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Douglas-fir Sapling with Dew North Cascade Mountains, WA - As I was returning from a fall colors photography trip from north-eastern Washington, I stopped at a pullout in the North Cascades National Park and found the whole landscape covered in miniature jewels. I spent the next two hours photographing the beautiful dew-covered Douglas-fir saplings. Intimate Landscapes - by Slavomir Dzieciatkowski - PhotoTripUSA
Waterfalls In The Woods - Senator Pat Leahy's Home Page of photographs.
Solar Sail Credit: NASA/ MSFC Illustration - Explanation: Nearly 400 years ago astronomer Johannes Kepler observed comet tails blown by a solar breeze and suggested that vessels might likewise navigate through space using appropriately fashioned sails. It is now widely recognized that sunlight does indeed produce a force which moves comet tails and a large, reflective sail could be a practical means of propelling a spacecraft. In fact, the illustration above represents one concept currently being explored by NASA centers to develop an interstellar probe pushed along by sunlight reflected from an ultrathin sail. Nearly half a kilometer wide, the delicate solar sail would be unfurled in space. Continuous pressure from sunlight would ultimately accelerate the craft to speeds about five times higher than possible with conventional rockets -- without requiring any fuel! If launched in 2010 such a probe could overtake Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft bound for interstellar space, in 2018 going as far in eight years as the Voyager will have journeyed in 41 years. 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.

Blue Lake and Rock North Cascade Mountains, WA.
- A two mile hike near Libery Bell Mountain on Washington Pass reveals a hidden jewel. A lake of crystal clear and icy water. This part of the lake was in the shade and a low camera angle revealed reflections of the blue sky and green vegetation from the opposite shore. Slavomir Dzieciatkowski - PhotoTripUSA
Pleiades, Planets, And Hot Plasma (Large Version) Credit: SOHO - LASCO Consortium, ESA, NASA - Explanation: Bright stars of the Pleiades, four planets, and erupting solar plasma are all captured in this spectacular image from the space-based SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). In the foreground of the 15 degree wide field of view, a bubble of hot plasma, called a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), is blasting away from the active Sun whose position and relative size is indicated by the central white circle. Beyond appear four of the five naked-eye planets -- courtesy of the planetary alignment which did not destroy the world! In the background are distant stars and the famous Pleiades star cluster, also easily visible to the unaided eye when it shines in the night sky. Distances for these familiar celestial objects are; the Sun, 150 million kilometers away; Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, about 58, 110, 780, and 1,400 million kilometers beyond the Sun respectively; and the Pleiades star cluster at a mere 3,800 trillion kilometers (400 light-years). SOHO itself orbits 1.5 million kilometers sunward of planet Earth. The image was recorded by the Large Angle and Spectrometric COronagraph (LASCO) instrument on board SOHO on Monday, May 15 at 10:42 UT. 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.
Light Bridges on the Sun (SMALL VERSION) Credit: G. Scharmer, L. Rouppe van der Voort (KVA) et al., SVST - Explanation: Bridges the length of a planet can form on the Sun in a matter of hours. Known as light bridges, these structures may form as large sunspot groups decay. Above, one of the sharpest photographs of the Sun ever taken shows two such light bridges that appeared late last month. The 5000-kilometer long bridges connect moderately dark penumbral regions across the cool abyss of two dark sunspot umbras. A movie shows that material tends more to rise from below and fall rather than to cross the light bridges. Bright bubbling granules surround the sunspot group. The impressive details on this recently released picture from the Swedish Solar Vacuum Telescope were made possible by new adaptive optics that correct for the blurring of the Earth's atmosphere. What eventually became of the light bridges? As days progressed, the bridge region expanded to fill the void as the sunspots moved apart and decayed. 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.
Moss-draped Trees and Eagle Creek Columbia Gorge, Oregon. - On
the way to Punchbowl Falls, the design of the moss-draped trees cought my eye. A slow shutter speed transformed the water to silk. Slavomir Dzieciatkowski, PhotoTripUSA
Bleeding Hearts Bellevue, WA - Waiting for the wind to die down was the biggest challange I was faced with when I composed this image. What makes this image so magical is that the bleeding hearts are being backlit, which gives them an extra glow. Intimate Landscapes - Salavomir Dzieciatkowski, PhotoTripUSA
An Aurora Before the Storm Credit & Copyright: Jan Curtis (U. Alaska), ACRC - Explanation: Early April brought some of the most intense auroral storms this decade. An aurora on April 6 was reported to be the largest visible on Earth since 1989, and was seen throughout Europe and much of northern North America. On that day, many skywatchers expecting to see a rare alignment of planets were treated to a additional treat. Many reported aurorae with a relatively unusual red color. The above aurora recorded at dusk over Alaska sported the more typical green glow. A huge auroral ring can be seen superposed above trees and a building. Auroral activity occurs high in the Earth's atmosphere and is a direct result of storms on our Sun. As huge sheets of charged particles stream out from the Sun, a small fraction of these particles are funneled in by Earth's magnetic field and strike atoms high in the atmosphere, causing the sky to glow. The particles are harmless to people on Earth's surface, but can cause havoc on satellites in orbit far above. 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.
A Halo Around the Moon Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado - Explanation: Have you ever seen a halo around the Moon?  This fairly common sight occurs when high thin clouds containing millions of tiny ice crystals cover much of the sky.  Each ice crystal acts like a miniature lens.  Because most of the crystals have a similar elongated hexagonal shape, light entering one crystal face and exiting through the opposing face refracts 22 degrees, which corresponds to the radius of the Moon Halo.  A similar Sun Halo may be visible during the day.  The town in the foreground of the above picture is San Sebastian, Spain.  The distant planet Jupiter appears by chance on the halo's upper right.  Exactly how ice-crystals form in clouds remains under investigation. 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.

Silver Firs Silver Lake, WA - Trees are among my favorite subjects to photograph. Their graceful beauty offers peaceful landscapes to the mind and the patterns their trunks make provide visual stimulation. It was a peaceful overcast day in spring when this images was made on the shore of Silver Lake. Intimate Landscapes - by Slavomir Dzieciatkowski, PhotoTripUSA.
Dog-Bone Shaped Asteroid 216 Kleopatra Credit: Stephen Ostro et al. (JPL), Arecibo Radio Telescope, NSF, NASA - Explanation: An asteroid the size of New Jersey that orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter has been discovered to have an unusual dog-bone shape. Asteroid 216 Kleopatra, recently mapped with Earth-based radar, reflects radio waves so well that astronomers speculate it is composed mostly of metals such as nickel and iron. The unusual shape and composition of 216 Kleopatra may derive from the central regions of a tremendous collision between larger asteroids billions of years ago. Kleopatra is not completely solid - its surface is loosely consolidated rubble, although its core may contain large solid-metal lodes. Kleopatra will never strike the Earth, but it may one day serve as a valuable source of raw building materials. 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.
Kamoamoa Nomoa - A lava flow blocks the entrance to the Kamoamoa Campground. Hawaii Volcanoes - the Photography of G. Brad Lewis - PhotTripUSA.
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