Very Large Telescope Timelapse


Look up, way up. Ponder the majesty of a VLT (Very Large Telescope) timelapse.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Very_Large_Telescope

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A New View Of The Moon


Stumbled upon A New View of the Moon a few hours ago. I can’t stop watching, its like opening a gift.

Never doubt the power of a simple spontaneous idea capable of spreading joy to all it touches.

Remember To Look Up At The Stars……


Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76

News of 76 year old Stephen Hawking passing away March 14, 2018 arrived without point of reference. Hawking was timeless, his age inconsequential. A man who graced humanity with wonder, infectious wonder emanating from resolve to understand the universe.

“I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.” – Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was born January 8, 1942 – exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo. Interesting snippet, but not nearly as satisfying as the day he returned to the cosmos. Hawking enjoyed a good laugh, I choose to believe he slipped away with a smirk of ironic awareness – born on Galileo’s birthday, Hawking died on Albert Einstein’s birthday and International Pi Day.

March 14, 2018 – a day of mathematical reverence, Einstein accolades and Hawking reflection ended with an extravagant gesture of cosmic wonder. Powerful streams of solar wind flowing from a wide gash in the Sun’s atmosphere culminated in geomagnetic storm perfection.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Send Your Name To The Sun


Ponder your name on a microchip aboard a car sized solar probe traveling 692,000 Km/hour around the Sun. Imagine that probe entering the Suns’ atmosphere. How cool would it be if the first mission to trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona carried your name. Would you see the Sun with fresh eyes knowing your name was part of an endeavor to explore solar wind?

The Parker Solar Probe begins a seven year, seven gravity assist Venus flyby, 93 million mile journey to the Sun in summer 2018. To commemorate humanity’s first visit to a star, NASA issued an open invitation – send your name to the Sun. Deadline, April 27, 2018. Get on board at  –

http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/The-Mission/Name-to-Sun/

Learn more at – https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/parker-solar-probe-humanity-s-first-visit-to-a-star

Behemoth Supermoon


Trumpeting moon talk announced the arrival of 2018. Tonight a behemoth supermoon hangs in the sky – of 13 full moons and 14 lunar perigees in 2018, this is the closest full moon and lunar perigee alignment of the year. ( A supermoon happens when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit. ) Tonight is the second of 3 consecutive supermoons.

Technically close and bright as tonight’s supermoon shines, January 31, 2018 promises to steal the show. This third supermoon in a row is a blue supermoon (second full moon in a calendar month ), one that will pass through Earth’s shadow, delivering a full lunar eclipse.Follow this link for eclipse in your time zone – http://earthsky.org/tonight/super-blue-moon-eclipse-on-january-31#calculator

Can’t sign off without a moon song –