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Free For All – Not Really

Posted on July 1st, 2014

Make a fashion statement with this scarf. It is printed with the image of RS Puppis so you will be sure to share your nerdy love of space with all passer-byes. (Credit: Slow Factory) So this month’s Free For All isn’t exactly free, let’s just say the knowledge is free and I’m sharing it with you. As you may know, I love space, possibly because we live in space which sort of makes it our home. Thanks to Slow Factory you can now wear some of your favorite Earth and space images taken from sensors like Terra, Aqua, WISE and Hubble! Slow Factory has taken images of nebula and star clusters and turned them into both opaque and transparent scarves. The images of Earth, from sea ice to Greenland, are printed on scarves, dresses and tops. So show your love of Mother Earth and Father Sky, lose the retro tank top and don a little science and technology! Thanks to Phil Plait for alerting me to this awesome company. Katie Nelson Geospatial Ninja (303) 718-7163 [email protected]

Out of This World – The Shocking Rejection of Zeta Ophiuchi

Posted on January 10th, 2013

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has captured stellar imagery that will make any surfer jealous and wishing the Jetsons truly existed so they could ride these interstellar waves. The image depicts Zeta Ophiuchi, a giant star 20 times the size of our sun, hurling through space. It is moving so fast that it is causing massive waves in the dust further ahead, creating something akin to a wake of cosmic dust. The image above captures these magnificent waves in infrared and then we can display them in visible red, green and blue colors. The green waves contain dust that is being scattered by stellar wind from the star. The bright red waves are areas where the dust is being heated and compressed. This phenomenon is referred to as bow shock. Would you believe that this great giant of a star is most likely hurtling through space due to an explosive rejection? Scientists believe that Zeta Ophiuchi once resided near an even larger star that exploded in a supernovae, sending it barreling through space at 54,000 miles per hour. The morale of this story? Never trust a star with an explosive temperament! Zeta Ophiuchi was also spotted by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey … testContinue reading

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