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
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.
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.
This is how it looked when Space Shuttle Endeavour penetrated the sky to embark on STS-134:
Credit: Trey Ratcliff
Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission, STS-134, has begun. Here is the takeoff footage: