019
Michio does deep thought very well… good man, our Michio.
This is so totally awesome!
Just out today!
September 14, 2020.
“The best evidence for life beyond Earth has been found in the most surprising of places – the atmosphere of Venus.
A team led by Jane Greaves, who is a professor at Cardiff University, has detected the presence of phosphine gas in Venus’ clouds. The intriguing thing about phosphine, which is a molecule formed of three hydrogen atoms and one phosphorous atom, is that on Earth its only natural source is from some anaerobic (i.e., non-oxygen breathing) microbial lifeforms. No known geological mechanism or non-biological chemical reaction produces it on our planet, although it is produced deep inside gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn where hydrogen is plentiful and the temperature and pressure extremely high.”
Here we go!
Tomorrow, July 30 at approximately 7:50 a.m. EDT, NASA is planning to launch a mission to take the Perseverance rover to Mars. Settled among the millions of dollars of high-tech space equipment is a DPA 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone, an MMA-A Digital Audio Interface and an MMP-G Modular Active Cable, which will act as an ultra-transparent preamplifier.
The off-the-shelf microphone and audio interface will be the rover’s “ears” and the auditory part of the “brain” during the demanding and dangerous entry, descent and landing (EDL) part of the trip. The microphone’s mission is to capture sounds as the rover enters the Martian atmosphere and makes its way down to the planet surface.
Watch history in the making, live!
Follow the countdown and make sure to check out the other fun and educational information on NASA’s Mars 2020 mission page. You can even watch NASA’s Perseverance rover Launch to Mars on the NASA YouTube channel.
Let’s help give the 4006 (and the entire Perseverance rover) a proper send off and wish it well on its long and lonely 7-month journey!
Exploring the sounds of Mars
DPA Microphones is hitching a ride with the Mars 2020 Rover. What do we expect to hear?
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Exploring the sounds of Mars
Jan 8, 2019
DPA Microphones is hitching a ride with the Mars 2020 Rover. What do we expect to hear?
Dear readers, my dream has come true!
When I made enquiry a while ago, I was told they were going to put a mic up. And they have! BRAVO!
I am thrilled! Oh, yes, I am!
Ta da, the logo of the new United States Space Force… it’s more than a bit Star Trekkie; and the motto of the new Force is – “Semper Supra” (Always Above)…
which is is somewhat similar to the National Reconnaissance Office’s motto “Supra Et Ultra” (Above & Beyond).
I love that we have the tech to do this, to gaze upon planets far, far from home. Yes, this is fantastic.
This just in [from]:
It’s the first ever direct image of two large exo planets around a star similar to our own. It’s pretty awesome to get to see a real image of planets outside our solar system.
The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) has taken the first ever image of a young, Sun-like star accompanied by two giant exoplanets. Images of systems with multiple exoplanets are extremely rare, and — until now — astronomers had never directly observed more than one planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun. The observations can help astronomers understand how planets formed and evolved around our own Sun.
Even though astronomers have indirectly detected thousands of planets in our galaxy, only a tiny fraction of these exoplanets have been directly imaged,” says co-author Matthew Kenworthy, Associate Professor at Leiden University, adding that “direct observations are important in the search for environments that can support life.” The direct imaging of two or more exoplanets around the same star is even more rare; only two such systems have been directly observed so far, both around stars markedly different from our Sun. The new ESO’s VLT image is the first direct image of more than one exoplanet around a Sun-like star. ESO’s VLT was also the first telescope to directly image an exoplanet, back in 2004, when it captured a speck of light around a brown dwarf, a type of ‘failed’ star.
Bravo, boffins, jolly good show, what?!
It won’t be long now till we’re out there. I am sure of it. Toddlers today will live it.
Should we survive, of course.
Photo #MR-1A-9186-266 – This appears to be the first photo of the object, and it appears towards the lower left side of the frame.
Photo #MR-1A-9186-267 – Nothing anomalous appears to be in this frame, but it is included for research.
Photo #MR-1A-9186-268 – Here, what appears to be an object, appears towards the top left. Although not significant, when coupled with the next frame, it seems like the object is flying towards the Mercury-Redstone spacecraft. Illusion?
Photo #MR-1A-9186-269 – Here is the most important, and clearest frame. The object now appears again towards the lower left side of the frame.
Unknown Object in 1960 Photographs from Mercury-Redstone 1A
by Administrator on June 7, 2020
Case File Status: Unidentified
Originally Published: April 30, 2015. Updated June 7, 2020
Case File Summary
What are we looking at?: This is a photo taken by the Mercury Redstone 1A Mission launched on December 19, 1960.
Out of the 420 photos archived in ASU’s collection, there are multiple photos that capture, what appears to be, an unknown object, or possibly a craft, that shouldn’t be there.
In 1960, there wasn’t much in space, so what could this mysterious object be?
After posting this case file, I received a lot of feedback. Those skeptical on the case proposed that it was a reflection of something inside the craft. So, I did a bit of analysis to see if that theory holds water.
I used 2 photos from the string above. Photo #MR-1A-9186-266 (B&W) and also Photo #MR-1A-9186-269 (Red Tint). I feel that you can discount this theory of a reflection, due to the fact the “reflection” does not appear in 2 of the photos in between these two frames in or near the spot, and also the theory ignores Photo #MR-1A-9186-268 which may show the object much farther in the background.
But, for sake of argument, we will dismiss those photos and deal with the two argued as a reflection. I used, what I believe, is the only constant (non-moving) object in the frame of photos – the reflection of the mission clock. The spacecraft is moving, so therefore, objects on the outside of the spacecraft would be moving their position in the frame as well. Matching the clock on the photos, would show what was constant inside the craft as it would appear in the same exact position, and what was ‘moving’ outside the craft therefore being in different positions as the spacecraft moved.
Please read the rest of the article … and view the analytical photos … at The Black Vault.
I love this sort of stuff!
There is nothing better than the unknown!
ESA/Hubble Flashback: Saturn In Natural Colours.
The ring swirling around Saturn consists of chunks of ice and dust. Saturn itself is made of ammonia ice and methane gas. The little dark spot on Saturn is the shadow from Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
View larger image at: www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9828c/
Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)
Hubble Space Telescope is 30 Today and to Celebrate it’s Taken a Picture of the Cosmic Reef
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30 years ago today the Hubble telescope took its place in space as our eye in the sky peering out into the Universe , 30 years of discovery and mind boggling pictures from the dawn of creation , to celebrate the anniversary the Hubble team have imaged the “Cosmic Reef” , two Stellar nebulae in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud.
The accompanying video takes a closer look
This science visualization presents the dramatic landscape of two nebulas in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The video, based on images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, takes viewers on a close-up tour of the nebulas’ three-dimensional structures, as envisioned by scientists and artists.
The movie begins with the Hubble view of NGC 2014 (lower left) and NGC 2020 (upper right). The region has been nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because of its resemblance to an undersea world. The camera then flies past myriad stars for a close-up look at NGC 2014. The first stop is the bubble of hot gas on the left that has a coral-like appearance. Energetic ultraviolet light from the system’s most massive stars has heated the gas, while strong stellar winds (streams of charged particles) help create its bubble structure.
The journey continues into the heart of the nebula, home to extraordinarily massive and bright stars. The glowing gas in this region is bathed in the stars’ intense luminosity. In contrast, the dark, denser gas is resisting that radiation, and is blown back to form craggy, mountainous shapes. The virtual flight moves past ridges, valleys, and pockets of new star formation.
The camera then rises up and over a ridge of NGC 2014, revealing the three-dimensional structure of neighboring NGC 2020. The Wolf-Rayet star at its core is the mammoth, intensely hot source of this nebula. Episodes of outbursts from the young star have produced cloudy rings and clumps in the bright blue gas. While Hubble views NGC 2020 looking down the axis of the stellar outflows, the visualization finishes with a side view that illustrates the nebula’s double-lobed structure.
Cosmic Reef: NGC 2014 & NGC 2020
Hubble Space Telescope
Apr 24, 2020
This science visualization presents the dramatic landscape of two nebulas in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The video, based on images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, takes viewers on a close-up tour of the nebulas’ three-dimensional structures, as envisioned by scientists and artists. The movie begins with the Hubble view of NGC 2014 (lower left) and NGC 2020 (upper right). The region has been nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because of its resemblance to an undersea world. The camera then flies past myriad stars for a close-up look at NGC 2014. The first stop is the bubble of hot gas on the left that has a coral-like appearance. Energetic ultraviolet light from the system’s most massive stars has heated the gas, while strong stellar winds (streams of charged particles) help create its bubble structure. The journey continues into the heart of the nebula, home to extraordinarily massive and bright stars. The glowing gas in this region is bathed in the stars’ intense luminosity. In contrast, the dark, denser gas is resisting that radiation, and is blown back to form craggy, mountainous shapes. The virtual flight moves past ridges, valleys, and pockets of new star formation. The camera then rises up and over a ridge of NGC 2014, revealing the three-dimensional structure of neighboring NGC 2020. The Wolf-Rayet star at its core is the mammoth, intensely hot source of this nebula. Episodes of outbursts from the young star have produced cloudy rings and clumps in the bright blue gas. While Hubble views NGC 2020 looking down the axis of the stellar outflows, the visualization finishes with a side view that illustrates the nebula’s double-lobed structure. Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon, J. DePasquale, L. Hustak, J. Olmstead, A. Pagan, D. Player, and F. Summers (STScI) Music: “Cosmic Reef” by J. DePasquale (STScI)
Happy Anniversary Hubble team , here’s to many many more.
In space, no-one can hear you sneeze.
While we’ve been pre-occupied with medical matters other science continues. The BepiColombo probe swung by us in a gravity assist manoeuvre on its way to Mercury, capturing some cool views on the way:
I love views from space…
Earth rotates as BepiColombo flies by
Apr 12, 2020
As the ESA’s BepiColombo probe flew past Earth on its gravity assist slingshot to Mercury it took some photographs. I lined up the Earth part and size adjusted them to make this view of Earth rotating in space.
Original imagery and more information here sci.esa.int/web/bepicolombo/-…
The Death of Comet 332P
NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured the image on Feb. 17, 2020 and sent it back nearly 500 million miles for us to marvel at.
At the time of the picture the spacecraft was around 15,000 miles from the cloud tops.
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Some notable features in this view are the long, thin bands that run through the center of the image from top to bottom. Juno has observed these long streaks since its first close pass by Jupiter in 2016. The streaks are layers of haze particles that float above the underlying cloud features. Scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form. Two jet streams in Jupiter’s atmosphere flank either side of the region where the narrow bands of haze typically appear, and some researchers speculate those jet streams may influence the formation of the high hazes.
The streaks are layers of haze particles that float above the underlying cloud features. Scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form.
For me the most intriguing part of the picture are the streaks that form in the upper atmosphere , it has been theorised that life could exist in the cloud layers of Jupiter feeding on the chemicals in the cloud layers and gaining access to precious Sunlight , perhaps the streaks are something akin to algal bloom seen in Earths oceans , it could be the streaks are our first look at Jovian life.
Just a thought.
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Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken on March 27, 2020 by the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft.
The probe was 329 km away from the comet, which was lined up perfectly with the Sun
Credit ESA / Rosetta NavCam CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
It is truly awesome that we can have the thrill of looking at images like this from deep space. I love it.
Scientist Predicts Higher Forms Of Alien Life on Europa
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It’s ‘almost a racing certainty’ there’s alien life on Jupiter’s moon Europa—and Mars could be hiding primitive microorganisms, too. That’s the view of leading British space scientist Professor Monica Grady, who says the notion of undiscovered life in our galaxy isn’t nearly as far-fetched as we might expect.
Professor Grady, a Professor of Planetary and Space Science, says the frigid seas beneath Europa’s ice sheets could harbor ‘octopus’ like creatures. Meanwhile the deep caverns and caves found on Mars may also hide subterranean life-forms—as they offer shelter from intense solar radiation while also potentially boasting remnants of ice.
Professor Grady was speaking at Liverpool Hope University, where she’s just been installed as Chancellor, and revealed: “When it comes to the prospects of life beyond Earth, it’s almost a racing certainty that there’s life beneath the ice on Europa.”
“Elsewhere, if there’s going to be life on Mars, it’s going to be under the surface of the planet. “There you’re protected from solar radiation. And that means there’s the possibility of ice remaining in the pores of the rocks, which could act as a source of water.”
“If there is something on Mars, it’s likely to be very small—bacteria.”
“But I think we’ve got a better chance of having slightly higher forms of life on Europa, perhaps similar to the intelligence of an octopus.”
Well, if that’s the case then the universe could be teeming with life and probably advanced civilizations far ahead of us in technology that would perhaps seem like magic to us. One scientist said that there are more advanced civilizations partying around the universe than there are grains of sand on planet earth!!
I wouldn’t go that far but there is probably more life out there than we can ever imagine!
I would go that far. Life teems. It’s the only thing life knows how to do. Just look at our own world, there’s life deep underground…inside the rocks…and they just found life inside the Chernobyl reactor that eats the radiation.
So, yes, absolutely, life is everywhere — and I use the word everywhere quite literally.
I love this stuff. We need to stop killing each other and get out in space! And hey, there is also Enceladus!
Sun’s surface captured in highest resolution yet
Jan 29, 2020
The highest resolution imagery of the sun to date has been captured bye the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. Story: World’s largest solar telescope produces never-before-seen image of our star www.space.com/first-sun-image…
Credit: Space.com / footage courtesy: NSO/NSF/AURA / produced & edited by Steve Spaleta (www.twitter.com/stevespaleta
This is SO cool! Whee!
The boiling surface of the sun in 4K
Jan 29, 2020
Each of these little cells is the size of Texas, for reference. First images from the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun’s surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope. Full story: newatlas.com/space/boiling-su…
The first images and videos are in from the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, and they show the bubbling, explosive surface of our sun in unprecedented detail. The sheer scale, beauty and violence is breathtaking.
The telescope, positioned on the summit of Mt. Haleakala in Hawaii, has been a 10-year planning and construction project. It uses a huge 13-foot (4 m) mirror, the biggest ever used on a solar telescope, and its curved shape and other optical elements focus a huge 13 kilowatts of solar power, creating enormous heat. Cooling is provided by a “liquid-cooled metal donut,” and it features adaptive optics designed to compensate for the blurring introduced by the Earth’s atmosphere at high resolutions.
As a result, it’s the most advanced solar telescope ever built, and capable of rendering clear images of solar features as small as 20-30 km (12-18 mi) in size. Now, the first images are out, and they show the turbulent plasma of the sun’s surface in magnificent detail.
Each of the cell-like structures in the images and video shown here is around the size of Texas, or about 700 miles (~1,100 km) across. The video at the bottom of the page shows how they rise and fall in the space of just 10 minutes. For a sense of scale, that video covers a width of the solar surface equal to about one and a half times the diameter of the Earth, or about 1/73rd of the diameter of the sun itself.
And not for nothin:’
Pan across the Milky Way’s central region
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Dec 16, 2019
This video pans across the central regions of the Milky Way, newly observed with the HAWK-I instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in the Chilean Atacama Desert. This stunning view shows the Milky Way’s central region with an angular resolution of 0.2 arcseconds.
More information and download options: www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1… Credit: ESO/Nogueras-Lara et al.
Very Large Telescope images stunning central region of the Milky Way
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posted on Dec, 17 2019 @ 02:19 PM
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory based in in northern Chile have released high resolution images and the video below of the central region of our Galaxy , the observations give a new take for astronomers on the rate of Star formation in the early Galaxy and challenge the accepted theory that Star formation has been continuous throughout the history of the Milky way.
“Contrary to what had been accepted up to now, we found that the formation of stars has not been continuous,” adds Francisco Nogueras-Lara, who led two new studies of the Milky Way central region while at the same institute in Granada.
In the study, published today in Nature Astronomy, the team found that about 80% of the stars in the Milky Way central region formed in the earliest years of our galaxy, between eight and 13.5 billion years ago. This initial period of star formation was followed by about six billion years during which very few stars were born. This was brought to an end by an intense burst of star formation around one billion years ago when, over a period of less than 100 million years, stars with a combined mass possibly as high as a few tens of million Suns formed in this central region.
“The conditions in the studied region during this burst of activity must have resembled those in ‘starburst’ galaxies, which form stars at rates of more than 100 solar masses per year,” says Nogueras-Lara, who is now based at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. At present, the whole Milky Way is forming stars at a rate of about one or two solar masses per year.
“This burst of activity, which must have resulted in the explosion of more than a hundred thousand supernovae, was probably one of the most energetic events in the whole history of the Milky Way,” he adds. During a starburst, many massive stars are created; since they have shorter lifespans than lower-mass stars, they reach the end of their lives much faster, dying in violent supernova explosions.
So wonderful. Such wonders. Makes the mind explode with pure awe. Makes you want to go there and fly around amongst those bodies of stars and things we cannot even imagine.
⭐ ➡️ ? A Chandra supernova in the sky… This image by our Chandra X-ray Observatory captures a star in the constellation Cassiopeia that was obliterated by an explosion, leaving behind this three-dimensional object: the remnant of a supernova. What was revealed by its pattern of debris: go.nasa.gov/2W3LpGx
Bravo Chandra ! Bravo Chandra Team !
Worldwide UFO sightings! UFO Sightings From Brazil, California, Lebanon, and More
Aug 28, 2019
Worldwide UFO sightings! UFO Sightings From Brazil, California, Lebanon, and More “Alien Planet” Channel comes up with Latest UFO/Alien Sightings Videos.UFO sightings in outer space are sightings of unidentified flying objects reported by astronauts while in space that they could not explain at the time. These sightings were claimed as evidence for alien visits by ufologists, although prosaic explanations have since been found for almost all of them. Some of the alleged sightings never occurred: science fiction writer Otto Binder perpetuated a hoax claiming Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong had encountered UFOs during the mission.
Do aliens exist? Hundreds of pictures and videos of UFOs are taken every year and enthusiasts believe many of them could be proof or even a hidden conspiracy. While some have been debunked as fake, there are still dozens that have left even the experts scratching their heads and wondering if we really have been visited by creatures from another planet.
UFO, the mysterious moving object that appears in the sky occasionally is claimed to have no orthodox scientific explanation regarding its existence. As per the prevailing belief, they are flying saucer and the same can be monster spaceships carrying real extraterrestrials through clouds. Nowadays, UFO sighting has been a matter of amusement rather than a concern, even though there are ample pieces of evidence about their scary appearance. However, in postmodern culture, where Alien Videos are common, the movement of UFO needs to be taken as a serious matter. The appearance of flying saucer and their real images caught on tape is a proof of Alien life and the same has ignited the curiosity of NASA. They are in a set out to find out the hidden secrets of the extraterrestrials in the Universe.
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In our Alien Planet Youtube channel, we have done our best to present the UFO-related footage in a splendid manner. In that, you can view the real scary stories of UFO objects and enjoy yourself by leaving back a thought in your mind.
Found this via Jeff Rense, who is a wonderful and concerned man but is a bit on the gullible side in my opinion. Even so he is dedicated to the Truth and I am always visiting his site alongside ATS.
So… this video… Lots of clips compiled within. A couple I just found silly. A few I think are likely to be CGI creations. But there are a surprising number of them that I found quite interesting. They might be real sightings of things in the sky. Or not.
I am aware that there really are things in the sky because I have seen several over the years. And they were and still are fascinating and completely inexplicable. It is what got me into Forteana over 54 years ago.
The clouds of Venus in infrared
Something yoy don’t see everyday.
In a measurement taken on Wednesday, NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air, a gas that on Earth is usually produced by living things. The data arrived back on Earth on Thursday, and by Friday, scientists working on the mission were excitedly discussing the news, which has not yet been announced by NASA.
Methane has been detected by multiple craft on or at Mars multiple times. The speculation is it could be coming from life under the Martian soil, volcanoes or the rover itself. Methane does not last long in the atmosphere, so any that is detected has been released into the atmosphere relatively recently.
This is pretty old now, June 22, eh, but it was apparently a big one and noteworthily so.
All I know is that I am really digging the phrase, “startlingly high amounts.” Startling! Yes, sirree, I like that a lot.
Solar system wonderment…!
Some sort of a heat wave warms the rings of Uranus, even though the planet orbits far away from the sun.
New heat images of the planet, obtained by two telescopes in Chile, reveal the temperature of the rings for the first time: minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 195 degrees Celsius), or the boiling temperature of liquid nitrogen.
While that sounds cold by Earthly standards, consider that most of space is much colder, approaching a temperature at which atoms stop moving. This point is called absolute zero, which is roughly minus 460 F (minus 273 C).
The scientists who captured the new images said they aren’t sure what’s causing the relative warmth. But the weird temperature proves that the brightest and densest ring at Uranus (also known as the epsilon ring) is very different from other ring systems in our solar system.
This is way cool and rather shocking. At least to me. I would think the rings would be colder, but, like humanity, what do I know? Ha! Napundivricuala, that’s what!
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posted on Aug, 30 2019 @ 02:57 PM
China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover is currently exploring the Far Side of the Moon , all was going as expected until on July 28th when preparing to power the rover down one of the Chang’e-4 team noticed something peculiar , a different coloured area in a crater.
The team decided to change their plan and drive over to the area to investigate , they discovered an unusually coloured “substance” in the crater.
The drive team, excited by the discovery, called in their lunar scientists. Together, the teams decided to postpone Yutu-2’s plans to continue west and instead ordered the rover to check out the strange material
With the help of obstacle-avoidance cameras, Yutu-2 carefully approached the crater and then targeted the unusually colored material and its surroundings. The rover examined both areas with its Visible and Near-Infrared Spectrometer (VNIS), which detects light that is scattered or reflected off materials to reveal their makeup.
So far, mission scientists haven’t offered any indication as to the nature of the colored substance and have said only that it is “gel-like” and has an “unusual color.” One possible explanation, outside researchers suggested, is that the substance is melt glass created from meteorites striking the surface of the moon.
Anyone remember the film “The Blob” ?
edit on 30-8-2019 by gortex because: (no reason given)
life is postponed for the future
one is educated to live in the future and not to live in today….Live in the present.
Even though I can’t really see what they’re talking about in this particular photo.
Does “gel-like” mean something got lost in translation, or, does it mean just what it says?
And if it does mean gel-like… then, whoa!
NASA Will Fly Quadcopter On Saturn’s Largest Moon Looking For Signs Of Life
The quadcopter will be looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly will be the first time NASA operates a multi-rotor vehicle for space exploration on another planet; it is classified as rotorcraft, has eight rotors and flies like a drone. Flying will be difficult and will use a lot of energy. This is because of Titan’s atmosphere is four times thicker than Earth’s.
Sometime in 2034, Dragonfly will land at the equatorial “Shangri-La” dune fields, which are similar to dunes in Namibia in southern Africa. For the next three years, Dragonfly will leapfrog around the moon, 5 miles at a time. At the end of its mission, it will reach the Selk impact crater, where there could be evidence of water and possible life.
I expect they want a safe landing spot thus what they are calling a desert is their first drop off point?
NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon.
Dragonfly will launch in 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will fly to dozens of promising locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone. It will take advantage of Titan’s dense atmosphere – four times denser than Earth’s – to become the first vehicle ever to fly its entire science payload to new places for repeatable and targeted access to surface materials.
Titan is an analog to the very early Earth, and can provide clues to how life may have arisen on our planet. During its 2.7-year baseline mission, Dragonfly will explore diverse environments from organic dunes to the floor of an impact crater where liquid water and complex organic materials key to life once existed together for possibly tens of thousands of years. Its instruments will study how far prebiotic chemistry may have progressed. They also will investigate the moon’s atmospheric and surface properties and its subsurface ocean and liquid reservoirs. Additionally, instruments will search for chemical evidence of past or extant life.
“With the Dragonfly mission, NASA will once again do what no one else can do,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
NASA Announces DragonFly Mission to Titan
Published on Jun 27, 2019
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I bet you we see creatures!
NASA’s Alien Anomalies caught on film – A compilation of stunning UFO footage from NASA’s archives
Published on Mar 24, 2009
This compilation includes many of my favorite NASA UFO encounters/sightings that I have archived over the years. All of these examples (with the exception of the second-to-last one) were captured on film by NASA astronauts or Russian Cosmonauts over the past half-century – showing many amazing examples from different eras – Gemini, Apollo, Apollo/Soyuz Test Project, Skylab, STS, the ISS, plus a couple Russian-source additions from their unmanned Zond and Mir Space Station programs as well thrown in to round things out.
The second last example is the only one in the compilation that features footage that was not taken in space and is not official-source (NASA or Soviet/Russian Space Agency). That clip shows an LTP (Lunar Transient Phenomenon) event captured through a camera connected to the eyepiece of a terrestrial-based telescope that luckily was being focused on the Moon at the time. In this case, the LTP manifests as an object transiting across the face of the lunar disc. Many thanks to amateur astronomer Alberto Mayer of Italy for doing a wonderful job of filming this stunning event (and for stacking the footage for us all to see).
While the examples you will see here captured on film can all be “officially” classified as “unidentified” objects, that absolutely does NOT mean that NASA, the DoD, and certain elements within the scientific community worldwide are completely in the dark as to what these things you are seeing are. Make no mistake: The Powers That Be are indeed aware of far more about our mysterious Universe than they are ever willing to admit to us. We, the plebeian masses of this planet, are being held in a state of enforced ignorance, deemed not worthy of knowing the full truth by those who are REALLY “running the show” down here on Earth. As this video shows over and over again however, there are indeed snippets of that amazing truth that have been left scattered about the official government archives over the decades, there for us to find so we may begin to educate ourselves about what is the most monumental coverup in human history – where the only thing more incredible than the lies is the truth!
Also, be sure to check out Jose Escamilla’s new motion picture documentary “MOON RISING,” where we go into much further depth about what is, without exaggeration, the most monumental coverup in human history. You have NO idea what you have been missing!
Luna! Great guy! We were buds years back, but I said stuff abot José, so, it faded out. I’ve put his Alien in quotes, because, well, that’s a jump, but, still, some of them certainly do make one wonder. Several of these have been sorted in he intervening years, like the Zond image, but most of them have not.
All good stuff assembled with a passion.
I find this case to be absolutely fascinating and just had to share it with thee and thine and with thy mind. Yup, it’s neat.
[Please do view these videos in full screen.]
Props to our shawmanfromny for finding this. I doubt I would have known of it if he hadn’t.
First, his report…
Luminous UAP Captured On The Moon’s Surface On July 24
A Spirit In A Flesh Suit
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I just saw an interesting YouTube video clip on reddit and decided to check out the original source.
The edited clip, posted on reddit here, was credited to UFOvni2012, a YouTube channel that posts videos on astronomy and astrophotography. This person also posts a lot of photos and video clips of anomalies on the Moon’s surface, that he claims are either “alien structures,” or “alien craft.” I checked out a few of those videos and I think he overreaches on his conclusions concerning these anomalies…probably for views. However, he does have some interesting clips of orbs/UAPs that appear on the Moon’s surface.
This particular object, suddenly appears over the Moon’s surface. At first, I thought that it was just some sort of luminous gas exhaust from an underground vent, but then, the UAP does appear to move. If this object was just a capture of a satellite in Earth’s orbit, or of a bird in flight at night, it wouldn’t appear to be stationary. Instead, it would be seen as a small, dark object that’s moving in front of the Moon’s field of view, like what’s shown in the following clips:
However, this object is luminous and at first remains static, before it starts to move. Here’s a screen shot of the object from the original video clip. In the upper right is a superimposed close up.
Ancient Discoveries “Alien Structures” and “UFO FLY” On The MOON Damoiseau (VIDEO 4k)
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Video clip that I watched on reddit, which was edited from the original source I posted above:
Activity on the Moon 4K – 2019
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
Published on Jul 25, 2019
Flashes on the moon: phys.org/news/2019-05-moon.htmlwww.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/news-…
Weird Flashes Keep Appearing on the Moon and Scientists Don’t Know Why: futurism.com/the-byte/flashes…
What causes flashes on the moon? earthsky.org/astronomy-essent…
What are those mysterious flashes on the moon? eu.usatoday.com/story/news/na…
FBI Memo: vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%…
General Twining Letter: www.nicap.org/twining_letter_d…
declassified USAFE 14 doc: www.nicap.org/docs/481104usafe…
paper – physical evidence: t.co/Lo5ZJRbKAX
UK Files: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos/
UK Reports: www.gov.uk/government/publica…
French Files: archive.org/details/FrenchUFO…
Spain Files: bibliotecavirtualdefensa.es/BV…
Canada Files: www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/d…
Australian Files: www.naa.gov.au/collection/a-z/…
Brazil Files: archive.org/details/Brazilian…
Denmark Files archive.org/details/DanishUFO…
New Zealand Files: archive.org/details/NewZealan…
200 cases in Spain and Portugal: cufos.org/books/Catalogue_of_2…
Cases involving vehicle interference: www.cufos.org/books/UFO_REPORT…
The Hynek Ufo Report: www.cufos.org/books/The_Hynek_…
Cases with Physical Traces: www.cufos.org/books/Physical_T…
A Study on secondary Effects: www.cufos.org/books/A_Study_of…
CIA Remote viewing Mars: www.cia.gov/library/readingro…
If you are an experiencer I would love to hear your story! UAP1949@protonmail.com
This has really put a tight grip on my grey matter.
Having said that, I am referring to the object featured out in the second video and referenced with timestamps in the first. I am not supporting the so-called “alien structures” in any way, shape or form. Silliness, to the max. There is no resolution available yo support those claims and there are, of course, hi-res photos of the area available from NASA from various missions and craft. And no one has said a word.
It just appears, as if by wizardry. Or, rather, it’s luminosity just appears, as if, to get all anthropomorphic, it just got “turned on.” And then… it just sits there. For a good, long while. This is not the behavior of the latest hoax project of some basement dwelling kid. The flickering it displays is a bit odd to my neurons, but not awfully so. Can’t think of a good cause for it except sputtering exhaust. There are, actually, comments that it might be gas escaping and somehow being excited into luminosity, which is quite plausible.
But, it stays coherent and…
… it starts to move!
In a way that gas venting from the surface is not going to be able to do, in reference to the subsequent path that’s taken by the light.
Still flickering, it travels at a moderate pace in a reasonably straight line at what appears to be level flight, in front of the little crater it first appeared next to, following along what looks like a ridge line. It then stops and seems to “shut off.”
Regarding the shutting down of the flickering light, note that in the big inset in the top video, which is (said to be the original), I note what seems to be non-luminous “roiling,” of the surface, or the object, between 4:38 and 4:59.
I dearly wish that the resolution was much higher. Even with a 4K sensor, there just aren’t enough pixels on duty in this tiny section of the frame. Everything is just a blur. Ha! Like the old days! But these shots wouldn’t have been possible not that long ago. Perhaps a more powerful eyepiece for his video camera to peer through. Then again, big scopes are big money. Hey, 8K will be the norm soon.
Tell me, what do you think of this? Please leave a comment, as I would love to know your thoughts on this.
The full frame from NASA.
And now, from:
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Just thought I’d throw this in here, rather than my “interesting rocks” thread, since it doesn’t really have to do with rocks. Anyway, here’s a .gif made with some Curiosity Right Navcam images taken 13 seconds apart. Unfortunately, it appears that the Left Navcam apparently wasn’t taking pictures at the time. I guess they don’t do that all the time anymore. Anyway, it’s like that bright spot that showed up on one of the images a few weeks back, except that it’s black and kind of looks like one of those “tic-tac” deals that are so popular these days.
Aerial anomalies on Mars are a treat for me.
This one, of course, since it’s only on one frame from one camera, could be the old cosmic ray strike and that’s been trotted out for it. Of course.
But, then again, it doesn’t really look like a cosmic ray strike, so… who knows what it is?
Naturally, my preference is a device of some sort. Or, even better, a critter! Now, that’s unlikely!
Which leads all the way back to my yoot, when a glowing orange aerial anomaly first triggered my deep interest in all things Forteana.
I love this stuff…
And, again, as noted, it really doesn’t look like a cosmic ray strike. Just look at that shape. Ya dig? Seriously, now.
Space art circa 2017 by Space Age Bohemia