Ripples in the Red Sea.

The reflection of Sol’s light off the world’s seas reveals the dynamic currents passing through the waters when viewed from space. This image was taken by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s AQUA satellite, one of a group of about twenty that are revealing our world’s secrets in unprecedented detail.

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Light and Dark

 This video shows one of my new favorite things about the solstice. The Japanese Meteorological Agency’s Himawari-8 weather satellite is in a geostationary position over the Pacific Ocean and eastern parts of Asia, sending down pictures to monitor weather over that part of the planet. In the process, it gets a full frame view of the orb of the Earth, and it automatically shares clips from its cameras online. Here’s the view taken as the sun set yesterday just before the official solstice time – take a look at the poles. The North pole never exits a shadow and the South Pole is a tiny sliver of light that never goes away – the best shot you’ll get of this arrangement for a year. This one also gives some nice sunglint on the sea just before the sun goes down – reflection of the sunlight off the smooth surface of the ocean.


Video Credit: Himawari-8 satellite

What is witchcraft to me?
Witchcraft is a sky full of clouds and the birds flying below them.
Witchcraft is old books when it’s raining outside.
Witchcraft is the full moon surrounded by the stars at midnight.
Witchcraft is plants and crystals all over the place.
Witchcraft is walking with your head up in a crowd full of people.
Witchcraft is me, witchcraft is everything.


Heaven Above and Hell Below 2 - Feb 23, 2017 by Joseph Brimacombe
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Taken with a Canon 5D Mk III and 35-mm Lens in a Cyclapse protective housing.

“Baby don’t you want to go…”

Astronaut Karen Nyberg captured this lovely image of this author’s home turf on July 4, 2013. The Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas stand out on the western shores of Lake Michigan, while clouds obscure part of Northwestern Indiana.
I spent longer than I want to admit trying to track down Thornton Quarry on the South Side, but I think it’s barely covered by the edge of the clouds. That thing just has to be visible at this scale on a clear day.


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The Canary Islands from space.

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg shot this amazing picture of these volcanic islands, along with Von Karman vortices in the clouds flowing around them. These form as masses of air split around protruding objects such as islands sticking out of the sea. Only four of the seven main islands are visible.


Image credit: K. Nyberg.

This is the first high-resolution footage of a spectacular phenomenon called a magnetic flux rope that occurs on the sun’s surface. The S-shaped rope’s twisting, writhing structure is a surface instability made of current-carrying magnetic fields that explode out of the surrounding solar atmosphere. It emerged and evolved from the second of three layers in our star’s atmosphere called the chromosphere. 

Researchers recorded the event in August 2013 using the recently built New Solar Telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory east of Los Angeles. Imagery and analysis of the event appeared yesterday in the journal Nature Communications.

“These twisting magnetic loops have been much studied in the Sun’s corona, or outer layer, but these are the first high-resolution images of their origination in the chromosphere below it,” said Haimin Wang, the lead author of the study and a physics professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which runs the observatory. "For the first time, we can see their twisting motion in great detail and watch how it evolves." 

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