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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 17, 2013, 5:23 AM

Aurora Brutality has just gotten on the shortlist of the Astronomy Photographer of the year 2013 competition, which means that I will get an invite to the exibition at Royal Observatory Greenwich in London where the winner of each category will be revealed and finally theoverall winner which can crown themself with the coveted title.

This image is on the shortlist in the category "Earth and space", so it has to go through there and be the overall winner to take everything home.

Personally I am very honored to be on the shortlist with such caliber of photographers, and it also fuels the fire to continue to try achieve as good results as I
possibly can with the camera.

Wish me luck, and have a superb day. :bow: :boogie:

Aurora Brutality by Trichardsen

I am honored to have 2 of my images shortlisted for Astronomy photographer of the year 2014.

What the ....!
What The ....! by Trichardsen


Arctic night
Arctic Night by Trichardsen

One can be seen in this article

Winning images will be decided in September at the Royal Observatory in greenwich, wish me luck. :)

Photography only :)

Nebulae: ( Latin "nebula" - "little cloud" )

The Great Orion Nebula by octane2The Constellation of Scorpius by octane2The Tarantula Nebula - Mk II by octane2The Alnitak Region in Orion by octane2Antares in Scorpius - Mk II by octane2The Eta Carinae Nebula by octane2The Witch Head Nebula by octane2The Large Magellanic Cloud by octane2The Constellation of Orion by octane2The Christmas Tree Cluster by octane2Orion Nebula Complex by DoomWillFindYouOrion Nebula by astrnmrM8 and M20 Widefield by astrnmr:thumb83572103:Part of the Eagle Nebula by Caitiekabob

Galaxies: ( Greek " γαλαξίας " ( galaksias ) - “Milky Way” )

M-51 Whirpool Galaxy by MilchstrabeSTernNGC 5054 Spiral Galaxy by MilchstrabeSTernAndromeda Galaxy - M31 by Hector42Triangulum Galaxy by DoomWillFindYouNGC 5054 Spiral Galaxy by MilchstrabeSTernAndromeda Galaxy by photon-hunterSculptor Galaxy by DoomWillFindYougalaxy by poseidonsimons-sAndromeda by DoomWillFindYou:thumb133851343:M82 Cigar Galaxy by Alfil


Mars by frenchbearJupiter by kironohasamaMoon Eclipse by ZeSlyJet and Venus on the sun by woodycxdThe Occultation of Venus 2 by Experiment720Saturn 26.1.07 by quicksimonHurricane on Neptune by EnchantedChaosTransit of Mercury 2006 by aravii


McNaught's Comet by TomMontgomeryHale Bopp comet by ian-atkinson:thumb105929996:Make a wish by Guido101




E A R T H - S C R I P T U R E S

Wed Sep 18, 2013, 3:51 AM
Ok, so, i went town with my friend and went into this shop and whilst she bought some stuff i found a small book on Astronomy. I've always been interested in it and i love camping and sitting out under the stars. Me and a friend usually sit outside at night, when camping, and watch the sky, waiting for something to happen. well one night something did, we where sitter there, and just starring up at the night sky, just chatting about how amazing it is and how small we felt, then this realy bright shootin star shot right across the sky. it was visible long enough for us to sit up and gasp at the exact same time XD, we sat there, starrin in absalute unbelief untill somthing in us finally snapped and we just looked at each other and jumped up and ran to my caravan, where the perents where, and ran to my friends dad (hid dad knows quite a bit about stars and stuff) and startin ranting on about it, i dont think any one could understand us :D Any hoo, i was so amazing.

So, ever since i got this book, i cant seem to put it down and i cant seem to stop thinking about it. I realy realy realy want to see a comet and a meteor shower and the book tells me when they occur. last time there was a metoer shower (or last time i remeber one happening) was last year and i was in the most perfect place to watch it, far from lights in the middle of a field, the people who owbed the caravan site had turned all the lights off so that and everyone else could watch it...but alas...i fell asleep, completely oblivious it was happening untill the next day when people told us. ARRRRRG, i was (and sill am) so pissed off i missed it. i also missed a lunar eclips that i could of seen from my flippin bedroom window. DAM YOU SCHOOL!. if i had one wish right now, it would be to go into space, maybe visit the ISS (international space station) and go to the moon. I dream of being able see to earth from the moon, lookin at my home planet as if IT was the moon :icondreamplz: i also want a telescope, (i wonder if my perents would let me buy one?)

of and ps. if you have had any experienses like comets, eclipses, shooting stars ect, please feel free to shar them ^^ or just anything spacy you wanna share :hug:
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50 Amazing and strange Astronomy facts:
1-Saturn would float if you would put it in water.
2-If you would place a pinhead sized piece of the Sun on the Earth you would die from standing within 145 km (90 miles) from it.
3-Space is not a complete vacuum, there are about 3 atoms per cubic meter of space.
4-Only 5% of the universe is made up of normal matter, 25% is dark matter and 70% is dark energy.
5-Neutron stars are so dense that a teaspoon of them would be equal to the weight of the entire Earth’s population.
6-The Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon but is 400 times further away from Earth making them appear the same size.
7-The star Lucy in the constellation Centaurus is a huge cosmic diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats.
8-Seasons last 21 years on Uranus while each pole has 42 years of sunlight followed by 42 years of darkness.
9-Venus,on the other hand, does not have any seasons at all.
10-1 year on Mercury consists of less than 2 days on Mercury.
11-There are as many oxygen atoms in a breath as breaths of air in the atmosphere.
12-Helium is the only substance in the universe that cannot be in solid form.It can’t be cold enough.
13-The coldest place in the universe is on Earth. In Wolfgang Ketterles lab in Massachusetts. 0.000000000001 degrees Kelvin.
14-The pistol star is the most luminous star known 10 million times the brightness of the Sun.
15-Saturn’s moon Titan has liquid oceans of natural gas.
16-All the planets are the same age: 4.544 billion years.
17-Earths moon was most likely formed after an early planet named Theia crashed into Earth.
18-8000 stars are visible with naked eye from Earth. 4000 in each hemisphere, 2000 at daylight and 2000 at night.
19-90-99% of all normal matter in the universe is hydrogen.
20-Only 55% of all Americans knows that the Sun is a star.
21-Because of the speed the Sun moves at, solar eclipses can last at most 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
22-Lunar eclipses, however, can last 1 hour and 40 minutes.
23-All the coal, oil, gas, wood and fuel on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for few days.
24-A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.
25-When the Moon is directly above your head or if you stand at the equator, you weight slightly less.
26-A single Quasar produce the same amount of energy as 1 trillion suns.
27-Just after the Big Bang, everything in the universe was in liquid form.
28-A planet nicknamed “The Genesis Planet” has been found to be 12.7 billion years old making it the oldest planet found.
29-The shape of the universe looks a lot like a brain cell.
30-Every year, the Moon is moving away from Earth by 3.8 centimeters.
31-The Moon spins around its axis in the same time it goes one lap around the Earth which makes us always see the same side of it.
32-Upsilon Andromeda B also only face one side to its star. One side is hot as lava while the other one is cold below freezing.
33-The average galaxy contains “only” 40 billion stars.
34-While in space astronomers can get taller, but at the same time their hearts can get smaller.
35-Mars surface is cowered with iron oxide (rust).
36-Only half a billionth of the energy released by the Sun reaches Earth.
37-Rogue planets are not bound by any star, brown dwarf or another planet which makes them free-float around the galaxy.
38-Sweeps 10 is the planet with the shortest orbital period found. It orbits its star in only 10 hours.
39-85% of all stars in our galaxy are part of multiple-star systems.
40-Some brown dwarfs have liquid iron rain falling down on them.
41-The light emitting from the Sun is actually 30.000 years old.
42-Of the over 20 million meteors that are observable every day only one or two reach the surface of Earth.
43-The United States have approximately 3.500 astronomers, but over 15.000 astrologers.
44-The closest black hole to Earth is only 1.600 light-years away.
45-There are at least 10^24 stars in the universe.
46-Certain “star quakes” have been found to tear apart the surface of neutron stars.
47-Any free-moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere due to surface tension.
48-The odds of being killed by falling space debris is 1 in 5 billion.
49-Neutron stars can rotate up to 500 times in 1 second.
50-The largest structure found in the universe is the Sloan Great Wall, a super cluster of galaxies 1.37 billion light-years wide.

Number 20 is quiet alarming, that's why I italicized and underlined it. Although, it's not surprising because most people see stars as those tiny points of light that we see in the night sky, rather than the big hot balls of plasma that gives off light and heat :/

I've been finding myself obsessed with what's above us... No, not religion, but space. Stars, Galaxies, the Universe, Nebulas, Solar Systems, Worlds, did I mention Stars?, everything that's beyond our atmosphere. Man I don't know what the hell is my problem but I just cannot stop searching for that stuff in the internet, Wiki and YouTube. I've always wanted a telescope to search the sky at night, observe the moon and whatnot, but I have no moneys for that kind of expense.
I think I have found out that UY Scuti is the most massive star in the Universe (possibly, with roughly a diameter of 2,375,828,000 kilometers it has a surface area of about 2.91 million times that of the Sun) and man, those huge stars and massive spaces out there just blow my mind, majorly. Nebulas, also beautiful to sight, amaze me. To think that 1 light year of distance is 6 trillion miles, and many things out there are more than just 1 digit-of-light-year away, man... It just explodes in my mind, I don't know how to explain. And many other things really catch my attention.
I've been feeling these funny thoughts a long time ago when I watched Star Wars, played Mass Effect and that similar stuff, but I have not felt such a liking to it until a couple of months ago, possibly at the beginning of November. Ever since I've found myself looking at these stuff much more.
The thought of all of this also expands my imagination, it is impossible for us to be the only living, intelligent creatures, certainly improbable. There may be other humans in different parts of the Universe, who's to say that I am wrong?
Or maybe other kind of intelligent beings, as many movies, stories and games have shown us, yes.
Who's to say that intelligent living dragons do not exist either? Like the ones you and I created? That is why I recently decided to locate Ysulyan's World inside a Solar System within the Milky Way, making it definite (before this I didn't even know where to put it).
And what about different resources we lack on Earth but we can find in massive amounts somewhere else? If we run out of resources here we can simply explore the infinity that is our Galaxy already, and there are millions of other Galaxies out there, although extremely far away-- If we ever make it to create space ships capable of transporting us to such distances...
Some say it is not possible to travel at the Speed of Light because the Theory of Relativity explains that traveling at such speed would actually return you in time (True? I don't think so).
If anyone shares this affinity towards Astronomy please try to share some stuff with me, because even though I'm apparently interested in this subject, I know very little xD
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The Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition kicks off its annual global search for the best and most spectacular visions of the cosmos, whether they are striking pictures of distant nebulae or dramatic images of the night sky.

    So, I'm a HUGE quantum physics/Astronomy nerd, so I think I'm gonna start something. Every month, I'm gonna post a picture of something in space that I deem especially AWESOME (if I remember, that is X'D). That way, I can get all excited about astronomy and you guys can learn or get excited with me or ignore me, I don't care which XD.
    Without further ado, I introduce you to Saturn's moon, Iapetus:…

    Iapetus has one dark hemisphere and one light hemisphere, giving it the appearance of a YinYang. Scientists believe this is caused by Thermal Segregation. I'm lousy at explaining things, so here's NASA's description:

    Iapetus has a very slow rotation, longer than 79 days. Such a slow rotation means that the daily temperature cycle is very long, so long that the dark material can absorb heat from the sun and warm up. (The dark material absorbs more heat than the bright icy material.) This heating will cause any volatile, or icy, species within the dark material to sublime out, and retreat to colder regions on Iapetus. This sublimation of volatiles causes the dark material to become even darker -- and causes neighboring bright, cold regions to become even brighter. Iapetus may have experienced a (possibly small) influx of dark material from an external source, which could have warmed up and triggered this thermal segregation process.

Iapetus is really interesting, not only because of that, but also because it has an equatorial ridge that rings around the entire planet. It's essentially a giant mountain range that circles the entire planet. It's sort of like a planet-sized walnut with a ridge down the center :D.

The picture above was taken by the Cassini spacecraft, which recently celebrated its ten year anniversary of orbiting Saturn. Happy birthday, Cassini!

To learn more about Iapetus:…

Thanks for tolerating my geekiness! And as alway, peace, love, and Flabebe for all,
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so i'm taking this astronomy class this semester

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 11, 2012, 9:02 PM


ANYHOW apparently my prof is a meme/astrology troll and made a comment that sparked that whole zodiac fiasco last year…

i thought it was funny ok

it almost tops the time my history professor gave the class extra credit to draw dogs on our quiz. that is my profession sir, how did you know

Ya rayah... by Vekke
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GOOD SEMESTER, GOOD SCHOOL, GOOD PROFS. Deutschklasse geht mir gut auch! MACHT IHR BEREIT, dA i'm going to troll u w/ comments in bad german soon

jesus i'm such a dork about school AND ABOUT EVERYTHING GOMEN

i will never let go of my childlike wonder


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