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Discovery’s Last Moment In The Sun

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posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 04:22 PM
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Alan Friedman’s shot of the solar prominence was not the only amazing picture he took of the Sun last week. He also caught something pretty special: the Orbiter Discovery, docked with the International Space Station, as the pair crossed the face of our star:





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Alan Friedman takes some amazing pictures and here is a bonus sun picture.
It is too big to embed in here, but check it out.







Alan used a filter that lets through only a very narrow wavelength of light emitted by hydrogen (called Hα for those of you keeping track at home), so this tracks the activity of gas on the solar surface. He also inverts the image of the solar disk (makes it a negative) to increase contrast. Somehow this adds a three-dimensional quality to the picture, and reveals an amazing amount of texture. I swear I had a rug in my bedroom growing up that was this texture (though somewhat cooler and less burny).

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posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 04:29 PM
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S&F.. WOW! what a amazing photo..



posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 04:44 PM
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The bonus photo was one wicked a!@ cool pic! It was neat to look at



posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 05:02 PM
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Amazing. He had to rush from giving a talk, drive to the location, set up, and be ready to snap this event… which lasted only a fifth of a second! As it was he barely made it; had he missed his location by a few hundred meters the docked spacecraft would’ve been off to the side of the Sun.


That's friggin amazing.



posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 10:25 PM
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Originally posted by TechVampyre
S&F.. WOW! what a amazing photo..


I am curious to see what other great pics this guy has taken.



posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 10:34 PM
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I always love those hard to program photos.

Space Shuttles are the greatest ships to transport man into LEO, and nobody can deny that. The greatest ships built by mankind to date, (especially for human occupancy).

Think about that.



posted on Mar, 9 2011 @ 05:39 PM
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Your first post was about flatulence and now more gas?!
Those pics are amazing by the way.
s+f for you.

The bonus pic is my desktop wall paper at this moment.



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