Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thin Atmosphere

Earth's Atmosphere

I love blue. What can I say. I love this planet too. :-)

This image is taken by the crew on the IST-127 shuttle, fixin' ISS up with a porch and all.

More cool images from this mission.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Flash of Sunlight on Titan

That is more than we have here on this side of the planet Earth....

Gossip Girl

Klassy on Gossip Girl

I, Stellare and me concur. :-)


Stars Galore

Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Team

Monday, December 28, 2009

Book on DARPA

DARPA at Our Rescue

All incremental, of course!


Rocks for Christmas

Christmas rocks for my favorite Santa Barbaraian :-)

She likes rocks - and this is a nice piece of information about ingeous petrology (=rocks made by fire, no less)

Friday, December 25, 2009


Fish Bowl

This is how I feel like after a zillion hours on an airplane. :-)

Dark Matter

In All Darkness

In these darkest of times (this time of the year in the extreme North of this planet...) secrets about dark matter is revealed. How appropriate.

I expect nothing less than news about white holes during the white nights this summer. :-)

Tibetan Glaciers

Tibetan Glaciers

This is a gorgeous presentation of Tibetan Glaciers - and the rest of the globe for that matter (do click on the image on the Earthobservatory site, it is worth it!).

According to the Chinese mapping authority, there are both shrinking and growing glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau. They use GPS to closely monitor the changes.

White Cats for Christmas


White Cat Dreaming of a White Christmas. I'm absolutely sure it does. :-)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Moon

The Moon

Glorious Moon!


Snow Ball in Space

Tethy is it's name - and it is a moon, silly. ;-)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009



Without the ice, this is what Antarctica would look like. It's nice and blue this map, so I like it. I'm not too fond of the idea of actually being able to observe this in real life, though. That means that all the ice would have melted. We really don't want that! :-)

Geology of Antarctica

Monday, December 7, 2009


Himalayan Mountains

Credit: ESA

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

Space Ships

Space Ships

Oh, I love these spaceships. I can't wait until I'm rich enough to travel with them - aaaaalll the time! :-)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Earth Observation from Space

Earth Observation: Sharing Data

It sounds so simple, sharing data with others. It is not. So this is quite an achievement from ESA, having the members agreeing to openly share the data from the new family of Earth observation satellites.

Monday, November 30, 2009



Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Mars is such a piece of art!

Watching Ice Crystals Grow


Through hard x-ray we get another image of snow and ice. A bit different look than the snow crystals we are used to see. Still beautiful, though. :-)

At ESRF scientists can actually see how ice crystals form in-situ.

Social Media Trouble...

Bring Back The Tag Cloud!

I use it for work, for Heavens sake!

Earth Rise

Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 29, 2009



Poor Ladybugs have to carry wasp larvae with them. But, they get to survive after the wasp is "processes". :-)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Thin Blue Line

A Thin Blue Line

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Earth

The Earth

Credit: Esa

Our search for knowledge about the distant universe has led to better understanding of our own planet. Looking at Earth from space has in fact been pivotal for geoscience. The Earth rise, the famous picture that an astronaut on the Apollo mission took, still fascinates us. And this image of a crescent Earth taken by Rosetta is reminding us of the beauty and vulnerability of our own planet.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Spashing ATLAS

Atlas Splash

They are at it again down at CERN, colliding particles and everything. Well, so far there are only splashes. I think...

Old Croco's


Pick your size. :-)

Tiny Collisons - LHC

LHC: Ready! Action!

Well, soon anyways. :-)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bugs & Blue


Found over at a very confused Dutch-Iranian with UK fusion.


Bulging Galaxy

Pretty neat image of a bulging galaxy. :-)

Did I mention that the galaxy is bulging?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monster Machine

Miracle Machine

Photo: Michael Hoch (CERN/CMS)

This CMS tracker can be found as part of LHC at Cern. It is made by about 200 square meters of silicon detectors: it is the largest such detector ever built, with the highest number of electronic channels ever put together in such a devise.

If you are living close to an installation like this (there are several huge scientific machine several places on this planet; ESRF in Grenoble, Brookhaven in US etc), you should try to visit. It is mighty impressive to be close to these technological wonders.

Rosetta spots Earth

A Living Planet

Esa's Rosetta did this. :-)

High-Tech Dress

Stellare's Dress

Any high-tech woman's dream...:-)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Climate Change Communication

Elephants and Diamonds

Design: Hugo Ahlenius a tree and then some. Creativity is needed when you want to spread the word about your scientific work and results. Particularly challenging for both the sender and receiver when the topic is climate change and the political temperature is much higher than the global warming...:-)

To learn a trick or two on how to, just sign up for a workshop in Copenhagen (deadline for signing up is 20th November 2009), invite your loved ones and be inspired by both the Christmas decorations in Tivoli and the UN climate change meeting COP15. :-)

The workshops are organized by Nordpil and Envalue.

A Black Hole or Not A Black Hole

A Black Hole or Not A Black Hole

Credit: Nasa

That is the unanswered question based on the shape of the galaxy. Meaning, the shape of a galaxy does not necessarily reveal the fact of a black hole in it.

Baguettes and Physics

After The Baguette Attack

Nice splashes to be seen at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider at Cern). Bird did not succeed in stopping it. :-)

Celestial Cat

Celestial. Blue. Cat.

This made it to my blog in a nanosec! :-)

The Earth

Great Perspective

An oblique view on the Amazon. Swell. :-)


Sweden Looking Good

Credit: ESA

Northern Sweden, more precisely Lapland, is pretty pretty on this image from above. :-)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Night Witches

Night Witches

Deadly Women!

Those who are afraid of women have every reason to be. We are potential witches all of us - and will sneak up on you in the night....:-)

Cool unknown aviation history. Thanks ShirlT, for sending it to me.

Temple Cat

Temple Cat

Credit; Tanakawho

I still like cats - a lot. :-)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009



Unfortunately, I do not know who the painter is, but it was stumbled to me by MBMC.

Sunday, November 1, 2009



Credit: NASA/Cassini

I just love these images of Titan.

Cruising Oslo

Oslo by boat

Credit: Renny BA

Oslo can be a sight even in October. And plenty of what Oslo offers can be seen by boat. I need to do this myself one of these days...:-)

I've chosen to show a picture of our characteristic town hall.

Spring Bloom

Spring! Bloom

On the other side of the planet they are enjoying the spring right now. While I'm getting colder each minute...



Seen like never before...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Credit: NASA

We have the perfect ghastly weather today....:-)