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Science Stuff #1



This is my first installment of my nerd out, not all links will be science related. I will try and do this once every week or so. Contributions are welcome!




Meteor, Lightning, and the Milky Way


(Larger photo, more info, etc: http://dakotalapse.com/2012/12/meteor-lightning-and-the-milky-way/)


3.8 Billion Pixel Tour of Mount Everest



What does it feel like to orbit Earth?


Earth spins at Night


Further Up Yonder from the ISS

This is my favorite video.



Oil Tree

We start with a pool of oil. We turn on a magnet. The oil travels up a superstructure and blossoms into a tree. Turn off the magnet, the branches, the needles, the tree melt away. It's a puddle again.


(More info: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/12/17/167446885/this-should-be-a-hit-in-texas-puddle-of-oil-turns-into-a-christmas-tree)


Saturn's Dark Side


(Source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/12/20/saturn_s_night_side_cassini_sees_rings_and_planet_in_stunning_picture_photo.html)


Cool pics and history behind craters on the Moon



Coolest volcano picture ever



On March 11, 2012, photographer Andrew Hall captured this fantastic image of Santiaguito, an active lava dome on Guatemala's Santa María Volcano. Hall: "In the middle of the night, restless in my tent after hiking to the top of Volcan Santa Maria with Quetzaltrekkers, I trudged over to the other side of the summit, wrapped myself in my sleeping bag to fight off the chill at 12,000 feet, and watched alone as Volcan Santiaguito erupted again and again over the hours leading up to sunrise. The town of Retalhuleu, just beginning to awake, lies roughly 15 mi beyond."

(Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/12/2012-the-year-in-volcanic-activity/100423/)


How cities would look at night without any lights


(Source: http://gizmodo.com/5970493/)


Lastly, because I can....



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I was amazed when I first saw the Milky Way from rural North Dakota.  It had been nearly sixty years and almost that long since I have seen the Aurora Borealis.  Thanks for the great pictures.

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Very welcome!


MikeL, I'd love to see the aurora borealis. My favorite photographer is located in Sweden and has incredible pictures of it... http://www.astrofotografen.se/gallery/ShowGallery.aspx?gallery=aurora I've never been to the Dakotas, but I grew up in rural New Mexico and I recall many nights looking up at the stars out in the middle of nowhere and seeing soo much detail. I love driving back home and stopping on the side of the highway in the middle of the night just to look at the stars, my favorite thing to do is to open my moon roof on my car and sit there with my phone (Google Sky Map app) and my camera. Maybe next time I will take my telescope back home with me and see if I can snap some neat pictures.


If the links don't work, copy and paste in your browser. I can't seem to get all of them to work, maybe there is a limit to number of links per post?

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Great pics Andrea.


I saw the Aurora Borealis two years ago, but I had to freeze my behind off in the far north of Sweden in January for a week.  It was so cold you wouldn't even know if bits had started falling off, but it was so worth it.

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