do you ever just want to grab someone by the shoulders and scream “NO YOU’RE A WONDERFUL PERSON YOU DON’T NEED TO FEEL BAD ABOUT YOURSELF EVER” and aggressively shove them into a pile of fluffy pillows and throw them some of their favorite chocolate
Milky Way Below Sea Level
“The photo shows the Milky Way just after twilight from the salt flats of El Gualicho in Patagonia, Argentina. Altitude is 72 meters below sea level. The Milky Way was visible to the naked eye even when the the sky was not totally dark yet. There’re hundreds of stars reflected on the salt too.” — Luis Argerich
"One improves by learning to be productively ashamed of who one currently is."kateoplis)
The star at the heart of our solar system has released three X-class solar flares (the most powerful class of flares) and their associated waves of charged particles in the past 24 hours. Luckily for us, they have been pointed away from Earth, as seen in the upper left of the video above from NASA.
NASA’s SDO and SOHO satellites captured the explosive magnetic arcs and bursts of plasma in stunning form in the video, which is full-screen worthy. By viewing the sun through different wavelength filters (the colored angstrom filters you see above) we can zoom in on activity happening at different temperatures and involving different ionized elements from hydrogen to iron.
This happens as the sun ramps up for its predicted 11-year solar maximum later in 2013. Wear your sun(plasma)block!
Don’t you wish there was sound in space so you could hear these things? Sigh.