Islands from Space -good photos-good science -Wired


Betty Mason editor at WIRED has produced some good blog posts which invite us into NASA photography as well as NASA/HUBBLE pics -here are some samples:

Some islands first (see the site for detailed captions):

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Onekotan Island, Russia

An island within an island was created after a big eruption around 9,000 years ago caused the peak of Onekotan’s volcano to collapse, forming a caldera that subsequently filled with water.

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Bahamas

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A Selkirk Islands

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Indonesian islands

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Alaskan volcanic island

Now from this moderate scale we swoop to the furthest galaxy and colliding black holes:

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Colliding black holes HUBBLE?NASA

 The new camera on the  Hubble telescope is really making inroads on our understanding of space (difficult to comprehend for most of us earthlings) at whatever level the photos are beautiful pieces of art. Remember that this year is the International Year of Astronomy .

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JKCSO41 galaxy cluster NASA

Captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and combined with data from infrared and optical telescopes, this image shows the farthest galaxy cluster ever detected. Designated JKCS041, the cluster is located 10.2 billion light-years from Earth, beating the previous distance record by a billion light-years.

And to another scale -photomiscroscopy:

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Male sex organ

These two photomicrographs are from Nikon’s small world competition (the male sex organ is from a plant of course!)

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Wired science is worth a look for its ‘science in a hurry’ outlook and great photographs.

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~ by Ray Harris on November 7, 2009.

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