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Astronaut Photographs Perseid Meteor — From Space

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the best-place-for-it-really dept.

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astroengine writes "As the Perseid meteor shower begins to subside, there is one observer who was perfectly positioned to take a photograph where the skies are guaranteed to be clear from cloud. NASA astronaut Ron Garan — who is currently living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Expedition 27 — captured this stunning photograph of a Perseid out of the ISS window."

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Showoff (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#37088862)

I could get a photo like that if I were an astronaut too. But really, bravo, excellent.

Re:Showoff (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089304)

Can we see your photography site?

Re:Showoff (2)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089370)

Can we see your photography site?

I'd post a goatse link, but your sig makes me think the link might not have the shock intended. ;)
Obviously I was making a funny.

Re:Showoff (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089408)

Haha.

My bad, I'm humor impaired today.

Re:Showoff (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37091208)

Completely off topic. I've been reading slashdot for years and see references all the time to people's sigs. What I have never seen is: anyone's sig. Ever. It's not in the page that comes up if I click their user name, it certainly not anywhere in the post. I don't see it in the page source (although I don't know what text I'm looking for). I don't see it with Opera, Firefox or IE. there's no mention of it in the FAQs. A google search, while making it appear that these elusive signatures really exist, don't show any in-context examples.

So where is it?

Re:Showoff (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37091286)

If I had to guess... All these years you never made an account with the website?

Re:Showoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37091334)

I'm a lurker, not a poster.

If it's only for logged in accounts that would certainly explain it. Thanks!

Any mods can feel free to delete this completely off topic thread.

Re:Showoff (1)

tibman (623933) | more than 3 years ago | (#37091326)

Maybe you can't see them as AC? You can turn them on/off in Account->Discussions->Sig

Re:Showoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37096272)

I could get a photo like that if I were an astronaut too. But really, bravo, excellent.

Actually, it's probably harder than you think. I work in Antarctica. The place is beautiful, but it costs a fortune to send me there and I spend very little time goofing off taking photographs. I think this must be extra true for astronauts. I'm glad he got a chance to just look out the window and play with his camera, because that's an amazing picture.

Magical Sight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37088918)

Yea, I guess so. If I was there, I would have trouble not thinking: "Glad that one didn't hit us... glad that one didn't hit us..."

Impacts? (2)

Swanktastic (109747) | more than 3 years ago | (#37088984)

What's the probability of these hitting the ISS?

Re:Impacts? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089024)

What's the probability of these hitting the ISS?

Pretty low. Its kind of like incoming artillery, the ones you see are not the ones to worry about (classical, not NBC). Worry about the tiny little dot headed right towards you...

Re:Impacts? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37089096)

What's the probability of these hitting the ISS?

Pretty low. Its kind of like incoming artillery, the ones you see are not the ones to worry about (classical, not NBC). Worry about the tiny little dot headed right towards you...

It would be less of a problem if the Chinese would stop blowing shit up in orbit. [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Impacts? (2)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089200)

Yeah - ever noticed how all those stories about defective products from China and threats about embargos, threats about the Yuan, etc, ended right after that little incident? The message was: You take China seriously now because we can blow up your satellites. Of course the American response was "well we can do it from a ship at sea", but all that means was that the message was understood loud and clear.

Re:Impacts? (1)

Teancum (67324) | more than 3 years ago | (#37091288)

Widespread destruction of satellites would be politically speaking the equivalent of widespread use of nuclear weapons.... essentially setting your nation up to be taken out by the rest of the world immediately as a direct threat to the continuation of the species. It isn't so much that it could be done, but that it would be an incredibly stupid idea if it ever was done.

Tests are tests, and in that case China was merely thumping its chest saying it was one of the big boys that needed to be treated as a peer by the other nations. The loss of access to space and the loss of many spacecraft would all but halt almost every major economy in the world right now. Access to space and the exploitation of space is indeed that valuable.

Re:Impacts? (1)

Warwick Allison (209388) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089132)

By the time they're white dots, they've passed by. The black dots that don't appear to be moving, on the black background.... those are the ones on a trajectory to worry about.

Re:Impacts? (1)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089790)

Which makes spotting the dangerous ones an interesting problem, as relative motion is the best& easiest way to detect things.

I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1)

6350' (936630) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089052)

Its overuse has pretty much made it a meaningless blogspam word.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (2)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089136)

I'm inclined to believe the word was used appropriately here, as I was incapacitated for at least five minutes after seeing the photo.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37089382)

I'm inclined to believe the word was used appropriately here, as I was incapacitated for at least five minutes after seeing the photo.

i, on the other hand, took a look for 1 second and closed the browser window.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (0)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089930)

... as I was incapacitated for at least five minutes after seeing the photo.

It was not the photo, it was the fact that is delivered by something Discovery Networks, so you probably just got impaired by a little brain damage caused by watching anything Monsters Network. Bigmachinesgetoilfuckyeah Networks is advocated to dumbify science for the sakes of stunning a wider audience while preserving the quality contents that have characterized Nostradamus Network since it's inception. Wecantdosciencebutweblowshitforthelulz Network thanks your cooperation in our mass lobotomy project.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089212)

I think it's stunning that you find that word overused.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37089388)

I'm flummoxed that you found it stunning.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1)

garyebickford (222422) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089808)

Almost as bad as 'massive' - a massively overused adjective these days.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1, Offtopic)

That Guy From Mrktng (2274712) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089938)

I find massively stunning that someone asks for quality science reporting in Wehavemidgetsandpitbullsandshitshakeandbake Networks

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#37092462)

It's so exponentially overused it literally makes my blood boil.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37090264)

Kind of like using the word 'officially'

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 3 years ago | (#37090918)

This one always bothered me. For something to be 'official' there must be someone who officiates; ie. an official. So, when someone says "It's official: Apple is better than Linux!" I always wonder "from what office did the official in charge of determining what OS is the best dispatch this notice?

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1)

Teancum (67324) | more than 3 years ago | (#37091308)

This one always bothered me. For something to be 'official' there must be someone who officiates; ie. an official. So, when someone says "It's official: Apple is better than Linux!" I always wonder "from what office did the official in charge of determining what OS is the best dispatch this notice?

Perhaps the "official" was Al Gore?

(*and ducks for cover*)

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1)

machine321 (458769) | more than 3 years ago | (#37090420)

You'd prefer to discuss a cunning array of stunts?

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37092260)

I have a collection of magazines that specialise in such discussions. With pictures too !

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37096188)

My list of Words To Avoid currently comprises "stunning", "potential" (which is unnecessary most of the time, as in 'we are preparing for a potential earthquake'. No. You are preparing for a _real_ one!), "amazing" (even more overused than "stunning": "How does it feel, being elected Emperor of the World?" "Oh, it's just so amazing!"), and the figurative use of "literally" (though I love the scene in 'Forbidden Planet' where Morbius (pointing around do a huge room full of meters we cannot see) talks about ten raised 'almost literally to the power of infinity.' The 'almost' makes such a difference!). I also try to use 'comprise' correctly.

Re:I'm officially sick of the word 'stunning.' (1)

eriqk (1902450) | more than 3 years ago | (#37100490)

I find your lack of faith amazing.

Science is Beautiful (4, Interesting)

Scorch_Mechanic (1879132) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089060)

Sometimes, a picture out of one of the various space efforts really gets my attention.

This is one of them.

I'll be the first to admit that the math, the physics, the science, the expansion of the human sphere of knowledge are all extremely important and valid reasons for continuing to fund space missions (of any kind).

But if you don't consider images like this to be a strong reason for continuing our exploits into space, then you aren't someone I want to reason with at all.

Re:Science is Beautiful (2)

Warwick Allison (209388) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089150)

I wouldn't want to reason with you while you're all emotional anyway.

Re:Science is Beautiful (2)

rts008 (812749) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089440)

Hear! Hear!
Most of my desktop backgrounds come www.nasa.gov's image gallery.
The current one in use is titled "Sunrise over Mars", taken by one of the rovers.

BTW for the curious:
I tried to find it on NASA's image gallery, and failed(was going to link to it).
A Google image search for that title found it. :-)
This is it [google.com] , but not the higher resolution image I got from NASA's sight a few years ago.

That image blew my socks off! Wow! A picture from Mars I can relate to!
I've seen many sunrises from good old planet Earth, but from another planet?!?!?
It gives me goose bumps!

Re:Science is Beautiful (1)

JavaBasedOS (1217930) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089704)

Hear! Hear! Most of my desktop backgrounds come www.nasa.gov's image gallery. The current one in use is titled "Sunrise over Mars", taken by one of the rovers.

BTW for the curious: I tried to find it on NASA's image gallery, and failed(was going to link to it). A Google image search for that title found it. :-) This is it [google.com] , but not the higher resolution image I got from NASA's sight a few years ago.

That image blew my socks off! Wow! A picture from Mars I can relate to! I've seen many sunrises from good old planet Earth, but from another planet?!?!? It gives me goose bumps!

Speaking of which, I've been looking all over for a high resolution version of that beautiful image. Would you mind posting it somewhere to share? :)

Re:Science is Beautiful (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089892)

See if images.google.com and the camera button (pasting in the link to the low res one) turns anything up. I would try but I am typing from a phone, where google doesn't make that feature available.

Re:Science is Beautiful (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 3 years ago | (#37090246)

See Russ1642's reply to my same comment for the correct link. Thanks 'Russ1642'!

Image Source (4, Informative)

josh washington (1104565) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089758)

At the risk of being modded off-topic, here's the higher-resolution image [nasa.gov] mentioned by rts008 and JavaBasedOS for anyone interested.

It's actually sunset, as NASA mentions here [nasa.gov] . If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look.

I agree that, for all the advancements in knowledge that NASA and ESA develop, images such as these are what best capture children's imaginations and inspire them. This is what fuels dreams and fosters a desire to contribute to our* space program. Hopefully the image of this meteor inspires someone to pursue studies in a space-related career!

* - our = humanity's collective space program as a whole, because it doesn't matter if a child is from the US, the UK, the EU, China, India - we're all in this together, alone here on this rock.

Related: Pale Blue Dot [wikimedia.org]
Earth and the moon from Mars [nasa.gov]

Re:Image Source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37089846)

Actually, the specific image they mention is this one [nasa.gov] from here [nasa.gov] .

Posted anonymously this time to not karma whore.

Re:Image Source (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 3 years ago | (#37090180)

Thanks for the link, and again thanks for the sunset correction.
I blame that one on a flaky memory, and lazy search efforts by myself. :-)

Re:Image Source (1)

slothman32 (629113) | more than 3 years ago | (#37091478)

Why did you go to a secure wikimedia rather than a regular wikipedia?
I have seen other posters do it as well.

Re:Image Source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37106284)

They're using https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere [eff.org]

Re:Image Source (1)

cusco (717999) | more than 3 years ago | (#37113774)

On their world tour after the Apollo 11 mission Buzz Aldrin remembered being surprised at hearing people from all over the world exclaim "We made it!", as though it were not the US that had gone to the moon but HUMANITY as a whole. I believe the landing broadcast still holds the world record for the largest percentage of televisions worldwide tuned to the same program simultaneously. It was even carried live in the USSR and North Vietnam and on the few televisions allowed in China. A rather inspiring thought.

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RATHER SEE CGI (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37089092)

Cuz that blows balls !!

What's the other thing? (1)

leighklotz (192300) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089202)

Is that the moon in the background?

Re:What's the other thing? (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089362)

Is that the moon in the background?

That's no moon.

Re:What's the other thing? (1, Funny)

safetyinnumbers (1770570) | more than 3 years ago | (#37091134)

Is that the moon in the background?

We like to call that The Earth.

Aliens (0)

Chuby007 (1961870) | more than 3 years ago | (#37089246)

if you zoom it 1000000x you will see a small alien giving the astronaut the finger...

Re:Aliens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37090064)

selling on ebay: one alien finger!

Kinda close? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37089780)

So what happens if a meteor hits the space station?

Looks like the Earth's shield is up (2)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 3 years ago | (#37090334)

That atmosphere does a pretty darn good job of protecting us. Intercepting space debris, to blocking radiation, to providing us oxygen - it does it all.

Re:Looks like the Earth's shield is up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37092122)

Let's hope noone gets the combination to that shield...

Re:Looks like the Earth's shield is up (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | more than 3 years ago | (#37092696)

It also makes a fabulous garbage dump!

Not so clear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37091690)

where the skies are guaranteed to be clear from cloud

Funny, I see plenty of clouds in the sky in that photo.

Nikon FTW! (0)

BlackPignouf (1017012) | more than 3 years ago | (#37092386)

Nikon FTW! Suck it, Canon!

BTW : Impressive picture.

Underwhelmed (1)

davewo (1927110) | more than 3 years ago | (#37097942)

I must be too young to find this photo as 'stunning' as TFS portrayed it. I slept in a space shuttle tent when I was 3-4 years old. Perhaps we whippersnappers don't think space travel is as 'magical' as you grey/neckbeards do... The photo looked exactly as I would have expected it to, being positioned above and away from something that is entering the atmosphere. Maybe if the astronaut captured one whizzing by just inches from the porthole...

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