Favorite APOD

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There's so many BUT...

Postby rollovermikey » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:48 am

APOD 28 November 2004 Doomed Star Eta Carinae. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap041128.html I remember reading in Astronomy magazine that the width of just one of the gas/dust lanes in either of the lobes is about the size of our solar system. That gives this image scale as to it's true size which is INCREDIBLY MASSIVE and emitting from a single star! WOW!

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Postby craterchains » Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:35 pm

A wonder full image I think is this one.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02960
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Postby Al D Baran » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:55 am

The HUDF has to be one of my favorites just because it is a tiny section space and it holds so many galaxies. This picture is worth more than a thousand words, and brings about so many unanswered questions. It's simply amazing. I am awestruck everytime I look at it.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040309.html
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Postby g-banjo » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:15 pm

Yes, fabulous!
Thank you, I'd forgotten that one, now it's my desktop background.

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Postby Arramon » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:57 pm

backrowbass wrote:
senectus wrote:Today's picture is the most exciting for me:
A Hole in Mars Close Up : http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070928.html
I'm just itching to know what is down there, and the prospects for liquid water and multicellular life down there is so promising that it makes my legs itch :-)

I started speculating about a science fiction story as soon as I saw the picture.


ahhh!!! that's the pic right there. You know there's gotta be a huge cavern just beyond that opening. Just look at the blackness within... it's calling for humans to go check it out! =))

Or maybe we can try and shoot another probe on over and aim for the hole. 5000-point shot from millions of miles away... from wayyyyyy downtown!

I just love this:
http://www.nps.gov/wica/historyculture/ ... trance.jpg

No smoking in cave please!

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Postby BMAONE23 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:25 pm

senectus wrote:Today's picture is the most exciting for me:
A Hole in Mars Close Up : http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070928.html
I'm just itching to know what is down there, and the prospects for liquid water and multicellular life down there is so promising that it makes my legs itch :-)


I would like to see this same image area illuminated from the other direction, with the sun shining down at the apparent angle of the hole.

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Postby orin stepanek » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:05 pm

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Postby d2386n » Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:04 pm

There are so many stunning and profound photos available here that I can't pick one favorite. But my favorite CLASS of photo are the spiral galaxy portraits. I gaze at a beauty like NGC1300, the Whirlpool, the Pinwheel, or a dozen others. Then, I try to imagine the scale and possibility of the life on the other innumerable worlds in those disks. I realize that what looks like pale fog is actually so many stars, at such distance, that they can't be resolved. Then I think about the hundreds of billions of stars in each one, and that the galaxies themselves number in the hundreds of billions, and I feel amazed and humbled.

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Fave APODs: Spiral Galaxies

Postby d2386n » Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:10 pm

There are so many stunning and profound photos available here that I can't pick one favorite. But my favorite CLASS of photo are the spiral galaxy portraits. I gaze at a beauty like NGC1300, the Whirlpool, the Pinwheel, or a dozen others. Then, I try to imagine the scale and possibility of the life on the other innumerable worlds in those disks. I realize that what looks like pale fog is actually so many stars, at such distance, that they can't be resolved. Then I think about the hundreds of billions of stars in each one, and that the galaxies themselves number in the hundreds of billions, and I feel amazed and humbled.

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Fave APODs: Spiral Galaxies

Postby harry » Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:44 am

G'day d2386n

You said

d2386n wrote:I feel amazed and humbled.


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Postby astrolabe » Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:13 am

Hello All,

Nothing so far has given me the real sense of weightless, unsupported suspension like this:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080308.html

M104 is half the Milky Way's size but the near edge-on angle in this remix gives it a floating look and feel like few others.
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hard to pick just a few

Postby Tatiana » Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:35 am

Here are mine:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050924.html
The beautiful cat's eye nebula

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070414.html
Lake Venus

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap061009.html
the robot of an alien species

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap071106.html
this one had me mesmerized, playing it over and over

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Postby apodman » Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:38 pm

A Darkened Sky - APOD 2008 September 20

Picture and description:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080920.html

Big picture:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/ ... o1_big.jpg

Total solar eclipse of 2008 August 01. Monochrome. Corona to great distance. Mercury. Beehive cluster. Many stars. Clear Mongolian sky. Beautiful brightness range and contrast.

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Postby jesusfreak16 » Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:02 pm

T.T.F.N. (Ta Ta For Now!)

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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby zbvhs » Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:12 pm

After all these years, this apod is still my favorite.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030326.html

I'm intrigued by the streamers trailing from the edges of the cloud. They have the right shape to be trailing vortices like those generated by a lift-generating wing. Is it possible that the pressure changes that produced the cloud could also have generated vorticity in the cloud's flow field?
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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby Sputnick » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:00 pm

Arp 273 gatkinson@nexicom.net lfreeman@ghrc.ca, tmclaughlin@ghrc.ca seems to show the smaller galaxy's tail being bent by Dark Matter of the large galaxy whereas the other tail farthest from the large galaxy is not bent - therefore (?) no DM?

Beautiful photo.
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Re: Favorite APOD

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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby lanl » Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:33 am

NG2264-i love this -the whole array is beautiful w/ all its different elements.

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Postby aristarchusinexile » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:22 pm



If you've ever wandered in the woodsy woods where the rabbits run ...

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040405.html

... you will of course have seem identical sights .. and we shall find creatures still alive on Mars and depositing these turds.
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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby nexstar114 » Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:49 pm

Anything with the ISS. It's amazing to think we've had people on the ISS constantly since November 2000. A constant reminder of the good things we can do, aside from all the crap we put up with on the surface.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap090206.html

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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby bhrobards » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:25 am

There are so many outstanding APODs it is hard. But one really capures my imagination 2008 September 20-A Darkened Sky, a multi image total eclipse stitched together perfectly. It looks very much like plasma is going into the poles and plasma/solar wind is emanating from all of the rest of the surface. Truly awesome.
http://www.zam.fme.vutbr.cz/~druck/eclipse/Ecl2008m/Tse2008_200_mo1/Hr/Tse2008_200_mo1.png

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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby Chris Peterson » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:52 am

bhrobards wrote:There are so many outstanding APODs it is hard. But one really capures my imagination 2008 September 20-A Darkened Sky, a multi image total eclipse stitched together perfectly. It looks very much like plasma is going into the poles and plasma/solar wind is emanating from all of the rest of the surface. Truly awesome.
http://www.zam.fme.vutbr.cz/~druck/eclipse/Ecl2008m/Tse2008_200_mo1/Hr/Tse2008_200_mo1.png

It is a great image. And it is plasma we see around the Sun, but all of it moving outwards, none inwards. You'd need to see much closer to the edge to capture any loops of plasma.
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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby bhrobards » Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:11 pm

How do you know its "all moving inwards?"

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Re: Favorite APOD

Postby Chris Peterson » Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:19 pm

bhrobards wrote:How do you know its "all moving inwards?"

It's all moving outwards. This is very obvious in any animated images, as from SOHO. The only plasma that falls back onto the Sun is what is trapped in tightly closed magnetic fields, which are very close to the surface at the scale of this image. Of course, we have a variety of space-borne sensors monitoring solar wind and solar radiation, and it's all moving away from the Sun. As you'd expect, of course, given that there are no forces present to produce motion in the opposite direction.
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