Saturday, May 16, 2009

Flying in the face of the sun - Updated

I keep running into these amazing deep space links. This is an incredible shot of the space shuttle Atlantis hooking up with Hubble in the face of the sun. "Amateur Astronomer Thierry Legault shot it with nothing but his own telescope, a solar prism and a Canon 5D Mk II." [h/t dan]

Update: A report on the Hubble repairs. Amazing. They're practically rebuilding it on site.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The disgusting thing is that there are no sunspots - none - zero. it's been like that for a year and Cycle 24 is now projected to be the weakest since 1929.

Now I don't know what economic effects this might be tied to, but it's a bummer for the ionosphere and people who enjoy reflecting signals off it. It also seems to be tied to global cooling. During the Maunder minimum, we had very, very few sunspots.

8:39:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The sunspot thing worries me a bit too. But then when they're really overactive it screws things up too, doesn't it? The universe is such a mysterious place...

11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Solar flares can do things like knock out power grids, but who cares? I've got a generator or two and sunspots are good for my hobby.

My new attitude is "I've got mine and everybody else can sweat in the dark"

8:37:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL. /lights candle...

8:55:00 AM  

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