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7/10/2010

New Videos to View The Dragon and The Swan; Seeing a Star in a new light

Thunderstorms the last two days has stopped me from getting out. So in lieu of that I wanted to share some videos from YouTube from NASA and Science Friday that I found interesting and I hope you do also.

The first video is from the Spitzer Space Telescope and it is an area known by most as Messier 17, the Swan Nebula. Spitzer has used its infra red capacity to find a dragon lurking next to the Swan. Also, right next to the Swan is a bubble where Class O stars are emerging out from the Sagittarius arm. Here's the link:

The Dragon and the Swan


The next video, Seeing a Star in a new light is about how NASA's SDO or Solar Dynamics Observatory is taking images of our star, Sol or the Sun. There are some interesting shots here and I enjoyed the Corona Holes.

Seeing a Star in a New Light



Finally, a fun video called What's Up for July? Dark Nebula from the JPL and Jane Houston Jones (hope I spelled that correctly). The video reviews the history of dark nebula (quickly) the differences between them, an emission and a reflection nebula (in case you don't know) and what dark nebula you can go and easily see this month. I haven't seen the pipe nebula so next time out . . . .

What's Up for July? Dark Nebula


Well, I should get back to observing tonight so I'll have more to post. Monday through Thursday of next week look really good so lots of observing coming up!

Edit: Got out to a wonderful mountain site that I'll return to either Monday or Tuesday or both nights. The rest of this blog will be postpone until Friday or Sunday of next week. GONE OBSERVING FINALLY!