Check out Tvashtar volcano on Io seen spewing molten material into space, as seen from New Horizons probe in 2007. Io experiences massive tidal forces from Jupiter’s gravity and this kind of volcanic eruption is not uncommon for Jovian moons. For a sense of scale, the volcanic plume is about 330 Km in altitude. New Horizon was built by John Hopkins Applied Phyisics Lab for a mission to Pluto. This photo was taken when it flew past Jupiter for a slingshot course correction towards Pluto.
Greetings Fellow Earthlings
Tonight step outside the house for a change and look West at sundown. You’ll be greeted with a spectacular planetary pair of Jupiter and Venus almost hugging each other in a nice visual conjunction. Kind of ironical considering Jupiter is God of War, and Venus is the God of Loveeee. This treat will continue for a few days so do not worry if you’re sitting under the clouds right now.
Sky and Telescope astronomy magazine suggested that the event closely resembles the Star of Bethlehem which, according to Christian tradition, revealed the birth of Jesus to the Biblical Magi, and later led them to Bethlehem.
Check out this dramatic time lapse footage of earth seen from the int’l space station at night. Pretty darn cool
You can see all the air glow, auroras and thunderstorms. The city lights are not real but an overlay captured using a special IR camera called Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
All in, a pretty spectacular video.. the music is quite dramatic too
The Amateur Astronomers Association Delhi invites you to
The Transparent Dome of HCT. Image courtesy: Ajay, Vikrant, Raghu
Joys of Astrophotography – A Stellar Pastime
Presentation by Ajay Talwar
Time: Sunday, January 9, 2011 · 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Nehru Planetarium, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-11
This is a short presentation which intends to convey the joy and satisfaction the author feels while pursuing astrophotography and hopes to instill some excitement of astrophotography in the audience.
Today all astronomy and the associated science is conducted with astrophography. Apart from being a scientific pursuit, the business of collecting celestial photons is also an art form. The presentation covers both aspects of astrophotography.
Ajay Talwar has been pursuing this stellar pastime for more than 20 years. Presently astrophotography has become the passion and fashion of the times. The advent of digital photography has become a boon for astrophotographers, ANY camera can be used to take beautiful shots of the heavens.
This movie was presented at the recently concluded 10 day festival of astronomy, Kalpaneya Yatre at Bengaluru.
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