Got another call from Dr. Tony Phillips from NASA's Spaceweather.com Saturday August 9 Stating;
"The planetary Kindex has reached a level of 5, this means that a mild geomagnetic storm is in progress. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for Auroras. So I got my stuff together and headed out of town to our Astronomy clubs dark site to view the Auroras for the first time far from the city lights, didn't disappoint the show was magnificent, all kinds of colors".
Checked in at Heavens Above website to see if there was going to be any Iridium flares, was in luck, 2 were going to be right in my field of view, got them on a couple of my images. When I got to the site I noticed a few clouds, which was cool, they added to the overall atmosphere.
Was able to view the Auroras for almost 2 hours before more clouds, thunder and lightning rolled in, actually it was raining slightly near the end so I grabbed a canvas shopping bag I keep in the trunk of my car for just such occasions and threw it over me and the camera and kept shooting till I could shoot no more, too much rain, and the lightning was scaring the crap out of me.
In the end I took 149 images over a time frame of 1 hour 49 minutes, stitched them together and made a movie for your viewing below. Notice the Big Dipper on the left, an early Perseid meteor at 1:06, top center and the 2 Iridium flares at 3:05 and 3:10, both bottom center.
Alright people, grab your 3D glasses once again, NASA has just released more 3D images, this time of Martian dust particles, the first ever 3D image of dust particles from another planet. They were taken with the lander's Atomic Force Microscope, man I so want an Atomic Force Microscope, mind you I'd like anything that does Atomic force, like Atomic Force 3D glasses, just think of the possibilities. This Atomic Force Microscope is 100x more powerful then the Phoenix Lander's wimpy optical microscope,(notice the lower case letters). The Atomic Force Microscope can scan and detail dust particles as small as one thousandth the width of a hair.
I know what you're thinking, "Bob I would love to view these awesome images in 3D but I just don't have the required 3D glasses", well you're in luck. the first 30 people that email me their addresses I will ship free of charge your own personal Hanna Montana/Miley Cyrus 3D glasses, you heard right I have a surplus, (don't ask why), of these awesome 3D glasses, be the first one on your block to own a pair and explore the world of 3D, start with NASA they have tons of 3D images to explore.
I'll leave you now with my "Aurora From A Dark Site" movie
Friday, August 15, 2008
Posted by Bob Johnson at 1:15 PM