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Lutetia in Colour

I found this beautiful image of the asteroid Lutetia on The Planetary Society Blog (Color Portrait of Asteroid 21 Lutetia by Emily Lakdawalla, Jul. 21, 2010) that was captured by Rosetta  on July 10, 2010.  As you can see it has a beautiful and unusual color.  I was particularly struck by the following comment:

When he sent me the image, Ted remarked to me something that I’d been thinking: “That is one funky crater on the terminator. I would probably suspect it was of something other than impact origin if it was on, say, the Moon.” I totally agree. It’s just not the right symmetrical shape, and it has a weird round lip at its edge, and that dark halo above it. I’ve got no idea what it is, but it doesn’t look like the other craters.

h/t APOD


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Beautiful Solar Image from APOD 2012 March 14

Angry Sun Erupting
Image Credit & Copyright: Alan Friedman (Averted Imagination)


Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results. 
Ernest Shackleton


Truthy truthiness. I’d say this artist hit the nail on the head.

Source:  Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons




Bradford Hansen-Smith: What is a Circle? How would you define a Circle?

This is an introduction to the fascinating work of Bradford Hansen-Smith – an author, consultant, geometer and sculptor – who notes the following on his blog,  Wholemovement ?:

I am intrigued that we have used the circle as a static symbol for both everything and nothing. Today we agree on mostly nothing, zero, yet desiring everything. We really don’t understand either. Together they suggest total integration in evolutionary understanding and in revelation through movement. A circle is a complete, inclusive, and self-referenced concentricity indicating there is no inner or outer boundary, only the perception of an infinite change in scale. The origin for the circle is the sphere, the only dimensional form that can be called Whole, demonstrating unity, and that looks the same whether moving or not. Going to origin reveals more about the nature of something and purpose, than only looking at the function or the thing itself. Only in origin will we find the necessity and understanding for change.

Compressing the sphere changes its form in a single direction of symmetry perpendicular to the expanding circle plane; similar to how galaxies are formed. Three circles are revealed in transforming spherical unity to a triunity. There is no separation only differentiation of surface and redistribution of volume. Nothing is added or taken away, the circle/sphere is Whole. Between the two circle planes is a circle ring, the dynamic agent of differentiation. Triunity of the circle is structural pattern revealed through precessional movement and is principle for all subsequent realization of potential formation; thus is the prologue for another creation story:

Wholeness through movement causes division becoming duality intriangulation with each part consistent to the movement and totallyinner-dependent to the Whole. The individual nature of part to Whole regulates the interactions between all formed and unformed parts on all scale, in all time, with purpose.

Excellent work.  Here is a video introduction to his DVD,


The June 7, 2011 MASSIVE CME.

This is astounding:

From the article ..

Sun Unleashes ‘Spectacular’ & Powerful Eruption

by Tariq Malik, Managing Editor
Date: 07 June 2011 Time: 02:21 PM ET

The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.

“The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I’ve just never seen material released like this before,” Young said. “It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down.”

For some fascinating discussion on this beautiful and awe-inspiring event go here.