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Every Star in the Sky, in One Picture [Help - It's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING]
ABC News/Technology ^ | 24 Feb 10 | Ned Potter

Posted on 02/25/2010 4:28:52 PM PST by XBob

"It's just so amazing to see the band of the Milky Way arcing from one end of the horizon straight above you to the other," he said in an interview with ABC News. "And if you're in a really dark place, the light of the Milky Way can actually cast a shadow."

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: astronomy; milkyway
Such a view we have !!

Sorry, I don't know how to put up this new fangled html, so a little help please - this is just amazing.

1 posted on 02/25/2010 4:28:52 PM PST by XBob
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To: XBob

GASP.


2 posted on 02/25/2010 4:31:19 PM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: XBob

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/scientist-takes-pictures-entire-night-sky/story?id=9109202


3 posted on 02/25/2010 4:31:38 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: XBob
Here's the link, thanks for the post!

http://galaxy.phy.cmich.edu/~axel/mwpan2/

4 posted on 02/25/2010 4:32:05 PM PST by Textide
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To: XBob

http://galaxy.phy.cmich.edu/~axel/mwpan2/


5 posted on 02/25/2010 4:32:20 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (How can you tell when the President is lying? When his lips move, of course.)
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To: XBob

Wow... big place.


6 posted on 02/25/2010 4:32:56 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: XBob

..makes a nice screen saver


7 posted on 02/25/2010 4:36:13 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: XBob
Warning: long download time on this incredible image of our Milky Way galaxy.
However, I don't think you'll be disappointed!
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/ESO_-_Milky_Way.jpg
8 posted on 02/25/2010 4:36:48 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: XBob

651


9 posted on 02/25/2010 4:37:43 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: XBob

My house is third star from the right. And I’ll leave the light on.


10 posted on 02/25/2010 4:38:27 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: XBob

11 posted on 02/25/2010 4:38:35 PM PST by phrogphlyer (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: XBob

... and that’s just the visible stars in our own Milky Way galaxy. Billions, and billions, and billions.


12 posted on 02/25/2010 4:40:50 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: XBob

WOW! Thank you for posting this. Great story and beautiful photograph...two years of work and then some!


13 posted on 02/25/2010 4:43:30 PM PST by Republic (I love Rush)
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To: XBob

And they tell us there’s no God...


14 posted on 02/25/2010 4:45:00 PM PST by camerongood210
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To: XBob
That is awesome. Thanks!

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

15 posted on 02/25/2010 4:45:53 PM PST by mewzilla (I'm not a socialist. Heck, yes, I hope Barry fails. Sheesh.)
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To: XBob

That’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!!


16 posted on 02/25/2010 4:47:32 PM PST by hstacey
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To: camerongood210

And they tell us there’s no God...

for sure.


17 posted on 02/25/2010 4:48:23 PM PST by EDINVA (Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: EDINVA

Can I get an AMEN?


18 posted on 02/25/2010 4:56:00 PM PST by A Cyrenian
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To: ETL

Thanks...great picture. Actually, with high speed cable internet and lots of gigs of memory it only took 3 seconds.

Sorry to brag! lol


19 posted on 02/25/2010 5:00:44 PM PST by Fledermaus (Welcome to the USSA: United Socialist States of America: Bow to The Obama!)
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To: XBob
"And if you're in a really dark place, the light of the Milky Way can actually cast a shadow."

True! I have walked through the forest by nothing but starlight. It's fun and a little spooky.

20 posted on 02/25/2010 5:03:12 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: XBob; All
Absolutely beautiful.

But remember that the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy. Our solar system is in one of the spiral arms. This stunning picture is just the stars visible in the spiral arm next to ours. We can't see (in the visible light spectrum) anything past that (because of interstellar gas and dust).

In other words, it shows only a tiny fraction of the hundred billion stars in our galaxy.

And our galaxy is only one of the hundred billion galaxies in the Universe!
21 posted on 02/25/2010 5:12:20 PM PST by CzarChasm (My opinion. No charge.)
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To: XBob

Contemplating that view for any length of time will blow your mind. It is literally awe-inspring.


22 posted on 02/25/2010 5:20:02 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: onedoug; raven92876

ping


23 posted on 02/25/2010 5:21:32 PM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Fledermaus

You’re welcome. It took me 25-30 seconds I think to download. Too bad it’s not labeled, though, because there are a lot of interesting and familiar objects in that huge, high-resolution panorama of the galaxy.

Milky Way Galaxy:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/ESO_-_Milky_Way.jpg


24 posted on 02/25/2010 5:21:47 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: CzarChasm

Whenever life get you down, Mrs. Brown,
And things seem hard or tough.
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft,
And you feel that you’ve had quite enu-hu-hu-huuuuff!
Just - re-member that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
and revolving at 900 miles an hour,
It’s orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
the sun that is the source of all our power.
The Sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see,
are moving at a million miles a day,
In the outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour,
of the Galaxy we call the Milky Way.
Our Galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars,
it’s 100,000 light-years side-to-side,
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light-years thick,
but out by us it’s just 3000 light-years wide.
We’re 30,000 light-years from galactic central point,
we go round every 200 million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
in this amazing and expanding universe.
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding,
in all of the directions it can whizz,
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light you know,
twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
how amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
because there’s bugger all down here on Earth.


25 posted on 02/25/2010 5:22:33 PM PST by listenhillary (the only reason government wants to be our provider is so it may become our master)
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To: listenhillary

And, according to the Big Bang-inflation theory, it was all once contained within a volume billions of times smaller than a proton.


26 posted on 02/25/2010 5:28:29 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cyborg

Sorry I neglected you, I got overwhelmed.


27 posted on 02/25/2010 5:31:35 PM PST by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: RadioAstronomer

Sorry I neglected you, I got overwhelmed.


28 posted on 02/25/2010 5:32:23 PM PST by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: camerongood210
And they tell us there’s no God...

Only idiots and morons try to tell us there is no God.

29 posted on 02/25/2010 5:36:02 PM PST by dearolddad
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To: TigersEye

20 - “”And if you’re in a really dark place, the light of the Milky Way can actually cast a shadow.”

True! I have walked through the forest by nothing but starlight. It’s fun and a little spooky. “


Absolutely, and I can do you one better, how I actually read a newspaper in a car on a moonless night traveling along a high desert road from Aman to Aquaba Jordan. I was amazed it was so bright, that I just thought it might be fun to try, and amazingly I could read the newspaper.

I feel sorry for the city dwellers, who never see even a single star, except in a sidewalk.


30 posted on 02/25/2010 5:43:23 PM PST by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: ETL

Future desktop...


31 posted on 02/25/2010 5:49:45 PM PST by Little Ray (Madame President sounds really good to me...)
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To: XBob
In a moving vehicle? That's more than one better. Especially if you didn't get a headache. lol

Of course you would not have had tall trees creating deep shadows out in that desert. (I'm assuming it's pretty open desert in Jordan) Nor logs, rocks and branches to negotiate. ;-)

That actually sounds like a fascinating experience in the desert. You must have been able to see distant hills and other features in what must have been a rather eerie light.

32 posted on 02/25/2010 6:04:11 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: cyborg; RadioAstronomer

Earth From Space at Night
July 30, 2009 | NASA

http://geology.com/articles/satellite-photo-earth-at-night.shtml

http://geology.com/articles/night-satellite/satellite-photo-united-states-at-night.jpg


33 posted on 02/25/2010 6:17:19 PM PST by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: TigersEye

many excellent assumptions. I still remember the experience, vividly, you didn’t need any headlights, it is clear desert, and over a small ridge of mountains, with not a light from horizon to horizon, and you could indeed see the mountains on the horizon (note - this was at about midnight, not sunset or sunrise)


34 posted on 02/25/2010 6:21:38 PM PST by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: XBob

He estimates that there are more than 25 million stars in the photo.

Big WOW!


35 posted on 02/25/2010 6:34:18 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: stylecouncilor

If we didn’t have the view we have we likely wouldn’t be around to view it.


36 posted on 02/25/2010 7:03:50 PM PST by onedoug
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To: 21stCenturion

...


37 posted on 02/25/2010 7:37:24 PM PST by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: dearolddad
Only idiots and morons try to tell us there is no God.

And only idiots and morons believe them

38 posted on 02/26/2010 5:09:55 AM PST by camerongood210
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To: XBob

The truly amazing thing is that the stars we can see, and it often seems as what you’re seeing is all of them, are really only the biggest and brightest. Trying to find our little common garden-variety star in all the huge mass of the Milky Way Galaxy would be impossible


39 posted on 02/26/2010 5:43:32 AM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: XBob

Better than that. On any night of a half-moon or full moon, I need sunglasses or a filter to look at it through my telescope.


40 posted on 02/26/2010 5:45:46 AM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: XBob

The Heavens declare the GLORY of G*D!


41 posted on 02/26/2010 6:06:46 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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“Joe had never seen the Milky Way.”
http://www.cw-mccall.com/works/wilderness/aurora_borealis.html


42 posted on 02/26/2010 6:49:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: XBob

I feel sorry for people who have stars visible overhead and never look up to wonder and marvel at them.

Anyway, where I live in the city, we do not have bright street lights and I can see stars on a clear night. I make a point of walking out and looking up, sometimes several times:)


43 posted on 02/27/2010 12:47:39 PM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: XBob; KevinDavis

bump


44 posted on 02/27/2010 12:59:19 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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