A Few Favorite Aurora Pictures

February 16th, 2009. By Dave Oei. 11,675 views.
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Science isn’t all about number crunching.  Sometimes physics is fun.  And as a follow up of an aurora article I wrote some time back with regard to the mission of NASA’s THEMIS, I thought about revisiting the set of probes to see if anything new has developed.  Well, new things have developed, specifically, a better understanding of how solar particles breach our planet’s magnetic field.  You can attempt to read and understand more about that here.

Once you’re done, enjoy the pictures that follow.

Strang

Photo by Joshua Strang. This image was taken over Alaska, and was voted Wikipedia Commons Picture of the Year for 2006.

Photo courtesy of NASA.  This image, taken from the International Space Station in February 2, 2003 shows green and red aurora.  Depending on conditions, the ISS can travel through, above, or below aurora.

Photo courtesy of NASA. This image, taken from the International Space Station in February 2, 2003 shows green and red aurora. Depending on conditions, the ISS can travel through, above, or below aurora.

Aurora as seen by the ISS

Photo by Don Pettit, ISS Science Officer in 2003.  Here’s another instance of the ISS going head to head with a green aurora.

aurora_kuenzli_big

Photo by Bud Kuenzli, courtesy of NASA.  This photo, taken over an Alaskan lake captures not just an awesome aurora, but a shooting star and the the Pleiades. You can find the original description here.

A Jaguar For Your Desktop

January 23rd, 2009. By Dave. 12,357 views.
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Jaguar Desktop Picture

Sweet and to the point.  Enjoy.  This picture comes courtesy of National Geographic.  They have a great website full of these kinds of images.  Go check it out.

Better than the Obamamobile?

January 22nd, 2009. By Dave Oei. 2,836 views.
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Lunar Rover Meets President Obama

Here we have an intersection of science and politics.  President Obama, First Lady and Mr. Vice President on the right.  Cool moon car front and center.  (Click for full image)

An Everglades Denizen, Just Watch the Teeth

June 24th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 3,209 views.
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A tribute an expanding Everglades

This photo is a tribute to the Everglades news I noted today.  I found it on Flickr, it was taken by some brave dude who was no more than a few feet away.  I’m not sure if this amounts to bravery or stupidity because I’m from California.  Out here, we have mountain lions and coyotes, and I let them eat off my hand.

The Tesla

May 7th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 3,338 views.
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Did you catch today’s Product of the Day?  Again, this really isn’t about pure science, rather, it’s applied science.  And since this is my blog, I say that counts.  Enjoy.

T-Minus 25 Days

May 6th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 3,086 views.
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On Launchpad on May 3, 2008

Sigh, talk about a dream job. Given a host of different lenses and top of the line camera equipment, still yet massively impressive subjects, almost perfect lighting and likely free reign over the whole lot, the “job” of NASA photographer has got to be one of the best around. This picture was taken a few days back as the shuttle Discovery reached the launch pad in preparation for a May 31 launch. Let’s hope for some halfway decent shots next time.

Just kidding.

Source: NASA

Saturn Electifies

May 5th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 2,828 views.
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What’s hundreds to thousands of times more intense and larger compared to a backyard storm? Try one on Saturn. This one, recorded by Cassini, has been ongoing for the last few months and has no signs of abating. In the meantime, it’s pumping out intense radio outbursts that can be captured even after passing around the horizon. Ok, it’s no Jovian big red spot, but it does make for an interesting pic, yeah?

Source: JPL

One Very Big Hole

May 4th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 2,966 views.
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This comes courtesy of Woods Hole. A few weeks ago I wrote about the discovery of a plumbing system in Greenland’s ice sheets which allows meltwater to drain to the ground, kilometers below, facilitating the movement of ice toward the ocean. Well, here’s a picture of one such fracture after one such draining incident. Enjoy.

Source: Woods Hole

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