No more escapes!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Credit: ESO - Big version
By putting on a different 'set of glasses', namely the infrared ones, we can observe new structures and features of the Orion nebula. Baby stars are being born in the clouds that we normally cannot see through, not in visible light. Infrared light can penetrate the dust in the clouds and thus reveal all the action. Well, maybe not all, but a whole lot more as you can tell from this magnificent image taken by the ESO's VISTA telescope that master infrared as well as visual.
The new images of Orion are glorious. But so are the old images in visible light. You can see the difference yourself below.
It all depends on what kind of 'glasses' you put on...
From the ESO article Orion in A New Light.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Credit: RennyBA. Click on image to find bigger versions and see the seriousness of our playing the snow. This is why we do so well in the Winter Olympics...:-))
This winter is a fairy tale winter - exactly how it should be with lots of snow and temperatures way below 0 Celsius (we don't like the snow to be too wet :-)).
You are probably sick and tired of earthquakes by now. :-) I am not. Because earthquakes will not stop happening just because we move on to next hot thing in media. And as you can see from the map above, we are more vulnerable than ever since we urbanize in faster and faster pace.
Monday, February 8, 2010
The Haiti earthquake is a disaster, there is no doubt about that. Unfortunately it seems like the relief is partly a disaster too, judging from the evidence of human greed surfacing in the wake of the joint global efforts to help Haiti.
This is not what Stellare's Haiti special is about. Except for a few cats and cars Stellare is all about science. And it is the science behind the Haiti earthquake that will be covered in this week-end special.
Natural hazards is one of my fields of expertise. I was a co-convener at the American Geophysical Union 2009, at the Natural hazard section. My recent scientific work includes the development of real-time GPS for early warning systems. I'm up to date on the state-of-the-art technologies developed for natural hazards early warning systems.
As a volunteer and idealist (I do this is my spare time), I am a producer and reporter for Astrocast.TV. This channel for astronomy and space news is a non-profit endeavour and rely on contributions from people like me. The crew there is nevertheless top notch professional led by former CNN director Richard Mathews.
Norwegians (me) are direct. This Earthquake Week-end is created to promote the great work of Astrocast.TV and I bluntly ask for your support to spread the word. In return you learn more about science and of course in good ol' Stellare style, you can enjoy plenty of illustrations.
By helping me you help mitigate future disasters. Public knowledge is one element in preventing natural hazards to become disasters of the dimension we witness in Haiti. Based on direct contact with leading experts, Astrocast.TV educates and entertains and thus contributes to increase the public (you) knowledge.
Stellare's A Green Space - A Green Earth (you can find all episodes of my segment here. Haiti on top)
Presentation of The Science Behind the Haiti Earthquake (directly from the horse's mouth interviews with links to the leading expert's websites and articles)
I need you to spread these links in your network and create as much fuzz as ever possible. I will be utterly grateful if you also provide me with feedback (firstname.lastname@example.org), both on the Haiti show and ideas for future shows.
Thanks! Love you! Peace!
PS Link love will get link love in return :-)
Thanks to BestOfStumbleUpon!
Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
"Tiny dots of white against the plant-covered landscape (red in this image) are possible landslides, a common occurrence in mountainous terrain after large earthquakes. The possible landslides were identified by carefully comparing the new image with an image acquired one year ago.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, is silver in the false-color image. The rivers are pale blue, while the ocean is dark blue. Exposed soil is white."
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Dancing in the Dark - The Antennae Galaxies
Credit: Robert Gendler
Contestant number one, The Antennae Galaxies. Best close-up ever. By Hubble of course!
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration.
As the two galaxies smash together, billions of stars are born, mostly in groups and clusters of stars. The brightest and most compact of these are called super star clusters.
At the American Astronomers Society (AAS) meeting in January 2010 Julie Comerford from the University of California, Berkely presented her work on dancing black holes. By looking at their constant movements more information about the relationship between the black holes is revealed. Julie writes about it her self in Cosmic Matters. But, this is good, Astrocast.TV's Carolyn Collins Peterson includes a great interview with the black holes experts in her The Astronomer's Universe program from the AAS meeting. You can hear and see for yourself in the video (14:31 min) below.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I had the honor of talking with some of the best experts on the Enriquillo fault as well as other leading scientists. This is the first time I do interviews with people, and it made me almost feel like a journalist. Funny, since the executive producer worked for years at CNN. That's right! I'm lucky to work with the best of the best. :-)
My video made it to the front page of The Global Geodetic Observing System. :-)
Read more and watch the video The Science Behind The Haiti Earthquake
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Credit: Blair Hammond, Habitat Protection Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada
Today, 2. February, is the World Wetlands Day.
The European Space Agency is one of many to mark this day.
Credit: Tobias SalathÃÂ©