Of all the spectacular images returned by Cassini, this one is my favorite.
This beautiful image of Saturn and its rings … is a composite (layered image) made from 165 images taken by the wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft over nearly three hours on September 15, 2006. The bottom image is a closeup view of the upper left quadrant of the rings, through which Earth is visible in the far, far distance.
Source: A View of Earth from Saturn : Image of the Day
“Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;” – Isaiah 40:15 (NIV)
The Astronomy 101 Five-Week Learning Experience at the Journey Museum starts on Sep. 19. I will be teaching on Oct. 10!
Source: Astronomy 101 Five-Week Learning Experience | Calendar | Journey Museum and Learning Center
There is a difference between science and science fiction, of course. But the two converge at events like Comic Con.
Source: Scientists Present Real Science At Comic Con | SDPB Radio
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
–Psalm 8:2-3 (NIV)
A hole in the sky surrounded by gossamer fire.
A sunset on every horizon.
Stars appearing in the middle of the day.
No pictures could to this justice, so I did not try to take any at totality. I simply enjoyed those 2.5 minutes in Alliance, NE.
I did take a few pictures during the hour and a half leading up to totality.
Image projected on white cardboard from a 15 power spotter scope. You can see the moon starting to cover the sun’s disk and a few small sunspots.
Image projected on white cardboard from a 15 power spotter scope. You can see the moon covering a bit more of the sun’s disk and a few small sunspots.
In a pinch, a straw had can serve as a collection of pinhole projectors.
Tree leaves can be pinhole projectors too.