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pappubahry:

Jupiter’s moon Io, photographed by Voyager 2, 10 July 1979.
Voyager 2 wasn’t scheduled to fly closely past Io, but the discovery of active volcanoes by Voyager 1 led to Voyager 2 taking a long sequence of Io photos for the purposes of a volcano movie.  Part tree of this blog’s Io-thon is part of that movie: you can see one of the volcanic plumes just popping into view in the top-right.  I think that the volcano is Amirani, based on this discussion at the Gish Bar Times blog, but you probably shouldn’t trust me on Io geography.
Also interesting is that spot that starts to glint, almost directly below (as seen in the frames) that volcano, near the equator.  I don’t know what’s causing that: sunlight reflecting off lava?
Solar Flare, April 12th 2013, 22:00 UTC.
Solar flare, April 11th 2013, 08:30 UTC.
This flare is 200 000 kilometers wide, about half the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
The Sun on April 11th, 2013.
Solar flare, April 11th 2013, 08:30 UTC.
eocene:

Alien Planetoid (by a galaxy far, far away…)
I would say that I am deeply spiritual but not religious, and that I arrived at my spirituality through science. Science is a mechanism by which we discover the nature of the universe, and what we have revealed is tremendously beautiful in it’s order, complexity, and scale. How could one not be spiritual about living in a universe with (at least) ten thousand billion billion stars? A universe where the ash of stars can form patterns which grow, change, experience and think about themselves? Through science I have also discovered that all things are interconnected. For example, a single sodium atom moving in the axon of a neuron experiences a small gravitational and electromagnetic force from every other particle in the universe. The origin of these forces are distributed over time at the speed of light, so in this moment that atom is simultaneously experiencing the moon from 2 seconds ago, and the big-bang from 13.7 billion years ago. The nature of our existence is dependent on every past event that has ever occurred within our light-cone, and our every action creates the future of universe for trillions of years. All boundaries or separations are illusions created by time. To me this is the most wonderful implication of science; We are the universe, creating and experiencing itself.
deepspaceobjects:

amomentarylapseof:

Southern Cross and Pointers on Flickr.
Canon 7D Olympus Zuiko 50mm @ f1.8 Taken at Conto Beach Campgrounds

Amomentarylapseof is my personal blog, full of my own photos. Check it out
igour asked: Are you spiritual? How do you define your religious beliefs?

I would say that I am deeply spiritual but not religious, and that I arrived at my spirituality through science.  Science is a mechanism by which we discover the nature of the universe, and what we have revealed is tremendously beautiful in it’s order, complexity, and scale.  How could one not be spiritual about living in a universe with (at least) ten thousand billion billion stars?  A universe where the ash of stars can form patterns which grow, change, experience and think about themselves?  Through science I have also discovered that all things are interconnected.  For example, a single sodium atom moving in the axon of a neuron experiences a small gravitational and electromagnetic force from every other particle in the universe.  The origin of these forces are distributed over time at the speed of light, so in this moment that atom is simultaneously experiencing the moon from 2 seconds ago, and the big-bang from 13.7 billion years ago.  The nature of our existence is dependent on every past event that has ever occurred within our light-cone, and our every action creates the future of universe for trillions of years.  All boundaries or separations are illusions created by time.  To me this is the most wonderful implication of science; We are the universe, creating and experiencing itself.

stellar-indulgence:

NGC 3521 - Galaxy in a Bubble
Image Credit: R Jay Gabany
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