Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Nocturnal: Scenes from the Southern Night
Posted on 08/06/2012 6:19:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Have you ever seen the night sky change? It does -- sometimes in beautiful and unexpected ways. To see it, though, usually requires patience. The above award winning video shows several of the possible changes in dramatic fashion with a time lapse video. Visible are sunset-illuminated clouds moving, stars of vivid colors rising, the long tail of a Comet Lovejoy rising, bright satellites crossing, a meteor exploding, a distant lightning storm approaching, skyscapes including the Magellanic Clouds rotating, and a fisheye sky rotating while the foreground becomes illuminated by moonlight. Frequently featuring an artistic human sculpture in the foreground and the southern sky in the background, the video closes with a time lapse clip of a total lunar eclipse. If you can identify any more of the sky events depicted -- or any of the landscapes shown -- please illuminate them with a comment.
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Tackling the Challenge of Mars -- This artist's scoreboard displays a fictional game between Mars and Earth, with Mars in the lead. It refers to the success rate of sending missions to Mars, both as orbiters and landers. Of the previous 39 missions targeted for Mars from around the world, 15 have been successes and 24 failures. For baseball fans, that's a batting average of .385. The United States has had 13 successes out of 18 attempts, or a "batting average" of .722. NASA's Curiosity rover, set to land on the Red Planet the evening of Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT), will mark the United States' 19th attempt to tackle the challenge of Mars, and the world's 40th attempt. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
A few more new pics from mars are up.
That’s one skinny guy.
“Have you ever seen the night sky change?”
Is this one of those trick questions?
Yes....it got dark. Am I in astronaut school now? I almost made it one other time. Stupid trick question tripped me up.
I wrote down, “No thank you. I’m married.”
I guess they’re a bunch of swingers there at NASA.
Beautiful and interesting video, Mr. Civilizations. Thank you again!