I protest the killing of comets

While I am in one of my classes, the lander from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will harpoon and land on  the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM):

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If you’re not in class, you can watch the landing live here (well, you can hear talking about it) or you can check out the xkcd comic which updates with the time until landing. This mission was launched on March 2, 2004, so there’s a bit of anxiety as we await word to see if lands successfully.

Update: And it has landed on the comet. Score one for science.

An eye for a storm

I think this picture of Jupiter was posed (Credit: NASA/ESA/A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)):

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It looks like a typical picture of Jupiter, but look more closely at the Great Red Spot there–the black spot is actually the shadow of its moon Ganymede.

Where’s my Swiffer

The Hubble telescope took this picture of the NGC 4206 galaxy. It’s not a perfect shot because of the dust which actually is good for the scientists because it helps them with measurements. Anyway, here it is (Credit:ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Nick Rose):

A dusty spiral in Virgo

It’s fall

It’s fall and you can even see that, it seems, from space (Credit: Jeff Schmaltz at NASA GSFC):

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Hey, it’s Neptune

I’m all at sea, so here’s a picture of Neptune (Credit: NASA; this was taken by Voyager 2 in 1989):

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Boom

Here’s a picture of a supernova by what’s thought to be a white dwarf star, as taken by Chandra’s X-ray observatory (Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/R.Margutti et al):

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Sorry, that’s my thumb

Here’s the Sun being partially eclipsed by the Moon as taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (Credit: NASA):

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