FLASH BURDEN Images captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of the Sun’s active region AR1748 has produced the first four X-class solar flares of 2013 in less than 48 hours, all seen here in the extreme ultraviolet range. (Photo: SDO via NASA APOD)
THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO BOOM A tremendous explosion, dubbed GRB 130427A, has occurred in the nearby universe and major telescopes across Earth and space are investigating. The gamma-ray burst was first seen by the Earth-orbiting Swift satellite; within minutes, the half-meter ISON telescope in New Mexico found the blast in visible light, noted its extreme brightness, and relayed more exact coordinates. Soon after the bright optical counterpart was being tracked by several telescopes in California, New Mexico, and Hawaii. Pictured in the above animation, the entire gamma-ray sky is shown becoming momentarily dominated by the intense glow of GRB 130427A — about five billion miles away — with the possibility of a classic supernova to follow soon. (Photo: NASA, DOE, Fermi LAT Collaboration via NASA APOD)
WHIRLEDS AWAY The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm resembles a deep red rose in this false-color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Measurements have sized the eye at a staggering 1,250 miles across with cloud speeds as fast as 330 miles per hour. This image was taken from a distance of 261,000 miles on Nov. 27, 2012, with filters sensitive to near-infrared light. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech via NBC News)
There is beauty still. There is serenity, and calm, and a steadfast, unbroken peace. There is creation. There are shades of blue, and of red other than that of blood and carnage, than that of war or terror.
There is wonder, still; there is light, even in the deepest of space, or around the nearest corner. There is a zenith for every nadir.
U.F.-LOL A photo manipulated by Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut aboard the International Space Station, appears to show an unidentified flying object approaching the the ISS on Monday, April 1. In response, Hadfield’s colleagues pushed him out a station airlock, responding to his entreaties to open the doors with “I’m sorry, Chris. I can’t do that.” (Photo via The Wall Street Journal)