Friday, March 23, 2007

KEEP IT PRISTINE

This is from the astronomy picture of the day website and I have it on my desktop. I can't stop looking at it, the detail is amazing.

The image was taken from the International Space Station in 2006 and shows the layers of the atmosphere and that beautiful crescent moon.

Air molecules scatter blue light making the sky clear blue for ground observers and the horizon blue for astronauts. The molecules are deflecting the moonlight making the lower part of the moon appear to fade. The black at the top of the photo shows the increasingly thin atmosphere.

2 comments:

GoAwayPlease said...

Jet pilots have vistas like that as a normal part of their working day.
If only we had been shown that in time (ie: 1963) to become one ......

JahTeh said...

1963,can you hear that hysterical laughter at women wanting to fly jet planes? I can still hear my teacher laughing fit to bust when I said I wanted to be a geologist. Bitch said I wasn't even good at typing. No wonder I took up eating, I was good at that.