Astronomy Pic - VERY COOL!


Ten Packs
#1
For most of us, our knowledge of the Stars and constellations are limited to knowing the Milky Way, if we are far enough into the country to see it, and the Big Dipper, Orion's Belt, and so on.

Here's a COOL Thumbnail - click to expand - of what Orion's Belt looks like to Observatories.




For more detailed explanation, see http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
 
Ocean Breeze
#2
Gorgeous 10pks. !! thanks.

think I will scarf this one and use it as wallpaper for a while.


( a daily reminder of how insignificant we humanoids can be in the higher understanding of the vast universe...
 
Ten Packs
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Ocean Breeze

( a daily reminder of how insignificant we humanoids can be in the higher understanding of the vast universe...

You can take THAT to the Bank....
 
#juan
#4
Excellent picture of the Orion nebulocity Ten Packs. When my son and I first got into astronomy about thirt years ago, the Orion nebula was the first deep sky object we looked at.

The following small image was taken through a tiny 3" meade ETX telescope. It is pretty well the same picture, but much less magnification.



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Dexter Sinister
#5
That's one of my favourite sites. I visit it every day to see what the new astronomy pic of the day is. There's an archive of images (no thumbnails though, just text links) at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html, which is worth a long and careful browse. Some fabulous, and humbling, images in there.

In the bleaker moments of my life, I've always found a study of the night sky restores my perspective. Many are the nights I've sat in my back yard looking at the stars and wondering if anything sentient is looking in our direction. Gotta be, there's just gotta be...
 
no1important
#6
Quote:

In the bleaker moments of my life, I've always found a study of the night sky restores my perspective. Many are the nights I've sat in my back yard looking at the stars and wondering if anything sentient is looking in our direction. Gotta be, there's just gotta be...

The Milky Way is the galaxy which is the home of our Solar System together with at least 200 billion other stars (more recent estimates have given numbers around 400 billion) and their probably trillions of planets. So you figure out the trillions upon trillions of other galaxies with billions of stars in each galaxy and who knows how many other planets... I can guarntee you someone else is wondering the same thing.

Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise, just because no evidence yet (some believe there is) does not mean other life does not exist out there. The sheer number of planets,solar systems, galaxies guarantee that. Travelling great distances through space is not as easy as "Star Trek" or "Farscape". But you never know I guess, hell in 50,000 years maybe we can travel the stars easy, who knows. Sadly I won't live that long.

I think the most people who believe we are the only life in an never ending universe are religious people who are very afraid of what will happen to religion and their beliefs if visitors from another world show up. They are frightened of losing control over the people, like they do know with their religions.
 
#juan
#7
No1important

What if beings arrive from other stars, and they're missionaries...
 
Ten Packs
#8
What if they're Meat-Processors???
 
zenfisher
#9
What if they're lawyers...
 
Vanni Fucci
#10
What if they're neocons...
 
no1important
#11
You guys sound so depressing, especially you vanni. ha ha ha neocons, meat cutters, missionaires, lawyers those are good ones. ha ha I might have to look up Gonda for advice.
 
#juan
#12
To sort of get back on track here,

here is a pretty good photo of the moon. A few years ago a photo of this quality would have been through one of the big telescopes at Kit Peak, or somewhere. This was a seven second CCD camera exposure through a 4" refractor. Two more to follow.

 
#juan
#13
 
#juan
#14
Not a bad pictures of Saturn and Jupiter. All of these pictures were taken in Vancouver.













 

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