NASA astronomy pictures of the day – 15

1. Illustris Simulation of the Universe

2. A hurricane larger than earth: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from Voyager 1

2. A hurricane larger than earth: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from Voyager 1

3. Opportunity’s Mars Analemma (check it out on enlargement)

3. Opportunity’s Mars Analemma (check it out on enlargement)

4. Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars

4. Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars

5. Inside the Flame Nebula

5. Inside the Flame Nebula

6. Arp 81: 100 Million Years Later

6. Arp 81: 100 Million Years Later

7. The El Gordo ('fat one') Massive Galaxy Cluster: one of the largest and most massive objects known

7. The El Gordo (‘fat one’) Massive Galaxy Cluster: one of the largest and most massive objects known

8. Earth-size Kepler-186f

8. Earth-size Kepler-186f

9. Saturn in Blue and Gold

9. Saturn in Blue and Gold: the dot in the plane of the rings is Saturn’s fountain moon Enceladus, only about 500 km across.

10. Lunar Farside: a lot of hits

10. Lunar Farside: a lot of hits

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Images and information: 1./2./3./4./5./6./7./8./9./10.

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9 thoughts on “NASA astronomy pictures of the day – 15

    • Hi Kristin, the work you’re doing to prepare your property for sale seems almost as amazing! Are we talking property sale then the purchase of a nice big 60 footer and sailing the waters of the Top End? (You’ll see some starry nights if you do that! I can barely process these words, I’m so choked up with jealousy!) Phil

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      • I’m really enjoying the labouring work. Feels great to fall into bed at night totally exhausted. I sleep rather well 🙂 With the end goal in the distance, it really is exciting stuff.

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      • Hi Kristin, one memory from when I camped on Lizard Island for 2 weeks in the 90’s (not allowed now, I believe): I learnt that there are apparently quite a few people who spend their time sailing the Top End. A few of us were invited by a man onto his boat for a quiet drink and a chat one night. Talk about open space and lamplight, about peace and the dark of night, about the gentle rocking of the boat and s-i-l-e-n-c-e… I’ve gotta stop, I’m gettin’ jealous again! Phil

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    • Thanks Moshe, to quote an ad I used to see on SBS TV – ‘The world’s an amazing place’.

      While on the subject of great ads I’ve seen on TV, here’s another I saw when I was in London in 1980 (these words were sung like the blues. They sounded as though they were sung by an Afro-American woman):
      ‘It’s the same the whole world over
      Ain’t it a cryin’ shame
      It’s the rich what get the pleasure
      An’ the poor what get the blame’.

      I totally forget what was being advertised, but talk about the words of a song sticking in your brain…

      That was prime-time London TV, 1980. The chance of hearing these words (not to mention in an ad) on Ozzie TV any time, even now, would be 1/3 of 3/8 of .00001 of 0.

      Best wishes, Phil

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