Hubble’s Latest Masterpiece

Hubble stunned us in 2009 with its incredible Deep Field Image. In a 48-hour exposure image covering about 1/15th the width of the moon, the Hubble Space Telescope captured thousands of galaxies. To put the scale in perspective, if the entire sky were photographed at this image size, it would result in approximately 30 million pictures. That’s a lot of galaxies!

Anyway, in the time since the original picture, the telescope has been pointed at the same area of the sky again and again and the images combined, for a total image exposure time of around 23 days (two million seconds)! There are around 5500 galaxies visible in this image; you can view the full image by clicking on the thumbnail above.

Read more in Discover Magazine.

Mining Asteroids

So, it comes to this.  Natural resources are becoming scarce enough that people can have serious conversations about mining ASTEROIDS and be taken seriously.  Not that it can’t be done, but wow…we are so far from living in balance with this planet that we need to exploit other areas of the solar system to sustain our lifestyle?!  Although, it may not be as bad as it first sounds.  Rather than bringing those resources back to this planet, it’s far most cost effective to use them to supply spaceships and colonies on the moon or Mars and that seems to be the main intent of Planetary Resources Inc.  Which makes so much more sense considering we struggle to get enough public support for a mere six person orbiting space station.  Maybe capitalism will succeed where every world government has failed…

Time lapse video of Earth, seen from space

This is hardly new, but it’s worth sharing time and time again.  It’s a time lapse video taken of the most amazing planet our species has ever laid eyes upon, as seen from the International Space Station.  Nice to watch time and time again as a reminder of how awesome this planet is.


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