One year of the moon in 2.5 minutes. Add some trance-hop and you have something for the club.
Today’s APOD: A Sharp View of the Sun. Here is one of the sharper views of the Sun ever taken. This stunning image shows remarkable details of a dark sunspot across the image bottom and numerous boiling granules which appear like kernels of corn across the top. Taken in 2002, the picture was made using the Swedish Solar Telescope operating on the Canary Island of La Palma. The high resolution image was achieved using sophisticated adaptive optics, digital image stacking, and other processing techniques to counter the blurring effect of Earth’s atmosphere. Currently a sunspot group is crossing the Sun that is so large it can be easily seen by the cautious observer even without magnification.
Credit: SST, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Developing: The Russian equivalent of NASA, MCC, has lost contact with a Russian capsule that is carrying NASA astronauts.
Soyuz TMA-21 is scheduled to land in 15 minutes. At one point, the capsule sent an SOS message in Morse Code.
MCC has been unable to establish contact with the Soyuz space craft for the past five minutes.
Update, 8:48pm PT: A fixed-wing aircraft reports it has communication with TMA-21 and the crew aboard is in good shape.
Colourful Moon-3 (by EddieTrimarchi)
You wouldn’t know by looking at the moon, that it was radiating so many different colours. Caused by the composition of minerals in the lunar soil, these colours are captured by cameras but need image processing techniques to make them visible. Taken September 26 2010 with a 6” f6 (900mm) Maksutov Newtonian Telescope and a Canon 20D DSLR camera. This is a single 1/40th second exposure at ISO 100. Photoshop was used to enhance the colours to a visible level.