Time-Lapse Journey of the International Space Station Around Earth
A view of Halley’s Comet from the Lick Observatory on June 6, 1910
What makes this epic snowball photo even cooler is that this was only TWO passes ago for this periodic visitor, which only shows up every 75-76 years!!!
This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and thirteen days in October 2012. It took satellite 312 orbits and 2.5 terabytes of data to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.
Satellite Observes “12-12-12”
Today’s date of December 12, 2012 has been a special one for many people who enjoy numerology, and even NOAA’s GOES-15 satellite got into the act. The date 12-12-12 is the last major numerical date for another century for those using the Gregorian or Christian calendar.
NOAA’s GOES-15 satellite captured a visible image of the Pacific Ocean on 12-12-12 at 1200 UTC, tossing in a “bonus 12,” said Dennis Chesters, project scientist of NASA’s GOES Project at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. where the image was created. The time 1200 UTC means Universal Time Coordinate, and during standard time the U.S. East coast is 5 hours behind that, meaning that the GOES-15 image was captured at 7 a.m. EST.
The image does show something numerically significant, the fourth tropical cyclone in the southern Pacific Ocean. Newborn Tropical Storm Evan was born today, Dec. 12, 2012 at 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST) and appears as a rounded area of clouds in the bottom left corner of the image. Tropical Storm Evan is about 145 nautical miles west of Pago Pago, American Samoa. Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa. For more about Evan, visit NASA’s Hurricane page at: www.nasa.gov/hurricane.
Image Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project/Dennis Chesters
Text Credit: NASA Goddard/Rob Gutro
orbittower.org.uk… BBC News - London 2012:
Kapoor bemoans Orbit ticket price
- night of 5th April 2012
by André Kuipers, Astronaut aboard the International Space Station
I’m keeping watch over his Photostream.
thanks to a protective case designed
by the firm G-Form.
Station Commander Captures Unprecedented View of Comet
“International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy from about 240 miles above the Earth’s horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Burbank described seeing the comet two nights ago as “the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space,” in an interview with WDIV-TV in Detroit. He captured hundreds of still images of the comet.”
Image Credit: NASA