Oh wow. This is one beautiful photo of #CometISON taken by Gerald Rhemann from Tivoli, Nambia. Comet ISON is a sun grazing comet and came from the Oort Cloud which is 1 light year away. It’s perihelion or closest approach to the sun will be on November 28. It will be traveling at a whopping 248 miles per second or 399 km/s. It will be encountering solar temperatures of 5000 degrees Fahrenheit or 2760 degrees Celsius. #astronomy #space #comets #science
Here are a collection of images taken during the NASA Social MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN). If you are active on social media and share space/astronomy stories in an interesting way then apply for NASA Social. Regarded as one of the best experiences provided by NASA as well as a behind the scenes look at NASA.
Also big thanks to Robert Nerff and Linda Seid Frembes for letting us use some of their images. Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go MAVEN!
My new Penny4NASA post. I got the chance to check out the MAVEN launch and check out the NASA facilities through NASA social. It was one of the best experiences of my life!
A stunning image of #Saturn taken by Cassini spacecraft. You can actually see #Venus, #Mars, and the #Earth and #moon in this image! Check out the full resolution here. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/figures/PIA17172_fig2.jpg
Holy hell! This is an image of #SuperTyphoon #Haiyan that is roughly 2000 km across and has wind speeds of 310 km/h! This image was taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency and EUMESTAT. These satellites are orbiting 36,000 km above the Earth’s surface. This is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in history and is absolutely terrifying. Also probably the last thing the Philippines needs since they are still recovering from the last typhoon. Wish everyone in the Philippines the best.
NASA-funded theoretical research has brought new insights that carbon planets may be waterless. Carbon is one of the building blocks when it comes to being versatile in creating life. Interestingly Torrence Johnson of NASA’s JPL found that any star system over abundant in carbon steals all the oxygen away from what would have made water . It goes to show you that we are lucky we are all here and that our sun did have the right conditions to bring life on one of these 8 formed planets. Looks like you can have diamond planets but it’ll be difficult to find any with water on them.
Here a beautiful example of what is known as a reflection nebula. This is M78 and it is located 1600 light years away from Earth. It is 5 light years across and located in the constellation Orion. A reflection nebula is where the interstellar dust reflects light from nearby stars. The blue color towards the center is blue light reflected from young hot stars glowing bright in the region. You can trace the dark dust lanes all throughout this beautiful skyscape. Just take a minute and let your eyes wander this beautiful image.
Check my blog post on M78 here: http://www.brownspaceman.com/beautiful-reflection-nebula-m78/
so i am at a little over 850 album downloads and would love to see that number get up to 1000 in the next week! (which is a lot but i think with the right help it can happen). So thank you all for listening and thank you all for supporting me. ALSO. I will also mail out some spaceman shirts to a random lucky fans!
NASA’s collaborative effort called Frontier Fields has come together to begin it’s deepest probe of the universe. With a combination of Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer this team effort will be able to uncover galaxies that are 100 times fainter than their telescopes could see on its own. They will spend 3 years of collecting data and use the universe’s “zoom lens” to enhance or brighten objects.
For more information read my new blog post here: http://www.brownspaceman.com/nasas-observatories-begin-deepest-ever-look-of-the-universe/
What do you know about the multiverse theory? Well for those of you who don’t know it is essentially a theory that says there are finite or infinite number of universes out there. There have been numerous scientists and researchers trying to prove that other universes exist outside our own. Well earlier in the year Planck telescope released some data that showed there are numerous anomalies that our current standard model of physics can’t predict. Some multiverse researchers believe that they are caused by other universes pulling on our own! It’s an interesting suggestion and maybe these anomalies could support their claim but we do need more data on this. Planck researchers, for the most part, think these outlandish claims hold no water and think it might be something else. There is another piece of the puzzle to add and it’s called Dark Flow. Scientists have been able to track Dark Flow and it’s moving away from Earth. It’s another piece that researchers believe is caused from other universes pulling on our own.
Check out my new blog post for more on this here: http://www.brownspaceman.com/evidence-of-other-universes-pulling-on-our-own/