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and watch the summer waste away: Atmosphere over the Pacific, photographed by GOES-15, autumn 2014.
16 frames over 48 hours, 30th September-1st October 2014. Each frame composed of 2 images; 1 in visible light, 1 in infrared. Infrared coverage is continuous; the visible light coverage moves from right to left as sunlight sweeps across the ocean, illuminating the cloud tops.
In the right light, you can just see a ghostly image the west coast of North America toward top right.
Image credit: NOAA/NASA. Animation: AgeOfDestruction. Title: Aimee Mann.
» Breaking The Supposed Limit In Seeing The Microscopic World Earns Three Chemistry Nobel



by Michael Keller

Three researchers were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry today for breaking through what was thought to be an absolute optical limit in seeing microscopic objects like viruses and molecules.

The Nobel committee responsible for deciding the winners chose to honor the separate work of two Americans, Eric Betzig and William Moerner, and German Stefan Hell. These scientists pioneered what is called super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, which has opened up a whole new frontier for understanding how life works at the nanoscale. (Txchnologist has previously featured more of Betzig’s groundbreaking work here.) “I was sitting in my office when the call from Stockholm reached me,” said Hell, who is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. “I am enormously gratified that my work and that of my colleagues has received the highest distinction for scientific research.” Their innovations, using light to excite molecules that have been tagged with fluorescent markers, are now being used around the world. They are letting researchers use visible light to glimpse separate objects that are closer together than what was thought to be the limit of 0.2 microns. This minimum is called the Abbe diffraction limit, which is half the length of the wavelength of the light used to see something through a microscope.

Anonymous asked: this is photon from space. I see you are looking for my secrets. I can tell you something, but I need to know your purpose. Would you?

How would a timeless photon need to know purpose?  Mine is to enact the process of the universe becoming aware of itself, to expand consciousness and dissolve illusions of separation.  What secrets are yours, photon?


India’s first spacecraft to visit Mars has sent back one of the most incredible photos yet of the Red Planet. This image from the Mangalyaan probe was unveiled today by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The planet’s southern ice cap is clearly visible while a huge dust storm blankets part of the northern region. The spacecraft used its Mars Color Camera to capture the amazing photo from a distance of 46,292 miles above the Red Planet. (Credit: Indian Space Research Organisation)

Diamond planets may be more common than astronomers thought
Carbon-rich planets may be more common than previously thought, according to new research by Yale University astronomers.
Some of these planets, all located far beyond Earth’s solar system, could contain vast deposits of graphite or diamonds, and their apparent abundance prompts new questions about the implications of carbon-intense environments for climate, plate tectonics, and other geological processes, as well as for life.
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'Godzilla of Earths': Alien Planet 17 Times Heavier Than Our World Discovered
Scientists have just discovered the “Godzilla of Earths” — a new type of huge and rocky alien world about 560 light-years from Earth.
Dubbed a “mega-Earth,” the exoplanet Kepler-10c weighs 17 times as much as Earth and it circles a sunlike star in the constellation Draco. The mega-Earth is rocky and also bigger than “super-Earths,” which are a class of planets that are slightly bigger than Earth.
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Comet Lovejoy photographed by astronaut Dan Burbank aboard the International Space Station, 21 December 2011.

odyssey: Sunset over the western Pacific, photographed from Apollo 13, April 1970.
Sequence of 9 Hasselblad photographs, starting over the central Pacific. As the Earth turns, eastern Asia (top) and Australia (bottom) come in to view.
Apollo 13 was launched on the 11th April. From the geography visible and sunset times for April 1970, I estimate the sequence covers 2-2.5 hours, most likely ending around 7:30am GMT on the 12th.
At 3am on the 14th, en route to the Moon, Apollo 13’s no. 2 oxygen tank exploded. The planned lunar landing was aborted, and scientists and engineers on the ground were forced to improvise a way to get the astronauts home alive in the damaged spacecraft. 
Apollo 13 finally returned to Earth on the 17th, splashing down in the southern Pacific - just left of twilight at the start of the sequence above.
Image credit: NASA/JSC, c/o LPI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.
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