Friday, January 29, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti and ClimateGate

Earthquake in Haiti and ClimateGate

The February show of A Green Space - A Green Earth provides you with in-depth coverage of the science behind earthquakes, in particular the recent Haiti quake, and Earth observation data sharing with a special focus on the so-called ClimateGate.

Hispanola, Haiti

The Caribbean island Hispanola with Haiti and Dominican Republic More.
Credit: NASA

This information is provided by specialists, communicated by another specialist and wrapped up by a professional TV- producer, former CNN director Richard Mathews.

Stay tuned - the show airs 1. February 2010.

Earth Observation Data: To Share Or Not To Share

Geodesists in Haiti

Geodesists in Haiti

The earthquake, and particularly the aftermath of the earthquake, in Haiti is a terrible disaster. From a scientific point of view (leave out the human in the scientists) the Haitian earthquake is an excellent and unique opportunity to study our planet up close. Geodesists are now on their way to Port-au-Prince with their GPS equipment. Measuring the change in the shape of the Earth, or rather how much did the two tectonic plates (the Caribbean and North American one that is) move since the main shock, and aftershocks.

I will tell you later why I am DEAD INTERESTED IN THIS PARTICULAR JOURNEY. Help me cross your fingers for getting the geodesist from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, will ya! :-)

Oh! This is geodesy.


Fly Butterfly

...and grow bigger. :-)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Carnival of Space

Carnival Time

Nancy is so to speak baptizing her new blog with a Carnival of Space! Carnival of Space is a quick fix of the latest space related news from a network of science/astronomy/space writers. I contribute in-frequently. This week I'm in though, with my love of Cat's Paw. :-)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Astronautical Self-Portray

Astronautical Self-Portray

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Credit: NASA

I want to make one of those self-portrays....:-)

Millenium Annual Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2010

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Credit: Mikael Svalgaard

Gorgeous annual solar eclipse. The Moon is not big enough (apparent size) to cover the whole solar disc and therefore we all see a ring of light.

The annular phase lasted up to 11 minutes and 8 seconds depending on location, the longest annular solar eclipse for the next 1,000 years!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Zodiacal Light

Zodiacal Light

Credit: ESO


Nukes for health

Yay for Nukes

Not nuclear weapons, silly - medical nukes. Like in saving lives nukes. As with many things in life, everything isn't just black or white....

More nukes now!
Read: Medical nukes

It is possible to get your isotope fix here. ;-)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cat's Paw Nebula

Cat's Paw Nebula


Credit: ESO

I like cats. That includes the cat's paws, like the Cat Paw Nebula. :-)

The Cat's Paw or NGC 6334 as it's more professional name is, is one of the most active nurseries of massive stars in our galaxy and has been extensively studied by astronomers. The nebula conceals freshly minted brilliant blue stars — each nearly ten times the mass of our Sun and born in the last few million years. The region is also home to many baby stars that are buried deep in the dust, making them difficult to study. In total, the Cat’s Paw Nebula could contain several tens of thousands of stars.

So much so do I like Cat's Paw that I include a wide perspective on the nebula.

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Credit: ESO

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Pleiades


Credit: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Learn more about my ALL TIME FAVORITE constellation, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters (thereof 'Sisterhood' :-)). My colleague at Astrocast.TV, Carolyn, has made a beautiful presentation loaded with interesting information. Take a look - and learn. :-)


Stop Buggin' Me

Yes, it is official. I have captured some bugs - incorporated them in my corps (I'm not yet dead, though...). People of the internets - I've got a cold! And I hate it.

I still love bugs! :-)

Ps. A cold is caused by virus, not really bugs like on this image. But it sure feels like bugs are crawling in my throat and nose...;-)

Monday, January 18, 2010

The moon

The Moon

Credit: NASA

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Martian Agriculture?!?


I seem to have a slight Mars hungup, don't I? :-)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Martian Opaline Silica - and then some...

Opaline Silica and Iron Sulfates.


Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Mars is such a lovely place - with all sorts of minerals. I want jewelry made out of Martian Opaline Silica! Now! :-)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fixin and Fishin for Satellites

Satellite Capture


Credit: NASA

Totally spaced out!

"Honey, I need to just pop out for a sec and capture a satellite on the loose", I would say if I lived in space. Well, in a little more spatious place than ON this planet, anyhow....

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Volcano Heaven of The Ring of Fire

Volcano Heaven on The Ring of Fire

Credit: ESA

Kamchatka is where all the geophysical action is. Imagine hundreds of volcanoes, gigantic landslides and earthquakes. This is definitely a place to be - if you like earthly action! You might not survive, but that is another story...


Beastie Noble Gas - Xenon

I know a good bunch of molecules when I see it - here is one Beastie Noble Gas Boy for ya!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Black Hole

Supermassive Black Hole

Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/F. Baganoff, R. Shcherbakov et al.

Finally, a SUPERMASSIVE Black hole and not the sizzy intermediate mass sized one. Can and will do MASSIVE DAMAGE. :-)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stellar Destruction from A Black Hole

Stellar[e] Destruction

It could seem like Stellar Destruction is caused by a damn black hole. I knew it! I just knew it!

Do you see the little devil? Yes, it is not even a super massive black hole, merely an intermediate sized one. Geez!

It all looks pretty in blue, though. :-)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Mars: Rock Garden

Rock Garden - On Mars


Credit: NASA

Cannot be any more dead than this - even I can't kill my plants this hard...:-)

Equinox from Space

Equinox from Space

Credit: NOAA

We are well over winter solstice already, and looking forward to the next equinox, but I thought this image taken at this fall equinox was pretty awesome and had to share - right now!

Cookie Nebula

Stellar Constellations 2010

The Cookie Nebula, the first discovery after the International Year of Astronomy ended...this is the start of a new decade folks! 2010!!

Swoosjed Stellare's way by the reliable mistress of fairy tales; Xineann!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Eclipsed Blue Moon

Eclipsed Blue Moon

Gianluca Masi took this magnificent picture of the Blue Moon December 2009. I had the pleasure of meeting Gianluca in Rome this summer. He has done a massive effort to promote astronomy during the International Year of Astronomy 2009. What a grand finale this eclipse from his Virtual Telescope was!

New Year

Happy New Year!

Photo: tanakawho

Aurora Borealis

Colliding Auroras

And I go out tonight with COLLIDING AURORAS! Coz I digg explosions. :-)

This one is for you Andy!