A teaser showing how ESA Rosetta’s Philae lander will land.
The largest man-made structure in space ever is celebrating its birthday and looking optimistically in the future. This video shows its wonderful journey thru’ its last 15 years.
The whole project did take long to realise. This infographic shows the history of its construction and development.
Video Source: Space.com
Infographic Source: Space.com
NASA’s Kepler space telescope scanned a very tiny portion of the sky for planets and came out with 3538 known and candidate exoplanets. This beautiful multiple juxtaposition of these candidates are shown to be moving to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Very poetic, yet scientific!
Source: New Scientist
It has been successfully put into Earth’s orbit. In few weeks time, it will be gradually put into departure hyperbolic trajectory, when real journey to Mars will start. It will take around 300 days to reach Mars, where it will be put in Martian orbit. The details of the mission and its primary scientific objectives are explained in the following document.
An amazing colorful depiction of Great Nebula in Orion. How it is achieved can be found in the details below
Detail via Flickr:
Yes yet another version of M42 "The Great Nebula in Orion" this time I have combined the natural color of RGB filters together with the narrow band using HST (Hubble Palette) formula with SII assigned to red channel, H-Alpha to green channel and OIII to blue channel with what I think gives a very interesting result.
I have to say my previous image hubble palette version is a bit of a dissapointment but unfortunately when we apply the narrow band colors from filters according to the Hubble type of palette this is the result and to some it looks like candy and very un naturale. Of course the end result is much dependant on data and processing. You should see what it looks like in CFHT palette…forget it, I am too embarrased to post it.
My conclusion is that for me The Hubble Palette works very well on some objects but on others like M42 not so well. Again it is a matter of personal opinion and taste.
Shooting with these narrow band filters together with LRGB allowed me to create this false/natural color hybrid which introduced color and detail not visible in natural RGB wavelengths using my equipment.
183 individual frames make up this final image for a Total Exposure time 17.8 hours.
Date of Shoot January 2012 thru Dec 2012 (over 11 nights)
Location: Fremont MI USA
All exposures unbinned
H-Alpha, OIII, SII 7 x 30 min each
H-Alpha, OIII, SII 30 x 1 min each
8 x 600 sec each RGB
3 x 300 sec each RGB
10 x 60 sec each RGB
15 x 20 sec each RGB
3 x 300 sec each LUM
10 x 90 sec LUM
10 x 60 sec LUM
15 x 20 sec LUM
30 x 5 sec LUM
Camera: QHY9M monochrome CCD cooled to -30C www.astrofactors.com
Optics: Thomas M. Back TMB 92SS F5.5 APO Refractor Astronomics
Mount: Paramount GT-1100S German Equatorial Mount (with MKS 4000)
Image Aquisition Maxim DL
Stacking and Calibrating: CCDStack
Registration of images in Registar
Post Processing Photoshop CS5
The sex scandal has been making news these days with top officials from CIA and US military giving up their occupations on account of this. Though the extent of these consequences are lethal to US national interest, sex scandals are still considered scandals in this modern liberal era. Just imagine how worst it had been, roughly hundred years ago, when woman is the protagonist involved in such scandal. It was famous polish-born scientists, Marie Curie, who took pinch of this pain. It was not an easy life to be a female scientist and the first one to receive two Nobel prizes in quasi male-dominated society. Read the whole story below, if you are curious what was that sex scandal about and how it ended up into the Duel, a popular sport (also had been a discipline in Olympic games) in those times.
Very amusing story about two great physicists, James Franck (Jew german physicist) and Max von Laue (non-jew german physicist, but Hitler critic), from the university where I studied (University of Göttingen). They had to hide their Nobel prize medals at Niels Bohr‘s lab in Copenhagen, for not to be confiscated by Nazis. The situation became tricky when Nazi rolled into Copenhagen in 1940, but Niels Bohr and his colleague, de Hevesy managed to hide those medals interestingly very scientific way. Read the whole story below to find out. 🙂
Unfortunately, my university, hometown/host to 44 Nobel Laureates, had seen great exodus of mathematicians, scientists and intellectuals during Nazi period. Though few of them came back from exile, including Max von Laue, who in the end got possession of his Nobel Prize Medal.