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As they say in the classics "I'm too old for this shit".

That said, I live in sunny Brisbane (Australia), forging a career in advertising / marketing whilst enjoying life as it comes.

I take photos on my iPhone, listen to (a lot of) music on my iPhone, and like Star Wars. So yes, I'm a geek.

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16 October 12 (Permalink)

There’s a time and a place for everything.

Except black holes.

27 June 12 (Permalink)

infinity-imagined:

Fluid dynamics of Earth’s ocean, colored by surface temperature.

Credit: NOAA, Thomas Delworth, Anthony Rosati.  Watch the animation here.

Reblogged: letslook4treasure

13 April 12 (Permalink)
glass-cumquat:

Highfields Moon
I realise I’ll never be featured in Astronomy magazine, but this is my first photo of the moon taken with my own camera!
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS - ISO 80, f/8, 1/400, 4.3-150.5 mm

glass-cumquat:

Highfields Moon

I realise I’ll never be featured in Astronomy magazine, but this is my first photo of the moon taken with my own camera!

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS - ISO 80, f/8, 1/400, 4.3-150.5 mm

Reblogged: glass-cumquat

22 March 12 (Permalink)
alanfriedman:

… a second version of this massive prominence adding a little more detail and a lot more color. 
I hope you felt some sunshine today.

Rainy day in BrisVegas, but this brightens my day!

alanfriedman:

… a second version of this massive prominence adding a little more detail and a lot more color. 

I hope you felt some sunshine today.

Rainy day in BrisVegas, but this brightens my day!

Reblogged: alanfriedman

15 February 12 (Permalink)
The Rosette NebulaAPOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day)Image Credit & Copyright: Brian Davis

The Rosette Nebula
APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day)
Image Credit & Copyright: Brian Davis

17 January 12 (Permalink)
itsfullofstars:

Phobos-Grunt Mars probe crashes into the Pacific

Orbital tracking reports  suggest Russia’s failed Mars probe, Phobos-Grunt, fell back to Earth on  Sunday, to be destroyed over the Pacific.
Russian, US and European sources announced the demise of the craft within minutes of each other.
It brings to an end the sorry story of this mission, which promised to return rocky samples from Mars’ biggest moon.
Instead, after its launch in November, Phobos-Grunt could not get more than 345km from Earth before stalling.
Once it became clear that controllers could not establish  contact with the probe and diagnose its faults, a fiery dive back to  Earth was inevitable.
The spacecraft’s last orbit took it over Japan, and the  Solomon Islands, and to the east of Australia and New Zealand.  Conflicting reports then had the final re-entry point across a great  swathe of the Southern Ocean. Certainly, it seems Phobos-Grunt was down  and destroyed before it could have passed over South America.


This makes me so sad. So many dreams, countless hours of blood, sweat and tears, now lying at the bottom of the ocean instead of touching the moon of another world.

itsfullofstars:

Phobos-Grunt Mars probe crashes into the Pacific

Orbital tracking reports suggest Russia’s failed Mars probe, Phobos-Grunt, fell back to Earth on Sunday, to be destroyed over the Pacific.

Russian, US and European sources announced the demise of the craft within minutes of each other.

It brings to an end the sorry story of this mission, which promised to return rocky samples from Mars’ biggest moon.

Instead, after its launch in November, Phobos-Grunt could not get more than 345km from Earth before stalling.

Once it became clear that controllers could not establish contact with the probe and diagnose its faults, a fiery dive back to Earth was inevitable.

The spacecraft’s last orbit took it over Japan, and the Solomon Islands, and to the east of Australia and New Zealand. Conflicting reports then had the final re-entry point across a great swathe of the Southern Ocean. Certainly, it seems Phobos-Grunt was down and destroyed before it could have passed over South America.

This makes me so sad. So many dreams, countless hours of blood, sweat and tears, now lying at the bottom of the ocean instead of touching the moon of another world.

Reblogged: itsfullofstars

Tags: Space Mars
10 January 12 (Permalink)

Reblogged: unknownskywalker

Tags: Space Art
9 January 12 (Permalink)

(Source: lifescenes)

Reblogged: skekoa

Posted: 10:04 AM (Permalink)
alanfriedman:

How BIG?
We know stuff on the sun is big, but how big? I find it easy to use Adobe Photoshop as my solar ruler. Make a circle the size of the sun, divide the diameter by 109 and you get a nice earth sized circle to measure with. This lovely spray of hydrogen plasma stretches out about 11 earth diameters along the limb. That’s close to 90,000 miles. Now that’s BIG.

alanfriedman:

How BIG?

We know stuff on the sun is big, but how big? I find it easy to use Adobe Photoshop as my solar ruler. Make a circle the size of the sun, divide the diameter by 109 and you get a nice earth sized circle to measure with. This lovely spray of hydrogen plasma stretches out about 11 earth diameters along the limb. That’s close to 90,000 miles. Now that’s BIG.

Reblogged: alanfriedman

8 January 12 (Permalink)
itsfullofstars:


This global view of Jupiter’s moon, Io, was obtained during the tenth  orbit of Jupiter by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. Io, which is slightly  larger than Earth’s Moon, is the most volcanically active body in the  solar system.

[NASA]

itsfullofstars:

This global view of Jupiter’s moon, Io, was obtained during the tenth orbit of Jupiter by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft. Io, which is slightly larger than Earth’s Moon, is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.

[NASA]

Reblogged: itsfullofstars

Tags: Io NASA Space
20 December 11 (Permalink)
unknownskywalker:

Hubble captures a “lucky” galaxy alignment
An interesting galaxy has been circled in this Hubble Space Telescope image. The galaxy — one of a group of galaxies called Luminous Red Galaxies — has an unusually large mass, containing about ten times the mass of the Milky Way. However, it’s actually the blue horseshoe shape that circumscribes the red galaxy that is the real prize in this image.
This blue horseshoe is a distant galaxy that has been magnified and warped into a nearly complete ring by the strong gravitational pull of the massive foreground Luminous Red Galaxy. To see such a so-called Einstein Ring required the fortunate alignment of the foreground and background galaxies, making this object’s nickname “the Cosmic Horseshoe” particularly apt.
The Cosmic Horseshoe is one of the best examples of an Einstein Ring. It also gives us a tantalising view of the early Universe: the blue galaxy’s redshift is approximately 2.4. This means we see it as it was about 3 billion years after the Big Bang. The Universe is now 13.7 billion years old.
Astronomers first discovered the Cosmic Horseshoe in 2007 using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. But this Hubble image, taken with the Wide Field Camera 3, offers a much more detailed view of this fascinating object.

unknownskywalker:

Hubble captures a “lucky” galaxy alignment

An interesting galaxy has been circled in this Hubble Space Telescope image. The galaxy — one of a group of galaxies called Luminous Red Galaxies — has an unusually large mass, containing about ten times the mass of the Milky Way. However, it’s actually the blue horseshoe shape that circumscribes the red galaxy that is the real prize in this image.

This blue horseshoe is a distant galaxy that has been magnified and warped into a nearly complete ring by the strong gravitational pull of the massive foreground Luminous Red Galaxy. To see such a so-called Einstein Ring required the fortunate alignment of the foreground and background galaxies, making this object’s nickname “the Cosmic Horseshoe” particularly apt.

The Cosmic Horseshoe is one of the best examples of an Einstein Ring. It also gives us a tantalising view of the early Universe: the blue galaxy’s redshift is approximately 2.4. This means we see it as it was about 3 billion years after the Big Bang. The Universe is now 13.7 billion years old.

Astronomers first discovered the Cosmic Horseshoe in 2007 using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. But this Hubble image, taken with the Wide Field Camera 3, offers a much more detailed view of this fascinating object.

Reblogged: itsfullofstars

13 December 11 (Permalink)

(Source: nightonthesun)

Reblogged: sixthland

7 December 11 (Permalink)
The Once and Future Stars of Andromeda 

The Once and Future Stars of Andromeda 

Reblogged: braveszone

2 December 11 (Permalink)
unknownskywalker:

New view of the Great Nebula in Carina
Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and brightest stars in the Milky Way. Compared to our own Sun, it is about 100 times as massive and a million times as bright. This famed variable hypergiant star (upper center) is surrounded by the Carina Nebula.
In this composite image spanning the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum, areas that appear blue are not obscured by dust, while areas that appear red are hidden behind dark clouds of dust in visible light.
A study combining X-ray and Infrared observations has revealed a new population of massive stars lurking in regions of the nebula that are highly obscured by dust. Adding these new massive stars to the known massive stars suggests that the Carina Nebula will produce twice as many supernova explosions as previously supposed.

unknownskywalker:

New view of the Great Nebula in Carina

Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and brightest stars in the Milky Way. Compared to our own Sun, it is about 100 times as massive and a million times as bright. This famed variable hypergiant star (upper center) is surrounded by the Carina Nebula.

In this composite image spanning the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum, areas that appear blue are not obscured by dust, while areas that appear red are hidden behind dark clouds of dust in visible light.

A study combining X-ray and Infrared observations has revealed a new population of massive stars lurking in regions of the nebula that are highly obscured by dust. Adding these new massive stars to the known massive stars suggests that the Carina Nebula will produce twice as many supernova explosions as previously supposed.

Reblogged: unknownskywalker

22 November 11 (Permalink)
omgcatsinspace:

Devo the Lazer Eyed Cat patrols the 30 Doradus and The Growing Tarantula Within submitted by darthambiguous

YAY ! OMG Cats In Space love Devo too!
Who am I kidding? Everybody  loves Devo. 

omgcatsinspace:

Devo the Lazer Eyed Cat patrols the 30 Doradus and The Growing Tarantula Within submitted by darthambiguous

YAY ! OMG Cats In Space love Devo too!

Who am I kidding? Everybody  loves Devo. 

Reblogged: omgcatsinspace

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh & tweaked like crazy by Darth Ambiguous