Watch "Sense of Flying" (5:37, 2011) What is it like flying down a mountain at 250 km/h? Watch, Espen Fadnes, "The World's Fastest Flying Human Being 2010" soar like a bird, or at least attempt to fly like a bird.
Website" Groovinn Credits: Film by: Stavfel Produktion, Goovinn and Espen Fadnes
Idea: Espen Fadnes, Paul Göransson and Lars Idmyr
Wingsuiting: Espen Fadnes
Cameras: Carl Johan Engberg, Paul Göransson, Espen Fadnes, Lars Idmyr and Kjersti Eide
Videos and Photos of 2013 Space Weather actuals and predictions for Sun Storms, Solar Flares, Solar Coronal Mass Ejections and more ...
Space Weatherincluding solar flares and CMEs are not a danger to humans on Earth's surface, as the planet's magnetic field (magnetosphere) and atmosphere deflect and absorb the solar energy and particles. The sun storms can pose some risks to astronauts, and they can upset the electronics and transmissions on science, military, and communications satellites. Closer to Earth's surface, solar activity can cause disruptions of radio signals (particularly HF), provide a small dose of radiation to passengers on high-latitude flights, and provoke auroras (northern and southern lights). Note the brightening of the solar surface as gas was superheated and magnetically supercharged. By the third (right) image, a stream of solar material is seen flowing off into space above the hot spot, likely solar protons and a coronal mass ejection. Click on the enlarged images and movies for a wider view.
Solar Flare Radiation 'Snow' Photo Credit: SOHO/ESA and NASA
Fast-moving protons from a solar energetic particle (SEP) event cause interference that looks like snow in these images from the Solar Heliospheric Observatory taken on January 23, 2012.
In November and December 2011, professional and amateur astronomers revelled in observing a sun-grazing comet that dove close to the Sun and survived for a return flight back to the outer solar system. Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) enjoyed their own surreal view of the comet as it appeared on Earth’s horizon on the day of the solstice.
ISS Commander Dan Burbank captured a series of digital photographs of Comet Lovejoy on December 21, 2011, as it rose above Earth’s limb. The ISS was passing from eastern Australia southeast toward New Zealand, between 17:35:50 to 17:43:02 Universal Time (6:35 to 6:43 a.m. local time on December 22). Those still images were compiled into a time-lapse video that you can view here. In an interview with WDIV-TV, Burbank described the moment as “the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space.”
Note how the tail of the comet points away from the Sun even as the comet itself is moving in the same direction, away from our star. Every comet has two tails, one of ice and dust, the other of ions, or charged particles. The heat and pressure of sunlight sloughs off the ice and dust, pushing it away from the Sun. Likewise, the solar wind strips ions off of the comet surface, though not necessarily in the same direction as the tail of debris and ice. The ion tail is not visible in this image.
The comet, officially designated C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy), was discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy on November 27, 2011. It belongs to a group of comets known as the Kreutz sungrazers, which are thought to be pieces of a much larger comet that broke up centuries ago. The comets are termed sungrazers because their orbits take them quite near—and often into—the Sun.
In the ISS image above, you can also see green and yellow airglow paralleling the Earth’s horizon line (or limb) before it is overwhelmed by the light of the rising Sun. Airglow is the emission of light by atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere after they are excited by ultraviolet radiation. In the video, small intermittent flashes of white lightning discharges also are visible over Earth’s surface.
Astronaut photograph ISS030-E-015491 was acquired on December 22, 2011, with a Nikon digital camera, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 30 crew. The image has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. Lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth by Michael Carlowicz, NASA Earth Observatory, and Melissa Dawson and William L. Stefanov, Jacobs/ESCG at NASA-JSC at NASA-JSC.
Lake Atitlán, San Pedro la Laguna in Solola, Guatemala. Profits from selling the Mayan Sacred Paintings go to support Mayan children's education and school supplies. Profits from selling arts and crafts depicting the sacred Mayan Calendar Nawal Nahuales glyphs, go direct to the Mayan Mother Craft Artisans and their children. For information on the Mayan Art shown on this page by Lorenzo Cruz Sunu, Mario Gonzalez, Marlon Puac, and Josè Reanda Quiejù please contact Pedro Arnoldo Cruz Sunu. Pedro's Contact Pedro's LinkedIn and Pedro's FACEBOOK for sales or for more information about the Fair Trade and Artisan Profit Program to support continually creating and selling Tz'utujil Mayan Indigenous Art of Guatemala.
Pedro expresses "Maltiox". Mayan Tz'utujil language for Thank You, to everyone who has shown interest in the Mayans and their ancestry. Much gratitude to the individuals who visit this page, and share these links. Your choices to be interested in, and curious about, Mayan people encourages Mayans as individuals to be in the world and come out in public ways interacting and making new friends.
Pedro says, "Thank you very much for understanding and making Mayan Tz'utujil Indigenous Art very spiritual - for our sacred works that come from the lives of our ancestors, the works reflect insipid to us all the culture that our ancestors have left us. I feel very proud."
Seen from behind, the women and men hold bundles of maize (corn), wildflowers and candles. They wear the colorful handloomed clothing of the region. Artist Lorenzo Cruz Sunu explains, "The colors of the corn symbolize the four cardinal directions to the Maya. White represents north, yellow is south, black is for west and red is east. The candles symbolize the four ethnic groups of Guatemala – the Maya, Garífunas, Xincas and Ladinos. For me, this painting is more than something pretty. It has a meaning, and this symbolism was my inspiration."
Artist Statement of Lorenzo Cruz Sunu
"I was born in a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Atitlán. I'm the second of eight children and our mother tongue is Tz'utujil. My father is a farmer and my mother is a homemaker – neither had an inclination for art. But from the time I was a child, I felt a great love for colors and designs."
"It was exciting to go to school, because I loved to draw and art was my favorite class. When I was 11, I told my father I wanted to learn to paint and asked for permission to take classes. But he laughed and didn't take me seriously. I felt so sad, but anyway, I kept on drawing and painting at home when I had a free moment. Today, I understand, because our economic situation was very difficult in those days and extra classes outside the school day weren't a priority for us."
"By the time I was, 15, several years had passed and I continued drawing and painting with the same dedication. My father decided to support me. With great effort, my parents sent me to Guatemala City to study in the School of Fine Arts. There I discovered my love, passion and vocation for painting. With every passing day, I learned new techniques and, to help my parents, I began to sell my paintings for a few quetzals. In the School of Fine Arts, I began to meet a number of people who helped me on this road of learning. I've also had the help of my older brother, Pedro Cruz Sunu, who helps promote my work and that of other artists in national and international galleries. And, of course, I have the support of my wife."
"I've been working as an artist since 2001, and have exhibited my paintings in places such as Canada, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware. I've learned a lot from each exhibit and this motivates me to achieve my dream of sharing the colors and characteristics of my people with the world.
"My paintings are related with everything I see around me, with what I've learned from my grandparents and their culture. In each work, I try to convey the folklore, the reality of our customs and the legacy of our ancestors. I hope that when you see and acquire my work, you can feel my love and respect for our culture and the people of my homeland."
Chandra Photo Album with photos of Black Holes and animations inside Black Holes
Since its launch on July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has been NASA's flagship mission for X-ray astronomy, taking its place in the fleet of "Great Observatories."
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a telescope specially designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes. Because X-rays are absorbed by Earth's atmosphere, Chandra must orbit above it, up to an altitude of 139,000 km (86,500 mi) in space. The Smithsonian's Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA, hosts the Chandra X-ray Center which operates the satellite, processes the data, and distributes it to scientists around the world for analysis. The Center maintains an extensive public web site about the science results and an education program.
Chandra carries four very sensitive mirrors nested inside each other. The energetic X-rays strike the insides of the hollow shells and are focussed onto electronic detectors at the end of the 9.2- m (30-ft.) optical bench. Depending on which detector is used, very detailed images or spectra of the cosmic source can be made and analyzed.
Chandra has imaged the spectacular, glowing remains of exploded stars, and taken spectra showing the dispersal of elements. Chandra has observed the region around the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way, and found black holes across the Universe. Chandra has traced the separation of dark matter from normal matter in the collision of galaxies in a cluster and is contributing to both dark matter and dark energy studies. As its mission continues, Chandra will continue to discover startling new science about our high-energy Universe.