Stephen van Vuuren - "This is fly-through of this photograph - photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA11141 - only a little brightness and contrast has been made to balance the moons with saturn's body. Do note that several thousand layers of many Cassini photographs were animated to make the fly-through work without any 3D CGI. The saturation is off due to lack of Flash Player ICM support."
That's one big snow-cone! As a giant snowstorm plowed across the U.S. this week, the GOES-13 weather satellite drifted 22,000 miles overhead, capturing all the snowy chaos in a single dramatic frame. The resulting image, pictured above, reveals just how big the storm became.
SYDNEY — Mankind may be descended from apes but Australian scientists have found proof of links much closer to the sea floor, with a study revealing that sea sponges share almost 70 percent of human genes. Read more at Goggle News.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary in orbit, NASA released a photo from the Hubble Space Telescope that captured a small breathtaking portion of one of the largest visible star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. The image above shows the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air. Read more at Discovery.com.
Nature never deceives us, it is always we who deceive ourselves. - J.J. Rousseau Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
A strange light appeared in the sky over northern Norway. No one seems to know what caused it to appear. Could it be a beckon from Santa or the Russians playing with a new toy?
"The mystery began when a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain in the north of the country. It stopped mid-air, then began to move in circles. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre - lasting for ten to 12 minutes before disappearing completely.
Onlookers describing it as 'like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it' and 'a shooting star that spun around and around'."
Actually, its a dark molecular cloud also known as dark absorption nebulae. "What's that Joe?" It huge mass of dust and molecular gas which when mixed (not stirred) creates a combination that zaps out all the visible light. Hence, you can't see stars hiding in the background. Our friend above is called Barnard 68 and it is located in the Ophiuchus constellation.
Have you ever eaten a dolphin? Not Flipper, but the fish above. You do see the fish? From the Ichthyology Department at the Florida Museum of Natural History: The common English name for this fish causes much confusion. The fish known as the "dolphin" is not related to the marine mammal of the same common name (family Delphinidae). Additionally, two species of dolphinfish exist, the common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) and the pompano dolphin (Coryphaena equiselis). Both these species are commonly marketed by their Pacific name, mahi-mahi.
Common English language names include dolphinfish, dolphin, common dolphin, common dolphin fish, common dolphinfish, dolphin fish, green dolphin, mahi mahi, and mahi-mahi.
From The New Scientist: IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.
A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation's infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event - a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun. Continue reading.