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(Slate)   Bad Astronomy's annual Top Astronomy Pictures of the Year. Bonus: No slideshow   (slate.com) divider line 25
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2012-12-19 02:27:57 PM
Wow. Just wow.
 
/Oh, and Phil - you rock.
 
2012-12-19 02:29:53 PM
If you're a Jim Butcher fan, check out Orion Over the Temple of the Serpent God and tell me you're not thinking of the battle at the end of "Changes." I'm off to see how big the source pic is and to make it my wallpaper.
 
2012-12-19 02:33:03 PM
Thanks for the link.
 
2012-12-19 02:35:01 PM

This Face Left Blank: If you're a Jim Butcher fan, check out Orion Over the Temple of the Serpent God and tell me you're not thinking of the battle at the end of "Changes." I'm off to see how big the source pic is and to make it my wallpaper.

 
 
That was the exact thought I had upon seeing that pic. Weird, man. Totally like...cosmic dude.
 
/puff, puff
//pass
 
2012-12-19 02:39:44 PM

Choestoe: This Face Left Blank: If you're a Jim Butcher fan, check out Orion Over the Temple of the Serpent God and tell me you're not thinking of the battle at the end of "Changes." I'm off to see how big the source pic is and to make it my wallpaper.
 
 
That was the exact thought I had upon seeing that pic. Weird, man. Totally like...cosmic dude.
 
/puff, puff
//pass


That's the one where he takes out all the Red court right?

/just finished cold days
//rewatching the TV series on episode 4 thru amazon instant prime
 
2012-12-19 02:40:23 PM

JolobinSmokin: Choestoe: This Face Left Blank: If you're a Jim Butcher fan, check out Orion Over the Temple of the Serpent God and tell me you're not thinking of the battle at the end of "Changes." I'm off to see how big the source pic is and to make it my wallpaper.
 
 
That was the exact thought I had upon seeing that pic. Weird, man. Totally like...cosmic dude.
 
/puff, puff
//pass

That's the one where he takes out all the Red court right?

/just finished cold days
//rewatching the TV series on episode 4 thru amazon instant prime



Also,

Hells Bells
 
2012-12-19 02:41:12 PM
Sweet.
 
That Hubble Deep Field image is just mind blowing. To think that even the "empty" places are just filled with galaxies... wow...
 
But since when is Bad Astronomy on Slate? Did I miss something?
 
2012-12-19 02:41:48 PM
awesome link, subb,y many thanks!!!!
 
2012-12-19 02:42:38 PM
Oh man, that shot of the Venus transit is beyond awesome. Where bigger version? Where?! Need wallpaper!
 
2012-12-19 02:45:18 PM

JolobinSmokin: Choestoe: This Face Left Blank: If you're a Jim Butcher fan, check out Orion Over the Temple of the Serpent God and tell me you're not thinking of the battle at the end of "Changes." I'm off to see how big the source pic is and to make it my wallpaper.
 
 
That was the exact thought I had upon seeing that pic. Weird, man. Totally like...cosmic dude.
 
/puff, puff
//pass

That's the one where he takes out all the Red court right?

That's the one. Pretty freakin' epic. Can't find a really hi-res version of that pic, so I guess it'll only be on one monitor at best, or tiled to show on both. Shame. The Spiral Galaxy one is huge though.
 
2012-12-19 02:50:15 PM

akula: Sweet.
 
That Hubble Deep Field image is just mind blowing. To think that even the "empty" places are just filled with galaxies... wow...
 
But since when is Bad Astronomy on Slate? Did I miss something?



About 5 weeks ago. We had a thread on it and everything.
 
2012-12-19 03:00:22 PM
www.slate.com

And thankfully, no duck-face
 
2012-12-19 03:02:50 PM

Dr Dreidel: akula: Sweet.
 
That Hubble Deep Field image is just mind blowing. To think that even the "empty" places are just filled with galaxies... wow...
 
But since when is Bad Astronomy on Slate? Did I miss something?


About 5 weeks ago. We had a thread on it and everything.



Yup, must have missed that. 
 
2012-12-19 03:21:33 PM
I'm sure Slate is a bigger audience, but going from Discover to sharing the byline crawl with the likes of Farhad Manjoo and Amanda Marcotte can't be the proudest feeling.
 
2012-12-19 03:29:00 PM
Thanks, subby. Great article.
 
2012-12-19 03:35:41 PM
The Venus transit photograph is unbelievable. Can astronomers (both Bad and Good) use those kinds of images to analyze Venus' atmosphere?
 
2012-12-19 03:40:35 PM
That article is the Real Miss Universe. How much beauty in one place!!
 
2012-12-19 03:46:25 PM
they should have sent a poet
 
2012-12-19 05:34:48 PM

ox45tallboy: Thanks, subby. Great article.


Given the very high chance that Subby is also the author, I think I have to say:

Your blog rocks, Subby.
 
2012-12-19 07:22:56 PM
The Image of Curiosity mid entry with it's parachute deployed taken by NASA MRO should have made the list or at least honorable mention. Not for the quality of the image but the meticulous engineering that went into coordinating such a shot.
 
2012-12-19 08:14:36 PM
And not a single photo of a tiny pixellated yellow dot. Hooray!
 
2012-12-19 09:31:07 PM
Since these are the best photos of 2012, I have to ask: hasn't the photo of the Hubble Extreme Deep Field been around for a while?
 
2012-12-19 10:38:04 PM
just too cool...
 
2012-12-20 12:02:05 AM
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2012-12-20 04:44:44 AM
You know it really throws me off how big the Sun looks behind Venus in transit. It took me a few moments to realize that it's because of how small Venus is, not how big the Sun appears to be at that distance. The sun is apparently only 3/2 the size it appears on Earth.
 
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