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2012 winners : Astronomy Photographer of the Year September 21, 2012

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A repeat win by Martin Pugh. Click on the link to see the rest.

2012 winners : Astronomy Photographer of the Year : Exhibitions : Visit : RMG.

Fire and Ice and Aurora in Iceland July 9, 2012

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Sometimes both heaven and Earth erupt. In Iceland in 1991, the volcano Hekla erupted at the same time that auroras were visible overhead. Hekla, one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, has erupted at least 20 times over the past millennium, sometimes causing great destruction. The last eruption occurred only twelve years ago but caused only minor damage

via APOD: 2012 July 8 – Volcano and Aurora in Iceland.

Avoid Aliens Warns Stephen Hawking April 25, 2010

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He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

Similarly, Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, warned in a lecture earlier this year that aliens might prove to be beyond human understanding.

“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive,” he said. “Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”

via Don’t talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking – Times Online.

See 50 Billion Years Back In Time in 3D HD Via Hubble August 14, 2009

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Solar Storm Disaster in 2012? March 25, 2009

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Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences.

The “perfect storm” is most likely on a spring or autumn night in a year of heightened solar activity – something like 2012. Around the equinoxes, the orientation of the Earth’s field to the sun makes us particularly vulnerable to a plasma strike.

blackout-warningThe projections of just how catastrophic make chilling reading. “We’re moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster,” says Daniel Baker, a space weather expert based at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and chair of the NAS committee responsible for the report.

According to the NAS report, the impact of what it terms a “severe geomagnetic storm scenario” could be as high as $2 trillion. And that’s just the first year after the storm. The NAS puts the recovery time at four to 10 years.

via Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe – space – 23 March 2009 – New Scientist.

Proof That Black Holes Exist January 30, 2009

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Thanks to Jeff Ullian

Ultimate NASA Web-site July 28, 2008

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NASA Images

After 5 years of development, here is an awesome searchable database from 50 years of NASA images and videos. When complete, this database will contain twenty-one collections, featuring millions of images and thousands of hours of video footage.Click on thye link or the image to go there.

Google Sky March 14, 2008

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Google Sky

It’s like having your own Hubble telescope. Zoom in and out of the visible universe from your web browser.

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