Sixty-one are a lot, but some are quite cool. peace, mjh
Note that Rowse is the collector / editor, not the photographer.
Photo or Picture of the Day
IC 1805: The Heart Nebula in HDR
Image Credit & Copyright: Daniel Verloop (Beursacademie)
Pleiades Deep Field
Image Credit & Copyright: Stanislav Volskiy
Shuttle Plume Shadow Points to the Moon
Image Credit: Pat McCracken, NASA
acquired January 4, 2012download large image (139 KB, JPEG, 1416×944)
This photograph taken from Houston, Texas, juxtaposes Earth’s oldest satellite with one of its youngest.
Regarding this first image which got a lot of attention: it’s not a photograph, per se. It’s a rendering of data. Mind blowing in more than one way.
(Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)
A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway
Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
acquired September 17, 2011
Here’s one NASA’s Ron Garan beamed to earth yesterday from his perch in the International Space Station.
His caption: “This is what the Moon looked like 16 times today #FromSpace We had simultaneous sunsets + moonsets”
Here in Boulder we get magnificent sunsets, especially in the summer when the clouds interplay with the mountains to the west. But I have never seen anything like this: the shadow of Washington state’s Mt. Rainier cast along the clouds at sunrise:
That’s amazing. Mt. Rainier is a volcano, climbing to a height of over 14,000 feet (4300 meters).
acquired December 21, 2011download large image (341 KB, JPEG, 2128×1416)
In November and December 2011, professional and amateur astronomers reveled in observing a sun-grazing comet that dove close to the Sun and survived for a return flight back to the outer solar system. Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) enjoyed their own surreal view of the comet as it appeared on Earth’s horizon on the day of the solstice.
ISS Commander Dan Burbank captured a series of digital photographs of Comet Lovejoy on December 21, 2011, as it rose above Earth’s limb
This up to 1000 years old snow has metamorphosed into highly pressurized glacier ice that contains almost no air bubbles. Thus it absorbs the visible light despite the scattered shortest blue fraction, giving it its distinct deep blue waved appearance. This cavity in the glacier ice formed as a result of a glacial mill, or moulin.
Each week, The Big Picture features one long page full of photos of a current event. These photos are always very professional and gorgeous, appearing in a large format. My one complaint is that scrolling inevitably fails to line most of the photos up correctly; I wish there were a better mechanism for moving between photos.
Around the world people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, blessings, gatherings, cheers, watching the sunrise and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome in a new year. Here’s a look back at how some of them marked the transition. – Lloyd Young (41 photos total)
Fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered downtown Romania’s capital taking advantage of the dry weather to attend the celebrations. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)
A wave caused by a tsunami flows into the city of Miyako from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan March 11, 2011. (Mainichi Shimbun /Reuters)
A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, 2011, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. (Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images) )
A defaced portrait of fugitive Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli on Sept. 1, 2011 as the fallen strongman vowed again not to surrender in a message broadcast on the 42nd anniversary of the coup which brought him to power. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)
The 13th Rail Runner Express stop, at Sandia Pueblo, will be open for commuters starting Monday. – Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican