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Pic Of The Day 9th April

Discussion in 'TOSAH Archive' started by Markjcj, 9 Apr 2003.

  1. Markjcj

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    Todays pic is a spectacular view of an aurora, seen from a perspective that, I would predict, most of us will never see in person; unless space tourism suddenly becomes readily available at cheap prices.

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    Aurora From Space

    What do auroras look like from space? From the ground, auroras dance high above clouds, frequently causing spectacular displays. The International Space Station (ISS) orbits just at the same height as many auroras, though. Therefore, sometimes it flies over them, but also sometimes it flies right through. The auroral electron and proton streams are too thin to be a danger to the ISS, just as clouds pose little danger to airplanes. ISS Science Officer Don Pettit captured a green aurora, pictured above in a digitally sharpened image. From orbit, Dr. Pettit reports, changing auroras can appear to crawl around like giant green amoebas. Far below, on planet Earth, the Manicouagan Impact Crater can be seen in northern Canada.

    Credit: Don Pettit, ISS Expedition 6, NASA

    A larger versions of this pic can be found here, this is a 712K Jpeg image.Todays larger image is courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, the page the image was requested from can be found here.

    Previous Pic Of The Day posts

    08th Apr 03
    03rd Apr 03
    30th Mar 03
    28th Mar 03
    26th Mar 03
    22nd Mar 03
    21st Mar 03
     
    Last edited: 9 Apr 2003
  2. Augmented

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    Wow, that is a fantastic image. An awesome sight to have the privelege to behold I'm sure.
    I'd really like to see the light-show from down here at some point, at least that's not a complete impossibility.
     
  3. Andre

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    H'excelent as H'always S'ah

    V.v.v. Impressive

    a Damn good 5*

    As Augmented says - would be nice to see it from below, even nicer to see it from above (I would just worry about the radiation out there :eek: )

    André
     
  4. PurDunamis

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    Mmmmm swirly green goodness:cool: 5*
     
  5. VirtualAdept

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    Top notch, as always :) have some starrage
     
  6. Big Kev

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    A bit red x for me.:(
     
  7. Markjcj

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    Still looks OK to me:confused:

    I'll grab a copy and host off my own webspace though.
     
  8. JayDeee007

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    Anyone care to give a n00bs guide to how they are created?

    picture is fantastic ..........

    very interested in how the colour was obtained.....

    < goes lookin for colour frequency charts


    J
     
  9. Big Kev

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    That's better, superb picture mate, very impressive.

    Have some more starries.;)
     
  10. Balrog

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    Top notch M.
     
  11. pyro

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    whoa, you can really see these things without lsd? cool!!! :D
     
  12. Mandex001

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    wow thats pretty :D I wonder what they look like from the other side tho :D prolly the same as from down here but only backwards.
     
  13. VirtualAdept

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    Hmmm, reminds me of someone I know... :D
     
  14. VeNT

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    wow thats amasing!:eek:
     
  15. Garp

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    / Jaw hits floor. :eek:
     
  16. Fusion

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    Bootiful :D