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Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 12:19 AM
Cat's Eye Nebula

http://www.esa.int/images/imageL,79.jpg (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/spcs/hubble/hubble20040909a.jpg)

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 12:23 AM
The Fox


Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 12:28 AM
Eagle Nebula

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0206/eagle_kp09.jpg (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0206/eagle_kp09_big.jpg)

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 12:34 AM
Ghost Head Nebula

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0110/ngc2080_hst.jpg (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0110/ngc2080_hst_big.jpg)

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 12:36 AM
Iris Nebula

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0411/ngc7023_misti_c1.jpg (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0411/ngc7023_misti_full.jpg)

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 12:38 AM
Aurora Borealis


Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 12:44 AM
Black Hole


Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 01:32 AM
Nice pictures, Nattfari. We should have a name that celestial body game like the geography game! What nebula is this? It's easy.


Death and the Sun
Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 04:31 AM
Nice pics, Náttfari. Where are they from?

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 04:59 AM
Go here to find lots of cool astronomy pictures. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html Every day they have a new picture and you can click on the link at the top left to view the archive.

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 05:50 AM
The Fox


:rofl: Someone's been having fun! Then again, a galactic billboard like that might bring many alien races as customers should they need a browser. What's next, the classic "Mickey Mouse on the face of the moon"?

This one's great.

PS. I wonder how Bill Gates is going to retaliate... Spell out Microsoft in Nebulae? :laugh:

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 05:54 AM
I was looking at that picture of "The Fox" and suddenly it came to be. I believe that is actually a picture the light echoes of V838 Monocerotis. One of my favorite astronomical photographs!!

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 05:59 AM
No, that's photoshopped quite a bit. Here you can see the original as well as the Firefox-version :laugh:

Edit: And it really is a great browser, those who haven't already should try it.

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 06:03 AM
Oh, now I see it. No wonder I thought it looked a little different than I had remembered. :laugh:

Death and the Sun
Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 06:11 AM
Edit: And it really is a great browser, those who haven't already should try it.

Off topic, but Opera is even better !! :beer-smil

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 06:59 AM
Arcturus - a most excellent star indeed. :D

Off Topic: Eldritch, is not. :P

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 07:06 AM

But here's the brightest star in the night sky: SIRIUS


Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 07:13 AM

But here's the brightest star in the night sky: SIRIUS


Indeed, but Acturus is larger, so there.

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 07:21 AM
Indeed, but Acturus is larger, so there.

Yes, very true. Arcturus is a red giant while Sirius is just a lowly main sequence star. :cry00002: :P

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 07:31 AM
Then again, from our point of view, which is better; a red giant or a white dwarf? :icon1:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/images/ok/OKCLImufind_carlson.jpg http://www2.filmweb.no/multimedia/archive/00018/Jason__Wee-Man__Acun_18454f.jpg

Off topic, I know. Couldn't resist. Up to the mod if it stays .

Monday, May 2nd, 2005, 04:03 PM
More galleries:

High resolution images (http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/Einstein.html)
Hubble gallery (http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/image_category/galaxy/)
Index RC Optical Systems (http://www.rcopticalsystems.com/gallery.html#messier)
Astronomical Image Data Archive

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007, 09:26 PM
Interesting website that gives a picture (sometimes graph) and a brief explanation with links based upon what the picture is. Wonderful site to view the infinite beauty of nature.


Wednesday, July 7th, 2010, 04:09 AM



The Space Shuttle Docked with Mir
Credit: Nikolai Budarin, Russian Space Research Institute, NASA
Explanation: Before there was the International Space Station, the reigning orbiting spaceport was Russia's Mir. Pictured above in 1995, the United States Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the segmented Mir. During shuttle mission STS-71, astronauts answered questions from school students over amateur radio and performed science experiments aboard Spacelab. The Spacelab experiments helped to increase understanding of the effects of long-duration space flights on the human body. Last year, after 15 years of successful service, the decaying Mir space station broke up as it entered the Earth's atmosphere.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010, 04:13 AM

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy
Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler
Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 is a digital mosaic of 20 frames taken with a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including how the center acquired two nuclei.


Tuesday, July 13th, 2010, 03:44 AM

Thursday, July 29th, 2010, 09:57 PM
See, this is another reason why my heart breaks at the thought of my people being bred out of existence by the non-White hordes.

All that space. All that aching beauty. All seen and (barely) understood because of the telescope (and subsequent inventions). All invented by White men. And so much more left to discover and invent and serve as the stuff of dreams.

And in all that vastness, so far as we know, exists the only sentient beings who are capable of --

1. Even noticing it all exists

2. Caring about the beauty of it all

3. Desiring to get closer to it all

4. Thinking up HOW TO get closer to it all

live on Planet Earth in the system of Sol, in the Orion arm of the Milky Way galaxy in the Virgo Supercluster, and All of them, White men. The only creatures, so far as we know, who've ever existed capable of all 4 at once. White men noticed it, longed for it, figured out (and are still figuring) how to reach it.

Manned spaceflight -- or even unmanned flight like probes -- that I, so inexplicably love, will NEVER be something Black Africans of their own accord can achieve, so far as we know. Even the smart Asians, honestly, while they, yes, look up and long, like we do, lack the whatever-it-is that allows the White man to think up how to make the presently-impossible come to pass.

When we're gone, the non-White hordes, will they miss us? Will they long for the stars and know they eliminated the only living things in the universe who might have taken them there?

Sunday, August 1st, 2010, 05:46 PM
Four planet sunset: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap100731.html

Monday, August 2nd, 2010, 06:37 AM

A Venusian Landscape
Credit: NASA, JPL Magellan Project

Explanation: This computer generated view of a Venusian volcano was created using data from NASA's Magellan spacecraft. Magellan used its onboard radar to map the surface of Venus which is hidden from telescopic observations by a perpetual cloud cover. Using this radar data to provide three dimensional information, a computer was then able to produce this view of Maat Mons, a 5 mile high volcano, from a dramatic perspective. The colours used to render the surface are based on earlier colour images transmitted by TV cameras on the Soviet Venera 13 and 14 Venus landers.

Retrieved From:http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~idh/apod/ap950928.html