the Holi festival of colour throwing. Well Danny is back in Front Square, back to normal colour and no longer throwing coloured paint at revelers. Instead he’s presenting this rather with this rather impressive documentary about his PhD research on solar storms. It’s nicely put together, and Danny really does have The-Voice-Of-Authority. You can imagine that if the earth is thrown into some type of cataclysmic event due to a solar storm, that a prerecorded message in Danny’s voice that will issue forth and tell us how to survive it.
Good work, Danny.
Following on the space shuttle theme, here are two astronauts describing what it’s like to actually fly on one. Eight and a half minutes! That’s how long it takes to get into space. And it lands at an angle of 30 degrees (compared to the average airline landing of 3 degrees!. These things were not for the faint hearted!
The Observer carried this photograph at the weekend. I saw it at lunchtime today, as I browsed their magazine over a sandwich and came across an article about the final flight of the Space Shuttle Programme. This however, made me look twice. It is the coolest thing that I have ever seen. Bar none.
It’s the Space Shuttle Endeavour blasting off, as seen from the window of an airplane. The pilot of the plane managed to capture it with his iPhone, taken at 36,000 feet. You can read about it here.
Here’s an image of snow over Ireland and Britain, taking from Space at 13.09 on Wednesday 22 December.
If you’d like the see a larger, higher resolution image, click here.