But Now It's Gettin' Late and the Moon Is Climbin' High
Credit: George Garcia
Wednesday, October 3, 2012: SPACE.com reader George Garcia sent in his photo of the Harvest Moon taken on Sept. 29, 2012, in Montebello, CA.
— Tom Chao
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Here Inside I Like Metal
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Thursday, October 4, 2012: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope photographed the globular cluster Messier 69 (M69), a dense collection of old stars. M69 is…Read More »
one of the most metal-rich globular clusters, though they are lower in metals than recently formed stars such as the sun. M69 lies 29,700 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius (the Archer).
Monday, October 8, 2012: Data from ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft shows a natural-color view of Hooke Crater and the icy plains of Argyre Planitia on the…Read More »
red planet. The western half of Hooke Crater (85.7 miles or 138 km wide) appears here. To the left of the crater, the Argyle Planitia plains are coated with a thin layer of frozen carbon dioxide. Argyre impact basin provides scientists with one of the locations on Mars with a mixture of young and old terrains, as well as deep and surface materials. The image data was obtained on June 8, 2012.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012: Astrophotographer Paul Zizka sent in this photo of an aurora with a special guest, taken at the Minnewanka boat docks, Banff…Read More »
National Park, Canada, on Oct. 8, 2012. He writes: “When this shot was taken I was perhaps not the most thrilled photographer. It was the second night in a week that I went chasing the auroras all night, and they were hidden somewhere behind a veil of clouds (as you can tell from the surreal sky), even though the rest of the country seemed to be seeing them. It turns out that I was completely unaware that I was taking one of my most memorable shots. This morning I noticed a visitor [had] made his way into the frame, and I could not believe my eyes. The owl is surprisingly sharp in this 5-second exposure. Thanks to the Minnewanka boat docks for lighting the bird perfectly, and to Mother Nature for providing the perfect perch and background.”
Thursday, October 11, 2012: A pre-stellar cloud in the Taurus Molecular Cloud contains water vapor in an amount 2000 times as large as the Earth’s oceans.…Read More »
ESA’s Herschel space observatory detected the water vapor in a molecular cloud on the verge of star formation for the first time in this image of Lynds 1544, shown at lower left. The Taurus Molecular Cloud lies about 450 light-years from Earth and is the nearest large region of star formation.
Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Friday, October 12, 2012: Adam Block at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona caught Comet 168P Hergenrother on October 5, 2012.
— Tom Chao
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I Wish to Melt Into You, Aurora
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day-Night Band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) and the University of Wisconsin's Community Satellite Processing Package
Monday, October 15, 2012: A large coronal mass ejection erupted from the sun Oct. 4-5, 2012, hurling energetic particles into the Earth’s magnetosphere,…Read More »
producing many beautiful auroral displays on Earth. [Amazing Auroras: Northern Lights of October 2012 (Photos)
.] The view from space was equally spectacular. The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite acquired this view of the aurora borealis on October 8, 2012. The northern lights float above the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario in this image. Hudson Bay appears as a dark patch at top center. Lake Michigan clearly stands out darkly in the lower center, with the lights of Chicago, IL, on the southern tip. Bright lights sharply define the northeastern megalopolis of the United States at lower right, including Long Island jutting out into the ocean. Montreal, Canada, shines as a bright spot near the right side just below center.
Thursday, October 18, 2012: Planetary nebula IC 5148 lies about 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Grus (The Crane). The nebula, with a diameter…Read More »
of a couple of light-years, expands at over TK miles (50 kilometers) per second, making it one of the fastest expanding planetary nebulas. (The term “planetary nebula” is a misnomer created by early astronomers’ mistaking the objects for giant planets.) The ring-like appearance of IC 5148 led astronomers to nickname it the Spare Tyre Nebula.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012: The just-released book "Planetfall: New Solar System Visions" by Michael Benson (Abrams) showcases spectacular space vistas.…Read More »
This photo by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) displays the solar corona and magnetic loops during an eclipse of the sun by the Earth. The edge of the Earth does not appear perfectly sharp because some light filters through the Earth’s atmosphere, which varies in density. Image obtained April 2, 2011.
Friday, October 26, 2012: Astrophotographer Michael Humpherson caught an Orionid meteor on Panther Beach, just north of Santa Cruz, CA, on Oct. 24, 2012.…Read More »
He writes: "I was setting [up] for a few shots of the Milky Way on the beach — the moon was still too high — [and] was seeing how they came out when the asteroid came blasting in above me ... I caught the start of it, and the sea turning almost green with the light as it exploded."
Monday, October 29, 2012: During the night of October 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s cloud tops were illuminated by the nearly full moon. The Suomi NPP satellite…Read More »
spied the storm with a special “day-night band,” which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared, and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as auroras, airglow, gas flares, city lights, and reflected moonlight. Some llights of Florida and Georgia cities glow between the clouds. [See full gallery.]
Wednesday, October 31, 2012: Liz Warren, an employee at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, recently carved her annual "space-o'-lantern," this year…Read More »
featuring Curiosity rover. She writes: "I carved a Curiosity design this year because in August of this year, that mission truly captured the imagination of the world in bold NASA fashion. They dared a mighty thing and they succeeded.... It's breaking a little with my tradition of featuring human spaceflight, but NASA's missions are broad and so I feel good about broadening the topic of my pumpkins.... Bobak Ferdowski [“Mohawk Guy”] is going to be in Houston late next week, and I think it would be fun to give him the pumpkin!"