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    I haven't seen this posted but I'm sure many of you have seen this site before. For those who haven't, Astronomy Picture of the Day by NASA is just that. Every day there is "a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer". I found this site about six months ago and ever since it is the first site I visit every morning when I fire up my PC. Whenever I want to feel grounded, I search the archives and am quickly reminded of my place in the universe. Here's today Hi-res image, a rare photo of a distant galaxy looking right on its edge. I hope you enjoy:

    LoyalGuard

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    how neat! thank you for posting this.
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      Nice, I love Astronomy.

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        Wow. That's awesome. You realize you are going to have to update this every day now, right?

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          Sunspot Loops in Ultraviolet



          Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive


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            Originally posted by Mateo
            Wow. That's awesome. You realize you are going to have to update this every day now, right?
            Aha, that's what the website is for:

            Astronomy Picture of the Day

            Bubba-

            That one was awesome...tears almost welled up in my eyes (lame but true...)
            LoyalGuard

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              These are incredible. Anyone knowif they digitally enhance them or not?

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                Originally posted by 0b1one
                These are incredible. Anyone knowif they digitally enhance them or not?
                Sometimes they are. If they do, they usually tell you in the description. Every now and then they'll put in an artist's conception drawing as well - but again, they tell you when.
                LoyalGuard

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                  Anyone know what this one is?




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                    Figures the people from the black hole have to come in with their fake pictures.:icon20:


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                      Those are amazing Loyal. Thanks for sharing!

                      Any idea what exactly is taking those photos (hubble, etc.?)

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                        Wow...check out today's!



                        Explanation: What's happened to the Sun? Sometimes it looks like the Sun is being viewed through a large lens. In the above case, however, there are actually millions of lenses: ice crystals. As water freezes in the upper atmosphere, small, flat, six-sided, ice crystals might be formed. As these crystals flutter to the ground, much time is spent with their faces flat, parallel to the ground. An observer may pass through the same plane as many of the falling ice crystals near sunrise or sunset. During this alignment, each crystal can act like a miniature lens, refracting sunlight into our view and creating phenomena like parhelia, the technical term for sundogs. The above image was taken during early 2006 February near Helsinki, Finland with a quickly deployed cellular camera phone. Visible in the image center is the Sun, while two bright sundogs glow prominently from both the left and the right. Also visible is the 22 degree halo also created by sunlight reflecting off of atmospheric ice crystals.

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                          Originally posted by USN_Squid
                          Anyone know what this one is?




                          Yes, it's a shameless plug for EVE Online at TG: http://www.tacticalgamer.com/eve-online/
                          Who let the EVE players out of their ghetto? :icon19:

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                            Star Clouds over Arizona




                            Explanation: The clouds in the foreground are much different than the clouds in the background. In the foreground are a photogenic deck of Earth-based water clouds. The long exposure used to create the above photograph makes the light from the left, reflected from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, appear like a sunset. Far in the distance, however, are star clouds from the disk of our Milky Way Galaxy. Billions of stars like our Sun live there, circling our Galactic center every 200 million years. Contrast between the water clouds and the star clouds has been digitally enhanced. Between the two, visible on the upper right, is the planet Jupiter.


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                            • #15
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                              Thats a really nice one Bubba.

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