Friday, January 25, 2008

Gorgeous

Credit & Copyright: Alain Sallez (picdumidi.org), David Romeuf (Université Lyon 1)

Okay, THIS photo is simply stunning.
Explanation: This dreamlike view looking south from the historic mountain top Pic du Midi Observatory combines moonlit domes, a winter night sky, and the snowy peaks of the French Pyrenees. Encroaching on the night, lights from the La Mongie ski resort illuminate the mountain slopes nearby while the glow along the distant horizon is from urban areas in southern France and Spain. The night sky features stars of the constellations Orion and Gemini with a bright planet Mars very near the top edge, left of center. The three prominent domes visible (from left to right) house a 0.6 meter telescope reserved for amateur astronomers, a 1 meter telescope that was used to support the Apollo lunar landing missions, and the new, Sun-watching CLIMSO.
From NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Occurs to me that we're lucky that chimpy, with his anti-science bias, hasn't killed this website.

4 comments:

Plum Pudding said...

i saw it last night. I thought it was photoshopped, but no! it's real!

Plum Pudding said...

and merci for the orgy of girls pics today!

Silkey Cat Ross said...

Add my THX for the orgy to Plum Pudding's merci.

U've given us kitteh fellows enough Plushy pulchritude* to last for days.

*My human is making me "Develop My Vocabulary." She says that LOL cat language is corrupting my verbal skills.
KTHXBAI !

Silkey, thankful fan

Anonymous said...

Whoa!

The unreality of the real.