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This is a blog run by Deflare about space travel and exploration, and the beauty of the stars. I'm always looking for more material to post, so any art, photos, stories, or news articles you have to share would be appreciated!

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  1. jtotheizzoe:

Dust (the zodiacal light) pointing at dust (the Milky Way band)
One is the remnants of our solar system’s birth, and the other holds the seeds for solar systems dead and yet to come. Some more dusty goodness to go along with this week’s dusty episode of IOTBS on YouTube.
Photo by the superbly talented Cory Schmitz (Flickr, used with permission)

    jtotheizzoe:

    Dust (the zodiacal light) pointing at dust (the Milky Way band)

    One is the remnants of our solar system’s birth, and the other holds the seeds for solar systems dead and yet to come. Some more dusty goodness to go along with this week’s dusty episode of IOTBS on YouTube.

    Photo by the superbly talented Cory Schmitz (Flickr, used with permission)

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  3. jtotheizzoe:

    Wanna get dirty with me?

    From star stuff to microscopic fluff to skin cells that slough while you’re in the buff, the universe of dust is curious enough to turn your mind into a cream puff.

    May this week’s episode spread like dust on the wind.

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  5. jtotheizzoe:

    skunkbear:

    A musical reminder of tonight’s full lunar eclipse!

    Tonight, for the first time since 2011, folks in North America will get the chance to see a total lunar eclipse.  It’s supposed to start in earnest around 2 AM on the east coast (11 PM west coast).

    Unfortunately I think clouds will spoil the fun for me (and most people on the east coast). But I woke with this song stuck in my head and ended up recording it before I headed out for work with my phone. (My sincerest apologies to Bonnie Tyler)

    You can find more detailed information about the eclipse here.

    And if you miss it this time, good news: Another blood moon is forecast for October, and again next April.

    The eclipse photo I use in the video was taken in 2011 by Fred Espenak (NASA Marshall Space Center).

    Related to the last, but in musical form.

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  7. jtotheizzoe:

The Moon Goes Red Tonight
Are you in North, Central, or South America? Do you like staying up late and staring up at the sky? Yes? Then I have good news!
You can catch a total lunar eclipse Monday night, in all of its dusty-red glory, from just about anywhere in North America with a clear view of the night sky. The moon will enter the darkest part of Earth’s shadow (the “umbra”) at 1:58 AM ET, and remain there until 4:24 AM ET. At 3:06 ET, the moon will be completely darkened by the Earth’s shadow!
Except that the moon won’t be completely dark. During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a dusty shade of red. Why is that? You can thank Earth’s atmosphere.
To understand the red color of a lunar eclipse, it’s best to see how Earth would look from the moon. Check out the image of Earth eclipsing the sun (it’s not a real photo, btw. It was created from several images taken by Apollo astronauts):

(via Astro Bob)
See that halo of light around Earth? Our diffuse shell of air and dust bends and reflects a portion of the eclipsed sun’s light around the planet and onto the obscured moon. And since only the longest wavelengths of light make it through our atmosphere without being scattered away by the air molecules (the same reason that sunsets are red), the moon is bathed in crimson! Here’s a video I made about that atmospheric color show:

Check out more eclipse goodness at Bad Astronomy. Top image via Wikipedia.

    jtotheizzoe:

    The Moon Goes Red Tonight

    Are you in North, Central, or South America? Do you like staying up late and staring up at the sky? Yes? Then I have good news!

    You can catch a total lunar eclipse Monday night, in all of its dusty-red glory, from just about anywhere in North America with a clear view of the night sky. The moon will enter the darkest part of Earth’s shadow (the “umbra”) at 1:58 AM ET, and remain there until 4:24 AM ET. At 3:06 ET, the moon will be completely darkened by the Earth’s shadow!

    Except that the moon won’t be completely darkDuring a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a dusty shade of red. Why is that? You can thank Earth’s atmosphere.

    To understand the red color of a lunar eclipse, it’s best to see how Earth would look from the moon. Check out the image of Earth eclipsing the sun (it’s not a real photo, btw. It was created from several images taken by Apollo astronauts):

    (via Astro Bob)

    See that halo of light around Earth? Our diffuse shell of air and dust bends and reflects a portion of the eclipsed sun’s light around the planet and onto the obscured moon. And since only the longest wavelengths of light make it through our atmosphere without being scattered away by the air molecules (the same reason that sunsets are red), the moon is bathed in crimson! Here’s a video I made about that atmospheric color show:

    Check out more eclipse goodness at Bad Astronomy. Top image via Wikipedia.

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  9. Busy space day! Dragon rocket launch to ISS this afternoon, lunar eclipse (with a bright Mars) tonight.

    colchrishadfield:

    http://www.space.com/25477-spacex-dragon-cargo-ship-launch-monday.html

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/lunar-eclipse-mars-close-approach-tonight-1.2607233

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  11. colchrishadfield:

Salut Montréal! Je vais visiter le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan lundi soir pour signer mon livre - version française.

    colchrishadfield:

    Salut Montréal! Je vais visiter le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan lundi soir pour signer mon livre - version française.

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  13. colchrishadfield:

    It’s the International Day of Human Space Flight, 53 yrs since Gagarin launched. Earthling’s song, to celebrate.

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  15. colchrishadfield:

The three guys on the left are Rick, Steve and Koichi. Two of them may need to do a spacewalk to swap a bad computer soon.

    colchrishadfield:

    The three guys on the left are Rick, Steve and Koichi. Two of them may need to do a spacewalk to swap a bad computer soon.

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  17. jammygummy:

    "Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.”

    -Douglas Adams

    (Source: ktt)

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  19. lightthiscandle:

    Here are photos I took of the burial site of Miss Baker, a squirrel monkey that flew into space. She is buried at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, where she lived out her long retirement. Buried next to her is her “husband,” Big George, who did not travel into space.

    Miss Baker still has admirers, even fifty years later. Instead of leaving her flowers…they leave her bananas.

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