The Space thread
Post awesome Space stuff here.
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I was watching some IMAX docs that were about astronomy. Took some screen caps.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109609/ Narrated by Leonard Nimoy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115952/ Narrated by God aka Morgan Freeman
I liked Destiny in Space a lot more.
I need to check that out. Looks pretty sick.
I've watched that video so many times, mainly because I like to see how tiny we are in comparison!. Back when I was younger, I assumed that the sun was the largest object in the universe until I got into science and my mind was blown!.
Originally Posted by Blacksite
VY Cannis Majoris is the size of 1 billion of our suns. There's a saying that a jet traveling over 700km/hr will take 1,100 years to circle around the star once!. But then again, scientists haven't determined it's actual size since it could be the gasses it shoots out that give it that sizable appearance. I can't imagine the energy it will release once it goes into it's dying stage.
So many wonders in our universe, I wonder what more will be discovered before I die. I know it will never happen in my lifetime but I've always dreamed about going to space!.
@bash, That's an interesting theory in regards to, Mars. I too believe that it was once a planet that supported plant life and water until it just lost it all. Another video I saw theorized the same(But was more concise). I do wonder if humanity could ever terraform, Mars back to what it once was. A project of that magnitude would require substantial funding and research so it probably won't happen for a few hundred years :\
Explanation: In this crowded starfield covering over 2 degrees within the high flying constellation Cygnus, the eye is drawn to the Cocoon Nebula. A compact star forming region, the cosmic Cocoon punctuates a long trail of obscuring interstellar dust clouds. Cataloged as IC 5146, the nebula is nearly 15 light-years wide, located some 4,000 light years away. Like other star forming regions, it stands out in red, glowing, hydrogen gas excited by the young, hot stars and blue, dust-reflected starlight at the edge of an otherwise invisible molecular cloud. In fact, the bright star near the center of this nebula is likely only a few hundred thousand years old, powering the nebular glow as it clears out a cavity in the molecular cloud's star forming dust and gas. But the long dusty filaments that appear dark in this visible light image are themselves hiding stars in the process of formation, seen at infrared wavelengths.
Man pictures like that are so amazing.
find the blu-ray for these and you'll have all the "Space" footage to satiate even the most
ravenous of wonderers :snicker
watch this and tell me you didn't pee your pants!!!
I can't believe that's Mars, another planet millions of miles away(Or average distance of over 220 million km if you want details), is there before my eyes. I've seen images and low-def clips before but this gives me a vivid image of what it would look like if you were there yourself.
Personally I feel like space science should have advanced further then what we've achieved so far. All these painful budget cuts will only delay our development as human beings.
First impression I got was that it was the aftermath of a supernova and the sun in the middle was the white dwarf, but it's actually a star that is emitting excess radiation. It looks naked without celestial bodies surrounding it. :snicker (Well it does have one known planet close to the ring).
Originally Posted by bash
Explanation: An analemma is that figure-8 curve that you get when you mark the position of the Sun at the same time each day throughout planet Earth's year . In this case, 17 individual images taken at 0231 UT on dates between April 2 and September 16 follow half the analemma curve, looking east toward the rising sun and the Caspian sea from the boardwalk in the port city of Baku, Azerbaijan. With the sun nearest the horizon, those dates almost span the period between the 2012 equinoxes on March 20 and September 22. The northern summer Solstice on June 20 corresponds to the top of the figure 8 at the left, when the Sun stood at its northernmost declination. Of course, this year the exposure made on June 6 contained a little something extra. Slightly enhanced, the little black spot on the bright solar disk near the top of the frame is planet Venus, caught in a rare transit during this well-planned sunrise analemma project.
Explanation: That's no sunspot. On the upper right of the above image of the Sun, the dark patches are actually the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-132. In the past, many skygazers have spotted the space station and space shuttles as bright stars gliding through twilight skies, still glinting in the sunlight while orbiting about 350 kilometers above the Earth's surface. But here, astrophotographer Thierry Lagault accurately computed the occurrence of a rarer opportunity to record the spacefaring combination moving quickly in silhouette across the solar disk. He snapped the above picture on last Sunday on May 16, about 50 minutes before the shuttle docked with the space station. Atlantis was recently launched to the ISS for its last mission before being retired.