A 14-year-old New York student was named "America's Top Young Scientist" for inventing a solar-powered water jug that changes dirty water into purified drinking water.
Images from the European Space Agency's Proba-2 satellite captured the moon sweeping across the sun during a solar eclipse on Nov. 13.
Proba-2's ultraviolet camera was trained right on the sun during the eclipse, resulting in awesome footage of solar storms, sunspots and other solar weather as the moon glided across.
Although parts of the southern hemisphere witnessed a total solar eclipse -- in which the moon entirely blocked out the sun -- the satellite's vantage point captured the event as three partial eclipses.
This isn't the first eclipse to occur in 2012. In May, an annular solar eclipse was visible in East Asia and across the western United States. The eclipse blocked about 94 percent of the sun, producing a brilliant "ring of fire" effect.
Tuesday's eclipse was a rarer event, and more than 50,000 people gathered in northern Australia to watch.
Read MORE @: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/solar-eclipse-from-space-2012-video_n_2131498.html
STARTRAILS OVER DOLOMITES
This long-exposure photo, by Christoph Otawa, shows star trails over Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three peaks in the Dolomite mountain range, a UN World Heritage site in northeastern Italy. The roadway is lit up by lights from cars.
The image is the second place winner in the Beauty of the Night Sky category of the Third International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, organised by The World at Night and Global Astronomy Month along with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Photos submitted for the competition were all taken since the beginning of 2011 and had to be taken combining elements of the night sky as the backdrop to a notable location or landmark; ie landscape astrophotographs. The contest was open to anyone anywhere around the world. There were around 600 submissions from 50 countries and territories.
Image details: 36x300s; ISO500; Canon 5Dmkll; Walimex 14mm/2.8 @4.5
What an amazing interactive! Click here : http://htwins.net/scale2/ - play with this if you want your mind to be blown further.
Read more about this here: http://www.universetoday.com/13507/what-is-the-biggest-star-in-the-universe/ (Thanks to Mr. D. Fitzgerald)
Yesterday, sky watchers around the NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, witnessed something amazing: A complex network of luminous arcs and rings surrounded the afternoon sun. "I've never seen anything quite like it," says eyewitness Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Solar physicist David Hathaway snapped this picture of the display.
The apparition is almost certainly connected to hurricane Sandy. The core of the storm swept well north of Alabama, but Sandy's outer bands did pass over the area, leaving behind a thin haze of ice crystals in cirrus clouds. Sunlight shining through the crystals produced an unusually rich variety of ice halos.
Credit: NASA/MSFC David Hathaway / Spaceweather.com
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