Life As A Human Likes is a weekly feature of blogs and websites we love. This week, we share a few links to some amazing web sites that focus on our sun, our solar system, the wonders of the universe and an amazing new telescope set to launch in 2014.
Our star the sun, just like our planet, has its own weather. Central to our solar system, our sun sustains us and has allowed life on our planet to evolve. SOHO, the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, is a project of international collaboration between ESA and NASA to study the sun from its deep core to the outer corona and the solar wind.
This fantastic web site features daily updates on space weather and sun spot activity. There is a lot to see here so I suggest you bookmark it. Be sure to check out some of the video clips which are quite simply amazing.
If you ever want to know anything about our solar system, space missions, the galaxy, comets, asteroids and so much more, this is the place to start. Each link provides you with wonderfully detailed information and high resolution images. For example, if you click on Mars, you are taken to an archive of stunning images which include links to the missions that captured them such as the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission. Clicking on that link will take you to the MER website.
You can link to Voyager, Magellan, Venus Express — all the space missions are there. If the exploration of our universe is your thing, you could spend months surfing this site and never get bored!
Since the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was carried into orbit by a space shuttle in 1990, it has captured thousands of images that have changed the way we think about our universe. Most of these images are absolutely stunning. Be sure to check out the high resolution versions as well.
As with the JPL Photojournal, there is so much see here. I suggest starting with the Picture Album and surfing from there.
The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s next orbiting observatory and the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. A tennis court-sized telescope orbiting far beyond Earth’s moon, Webb will detect infrared radiation and be capable of seeing in that wavelength as well as Hubble sees in visible light.
This incredible new telescope will be launched in 2014 and represents, IMHO, science at its best! Be sure to check out the multimedia link which shows some great images and details about this amazing technology.
All thumbnails above come from the respective sites they point to.
Article Thumbnail and Feature Pic – Light Echoes From Red Supergiant Star V838 Monocerotis – HST Image