A sea of stars bathed in the rich Moonlight.

The Moon may have washed away a far few of the dimmer stars due to its  overwhelming brightness, but it did provide a rare chance to image with a foreground.

I chose to set the camera up at the back of my garden in an attempt to show a relation between both the simple and complex things in life that we fail to appreciate on a regular basis.

Whether it be looking down at an orchestra of magnificently graceful flowers, or gazing upwards at an ensemble of breathtakingly beautiful stars.

The universe is a thing of wonder, a thing we all take for granted.

Nearby Alien Planets Not So Life-Friendly After All

By Mike Wall

The odds of finding alien life in our solar system’s backyard have just taken a bit of a hit.

The star Tau Ceti, which lies just 11.9 light-years from Earth, is thought to host five exoplanets, two of which have been posited to lie in the “habitable zone” — that just-right range of distances that could support the existence of liquid water on the planets’ surfaces.

However, a new modeling study throws some cold water on the life-supporting potential of these two candidate worlds, which are known as Tau Ceti e and Tau Ceti f.

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Before I upload a post about where the original Martian rotational poles were located, take a look at this data and see if you can figure it out.

This is the sort of stuff NASA robots send us to work with. The colors indicate magnetized regions.

Don’t feel bad if this doesn’t mean much to you. Most researchers fail to agree on any but the most large scale trends here.

That said, I assure you there’s a lot of useful stuff going on. Mars didn’t leave us empty handed.

The killer left a trail…

(Image credit: NASA)