The Sun Just Let One Rip

Take a look at this huge eruptive prominence spotted today:


(No worries — this solar flare poses no threat to Earth.)

Credit: NASA, SDO AIA via Phil Plait

The Arctic Light

Terje Sørgjerd is back with a new video, The Arctic Light:


This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.

My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists I am none the wiser.What I am talking about I have decided to call The Arctic Light and it is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun.

The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again. This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last 4 years, at the exact same time of year, to photograph.

Google Interviews Endeavour Shuttle Crew Live in Space

Very cool.

It’s pretty impressive they can maintain something like a high-quality video feed whilst blasting around the Earth at almost 30,000 km/h, or 18,000 m/h — although I suppose zooming around the Earth at that speed is pretty impressive too.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Piercing the Sky

This is how it looked when Space Shuttle Endeavour penetrated the sky to embark on STS-134:


Credit: Trey Ratcliff

Launch of STS-134

Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission, STS-134, has begun. Here is the takeoff footage: