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terça-feira, 20 de março de 2018

Vanessa d'Azevedo - "Reguengos de Monsaraz" - Aguarelas

Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal Watercolour on paper by Vanessa d'Azevedo
"Reguengos de Monsaraz"

Astronomy picture of the day - 2018 March 20 - Chicagohenge: Equinox in an Aligned City

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Chicagohenge: Equinox in an Aligned City 
Image Credit & Copyright: Anthony Artese
Explanation: Sometimes, in a way, Chicago is like a modern Stonehenge. The way is east to west, and the time is today. Today, and every equinox, the Sun will set exactly to the west, everywhere on Earth. Therefore, today inChicago, the Sun will set directly down the long equatorially-aligned grid of streets and buildings, an event dubbed #chicagohengeFeatured here is a Chicago Henge picture taken during the last equinox in mid-September of 2017 looking along part of Upper Wacker DriveMany cities, though, have streets or other features that are well-aligned to Earth's spin axis. Therefore, quite possibly, your favorite street may also run east - west. Tonight at sunset, with a quick glance, you can actually find out.

sábado, 17 de março de 2018

Astronomy picture of the day - 2018 March 17 - The Crab from Space

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The Crab from Space 
Image Credit: NASA - X-ray: CXC, Optical: STSCI, Infrared: JPL-Caltech,
Explanation: The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, expanding debris from the death explosion of a massive star. This intriguing false-color image combines data from space-based observatories, ChandraHubble, and Spitzer, to explore the debris cloud in X-rays (blue-white), optical (purple), and infrared (pink) light. One of the most exotic objects known to modern astronomers, the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star spinning 30 times a second, is the bright spot near picture center. Like a cosmic dynamo, this collapsed remnant of the stellar core powers the Crab's emission across the electromagnetic spectrum. Spanning about 12 light-years, the Crab Nebula is 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

sexta-feira, 16 de março de 2018

JoanMira - "Primavera à porta" - Fotos

- Quem bateu?
- é a Primavera à porta.

Astronomy picture of the day - 2018 March 16 - The Seagull and the Duck

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The Seagull and the Duck 
Image Credit & CopyrightRaul Villaverde Fraile
Explanation: Seen as a seagull and a duck, these nebulae are not the only cosmic clouds to evoke images of flight. But both are winging their way across this broad celestial landscape, spanning almost 7 degrees across planet Earth's night sky toward the constellation Canis Major. The expansive Seagull (top center) is itself composed of two major cataloged emission nebulae. Brighter NGC 2327 forms the head with the more diffuse IC 2177 as the wings and body. Impressively, the Seagull's wingspan would correspond to about 250 light-years at the nebula's estimated distance of 3,800 light-years. At the lower right, the Duck appears much more compact and would span only about 50 light-years given its 15,000 light-year distance estimate. Blown by energetic winds from an extremely massive, hot star near its center, the Duck nebula is cataloged as NGC 2359. Of course, the Duck's thick body and winged appendages also lend it the slightly more dramatic popular moniker, Thor's Helmet.

quinta-feira, 15 de março de 2018

Inês Dourado - "Pôr-do-sol na Caldeira da Moita" - Aguarela

"Pôr-do-sol na Caldeira da Moita"

JoanMira - "Alone again..." - Fotos

"Alone again..."


Astronomy picture of the day - 2018 March 15 - Catalog Entry Number 1

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Catalog Entry Number 1 
Image Credit & CopyrightBernhard Hubl (CEDIC)
Explanation: Every journey has first step and every catalog a first entry. First entries in six well-known deep sky catalogs appear in these panels, from upper left to lower right in chronological order of original catalog publication. From 1774, Charles Messier's catalog entry number 1 is M1, famous cosmic crustacean and supernova remnant the Crab Nebula. J.L.E. Dreyer's (not so new) New General Catalog was published in 1888. A spiral galaxy in Pegasus, his NGC 1 is centered in the next panel. Just below it in the frame is another spiral galaxy cataloged as NGC 2. In Dreyer's follow-on Index Catalog (next panel), IC 1 is actually a faint double star, though. Now recognized as part of the Perseus molecular cloud complex, dark nebula Barnard 1 begins the bottom row from Dark Markings of the Sky, a 1919 catalog by E.E. Barnard. Abell 1 is a distant galaxy cluster in Pegasus, from George Abell's 1958 catalog of Rich Clusters of Galaxies. The final panel is centered on vdB 1, from Sidney van den Bergh's 1966 study. The pretty, blue galactic reflection nebula is found in the constellation Cassiopeia.