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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Aurora Dog over Alaska
NASA ^ | April 29, 2014 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 04/29/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Sometimes it is hard to believe what you see in the sky. While leading his annual aurora tour last month near Fairbanks in central Alaska, astrophotographer John Chumack and his company saw a most unusual aurora. This bright aurora appeared to change into the shape of a jumping dog, complete with a curly tail. He was able to capture the fleeting natural apparition in the above image with a 15-second exposure through a wide-angle lens. By coincidence, he also captured a background sky filled with familiar highlights. Planets visible include bright Jupiter through the dog's front legs and reddish Mars below the dog's hind legs. Stars visible include the Big Dipper stars above the dog's midsection and reddish Betelgeuse shining on the far right. This dog would not be following him home, however, and within a few minutes morphed into other shapes before the geomagnetic storm particles that created it shifted to strike the Earth elsewhere.

April 29, 2014

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: alaska; apod; astronomy; aurora; science
[Credit & Copyright: John Chumack]

1 posted on 04/29/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Shirley you can’t be Sirius!


2 posted on 04/29/2014 4:06:40 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...
The Big One

3 posted on 04/29/2014 4:07:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful. I saw the most spectacular display on a campout in Canada years ago. Simply amazing.


4 posted on 04/29/2014 4:07:59 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Aurora boom dee ay.


5 posted on 04/29/2014 4:08:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!


6 posted on 04/29/2014 4:09:22 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: SunkenCiv

My cats are of the opinion that this is an Aurora Cat, as only a cat could be so beautiful. :)


7 posted on 04/29/2014 4:10:30 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: SgtBob; mabarker1; Chode

Fergot ta ping ya:-)


9 posted on 04/29/2014 4:14:01 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Hmmm … who would've thought that the Canes Venatici were actually Scotty dogs ;?
10 posted on 04/29/2014 4:24:02 PM PDT by mikrofon (APOD Bump)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Don’t call me Shirley.


11 posted on 04/29/2014 4:41:08 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: SunkenCiv

Behold the majesty of creation!


12 posted on 04/29/2014 5:09:06 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: SunkenCiv

thankyou so much for bringing us this to the forum...it is most appreciated...


13 posted on 04/29/2014 5:12:28 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s a once-in-a-lifetime sight. It looks like a cat to me, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The Big Dipper is so clear and bright. What a great photo.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Aurora cat, yeah, I like it.


15 posted on 04/29/2014 5:22:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; mabarker1; Chode
Can't beat an east-west synchronized dog poopin'!


16 posted on 04/29/2014 5:24:48 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: mikrofon

;’)


17 posted on 04/29/2014 5:25:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cherry

My pleasure, and thanks for the kind remarks!


18 posted on 04/29/2014 5:25:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I am Cerberus, and don’t call me surely.


19 posted on 04/29/2014 5:30:09 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: SgtBob
LOLOL!!!
20 posted on 04/29/2014 6:19:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: machogirl

It looks like a cat not a dog! :-)


21 posted on 04/29/2014 6:40:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: machogirl; FatherofFive

:’)


22 posted on 04/29/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TigersEye

My cats agree.


23 posted on 04/29/2014 6:58:11 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: SgtBob

:’) Ursa is the noise my shoes would make in that yard; minor are the quieter ones, major are the lounder ones.


24 posted on 04/29/2014 7:02:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks more like a kitty cat SC. Meow!


25 posted on 04/30/2014 1:38:11 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: SgtBob

Oddly enough Bella & Molly go North/South.

Combined We have a Compass!


26 posted on 04/30/2014 4:49:27 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: poobear

The cosmos is littered with stuff like that. /rimshot


27 posted on 04/30/2014 8:36:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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