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Visualization Explorer for the iPad - Home The NASA Visualization Explorer features visualizations, animations and images of our sun and the universe. Story topics include findings from NASA spacecraft exploring Earth, the planets and beyond. World premiere content delivered right to your fingertips produced exclusively for the NASA Visualization Explorer app.

12 Steps To A Cosmic Orgasm – Follow The Astronauts And Experience The Overview Effect Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.— attributed to Sir Fred Hoyle, 1948.Tweet After Astronaut Edgar Mitchell had spent a whopping 9 hours and 17 minutes on the moon he was suddenly overcome with a sense of timelessness, bliss and absolute interconnectedness. For a moment suspended in infinity his privatized perspective dissolved into a cosmic whole, a zero point – Everything became aware it was Everything. This is what astronauts coined ‘The Overview Effect’. The overview effect is a altered state of consciousness in which every petty thought that normally distracts us from realizing that we are one with everything shrivels up. After his space walk outside the Apollo 9 Lunar Module astronaut Russell “Rusty” Schweikart said “When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. #1. #2. This is the same (Sun moves across the earth)

Science Space Photo of the Day | Wired Science When the lamp is shattered, The light in the dust lies dead. When the cloud is scattered, The rainbow's glory is shed. These words, which open Shelley’s poem "When the Lamp is Shattered," employ visions of nature to symbolize life in decay and rebirth. It's as if he had somehow foreseen the creation of this new Gemini Legacy image, and penned a caption for it. What Gemini has captured is nothing short of poetry in motion: the colorful and dramatic tale of a life-and-death struggle between two galaxies interacting. All the action appears in a single frame, with the stunning polar-ring galaxy NGC 660 as the focus of attention. Polar-ring galaxies are peculiar objects. Models of how polar-ring galaxies form offer two general formation scenarios: 1) a piercing merger between two galaxies aligned roughly at right angles, or 2) when the host galaxy tidally strips material from a passing gas-rich spiral and strews it into a ring. Born of Violence Weighing the Evidence Life from Death?

WFCAM Science Archive UKIDSS Galactic Plane Survey (GPS) Mosaic - DR7 The main window below displays a 6 billion pixel (1 arcsec pixels) mosaic of the GPS (centre: l=52, b=0 (109 > l > 0 ,360 > l > 355 and -2.5 < b < +2.5). Use the controls in the main window or the mouse (click&drag ) to move around the image and zoom in and out. Other versions: dr6 release dr4 release dr3 release dr2 release Details on the mosaic and its constructionWSA home Credits: The underlying blocks used to construct the mosaic were made using TERAPIX software, namely SWarp and STIFF (Emmanuel BERTIN). David McConville - The Overview Institute Who are we? Within this simple question is contained the essence of what it means to be human: our capacity to reflect on our own consciousness. This reflexive impulse is so central to our character that we call our subspecies homo sapien sapiens, identifying sapience - the wisdom to act with appropriate judgment - as the primary trait that distinguishes us from other animals. The power of imagery to profoundly affect our sense of place has been exquisitely demonstrated by a few key examples in the history of science. Nicolaus Copernicus’s sixteenth-century illustration of a sun-centered solar system has been widely credited as the primary factor in the precipitation of the scientific revolution. In one fell swoop, he redrew the cosmic order and by extension much of the Western world’s understanding of humanity’s relationship to the heavens. Today, our self-reflective search has expanded into new dimensions. But these efforts are only be the beginning.

ROSAT Re-entry ROSAT (short for Röntgensatellit, in German X-rays are called Röntgenstrahlen, in honour of Wilhelm Röntgen) is a defunct German Aerospace Center-led satellite X-ray telescope, with instruments built by Germany, the UK and the US. It was launched on 1 June 1990, on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, on what was initially designed as an 18 month mission, with provision for up to 5 years of operation. ROSAT actually operated for over 8 years, finally shutting down on 12 February 1999. ROSAT is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere between October 21 and 23 2011. (from Wikipedia) Links "Live" Stats These sites do on demand calculations of satellite position based on an observer's location and recent satellite elements (via NORAD). Guide to viewing ROSAT in Orbit Before re-entry, as with other satellites, ROSAT will be visible from occasionally depending on your location, satellite position and time of day. Re-Entry Predictions Who does this? Current Estimation FAA issues NOTAM:! Twitter

The Best Scientific Visualizations of 2013 - Wired Science The Mathematics of Familiar StrangersWe live in an image-dominated age, and popular science abounds with visuals: eye-popping photographs, gorgeous graphics and slick information design. Amidst all this eye candy, not much attention is paid to figures accompanying articles in scientific journals and white papers.Even if they're utilitarian and low-resolution, though — or perhaps because of that — these figures are a sort of scientific folk art. They convey complex findings or principles with simplicity and grace, and sometimes even beauty.On the following pages are Wired Science's favorite research graphics of 2013. They're in no particular order, except that the first are particular favorites. How Much Is a Forest Worth? Jungle cleared late in the 19th century to build the Panama Canal grew back quickly; by 2000, when the United States gave control of the canal to Panama, the forests had largely recovered.

Image Gallery Martian Rock and Dust Filling Studied with Laser and Camera Scientists used the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in June 2014 to examine a Martian rock "shell" about one inch (two to three centimeters) across, embedded in fine-grained bedrock and with a dust-filled hollow interior. This graphic combines an image of the target, called "Winnipesaukee," with spectrographic results from using ChemCam's laser on a row of points including the rock, the matrix around it and the material filling it. The image merges a high-resolution, black-and-white image from ChemCam's remote micro-imager and a color image form the telephoto-lens camera of Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). The ChemCam laser and camera atop of Curiosity's remote sensing mast were about 9 feet, 10 inches (3 meter) from Winnipesaukee when the instrument examined Winnipesaukee on the 654th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (June 8, 2014).

Solar System Scope William Grassie: Big History: Engaging the New Narrative of Science Science is progressive, and it tends toward consensus of necessity. Science discovers, illuminates, and crafts facts, and we rely on these complex facts in practical ways. Unlike religion, science is pretty much the same collection of complex facts in all cultures around the world. The cumulative result of this detailed and systematic study of nature is something quite remarkable and unexpected -- a grand narrative that unifies knowledge and the many languages of science. Big History is the narrative account of the 13.7 billion-year history of our universe, the 4.5 billion-year evolution of our planet, the 7 million-year rise of our species, and the 10,000-year accelerating drama of human civilization. In brief, our omnicentric universe began as something like infinite heat, infinite density, and total symmetry. Big History, however, does not necessarily authorize a disenchanted universe, as argued by many of the popular oracles of science today.

Asteroid Watch Recent News February 5, 2015NASA's Dawn spacecraft, on approach to dwarf planet Ceres, has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of this mysterious world. › Read more January 27, 2015NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. › Read more January 22, 2015There has been a significant increase in the amount of water "pouring" out of the Rosetta mission's comet. › Read more › More news Next Five Close Approaches Average distance between Earth and the moon is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers). The Asteroid Watch Widget tracks asteroids and comets that will make relatively close approaches to Earth. The Widget displays the next five Earth approaches to within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers or 19.5 times the distance to the moon); an object larger than about 150 meters that can approach the Earth to within this distance is termed a potentially hazardous object.

Scientific Data Visualization Scientific data is an essential component of research. It is the "gold" of every researcher, however, it won't shine itself. In order to gain insight into the data, people have to analyze it using different techniques including visualization, which provides a very intuitive and effective way to understand data no matter the data is simple or complex. Nowaday, data obtained from measurement or simulation become increasingly large and complex. Visualization has also found applications in earth and atmospheric science such as geology, meteorology, oceanography and hydrology etc. *Note: The animation is from

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