Corona from Svalbard

Corona from Svalbard

During a total solar eclipse, the Sun’s extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight.

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Explanation: During a total solar eclipse, the Sun’s extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight. Streamers and shimmering features that engage the eye span a brightness range of over 10,000 to 1, making them notoriously difficult to capture in a single photograph. But this composite of 29 telescopic images covers a wide range of exposure times to reveal the crown of the Sun in all its glory. The aligned and stacked digital frames were recorded in the cold, clear skies above the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway during the Sun’s total eclipse on March 20 and also show solar prominences extending just beyond the edge of the solar disk. Remarkably, even small details on the dark night side of the New Moon can be made out, illuminated by sunlight reflected from a Full Earth. Of course, fortunes will be reversed on April 4 as a Full Moon plunges into the shadow of a New Earth, during a total lunar eclipse.

Thanks, as always, to the amazing NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day!

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The Big Dipper Enhanced

The Big Dipper Enhanced

Do you see it?

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(Image Credit & Copyright: VegaStar Carpentier)

Explanation: Do you see it? This common question frequently precedes the rediscovery of one of the most commonly recognized configurations of stars on the northern sky: the Big Dipper. This grouping of stars is one of the few things that has likely been seen, and will be seen, by every human generation. In this featured image, however, the stars of the Big Dipper have been digitally enhanced — they do not really appear this much brighter than nearby stars. The image was taken earlier this month from France. The Big Dipper is not by itself a constellation. Although part of the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major), the Big Dipper is an asterism that has been known by different names to different societies. Five of the Big Dipper stars are actually near each other in space and were likely formed at nearly the same time. Relative stellar motions will cause the Big Dipper to slowly change its apparent configuration over the next 100,000 years.

Thanks, as always, to the amazing NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day!

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Coolest Onesies EVER!

They’re cool.

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They’re nerdy.

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They’re geeky.

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I can’t get enough of them!

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Are these the cutest onesies or what??

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It’s never too early for your child to get in touch with its inner nerd!

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Have your baby embrace the geekiness within.

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You’re never too young to pun.

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And where better to put nerd icons this this guy…

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Or this guy…

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Yes, even this guy!

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So go nuts, my little geeks and nerdlings!

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Show them who dresses their kids better than anyone.

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We’re smart.

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We have our own style of charm.

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And we rock!

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We’re good!

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We’re awesome…

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And we know it!

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Ten points for Gryffindor!!

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