This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the ‘Pahrump Hills’ outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop.

This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the ‘Pahrump Hills’ outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop.

Relative sizes of Kepler habitable zone planets discovered as of 2013 April 18. Except for Earth, these are artists’ renditions.

Relative sizes of Kepler habitable zone planets discovered as of 2013 April 18. Except for Earth, these are artists’ renditions.

I decided to get this tattoo last week. It, in case you didn’t know, is the pulsar map that was on Pioneer 10/11 as well as on the Voyager golden record. The lines and dashes represent binary code which spell out the frequency and period of the radio wave emissions (which is unique to each pulsar), and the longer line represents the distance from our star to the center of the Milky Way. Supposedly, if an alien civilization were to find the record they could find our solar system based on the 14 pulsars that have been mapped out. A tribute to Carl…and I suppose it will come in handy someday when finding my way back home.

Don’t forget.

Don’t forget.

Jazz BBQ Star Party 2014 at Jewett Observatory in Pullman, Washington. Such a fun time and a big turn out. Almost got ran over 5 times trying to get these shots…but it was worth it. 

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When my husband [Carl Sagan] died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.

Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous — not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful.

The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.

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Ann Druyan (via whats-out-there)

OMG *cries*

The Summer Triangle: Deneb in Cygnus, Vega in Lyra and Altair in Aquila.

The Summer Triangle: Deneb in Cygnus, Vega in Lyra and Altair in Aquila.

Someone take the DSLR away.

Painting with light.

Milky Way during a New Moon, on the hill in our backyard, August 25, 2014.

"She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." -Carl Sagan 

"She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." -Carl Sagan 

Perseids 2014

Watching the Perseids this evening and unfortunately (or not so unfortunately) due to the super moon and fire haze, we saw more satellites than meteors. I was trying to explain to my seven year old daughter what a satellite was, which led into a conversation about Sputnik. Thinking she’s listening and taking in everything I’m saying I feel rather proud of this moment until after a few moments of silence she says, “Mama…it kind of sounds like Buttnik.” 

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Super Moon 2014. Smartphone mount is super handy for now until I can get the T-ring for my DSLR…aaand then ultimately learn how to use it. 

Super Moon 2014. Smartphone mount is super handy for now until I can get the T-ring for my DSLR…aaand then ultimately learn how to use it. 

Below Zero
"Cold astrophotography night, happy with the results. The image shows the fugg above the ground, light pollution, this image contains areas of the constellations of Sagittarius, Corona Australis Scutum Ophiuchus,& Aquila. Vega the bright star above the clouds in Lyra’s constellation" - Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer

Below Zero

"Cold astrophotography night, happy with the results. The image shows the fugg above the ground, light pollution, this image contains areas of the constellations of Sagittarius, Corona Australis Scutum Ophiuchus,& Aquila. Vega the bright star above the clouds in Lyra’s constellation" - Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer