Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Green Sun

A Green Sun

Messing with our Local Green Space and Green Earth. At least the GPS satellites suffers from solar outburst like huge flares similar to the one we see above.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Green Space - A Green Earth

A Green Space - A Green Earth
Launched on Earth Day 2009

On Earth Day Astrocast.TV launched a new segment called A Green Space - A Green Earth. I've spent the last week at the European Geophysical Union in Vienna and haven't managed to spread the news until now (I promised some you of to tell when it 'aired' the first time.)

This is the first episode of a monthly web TV show that I'm responsible for and co-produce together with the founder of Astrocast.TV, Richard Mathews an executive producer with extensive experience from CNN.

I'm very proud to be a member of the team at Astrocast.TV and I will not call this shameless self-promotion, but proud self-promotion.:-) That being said, I'd really love to hear your opinion about the first episode. I introduce you to geodesy while covering the big European event, the launching of the first geodetic satellite ever, and also the first satellite of the Living Planet Program of ESA - GOCE. I reveal some space exploration history that might surprise you, too.

Have mercy! :-) (but do let me know what you think - good or bad)

High Mountains from above

The Top of The World from above

Credit: Nasa

Mt. Everest - Qomolangma

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cosmic Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth - Arp 194

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Celebrating Hubble's 19th Anniversary with a set of interacting galaxies called Arp 194. Spectacular!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Cosmic Colors

Cosmic Colors

Credits: X-ray (NASA/CXC/IfA/C. Ma et al.); Optical (NASA/STScI/IfA/C. Ma et al.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Adventures in Antarctica

Follow the scientist's adventure here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Pinwheel Galaxy

Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona (Board of Regents

In splendid blue shades. :-)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Volcanic Eruption of Llaima in Chile

Volcanic Eruptions in Chile

Credit: NASA

"Llaima is one of Chile's largest and most active volcanoes. Two craters at Llaima have been active during historical times, one at the summit and another in the southeast. Since the seventeenth century, observers have recorded frequent eruptions from Llaima, mostly explosive eruptions with some lava flows."

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Space Exploration Day 2009 - Yuri Gagarin

Happy Yuri Gagarin's Day

I wish I had one of those posters of Yuri - the first human to orbit Earth.

In the former Soviet Union countries they celebrate Space Exploration Day.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Earth's Boundaries

On The Edge

Credit: iStockphoto/Andrey Prokhorov

Defining Earth's Boundaries.

Take Another Leap

Another Giant Leap into Space...

I second that, Lucy and Stephen! :-)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Mercury 7 Celebrate 50

Go Ballistic

Credit: Nasa

With Mercury!

Learn more about the Mercury 7 - and celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Unusual Dusty Galaxy

Dusty Galaxy

Credit: NASA, ESA and W. Harris (McMaster University)

NGC 7049

Time for spring cleaning? :-)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Handy Young Pulsar

Hand Me A Pulsar

Credits: NASA/CXC/CfA/P. Slane et al.

Or show me a pulsar who looks like a hand. :-)

Solar Power in Space - ISS

International Space Station

Credit: STS-119 Shuttle Crew, NASA

After the last visit by Discovery, The International Space Station is all powered up with solar panels, in perfect symmetry. It's becoming and I'm sure I'll keep posting images of the ISS....:-)

Monday, April 6, 2009



Photo: Andrey Antov

Just because...

Found via a deep dive into TapwaterJ's tag cloud.

Crustal Movement and Religion

Crustal Movements Shake Up Mecca

Credit: NASA/JPL

GPS data represented by arrows showing present crustal movement directions and relative magnitudes.

The moral of this story must be: know your geodesy before you build a Mosque!

The crust of the Earth is exposed to all sorts of movements displacing points relative to each other. Tectonic plates move round and about, as we all know, right?, and therefore what used to be aligned may in the course of some years no longer be that.

If I was a muslim about to build a mosque, I would certainly study the crustal movements of my potential mosque spot relative to that of Mecca, before building. And then I would keep a continuous GPS eye on both my mosque - and Mecca!

You wouldn't want to disturb the prayers of millions of people just because the Earth moved now, would you?

Sublime Saturn

Saturn Takes Us with Storm

Credit: NASA

Telescopes team up to send storms of new images of Saturn - in celebration of Galileo. On the image above there's a totally fascinating storm on Saturn itself. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Earth Observation in Antactica

Breaking The Ice in Antarctica

Credit: ESA (Annotations by A. Humbert, M√ľnster University)
Click on the image for a larger view of the rift in the ice bridge supporting Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Credits: ESA

This map is showing break-up events of Larsen-B and Wilkins ice shelves, as observed by Envisat, in Antarctica.

Earth observation from space is a powerful tool when we try to understand what happens to our planet. I'm so fond of the concept of getting accurate data that will improve our Earth models. The more the merrier - the better will our predictions be. A real money saver, if you ask me. :-)

Moon and Venus over Iran

Persian Night


Credit: Oshin Zakarian/

Moon and Venus at Naqsh-e Jahan square, Isfahan, Iran

Hubble's Winner - Arp 274

Great Galaxies in Precious Pink

I love blue and I hate pink. Sorry, I cannot stand the color in part because girls are supposed to like it. And I am declined to take the opposite view as a default position.

However, I think that these lovely Arp 274 galaxies looks really good on The Spacewriter's Ramblings. It is as if she designed her pages so that the fantastic Hubble images would be even more becoming.

It is astronomical eye candy!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Sleep Like A Fruit Fly

Photo: courtesy UW Health Public Affairs

I do not need to study fruit flies, rats or any other living being, I know sleep is good for my brain. Interestingly they something about the use of energy here, that using the brain consumes more energy than when it relaxes in sleep. They argue in this study, that a reduced level of energy is what the poor brain needs.

I've always wonder why they say that the brain is the fastest burner of energy. Because according to all the thinking I do I should be anorectic by now, by last decade, no by last century. Come to think of it; by last millenium I should have been barely bones.

Easter Peeps

Stellare's Week-end Car



Peep Peep (p[=e]p), n.
1. The cry of a young chicken; a chirp.
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2. First outlook or appearance.
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Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn. --Gray.
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3. A sly look; a look as through a crevice, or from a place
of concealment.
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To take t' other peep at the stars. --Swift.
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4. (Zool.)
(a) Any small sandpiper, as the least sandpiper ({Trigna
(b) The European meadow pipit ({Anthus pratensis}).
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Peep show, small show, or object exhibited, which is
viewed through an orifice or a magnifying glass.

Peep-o'-day boys, Irish insurgents of 1784; -- so
called from their visiting the house of the loyal Irish at
day break in search of arms. [Cant]
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Peep Peep (p[=e]p), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peeped (p[=e]pt); p.
pr. & vb. n. Peeping.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. pipen,
F. piper, p['e]pier, L. pipire, pipare, pipiare, D. & G.
piepen. Senses 2 and 3 perhaps come from a transfer of sense
from the sound which chickens make upon the first breaking of
the shell to the act accompanying it; or perhaps from the
influence of peek, or peak. Cf. Pipe.]
1. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp;
to cheep.
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There was none that moved the wing, or opened the
mouth, or peeped. --Is. x. 14.
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2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to
make the first appearance; as, the sun peeped over the
eastern hills.
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When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms
bear. --Dryden.
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3. To look cautiously or slyly; to peer, as through a
crevice; to pry.
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Peep through the blanket of the dark. --Shak.
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From her cabined loophole peep. --Milton.
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Peep sight, adjustable piece, pierced with a small hole
to peep through in aiming, attached to a rifle or other
firearm near the breech.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Peeps Gear

This week-end I'll drive the peepmobile and join Around The World in 80 Telescopes peeping at stars. Maybe SweetPeepsLJ would like to join me? :-)

Happy Easter!

Hello Kitty


Yeah, that is right. I'm a woman. I almost forget sometimes. Thank God I've got Xineann, sending me this combo - cats and cosmetics - to remind me that I am a member of the opposite sex. You bet I knew what I was writing when saying opposite sex. It is not a relative expression in my case. I'm all about opposite. Just ask the kids I grew up with....:-) (and my colleagues?!?! :-)))

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sober Sun

Sober Sun

It's No Sunspot Party - Yet!

The Sun is chilling. Taking it easy. Actually making life in many ways easier for us too. Not knocking out GPS and other instruments that we'd like to have functioning in a continuous manner, thank you very much! Navigations of airplanes is better with instruments....

I'm not surprised, I'm just finding it interesting. A part of me enjoy observing the population being stunned by the fact that we haven't got it all figured out yet. I like it when people show some respect for our - no actually I regard it as MY - Sun. :-)

Like my kids says: Respect! (and a roar...)

The Sun

Solar. Energy.

Credit: Tamas Ladanyi

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Astronaut with Guitar

Square Headed Astronaut with Guitar

You do see the guitar in the astronauts belt, don't you? :-)