Infinity Imagined
Multicellular Organic
Neural Network
Lives in Nitrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere
270 K - 300 K
Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates
Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.
electricspacekoolaid:

Sunset on Osiris (Exo-Planet HD209458b)

The amazing image above of a sunset on exo-planet HD209458b 150 light years away, was reconstructed by Frederic Pont of the University of Exeter using data from a camera onboard theHubble Space Telescope. Pont used his knowledge of how the color of light changes based on chemicals it encounters, and computer modeling, to create an actual image of what a sunset on the actual planet would look like.

The large exo planet in question, exoplanet HD209458b, nicknamed Osiris, circles its star rather closely. At certain points, when the planet passes between us and its star, the light from that star passes through Osiris’s atmosphere before reaching us, which allowed Pont to determine the chemical composition of the atmosphere and deduce what colors would appear to the naked human eye.
The light from Osiris’s star is white, like our own sun, but when it passes through the sodium in Osirisi’s atmosphere, red light in it is absorbed, leaving the starlight to appear blue. But as the sun sets, the blue light is scattered in the same way as it is here on Earth (Rayleigh scattering) causing a gradual change to green, and then to a dim dark green. And finally, due to diffraction, the bottom of the image becomes slightly flattened. [x]
No permanence is ours, we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds.
The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.
reuters:

Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency, leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “liberties for people around the world.”
Both the Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper - to whom he gave the documents he had purloined - published Snowden’s identity on Sunday after he sought to be identified. 
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under,” he told the Guardian, which published a video interview with him on its website. 
“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards,” Snowdown said. 
The Guardian published revelations last week that U.S. security services had monitored data about phone calls from Verizon and Internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook.
Photo of Edward Snowden courtesy of the Guardian
weareallstarstuff:

Orion Nebula

Neptune and Triton. Voyager 2, August 31, 1989. 2011.
ageofdestruction:

grind: Dione, photographed by Cassini, 17th December 2010.
The animation plays forward, then back, then loops. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.
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