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Saturday, February 4, 2012

TWC - (The Weather Channel) map and constantly updated radar

The Interactive Radar at ReliaWeather.com provides a direct link to TWC (The Weather Channel) map and constantly updated radar.

What it Does:
The interactive feature provides users the ability to access radar and satellite maps simultaneously, while utilizing a wide array of features.

How it Does It:
With Bing Maps by Microsoft, Interactive Radar adds realtime weather imagery, with stunning areal and 3D representation at the click of a mouse.

18-Mile Crack Seen by NASA in Antarctic Glacier

Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica, seen from NASA's Terra satellite.

Antarctica is so vast that the pictures give you no sense of scale. The pencil-thin line across the satellite image of Pine Island Glacier (above) is actually a crack more than 18 miles long, 800 feet across in places, and 180 feet deep.

Friday, February 3, 2012

NASA Finds Lost Spacecraft on Dark Side of the Moon

Photo via NASA
NASA scientists have found the crash site, pictured above, of a spacecraft set into orbit during the early 60s. This one–thankfully–is not crawling with Decepticons. They believe it is the missing Lunar Orbiter 2 which disappeared back in 1967 during a passage over the far side of the moon, when the craft went out of telescope and radio range.
Lunar Orbit 2′s primary function was documenting areas of the moon that would be most hospitable to the Apollo and Surveyor missions. During its run, it returned a total of 609 high resolution images and 208 medium-sized frames. This includes the Copernicus crater (pictured below) which is considered by many to be the Picture of the Century.
Picture of the Century
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 Why are we here? Where do we come from? These are the most enduring of questions. And it's an essential part of human nature to want to find the answers.

Revisiting the 'Pillars of Creation'

The Herschel Space Observatory captured this image of the Eagle nebula, with its intensely cold gas and dust. The "Pillars of Creation," made famous by NASA'S Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, are seen inside the circle. Image credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium
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Eagle nebula 
This view of the Eagle nebula combines data from almost opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum. Herschel captured longer-wavelength, or far, infrared light, and the space telescope XMM-Newton imaged X-rays. Image credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Hill, Motte, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium; X-ray: ESA/XMM-Newton/EPIC/XMM-Newton-SOC/Boulanger
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The Sun and the planets

It is relatively easy to spot five of the planets in the Solar System. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible with the naked eye.

Horizon - The Core 2011 HD 59 minutes (Video)

 For centuries we have dreamt of reaching the centre of the Earth. Now scientists are uncovering a bizarre and alien world that lies 4,000 miles beneath our feet, unlike anything we know on the surface. It is a planet buried within the planet we know, where storms rage within a sea of white-hot metal and a giant forest of crystals make up a metal core the size of the Moon.

Borneo: Paradise Under Siege 43 minutes (Video)

One of the most highly-regarded natural history photographers, National Geographic Fellow Mattias Klum has a special passion for Borneo, where he has spent 20 years producing magazine articles, books and films. Don't miss this powerful and disturbing vision of what might be the Borneo rain forest's last stand.

This is a critical video that everyone should watch and consider. People need to know about what's happening to the biodiversity of Borneo. Demand for tropical hardwood and palm oil is literally killing important species, and destroying the Penan way of life. Logging and oil palm planting needs to be made sustainable.

Priority Species : Can We Save The Tiger?

We have lost 97% of our wild tigers in just over a century. With as few as 3,200 remaining, action is needed to increase and strengthen their habitat and protect the species from major threats such as poaching.

WWF works with the 13 tiger countries to create a future for wild tigers.
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What is Earth Science?

Earth science (or geoscience) is the science of the planet Earth. Earth science can be broken down into four major disciplines, which are: geography, geology, geophysics, and geodesy. These disciplines use physics, chemistry, biology, chronology and mathematics to arrive to a greater understanding of the principal areas of the Earth system. Since Earth is the only known life-bearing planet, Earth science is solely dedicated to the geophysical makeup of our own planet.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gigantic Radio Telescope to Search for First Stars and Galaxies

 The giant LOFAR radio telescope network will be used, among other things, to take a close look at giant black holes like the one at the heart of active galaxy Cygnus A (shown here), which is about 700 million light-years from Earth. This image from LOFAR shows plasma jets from the black hole that stretch 2,000 light-years from the core of Cygnus A.

CREDIT: J. McKean and M. Wise, ASTRON

More than 20,000 radio antennas will soon connect over the Internet to scan largely unexplored radio frequencies, hunting for the first stars and galaxies and potentially signals of extraterrestrial intelligence.
The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) will consist of banks of antennas in 48 stations in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, all hooked up by fiber optic cables. Signals from these stations will be combined using a supercomputer, transforming the array into "perhaps the most complex and versatile radio telescope ever attempted," said Heino Falcke, chairman of the board for the International LOFAR Telescope.
Currently 16,000 of LOFAR's antennas and 41 of its stations are up, and the array will be completed by the middle of this year. All told, LOFAR will have a resolution equivalent to a telescope 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. In addition, "it's an expandable design — we can always come along later and add additional stations," said Michael Wise at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.
Since LOFAR is so large, it can scan large parts of the heavens — its first all-sky survey, which started Jan. 9, can sweep across "the entire northern sky twice in just 45 days," said George Heald of ASTRON.

Cave of Altamira - Old Stone Age

Altamira (Spanish for 'high views') is a cave in Spain famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands.
Its special relevance comes from the fact that it was the first cave in which prehistoric cave paintings were discovered. When the discovery was first made public in 1880, it led to a bitter public controversy between experts which continued into the early 20th century, as many of them did not believe prehistoric man had the intellectual capacity to produce any kind of artistic expression. The acknowledgement of the authenticity of the paintings, which finally came in 1902, changed forever the perception of prehistoric human beings.
It is located near the town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, 30 km west of the city of Santander. The cave with its paintings has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Altamira Cave - Spain

(AP Photo/Salvatore LaPorta)
by Nikhil Swaminathan
In a policy article published in the journal Science in October 2011, Spanish scientists argued against the reopening of Altamira Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cave contains multicolored cave paintings featuring several red bison, dating back 14,000 years to the Upper Paleolithic. The cave, which was discovered in 1879, was closed to visitors in 2002 following the discovery of green bacteria, which scientists said were able to thrive in the artificial lighting installed in the cave’s famed Polychrome Hall, a phenomenon also seen at France’s Lascaux Cave.

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Hubble Solves Mystery on Source of Supernova in Nearby Galaxy

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have solved a longstanding mystery on the type of star, or so-called progenitor, that caused a supernova in a nearby galaxy. The finding yields new observational data for pinpointing one of several scenarios that could trigger such outbursts.
Based on previous observations from ground-based telescopes, astronomers knew that a kind of supernova called a Type Ia created a remnant named SNR 0509-67.5, which lies 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.

The type of system that leads to this kind of supernova explosion has long been a high importance problem with various proposed solutions but no decisive answer. All these solutions involve a white dwarf star that somehow increases in mass to the highest limit. Astronomers failed to find any companion star near the center of the remnant, and this rules out all but one solution, so the only remaining possibility is that this one Type Ia supernova came from a pair of white dwarfs in close orbit.

The Milky Way Contains at Least 100 Billion Planets According to Survey

his artist's illustration gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. The planets, their orbits, and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations. A six-year search that surveyed millions of stars using the microlensing technique concluded that planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception. The average number of planets per star is greater than one.
Image Type: Artwork
Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser (ESO)

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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World’s Most Impressive Pyramid-Shaped Structures

The Egyptian pyramids of the Giza Necropolis, as seen from the air
Perhaps the world’s most popular pyramid is the Great Pyramid of Giza, a pyramid built in the ancient time as burial place for King Khufu.
It is one of the grandest structures of ancient period and was regarded as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. As a matter of fact, it is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world.

A pyramid (from Greek: "πυραμίς" – pyramis]) is a structure whose outer surfaces are roughly triangular and converge to a single point at the top. The base of a pyramid can be trilateral, quadrilateral, or any polygon shape, meaning that a pyramid has at least three triangular surfaces (at least four faces including the base). The square pyramid, with square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.

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