...Looking at the universe

archiemcphee:

Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena teaches us about yet another amazing form of lightning: Red Sprite Lightning. Slovenian photographer Marko Korošec was chasing storms in Vivaro, Italy when he captured these spectacular images of red sprites flashing above a storm taking place over the central Adriatic sea.

"Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds, or cumulonimbus, giving rise to a quite varied range of visual shapes flickering in the night sky. They are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground. Sprites appear as luminous reddish-orange flashes. They often occur in clusters within the altitude range 50–90 km (31–56 mi) above the Earth’s surface.”

When red sprites flash they only last for a millisecond, so getting to see their beautiful display preserved in dazzling photos like these is an exceptionally rare treat.

Photos by Marko Korošec via Solent News/SIPA Press

[via Design You Trust and Wikipedia]

space-wallpapers:

Jupiter Up Close

space-wallpapers:

Jupiter Up Close

woodendreams:

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, US (by Alexis Coram)

woodendreams:

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, US (by Alexis Coram)

westaysalty:

At first I thought I was dreaming but once the mist from the waterfall hit my face I realized I wasn’t… I was simply at the the most beautiful place in the world.

westaysalty:

At first I thought I was dreaming but once the mist from the waterfall hit my face I realized I wasn’t… I was simply at the the most beautiful place in the world.

spacettf:

cometas sobre el pozo by juances on Flickr.

spacettf:

cometas sobre el pozo by juances on Flickr.

averypedestriansnail:

Great morning sun angle on this tree.  No fancy manipulation needed.

patroclusy:

foxmouth

Space, 2014 | by Heather Penn

nubbsgalore:

the autumnal colour spectrum

(photos by rob herr, richard shilling, ryan connors, evie jaye, mr. dale)

unexplained-events:

*Space Intensifies*

1) Thor’s Helmet

2) Milky Way as seen over the Rocky Mountains

3) Andromeda’s actual size if it was brighter

4) Hella clear picture of Mercury

5) Russian Space Station (Mir) back-dropped against Earth

mymodernmet:

The winners of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition have been announced! The Royal Observatory Greenwich, in partnership with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and Flickr, invited astrophotographers from all around the world to submit their best images showcasing the spectacular beauty of the night sky and our universe.

spacettf:

Space by Norseman1968 on Flickr.

spacettf:

Space by Norseman1968 on Flickr.

seth-goodkind:

Some oldies for retro rewind Thursday. These were studies for a larger, full color piece.

Skies of Skyrim

afro-dominicano:


  Have you heard of Lunar Analemma?
  
  This digital composite image illustrates the changing position and phase of the Moon over the Dali Theater and Museum in Figueres, Spain, during one lunar month.
  
  Analemma is generally known as the motion of the sun in the sky in a complete year. if you follow the position of the Sun at the same time each day, it makes an 8-like trace over the course of a year known as analemma. The position change is caused by the Earth’s motion around the Sun combined with the tilt of the Earth’s rotation axis (see 1, 2, 3). [**]


Analemma of The Moon by Juan Carlos Casado

afro-dominicano:

Have you heard of Lunar Analemma?

This digital composite image illustrates the changing position and phase of the Moon over the Dali Theater and Museum in Figueres, Spain, during one lunar month.

Analemma is generally known as the motion of the sun in the sky in a complete year. if you follow the position of the Sun at the same time each day, it makes an 8-like trace over the course of a year known as analemma. The position change is caused by the Earth’s motion around the Sun combined with the tilt of the Earth’s rotation axis (see 1, 2, 3). [**]

Analemma of The Moon by Juan Carlos Casado

allstarsandconstellations:

Astounding fluorescent body painting revealed through the use of black light, by John Poppleton.