Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sushi: The Global Catch Trailer

Solar Dynamics Observatory's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit by NASA

Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun's atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth's atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.

On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event--the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

Monday, June 4, 2012

GOES Sees Tornadoes by NASA

Tornado season began rather early in 2012. The GOES satellites send valuable data to help meteorologists stay a step ahead of severe storms. This video shows satellite imagery from the March 2-3, 2012 tornado outbreak that damaged severely Henryville, Indiana.

Evolution of the Moon by NASA

From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn't always look like this. Thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon's history.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What we learned from 5 million books: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Have you played with Google Labs' NGram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.

Mother Earth by Within Temptation

Stop The Slaughter Of Bears For Caps

Every year, black bears in North America are killed by being ensnared in painful traps or shot in a practice called "bait and shoot." The British Ministry of Defence continues to support this cruel "bear baiting" practice by purchasing Canadian bear skins for the royal guards' caps.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The View from Space: Countries and Coastlines

These high-res time-lapse sequences captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station give us a beautiful and clear view of some well-known coastlines and countries around the world. Get a good look at England, France, Italy, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Greece, the island of Crete, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, and more.

Growing is Forever: Redwood forests of Northern California

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