Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 September 30

Equinox Sunrise Around the World

Collage Image Copyright: Luca Vanzella

Explanation: A planet-wide collaboration resulted in this remarkable array of sunrise photographs taken around the September 2022 equinox. The images were contributed by 24 photographers, one in each of 24 nautical time zones around the world. Unlike more complicated civil time zone boundaries, the 24 nautical time zones are simply 15 degree longitude bands corresponding to 1 hour steps that span the globe. Start at the upper right for the first to experience a sunrise in the nautical time zone corresponding to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) + 12 hours. In that time zone, the photographer was located in Christchurch, New Zealand. Travel to the west by looking down the column and then moving to the column toward the left for later sunrises as the time zone offset in hours from UTC decreases. Or, you can watch a video of September 2022 equinox sunrises around planet Earth.

September 13 to September 29 Astronomy Picture of the Day

2022 September 29: DART Asteroid Impact from Space
2022 September 28: A Furious Sky over Mount Shasta
2022 September 27: DART: Impact on Asteroid Dimorphos
2022 September 26: All the Water on Planet Earth
2022 September 25: The Fairy of Eagle Nebula
2022 September 24: September Sunrise Shadows
2022 September 23: Ringed Ice Giant Neptune
2022 September 22: NGC 7331 Close Up
2022 September 21: The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble
2022 September 20: Star Forming Region NGC 3582 without Stars
2022 September 19: Star Trails and Lightning over the Pyrenees
2022 September 18: Analemma over the Callanish Stones
2022 September 17: Perseverance in Jezero Crater s Delta
2022 September 16: The Tarantula Zone
2022 September 15: Harvest Moon over Sicily
2022 September 14: Waves of the Great Lacerta Nebula
2022 September 13: A Long Snaking Filament on the Sun

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Here is the list for the astronomy pictures of the day from September 1 to September 12, 2022. I will go back to posting them on their day starting tomorrow.

2022 September 12: Red Sprite Lightning over the Czech Republic
2022 September 11: Planets of the Solar System: Tilts and Spins
2022 September 10: Galaxy by the Lake
2022 September 09: Interstellar Voyager
2022 September 08: North America and the Pelican
2022 September 07: Tarantula Stars R136 from Webb
2022 September 06: An Iridescent Pileus Cloud over China
2022 September 05: Carina Cliffs from the Webb Space Telescope
2022 September 04: Sea and Sky Glows over the Oregon Coast
2022 September 03: Sun and Moon and ISS
2022 September 02: M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy
2022 September 01: The Tulip and Cygnus X-1

August 29 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 August 29

The Horsehead Nebula Region without Stars

Image Credit & Copyright: George Chatzifrantzis

Explanation: The famous Horsehead Nebula in Orion is not alone. A deep exposure shows that the dark familiar shaped indentation, visible just right of center, is part of a vast complex of absorbing dust and glowing gas. The featured spectacular picture details an intricate tapestry of gaseous wisps and dust-laden filaments that were created and sculpted over eons by stellar winds and ancient supernovas. The Flame Nebula is visible in orange just to the Horsehead’s left. To highlight the dust and gas, most of the stars have been digitally removed, although a notable exception is Alnitak, just above the Flame Nebula, which is the rightmost star in Orion’s famous belt of three aligned stars. The Horsehead Nebula lies 1,500 light years distant towards the constellation of Orion.

 

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List of Astronomy Pictures of the Day from All of 2022 to Date

If you would like to catch up on all the Astronomy Picture of the Day from January 1 to August 28, 2022 you can click on this link From apodNASA.gov

August 29, 2022 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1526 Battle of Mohács: In a decisive battle the Hungarian Empire is conquered by the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent

1825 Portugal recognizes the Independence of Brazil

1842 Great Britain and China sign Treaty of Nanking, ending the Opium war

1862 Second Battle of Bull Run, fought in Manassas, Virginia begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)

1949 USSR performs its first nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR

2005 Hurricane Katrina makes 2nd and 3rd landfall as a category 3 hurricane, devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.

Today’s Historical Events

708 Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).

1178 Anti-Pope Callistus III gives pope title to Alexander III

1261 Jacques Pantaleon elected as Pope Urban IV

1350 Battle of Winchelsea (or Les Espagnols sur Mer): The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships

1475 Peace Treaty of Picquigny: King Louis XI buys English contacts

1484 Giovanni Battista Cibo elected as Pope Innocent VIII

1526 Battle of Mohács: In a decisive battle the Hungarian Empire is conquered by the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent

1533 Atahualpalast Sapa Inca Emperor is suspected to have been buried in Northern Peru or in Ecuador

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1952 New York premiere of history-based film “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima”

1953 KHSL TV channel 12 in Chico, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1967 Final TV episode of “The Fugitive” starring David Janssen watched by 78 million people

1969 KYUS TV channel 3 in Miles City, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

1987 44th Venice Film Festival: “Au revoir les enfants” (“Goodbye, Children”) directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion

1988 45th Venice Film Festival: “The Legend of the Holy Drinker” directed by Ermanno Olmi wins Golden Lion

1992 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London

1997 Netflix is founded by Marc Randolph and Reed Hasting in Scotts Valley, California as an online DVD rental business

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1958 George Harrison joins The Quarrymen, who later become The Beatles

1958 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single “Move It”, Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

1964 Stephen Sondheim‘s musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, starring Zero Mostel, and Jack Gilford, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 965 performances and 6 Tony Awards

1966 The Beatles’ last public concert before a crowd of 25,000, and 7,000 unsold seats, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

1977 Iggy Pop releases his second album “Lust for Life”, a collaboration with David Bowie

1982 Steve Miller’s single “Abracadabra” hits #1

1992 Irish rock band U2 plays the 1st of two sold-out nights at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NYC

1994 British band Oasis release their debut album “Definitely Maybe”, becomes fastest-selling album ever in UK

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1882 Australia beat England by 7 runs – “Death of English cricket”

1882 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth completes 14-90 (7-46 & 7-44) in one-off Test v England in London

1885 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0

1885 Boxing’s 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L. Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey

1889 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, Rhode Island)

1895 The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.

1906 US National Championship Men’s Tennis, Newport, RI: William Clothier beats defending champion Beals Wright 6-3, 6-0, 6-4

1908 US Open Men’s Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Fred McLeod defeats fellow Scot Willie Smith by 6 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title

August 2 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 August 2

A Moon Dressed Like Saturn

Image Credit & Copyright: Francisco Sojuel

Explanation: Why does Saturn appear so big? It doesn’t — what is pictured are foreground clouds on Earth crossing in front of the Moon. The Moon shows a slight crescent phase with most of its surface visible by reflected Earthlight known as ashen glow. The Sun directly illuminates the brightly lit lunar crescent from the bottom, which means that the Sun must be below the horizon and so the image was taken before sunrise. This double take-inducing picture was captured on 2019 December 24, two days before the Moon slid in front of the Sun to create a solar eclipse. In the foreground, lights from small Guatemalan towns are visible behind the huge volcano Pacaya.

 

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July 31 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 31

Starburst Galaxy M94 from Hubble

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Explanation: Why does this galaxy have a ring of bright blue stars? Beautiful island universe Messier 94 lies a mere 15 million light-years distant in the northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici). A popular target for Earth-based astronomers, the face-on spiral galaxy is about 30,000 light-years across, with spiral arms sweeping through the outskirts of its broad disk. But this Hubble Space Telescope field of view spans about 7,000 light-years across M94‘s central region. The featured close-up highlights the galaxy’s compact, bright nucleus, prominent inner dust lanes, and the remarkable bluish ring of young massive stars. The ring stars are all likely less than 10 million years old, indicating that M94 is a starburst galaxy that is experiencing an epoch of rapid star formation from inspiraling gas. The circular ripple of blue stars is likely a wave propagating outward, having been triggered by the gravity and rotation of a oval matter distributions. Because M94 is relatively nearby, astronomers can better explore details of its starburst ring.

July 30 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 30

The Eagle Rises

Image Credit: Apollo 11, NASA – Stereo Image Copyright: John Kaufmann (ALSJ)

Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this stereo view from lunar orbit. The 3D anaglyph was created from two photographs (AS11-44-6633AS11-44-6634) taken by astronaut Michael Collins during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. It features the lunar module ascent stage, dubbed The Eagle, rising to meet the command module in lunar orbit on July 21. Aboard the ascent stage are Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first to walk on the Moon. The smooth, dark area on the lunar surface is Mare Smythii located just below the equator on the extreme eastern edge of the Moon’s near side. Poised beyond the lunar horizon is our fair planet Earth.

July 29 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 29

SOFIA’s Southern Lights

Image Credit & CopyrightIan Griffin (Otago Museum)

Explanation: SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a large reflecting telescope into the stratosphere. The ability of the airborne facility to climb above about 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere has allowed researchers to observe from almost anywhere over the planet. On a science mission flying deep into the southern auroral oval, astronomer Ian Griffin, director of New Zealand’s Otago Museum, captured this view from the observatory’s south facing starboard side on July 17. Bright star Canopus shines in the southern night above curtains of aurora australis, or southern lights. The plane was flying far south of New Zealand at the time at roughly 62 degrees southern latitude. Unfortunately, after a landing at Christchurch severe weather damaged SOFIA requiring repairs and the cancellation of the remainder of its final southern hemisphere deployment.

July 27 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 27

Crepuscular Moon Rays over Denmark

Image Credit & Copyright: Ruslan Merzlyakov (astrorms)

Explanation: This moon made quite an entrance. Typically, a moonrise is quiet and serene. Taking a few minutes to fully peek above the horizon, Earth’s largest orbital companion can remain relatively obscure until it rises high in the nighttime sky. About a week ago, however, and despite being only half lit by the Sun, this rising moon put on a show — at least from this location. The reason was that, as seen from Limfjord in Nykøbing MorsDenmark, the moon rose below scattered clouds near the horizon. The result, captured here in a single exposure, was that moonlight poured through gaps in the clouds to created what are called crepuscular rays. These rays can fan out dramatically across the sky when starting near the horizon, and can even appear to converge on the other side of the sky. Well behind our Moon, stars from our Milky Way galaxy dot the background, and our galaxy’s largest orbital companion — the Andromeda galaxy — can be found on the upper left.

 

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July 26 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 26

Comet NEOWISE Rising over the Adriatic Sea

Comet NEOWISE Rising over the Adriatic Sea
Video Credit & Copyright: Paolo GirottiExplanation: This sight was worth getting out of bed early. Two years ago this month, Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) rose before dawn to the delight of northern sky enthusiasts awake that early. Up before sunrise on July 8th, the featured photographer was able to capture in dramatic fashion one of the few comets visible to the unaided eye this century, an inner-Solar System intruder that has become known as the Great Comet of 2020. The resulting video detailed Comet NEOWISE from Italy rising over the Adriatic Sea. The time-lapse video combines over 240 images taken over 30 minutes. The comet was seen rising through a foreground of bright and undulating noctilucent clouds, and before a background of distant stars. Comet NEOWISE remained unexpectedly bright until 2020 August, with its ion and dust tails found to emanate from a nucleus spanning about five kilometers across.

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July 25 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 25

Find the New Moon

Image Credit & Copyright: Mohamad Soltanolkotabi

Explanation: Can you find the Moon? This usually simple task can be quite difficult. Even though the Moon is above your horizon half of the time, its phase can be anything from crescent to full. The featured image was taken in late May from Sant Martí d’EmpúriesSpain, over the Mediterranean Sea in the early morning. One reason you can’t find this moon is because it is very near to its new phase, when very little of the half illuminated by the Sun is visible to the Earth. Another reason is because this moon is near the horizon and so seen through a long path of Earth’s atmosphere — a path which dims the already faint crescent. Any crescent moon is only visible near the direction the Sun, and so only locatable near sunrise or sunset. The Moon runs through all of its phases in a month (moon-th), and this month the thinnest sliver of a crescent — a new moon — will occur in three days.

July 24 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 24

Saturn in Infrared from Cassini

Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechSSIProcessing: Maksim Kakitsev

Explanation: Many details of Saturn appear clearly in infrared light. Bands of clouds show great structure, including long stretching storms. Also quite striking in infrared is the unusual hexagonal cloud pattern surrounding Saturn‘s North Pole. Each side of the dark hexagon spans roughly the width of our Earth. The hexagon‘s existence was not predicted, and its origin and likely stability remains a topic of research. Saturn’s famous rings circle the planet and cast shadows below the equator. The featured image was taken by the robotic Cassini spacecraft in 2014 in several infrared colors. In 2017 September, the Cassini mission was brought to a dramatic conclusion when the spacecraft was directed to dive into ringed giant.

 

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July 23 Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2022 July 23

Apollo 11 Landing Panorama

Neil ArmstrongApollo 11NASA

Explanation: Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames, this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. The images were taken by Neil Armstrong looking out his window of the Eagle Lunar Module shortly after the July 20, 1969 landing. The frame at the far left (AS11-37-5449) is the first picture taken by a person on another world. Toward the south, thruster nozzles can be seen in the foreground on the left, while at the right, the shadow of the Eagle is visible to the west. For scale, the large, shallow crater on the right has a diameter of about 12 meters. Frames taken from the Lunar Module windows about an hour and a half after landing, before walking on the lunar surface, were intended to initially document the landing site in case an early departure was necessary.