Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Blogging That Hits The Mark Award


Drowseymonkey over at drowseymonkey has awarded me with the Blogging That Hits The Mark award, since it's not pink and it looks cool I accept. The best thing about this award is that it came from drowseymonkey, probably one of the best names for I blog I've run into, love to say it, so much so that when my cat passes on to where ever cats pass on to, I'm considering naming my new Boston Terrier drowseymonkey. What do you think? there is a poll at the side of my blog, the two choices are, 1 Boba, which is my gaming name, or 2. drowseymonkey. I know your probably thinking both pretty strange names, or as my wife said; "your not really going to name your dog Boba?, well maybe not now, how's drowseymonkey?, come here drowseymonkey, come here boy, or sit drowseymonkey sit, attack drowseymonkey attack! works for me. Besides having a cool name for a blog she also has some good funny stuff on her blog, and she also has a drowseypics photoblog with awesome pics. I would like to pass this award onto Anna over at My Only Photo great photos and she has a Story Blob with lots of cool stories on it. Anna is my astrophotographer and my eyes and ears down east, she is always fulfilling her assignments perfectly and on time, thanks Anna for all your hard work and great blogs.


So far NASA is good to go on an October 23rd. Shuttle Discovery launch. There are however some concerns raised by an independent safety group about cracks in the wing panels. NASA is saying the cracks are small and won't be a problem stating "the defects are too small to allow hot gasses to burn through the composite covers and destroy the spaceship during atmospheric re-entry". Shuttle Discovery's main mission is to install the Harmony Module at the ISS which will be the main connecting point between the U.S. destiny lab, the European Space Agency's Columbus Module and the Japanese Kibo module. Remember to watch NASA TV for this one, cool camera angles.


NASA announced yesterday that it is officially extending the rovers Opportunity and Spirit's mission through to the end of 2009. The rovers landed on Mars January 2004, their mission was supposed to last only 90 days, they have beat all odds and numerous dust storms to have survived nearly 4 years on the surface of Mars. Between them they have sent back nearly 200,000 images and have made some amazing discoveries including the best evidence so far to date that water once flowed on the surface of Mars. Check out this video about what's really going on at Mars.



I'll leave you today with another one of my saturated lunar shots, this one was extremely saturated. I have a theory. Since Moonlight is reflected Sunlight which by the way is made up of 91% hydrogen, which is in the red spectrum and most of my pictures are pink and red, I'm thinking the type and amount of saturation is directly dependent on the solar activity when the image was taken, whether it be a solar flare, or Coronal Mass Ejections , what do you think?

20 comments:

Rand said...

Great post, some great blogs you mentioned, I didn't realize you could get such views of the planets, do you use the telescope in your profile pic, I seriously want one now, time to do some research.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks rand, the telescope in my pic is one of my first ones, I did take some early solar and moon shots with it, but to take high mag images you need a scope that will track, at 650x Saturn in a scope that didnt track would be out of the eyepiece field of view in seconds. check out one of my earlier posts on buying a telescope, good info, any questions just email me.

DrowseyMonkey said...

Fantastic photo, as always!

As for the vote...well I voted for drowseymonkey, of course. :) What an honour!

Altho, it was a bit weird hearing you ordering me around like that in your post...come here, sit, attack?!?...hmmm. LOL

Bob Johnson said...

LOL, thanks drowseymonkey, gosh I love that name, thanks for letting me use it for my puppys name, mind you the cat will probaly outlive me, I may never get to give those orders, I could change the cats name, but it would give her more excuses to ignore me.

Rose said...

I'm off to check out the blogs that you mentioned. An award most deserved.

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Rose, thanks!

Anna said...

Bob, thanks a lot. I amlost forgot at work today about the award, but then I started getting fresh visitors to my blog - it was thanks to you, and thanks again. Your comment was a total surprise to me, I guess I officially can tell you that I accept the job, even if there is no money, lol, because I can only support a small piece of pie meaning small piece of the whole universe, the moon and the sun. Feel free to send me next project I will ensure that I will deliver results again. BTW I really had fun working on the lunar eclipse and meteor shower this summer. Anna :)

Anna said...

Bob, btw I will put this award in my blog vault and use it later for a right person. Anna :) thanks again.

Bob Johnson said...

Your welcome Anna,thanks again for all your hard work, the next lunar eclipse is feb next year, your mission should you decide to accept it,lol

Tatiana said...

Wow Bob, such a great shots of the Moon again - saturated, over saturated or not - awesome these are :) You deserve all the aawards you get, and all the others that are still to come. And as for the name I chose Boba :)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Tatiana! glad you like my photos, and thanks for voting.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Bob,

Your lunar shot is perfect!!! I love the saturation technique. Soon you'll be writing science fiction. I'm starting to see book covers in my head. :D

Super post!!! You keep me informed with images that ROCK!!!

Hugs, JJ

The Uneasy Supplicant said...

Coronal Mass Ejections, without a doubt. :-)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ, and I will!

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Joderebe, lol the first thing I thought of was a CME or a very large flare.

kml said...

I'm am going to have to try to remember all those saturation reasons the next time I am using photoshop! Great pics and congrats on the award - it is well deserved!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Kathy!, yes you can't saturate a color that is not there.

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shirley said...

Congratulations on yet another award! How cool is that? I love the saturated moon shots...

Bob Johnson said...

Hi and thanks Shirley, I think they are kind of cool too, unfortunately only about 2-3% of my shots are like that.