"In anticipation of the coming of the comet Ison..I’m posting a photo of comet Hale-Bopp taken with fuji 800 color film with my OM1 camera in March 1997."
Hale-Bopp 1997 by Robert Malinowski
I'm Bob Wilton & this is my blog Skyward Awe. Posts revolve around Astronomy & Aviation, however anything science related is likely to show up.
"After a dramatic aurora substorm, the auroral display usually enters a recovery phase. This image shows such a phase in the eastern sky over the airfield at Alaska’s Chena Hot Springs Resort. The snow and landscape is tinted green from the auroral glow.
The bright star to the left of center is Vega, the brightest in the constellation Lyra, the harp. It appears diffused because its light is passing through cirrus clouds. To the upper right are the three stars of the Big Dipper’s handle, and in the upper left corner appears Polaris, the North Star with the Little Dipper hanging below it.”
After The Storm by Dennis Mammana
Poster designed to commemorate the Airbus A380’s flight with the Red Arrows.
Find out more about the A380: http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/flight-information/airbus-a380
Woman in red dress, sprayed with tear gas by masked policeman, becomes symbol for Turkish protesters
In her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing tear gas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards.
Taken in Taksim Square in central Istanbul on May 28, the image has been endlessly shared on social media.
The woman in red has even been replicated as a cartoon on posters and stickers and has become a symbol for female protesters during days of violent anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul.
Some posters show the woman towering over a police officer and say “the more they spray, the bigger we get.” (Osman Orsal / Reuters)
If you’re unemployed, it’s not because there isn’t any work.
Just look around: A housing shortage, crime, pollution; we need better schools and parks. Whatever our needs, they all require work. And as long as we have unsatisfied needs, there’s work to be done.
So ask yourself, what kind of world has work but no jobs? It’s a world where work is not related to satisfying our needs, a world where work is only related to satisfying the profit needs of business.
This country was not built by the huge corporations or government bureaucracies. It was built by people who work. And, it is working people who should control the work to be done. Yet, as long as employment is tied to somebody else’s profits, the work won’t get done.
This is a unique NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope view of the disk galaxy NGC 5866 tilted nearly edge-on to our line-of-sight.
Hubble’s sharp vision reveals a crisp dust lane dividing the galaxy into two halves. The image highlights the galaxy’s structure: a subtle, reddish bulge surrounding a bright nucleus, a blue disk of stars running parallel to the dust lane, and a transparent outer halo.
Some faint, wispy trails of dust can be seen meandering away from the disk of the galaxy out into the bulge and inner halo of the galaxy. The outer halo is dotted with numerous gravitationally bound clusters of nearly a million stars each, known as globular clusters. Background galaxies that are millions to billions of light-years farther away than NGC 5866 are also seen through the halo.
Brace yourself for another asteroid flyby
To quote science reporter Deborah Netburn:
It’s 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.
At approximately 1:59 p.m. PDT May 31, Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make a close (by galactic standards) pass by our home planet. Coming within just 3.6 million miles of Earth, the asteroid will be so close that many of its features will be visible on radar.
For more details on the asteroid, including its possible origin, at Science Now.
Photo: NASA / JPL / Caltech
Rare Nacreous Clouds
Also called polar stratospheric clouds or mother of pearl clouds, nacreous clouds are mostly visible within two hours after sunset or before dawn. They blaze unbelievably bright with vivid, iridescent colors. These clouds are rare and occur in the polar stratosphere at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters. They are so bright because at those heights, they are still sunlit.
Although incredibly beautiful, they have a negative impact on our atmosphere. They create ozone holes by supporting chemical reactions that produce active chlorine which catalyzes ozone destruction.