Thursday, December 4, 2008

Journey To The Edge Of The Universe and more Conjunction Images


Geysers on Triton;


and Black holes in action;


bright colored matter;


and Solar attractions;

Nebulae, galaxies, stars in between, these are a few of my favorite things, bet you'll never guess which movie I was watching the other day. Anyways back on topic, you get to see all my favs above and more on the 2 hour premiere of "Journey to the Edge of the Universe" on the National Geographic Channel.


Very cool how through cinema quality CGI and the worlds best telescopes they take you from a couple people enjoying the night sky up through the atmosphere, to the Moon, Sun, planets then galaxies and beyond to the edge of the universe, all in one camera move.

Be prepared to board "spacecraft imagination", launch date this Sunday December 7, 7 pm EST.

Again the Canadian times are yet to be announced, will let you know as soon as I hear.

Well, the last couple of weeks have been space crazy around here, first with our famous Saskatchewan meteor, which by the way they have found quite a few pieces of , to the beautiful Venus, Jupiter Lunar conjunction, imaged and viewed by millions of people all over the world, everybody was getting involved, even my wife, as I was coming home after imaging the gathering she said "I saw your cute little conjunction!"........boy........, if I had a nickel every time I heard that.


The beautiful image above of the conjunction was taken by Genie, great job Genie! When there are special celestial occasions I will post any and all images from you the readers on my blog, and issue a free pair of Hanna Montana/ Miley Cyrus 3D glasses, while supplies last. My goal has always been to get people involved in and to enjoy the cosmos, and my new goal to one day have everybody outfitted with said 3D glasses. The upcoming Jupiter, Mercury and Lunar conjunction December 28/29, not as spectacular as the one that just occurred but it will more beautiful in it's subtlety, has Mercury in it, I love Mercury, always a challenge to view and even more difficult to image, the Moon will be a very small crescent making it all the more reason to try and catch it. For the conjunction look low in the SW just after Sunset on the 28/29. Also the Geminid meteor shower peaks next weekend, look to the east around 10:00 pm for the show to start, will be a Full Moon so won't see the maximum of 60 meteors per hour but again still worth a look.


The above image was taken by Anita with a Finepix S700 camera, great shot Anita! A pair of 3D glasses are on their merry way to you and yours.



Raymond, took the above image, super job!! hope you Genie and Anita enjoy your new 3D glasses, to break em in, try this cool NASA 3D image site.

I'll leave you now with a preview clip of Journey to the Edge of the Universe.


63 comments:

notedscholar said...

I don't know how you do it. But you always do it. Great!

NS

Susanne49 said...

Our universe is so colorful, I liked these pictures, Bob! Thanks for this interesting post again.

Sue's Daily Photography

CJ Harley said...

Thanks for the heads up on the meteor shower next weekend. I'll be out there trying to catch a glimpse in spite of the full moon.

kml said...

I really wish we got the NG channel - looks like you are in for some beautiful images. Love the geyser shot.

roentarre said...

These images are stunning!

Genie said...

I'm so excited about the Saskatchewan meteor fragments! And how great that the biggest chunk so far was found by a boy and his dad out looking for exactly what they found. I wonder how long before the fragments are for sale on Ebay!!!

Thanks for showing my humble conjunction photo! I like Raymond's photo because my favorite way to see the moon is when it's low on the horizon and gold/platinum in color.

Keep up the good work, Bob, of increasing awareness of all things celestial in the most positive, friendly, and proficient way!

Bob Johnson said...

Well thank you very much notedscholar.

Bob Johnson said...

No problem Susanne, glad you like the post, hope you can catch the show.

Bob Johnson said...

You're welcome CJ, there will still be meteors to view, I will be out for a few nights, weekend, best times are 2-5 am.

Bob Johnson said...

Too bad you don't get the channel Kathy, they have had some great shows lately.

Bob Johnson said...

They are pretty cool roentarre.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Genie, you took some great shots, lol about Ebay, just because I was thinking the exact same thing, I've gotten some great deals there, got a 25mg Mars meteor for only 45 bucks, I'll be posting a video and pics of it soon.

Genie said...

Oh my goodness, Bob! You need to hook up with Daniel Sroka (http://blog.danielsroka.com/), he specializes in macro photography--bet he could do some amazing stuff with your shiny new 25mg. Mars meteor! Not that your macro videos of your other meteors aren't masterpieces, of course.

Can't wait to get my 3D shades, they'll be useless for me and my odd eyes but hubby will love pouring over the 3D Mars photos with them! Finally, after all this time, I have some awesome stuff to show for all my time blogging. "In The Shadow of the Moon" and a pair of Hannah Montana 3D glasses, woot, life is good!!!!!!!!

Moonshadow said...

You need to check out my friend, Anita's picture of the conjuction...
http://prairievisions.blogspot.com/
I'm sure she'd love some 3D glasses if you let her know they're free. :)

Swubird said...

Bob:

First of all, are you going meteor hunting for your share of the Saskatchewan meteorite? Get over there and find yourself a piece.

Second, I love the pictures, especially the geysers of Triton. Very dramatic. Something tells me that someday we're going to find some strange things on that little moon. I just hope I'll be around to see them.

Great post, Bob. I'll keep my eyes balls peeled for the TV show.

Happy stargazing.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, that's great , hey did you watch the movie yet? I went to Daniel's site, thanks for the link, looks good, does he do house calls?,lol, your glasses should be there any day now.

Bob Johnson said...

Wow, thanks for the heads up Moonshadow, I left her a comment, asking if she wanted me to post her image to leave me a comment, get a free pair of glasses.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks swubird, I don't even think the average person is allowed around the fall site otherwise I'd be there.

I don't think I'm even going to be around for the return to the Moon, with all the cutbacks, the Mars Science Lab Rover just got cut back 2 more years, shape of things to come.

mancai said...

hi,
i`m interesting about this post.

Ruth said...

Of course I love all your information and the gorgeous photos and excitement to come. But my favorite will always be your sense of humor, especially in relation to your wife. :D

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks mancai, glad you like the post.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, thanks Ruth, I'm going to try and pull her out of blogging retirement for a guest post./m\

Majase Cyc said...

Looking forward to that NG show! But I'll have to wait until it comes online--I (happily) killed my TV a couple years ago, so have to find specific things online I want to see.

As always, great photos and links!

Oh, and the: "she said 'I saw your cute little conjunction!'........boy........, if I had a nickel every time I heard that." had me rolling in the floor.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, and thanks Majase Cyc, wow sucks about your TV, how do you manage?,lol, the good thing is there are all kinds of great programs for free on the net and growing.\m/\m/

robroy said...

Great pictures as usual

Livingsword said...

Hi Bob…

Very cool images….

I’m guessing the movie you watched was the Sound of Music? (Just a guess)

Alas I do not get the National Geographic channel yet….

“Your cute little conjunction”!!!!! LOL LOL LOL

Bob please be sure to inform your guests that driving while wearing 3-D glasses may be hazardous… :)

Bob another conjunction visit for you to share with all of us!!!

I like all the photos but the one that strikes me right now is the one by Anita…it is amazing how she captured Santa on his test run…

Should be an interesting program…You do a wonderful job of growing interest in the cosmos Bob…

Sherer said...

YO YO YO!

Hey Bob, I just set my DVR to record JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE! Should be a great program I am pretty excited. Also most excellent conjunction pics - congrats to all who entered!

Jesse

Nomad Flavor said...

Awesome Photographs! I couldn't take my eyes off of the Black Hole. Simply amazing.

Bob Johnson said...

Hey, thanks robroy.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol,good guess livingsword, one of my fav movies, great soundtrack, and a happy ending.

Santa on his test run, good catch, didn't know if anybody else would pick up on that,lol.

Thanks as always for your great comments livingsword.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Jesse, sure you'll like the show.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Great shots for a great show Nomad Flavor, thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/

Shinade said...

Bob I am so glad you just happened to drop by. it has been ages since I have visited you and oh my what I have been missing.

Wow everything posted here is just incredible.

I have added you to my favorites and will add you to my blog roll so I don't lose you again.

Bob Johnson said...

Wow, and thanks a lot Shinade!,I know what you mean, I myself have gone through a few computers through them blowing up on me and have lost lots of links to cool sites, always great when you find them again, I remember you and had you bookmarked on a couple computers ago, found you again through Entrecard. I will blogroll you as well.\m/\m/

self taught artist said...

i get it why you are so into space and sky and planets...so much more interesting than what is down here :)
yes i have thought of you often when i hear about the meteor, I thought 'bob must be besides himself!!!!'
sorry i haven't been around much, as you know we get involved in our own universes...some are bigger than others ;)

Bob Johnson said...

I hear you Paula, life is like that so much to do and so little time, thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/

Anita said...

Thanks, Bob, and I'm sure my son and I will enjoy the glasses!

Will said...

Another great, informative post as always! It is amazing the pieces of that meteor that have been found. I wonder how much the 25 pound piece is worth?

That geyser photo is beautiful. I wonder what makes the end of it look like a Fiddlehead fern? I also wonder how far out from Triton that is shooting?

I seem to be doing a whole lot of wondering today thanks to you! lol.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Very impressive images, Bob. I loooove visiting here to see what you have found in the skies. You are quite AMAZING and a BLESSING to bloggers.

Woot!!! that they found parts of that meteor. I wish you would have found some of it. :D

Cheers! JJ

Area 51 Aliens said...

Amazing photos! There is something about space photos that make me feel so small and insignificant...

Bob Johnson said...

No problem Anita, I'm sure you will make good use of them.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Will, once they get it analyzed they will know what it is worth, also how much they find will determine a cost, by the look of it it is probably some type of iron based meteorite, not from the Moon or Mars, counting the days when some of it finds it's way to Ebay,lol.

Will I read it some where that the Geysers are around 7 miles high, forget where, probably in either Sky and Telescope or Astronomy mag.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ, maybe when it all dies down next spring I might make a visit out there to talk to the owner, you never ever find all of a fall.

Bob Johnson said...

Me Too Area 51 Aliens.

Lynda Lehmann said...

Wonderful images, Bob! I wish I had time to watch those shows. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

AngelBaby said...

You are amazing! I just love the pictures they are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Love and Blessings.
AngelBaby

Roger said...

The Geysers on Triton needs a tucks medicated pad lol! Just kidding all good stuff Bob!!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Lynda!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot AngelBaby! Love sharing this stuff.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, thanks Roger.

Linda said...

These are the coolest pics and just fascinated. thanks for sharing them!h

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Linda, glad you like them.\m/\m/

Genie said...

Just blogged all about my fly new shades, you're the best Bob!

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, thanks Genie.\m/\m/

Livingsword said...

LOL LOL

“A deer, a female deer”…..hmmm hidden reference to Santa’s reindeer….

Sneaky Bob….

krizcpec said...

Great post!

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, another good catch livingsword, guess I'll be on my merry way.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks krizcpec.

Web Designer said...

Blackhole eat the star, what a big Blackhole

Anonymous said...

It is useful to try everything in practice anyway and I like that here it's always possible to find something new. :)

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