Just another Coachella sunset…
DILLON FRANCIS - COACHELLA 2014
this pregnant hairless cat is so fucking done, i can’t handle it.
Brightest Mars in years
Right now is just about the best time this year to view the planet Mars in the night sky. Mars and Earth have different year lengths, so there are times when Earth passes close to Mars and times when Earth is on the opposite side of the sun from Mars.
The best viewing times for Mars are when the two planets make their closest orbital pass, a position called opposition, which will occur this year on April 8.
Right now Mars is rising in the East at just about sunset for most people and can be viewed there starting around sunset.
Because of how the planets migrate in their orbits and the fact that the orbits aren’t circular, Mars is actually getting closer to Earth with each opposition pass right now; Mars will be 0.05 AU closer to Earth than it was at the last opposition in 2012 – a difference that probably can’t be recognized with the eye but which is easily measured. In 2018, Mars will pass only 0.386 AU from the Earth – at the time it will be almost twice as large as it appears from Earth now.
Zedd ~ Ultra Music Festival 2014
Obviously this was Joel’s backup plan in case the music thing had fallen through.
I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with images like this. It may be fake, but it’s still nice to look at and think about. I don’t like it, however, when these images are presented with no context clues that indicate that the photo has been manipulated. Or, in this case, a file name like “amazing-photo-of-earth-from-space.jpg”.
It’s obvious to a lot of people, especially if you spend a lot of time studying images of space, that this is a manipulated image. Based on the volume of questions I get about what space actually looks like, it certainly isn’t obvious to everyone.
In my years of amateurish space nerdery, I’ve realized that the general public doesn’t know much about space. Which means plenty of people wouldn’t have the specific information needed to understand why cameras cannot capture images like this one. Many will take it at face value. This instance may not be particularly dangerous, but misinformation becoming common knowledge is always less than ideal.
I can enjoy this image for what it is. I am not arguing in favor of eliminating photo manipulation to combat misconceptions. I do hope, however, that future generations go out into the world armed with the knowledge and curiosity to say, “Wow, sweet picture. I should check and see if it’s real.”
tell a grown ass man “no” n watch him revert to age 5 behavior
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