Calvin and Hobbes in college (not my original comment but a perfect one)
New Horizons Zooms Past Neptune on 25th Anniversary of Voyager 2
25 years ago today Voyager 2 made the only close approach to Neptune, coming within 3,000 miles of the blue gas giant. At the time of the flyby, the spacecraft captured this incredible image of the planet’s southern hemisphere. Two dark spots are visible: an Earth-sized Great Dark Spot located on the far left, and Dark Spot 2 located near bottom. A bright cloud dubbed “Scooter” accompanies the Great Dark Spot. Recent computer simulations indicate that scooters are methane clouds that might commonly be found near dark spots.
In what one NASA official dubbed as a “cosmic coincidence”, the New Horizons spacecraft passed through Neptune’s orbit today on its way to its intended destination of Pluto. Launched in 2006, New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched and will be the first probe to reach Pluto. Little is known about the dwarf planet. It’s so dim and far away that the best photos by NASA’s powerful Hubble Space Telescope show Pluto as a blur of pixels. It is scheduled to arrive at Pluto on July 14, 2015 and many incredible discoveries await.
Edward Hopper (USA 1882-1967)
The Creek at Hogencamps (1900)
ink on paper 26.7 x 19.7 cm
Rolf Armstrong http://flic.kr/p/opq8xy
astonishing drawing using charcoal and pastel, so smooth and assured as to look photographic.
not at all easy to accomplish
Microbial life found living on exterior of International Space Station
A new report claims that Russian scientists have discovered traces of marine life living on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS
Photo credit: NASA
Saturn’s moon Rhea taken by Cassini
I Zwicky 18 is a dwarf irregular galaxy located about 59 million light years away. The galaxy’s remote distance has made it difficult for astronomers to detect older, fainter stars within the galaxy which are at the limit of Hubble’s resolution and sensitivity.
(Image Credit: HST/NASA/ESA)
Salome Dancer (1909). Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929). Oil on canvas. Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.
Broad, slashing strokes give powerful shape to this defiant female figure standing with parted legs, a pose more athletic—even pugilistic—than seductive. Her oppositional posturing matched the painter’s contrary aesthetic sensibilities. The gleam of amusement that enhances Salome’s haughty expression slyly evokes her complicity in constructing Henri’s own reputation as a radical painter.
Lilac Irises ~ Claude Monet
John Fugelsang sums up the right wing amorality and detached political standards of conservative media.