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from Dead Horse Point Canyonlands National Park, UT -
Technically, this image was not taken within a National Park. It was taken
from the overlook at Dead Horse Point State Park which is perched high
above the Colorado River and the winding path it has carved through Canyonlands
National Park. In addition to this spectacular view, Dead Horse State Park
also has an excellent campground with easy access to the Island in the
Sky section of Canyonlands National Park. National Parks of the West -
by Kerry L. Thalmann
M7 Open Star Cluster in Scorpius (Smaller
Version) Credit & Copyright: N. A. Sharp,
REU Program, AURA, NOAO, NSF Explanation: M7 is one of the most prominent
open clusters of stars on the sky. The cluster, dominated by bright blue
stars, can be seen with the naked eye in a dark sky in the tail of the
constellation of Scorpius. M7 contains about 100 stars in total, is about
200 million years old, spans 25 light-years across, and lies about 1000
light-years away. This color picture was taken in 1995 at the Burrell-Schmidt
Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. The M7 star cluster
has been known since ancient times, being noted by Ptolemy in the year
130 AD. Also visible is a dark dust cloud near the bottom of the frame,
and literally millions of unrelated stars towards the Galactic center.
Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA)
NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply. A service of: LHEA
at NASA/ GSFC & Michigan Tech. U.
Hoodoos Bryce Canyon National Park, UT. After photographing the
sunrise from the rim, I like to hike down among the hoodoos (as the colorful
pinnacles are called). The strong backlighting makes them appear to be
lit from within. This image was taken from the Navajo Loop Trail a few
hundred yards below Sunset Point.
Twisted Solar Eruptive Prominence (Large
Version) Credit: SOHO Consortium, EIT, ESA, NASA Explanation: A
huge eruptive prominence is seen moving out from our Sun in this condensed
half-hour time-lapse sequence. Ten Earths could easily fit in the "claw"
of this seemingly solar monster. This large prominence, though, is significan't
not only for its size, but its shape. The twisted figure eight shape indicates
that a complex magnetic field threads through the emerging solar particles.
Recent evidence of differential rotation inside the Sun might help account
for the surface explosion. The sequence was taken early this year by the
Sun-orbiting SOHO satellite. Although large prominences and energetic Coronal
Mass Ejections (CMEs) are relatively rare, they are occurring more frequently
now that we are near the Solar Maximum, a time of peak sunspot and solar
activity in the eleven-year solar cycle. Authors & editors: Robert
Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris.
Specific rights apply. A service of: LHEA at NASA/ GSFC & Michigan
Superwind from the Cigar Galaxy Credit: FOCAS, Subaru 8.3-m Telescope,
NAOJ Explanation: What's lighting up the Cigar Galaxy? M82, as this irregular
galaxy is also known, was stirred up by a recent pass near large spiral
galaxy M81. This doesn't fully explain the source of the red-glowing outwardly
expanding gas, however. Recent evidence indicates that this gas is being
driven out by the combined emerging particle winds of many stars, together
creating a galactic "superwind." The above recently released
photograph from the new Subaru Telescope highlights the specific color
of red light strongly emitted by ionized hydrogen gas, showing detailed
filaments of this gas. The filaments extend for over 10,000 light years.
The 12-million light-year distant Cigar Galaxy is the brightest galaxy
in the sky in infrared light, and can be seen in visible light with a small
telescope towards the constellation of Ursa Major. Authors & editors:
Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay
Norris. Specific rights apply. A service of: LHEA at NASA/ GSFC & Michigan
Planets In Orion Credit: Philip Lucas (Univ. Hertfordshire) and
Patrick Roche (Univ. Oxford), UKIRT Explanation: This false-colour image
of the young Trapezium star cluster in the Orion Nebula was made with an
infrared camera at wavelengths about twice as long as visible light. The
infrared data are part of a sensitive survey of this nearby star forming
region in which astronomers have identified over 100 extremely low mass
objects -- candidates for elusive brown dwarf stars. Brown dwarfs are failed
stars with masses so low (about 8% of the Sun's) that they can not sustain
nuclear hydrogen burning, a sun-like star's main energy source. While brown
dwarfs are thought to be still massive enough to burn deuterium for energy,
thirteen of the low mass objects show evidence of lying below even the
deuterium burning limit (about 1.3% of the Sun's mass) falling in a range
more commensurate with giant planets. These drifting, "free-floating
planets" are perhaps as little as 8 times as massive as Jupiter and
likely formed along with the cluster stars a million or so years ago. They
are detectable in the infrared because they are still hot from formation,
but will eventually cool and fade. If the Trapezium is typical of young
star clusters, then the survey results suggest that brown dwarfs and free-floating
planets may be fairly common, but there are not enough to solve the mystery
of dark matter in the Universe. Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff
(MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific
rights apply. A service of: LHEA at NASA/ GSFC & Michigan Tech. U.Saturn-Sized
Worlds Discovered Illustration Credit: Greg
Bacon (STScI), NASA Explanation: The last decade saw the profound discovery
of many worlds beyond our solar system, but none analogs of our home planet
Earth. Exploiting precise observational techniques, astronomers inferred
the presence of well over two dozen extrasolar planets, most nearly as
massive as gas giant Jupiter or more, in close orbits around sun-like stars.
Less massive planets must certainly exist, and yesterday preeminent planet-finders
announced the further detection of two more new worlds -- each a potentially
smaller, saturn-sized planet. The parent suns are 79 Ceti (constellation
Cetus), at a distance of 117 light-years, and HD46375 (constellation Monoceros),
109 light-years away. With at least 70 percent the mass of Saturn, 79 Ceti's
planet orbits on average 32.5 million miles from the star compared to 93
million miles for the Earth-Sun distance. This arresting artist's vision
depicts the newly discovered world with rings and moons, known characteristics
of giant planets in our solar system. HD46375's planet is at least 80 percent
Saturn's mass, orbiting only 3.8 million miles from its parent star. While
Saturn's mass is only one third of Jupiter's, it is still about 100 times
that of Earth, and dramatic discoveries in the search for smaller planets
are still to come. Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry
Bonnell (USRA) NASA Technical Rep.: Jay Norris. Specific rights apply.
A service of: LHEA at NASA/ GSFC & Michigan Tech. U
Canyon from Inspiration Point Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.
I can think of no better place to photograph at sunrise than from the rim
of Bryce Canyon. The main amphitheaters in Bryce face east to greet the
rising sun, and the first rays of light make the orange formations absolutely
glow with color. Inspiration Point, along with Sunrise Point, are my two
favorite overlooks for sunrise photography in Bryce Canyon National Park.
National Parks of the West - by Kerry L. Thalmann - PhotoTripUSA.Clearing
Winter Storm - El Capitan Yosemite National Park, CA. It is often
said that Yosemite is both overcrowded and over photographed. Still, it
is definitely worth a visit and is high on my list of favorite places to
photograph. John Muir described it as "the incomparable valley",
and Yosemite Valley is truly one of the most spectacular landscapes I have
ever seen. Yes, overcrowding can be a major problem - if you confine your
visit to Yosemite Valley during the popular Summer months. To avoid the
crowds and take advantage of some special photographic conditions, I recommend
visiting Yosemite during the off season. If you come during the winter
months, be prepared for winter travel conditions, and some very rewarding
photography. This image was taken on a March morning two years ago after
twelve inches of fresh snow had fallen the previous night. I spent the
entire morning photographing in Yosemite Valley, and saw almost nobody
else out and about until after 11:00am when most of the snow had melted.
Not bad for such an overcrowded park. National Parks of the West - by Kerry
L. Thalmann - PhotoTripUSA.
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