A gorgeous photo of sunrise over Mount Rainier in Washington State taken December 31, 2012 by Redditor PCloadletter26.
Mount Rainier is a rather large stratovocano – so big that I can see it here from my desk in my apartment in Vancouver Canada on clear day. It’s considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
Mount Rainier is currently listed as a Decade Volcano, or one of the 16 volcanoes with the greatest likelihood of causing great loss of life and property if eruptive activity resumes. If Mt. Rainier were to erupt as powerfully as Mount St. Helens did in its May 18, 1980 eruption, the effect would be cumulatively greater, because of the far more massive amounts of glacial ice locked on the volcano compared to Mount St. Helens and the vastly more heavily populated areas surrounding Rainier.
Yikes. Let’s hope it will just continue to provide breathtaking photo opportunities instead of blowing our ass up.
Wow. This is brilliant. It’s the most comic booky movie poster I’ve ever seen. It could easily be a cover to an Iron Man comic.
Robert Downy Jr. looks like such a bad-ass. Best. Casting. Ever.
Comets Lemmon and PanSTARRS sweeping through the Southern Skies from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.
Two comets – C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) and C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) can be seen moving through the Southern Sky in this short time lapse video. Hopefully comet PanSTARRS brightens up significantly before moving into the Northern Hemisphere sky.
For more images and videos visit Alex Cherney’ blog http://www.terrastro.com
It’s pretty amazing to be able to see two comets at the same time. Makes me wish I lived farther from the city center where I can see more of the night sky.
I love it when animals cross the species boundaries and adopt or care for other animals. It often involves some human intervention as in this case, but animal altruism often occurs spontaneously with nobody looking.
It just goes to show that kindness is not an exclusively human trait.
And who knew baby wild boars were so adorable?
A fun new tee design by victorsbeard available at Redbubble ‘This Walker’s Dead’.
It’s a bit of stretch, but it does make for a fun image. I wouldn’t mind wearing this just to see people’s reaction.
This is amazing.
I never think of birds playing, but there’s no doubt these crows are having a blast in the snow. I was half-expecting them to start throwing snowballs at each other!
Hubble’s 20th anniversary image shows a mountain of dust and gas rising in the Carina Nebula. The top of a three-light-year tall pillar of cool hydrogen is being worn away by the radiation of nearby stars, while stars within the pillar unleash jets of gas that stream from the peaks.
Image: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI) [High Res Version]
Via Wired’s Science Photo of the Day
An amazing painting by atrox of some little feathered dinos having a not-so-good day.
Actually, considering the forest fire in the background, it appears the larger dinos are haven’t such a great day either.
I need to go outside and to see some sun and nature before the next GIANT PLANET KILLER ROCK FROM OUTER SPACE lands on my head, but I want to share something a bit more light-hearted that I was planning to blog about last evening:
I love the Japanese sense of humour. This is an adaptation of Kyūkyoku!! Hentai Kamen (Ultimate!! Pervert Mask) a comedy manga series written and illustrated by Keishū Ando.
I love how surprisingly committed and serious the actors are in tis trailer for Hentai Kamen – considering that the hero is wearing only a thong, mesh stockings and underwear on his face – and that he attacks bad-guys by jumping up and spinning his crotch into their face.
When I was pondering the return of DC Comics Power Girl’s return to her original, boobalicious costume I was thinking that it was high-time that there was a male superhero with an equally revealing/pandering costume for the ladies and gay dudes to appreciate – well now there is! (and he’s got an awesome butt.)
Via: Badass Digest
Russian scientists are investigating the meteorite explosion in the Ural’s region, which injured nearly 1200 people on Friday. They explained the nature of the celestial body that the state space agency had failed to track down on time.
The object was identified as a solitary 10 ton bolide by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN). Bolides or bright fireballs are large meteors that explode in the lower atmosphere, and unlike meteorite showers they can be dangerous, scientists explained.
The Chelyabinsk fireball entered the atmosphere moving at a speed of about 20 km/s. The body of several meters in diameter then burst into pieces at the height of 30-50 km above the ground, RAN reported.
Three consecutive explosions shattered the body further. Large fragments moving at high speed caused a powerful flash and a strong blast wave, with most energy released at a height of 5 to 15 km, RAN added.
The impact and the sound of the blast reached the ground minutes after the explosion, causing havoc and panic in Chelyabinsk. While most of the object burned down during the fall, the remaining parts showered over the region, possibly adding to the damage and injuries.
And here’s the apparent impact site:
A Russian policeman works near an ice hole, said by the Interior Ministry department for Chelyabinsk region to be the point of impact of a meteor seen earlier in the Urals region, at lake Chebarkul some 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Chelyabinsk February 15, 2013 (Reuters / Chelyabinsk region Interior Ministry)