When you have a $446 million spacecraft funded by public money, there is a considerable amount of pressure to squeeze it for every last drop of science. The Dawn mission has already made spectacularly successful visits to two asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. It is now orbiting around Ceres, having completed a “final” Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit.
Western Montana typically gets thunder weather from the southwest, from Idaho. This video assembled from data at the NOAA-NASA GOES Project shows a relatively rare phenomenon, a low pressure system pulling moist air from the northeast – from Montana – into a slightly warmer Idaho, where it blows up into a towering cloud as the
This week’s lunar eclipse was seen by by thousands of people, but simultaneously there was an eclipse that was much harder to see. Had we been standing on the surface of the Moon, we would have seen the Sun silently glide behind the black Earth, leaving only a broken, fiery ring – all the sunrises
The Aqua satellite happened to capture a picture of the Lolo Complex fires at exactly the same moment they “blew up in perfect conditions,” according to the Missoulian. I had to stitch together the version above from the edges of this image, and I didn’t bother to do any spherical correction or anything, so you
When searching for a host for this modest, experimental website, I found Go Daddy, and I got sucked in by a combination of cheap pricing and the promise that I’d be working with a leader in the industry. After having been with them for a year, I feel like I’m qualified to comment on the
Things have gotten pretty busy since the kid started going to preschool, and the website has suffered from neglect. It seems like the only thing I can make time for is the occasional meteor shower. And so here are the Geminids, in photos taken from the same mountain pass as the Perseids in my previous
The night sky is beautiful but generally isn’t dynamic. Other than the slow rolling of the entire sky as the night progresses (as if the stars were affixed to a sphere), there’s very little movement. Until you see the bright flash of a meteor. And a meteor shower can turn the sky into a show.
I was at REI in Missoula, MT, one day and noticed several lights outside pointed downwards towards some tall grasses planted against the wall. Intrigued, I returned after dark to take some photos. Notice the downward facing lights along the wall. The lamp in the parking lot is extremely bright, but faces downward. The interior
Since I’ve already covered unicorns, UFOs, and time machines, I thought I’d throw a ghost in for good measure — a ghost featured in one of the most famous ghost photos of all time, to be precise. Provand and Shira’s photo of the Brown Lady on a staircase in Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England, appeared in
OceanExplorer.se has released a new sonar image containing both alleged UFOs. Since it is of higher resolution than those I used in my original post, and because this is the first time the second UFO image has been directly hosted by them , I am posting new enhanced images of both. I promised I’d