at the observatory

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I think Dani might be my first Sim who didn’t change much from child to teen!

She’s almost exactly the same except she has boobies now and can kiss boys (if she were interested in such things…..it’s gonna take a really special guy to tear this little genius away from the observatory and microscope she got for her “birthday”).

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Airglow waves. Do you you think our night sky is pitch black ? Have a look at this timelapse video. I captured it at Carnegie Las Campamas observatory. Those red waves are not clouds (!) - this is pretty intense airglow, which takes place in upper atmosphere. It’s very interesting to see how the waves move. While camera pans you will notice on the foreground both 6.5-m Magellan telescopes, as well as nicely setting Milky Way. I hope you’ll enjoy the view ! :) Music: “Airglow” by © Club 220

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Images of the cosmos from the late 1950s and early 60s. Most are from the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the high definition and detailed images coming out of Hubble and similar telescopes today, but there is something about these old photos. What they lacked in detail and resolution they made up for with wonder and mystery. Can you imagination how mind blowing these pictures would have been when they first came out of the developing tank in the 50′s?

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Aurora, Luna and comet.

Shortly after sunset, whose glow is still visible in the background, Ingólfur Bjargmundsson snapped this image of the Aurora Borealis and comet Panstarrs. The comet is visible as a smudge above the sunset and below the right hand streamer of glowing charged particles that channel the energy of the solar wind down towards the surface. Barring the stars all the light in this image derives from Sol.

This image is part of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

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Image credit: Ingólfur Bjargmundsson

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Lunar halo above La Silla observatory in Atacama, Chile :) During one of the nights we were lucky to see such an interesting phenomenon as 22° Halo around the moon. The clouds were flying all over the sky and the Moon was quite spectacular indeed ! You can also see setting Orion constellation, as well as Sirius - the brightest star on the sky (in the upper left). I hope you’ll enjoy the view :)

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Jupiter Rises Through the Outback Storm - March 22, 2017 by Joseph Brimacombe
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Taken from Savannah Skies Observatory with a Canon 5DS R and 14-mm lens. Single shot.