August 20th, 2007

Little Prince

Astro-image of the day: the Big Bang in 3D

For those of you who enjoy not only pretty astro-images but also learning about cosmology and astronomy, here's a 3D map of the universe that takes you to a full discussion about current theories of the Big Bang:

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Here's a portion of that image gradually transforming from a map of background temperature readings to visual, also paralleling the universe's change from raw energy to matter:


The universe is a big place, Maynard.

Best,
Chris
palomar telescope

Astro-image of the day: invisible observatory dome, lightning

This is gorgeous.

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I usually try to find astro-images that aren't from the Astronomy Picture of the Day site because, well, you could just make that a favorite and check it daily rather than read my astro-image LJ posts. But this just tripped too many triggers for me: dynamic sky, telescope, observatory, stars, clouds, sexy photography... so here it is. I hope you enjoy, too.

The sky over Lawrence is exciting tonight, too. adammaker rode with me to and from my KU-Edwards Campus class tonight (he's doing lab work in the biochemistry lab while I teach Foundations of Technical Writing), and on the way back, zowie! The sky is streaked with branching lightning, and the occasional jagged bolt blasts down from the sky, all orange or red with distance.

Photo from NOAA.

What a lovely drive.

Best,
Chris