An Exceedingly Large Cow, Bill Nye Takes On Skynet, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week
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Some cows win blue ribbons; Blosom wins world records. The 6-foot, 2-inch tall bovine took the Guinness World Record for tallest cow ever, and won our award for "Most Oblivious Guinness World Record Holder." Guinness World Records/ YouTube
Eye in the sky
The European Space Agency’s Sentinel 2 transmitted its first images to Earth (of Earth), encompassing a 290 km swath of land. The first imaging sequence covered from Sweden to Algeria, and took place just four days after launch. The ESA plans to use the satellite for environmental monitoring.
Aurora Borealis is a well-documented phenomenon, but a less-observed cosmic anomaly is the Aurora Australis, or “southern lights,” that NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured. Especially strong solar flares from the Sun disturbed and distorted the space protected by Earth’s magnetic field, according to NASA, which causes auroras.
Bill Nye the Terminator Guy
If anyone would be able to stop our encroaching robot overlords (besides Sarah Connor & Co.) it would probably be Bill Nye, who already seems to be keeping a lookout. Stay vigilant, Bill, we’re counting on you.
Quantum dots shine inside of mouse intestines. Red and green particles involve quantum dots, while the blue are regular old cell nuclei.
Comet 67P (Churyumov-Gerasimenko), current home of Philae lander, was imaged from the Rosetta Spacecraft now alongside the comet. The image was taken roughly 177 kilometers from the comet. We’ve known about 67P since 1969, and its journey around the sun lasts 6.5 years per trip.
33rd and Park Ave, please.
Photographer Phoo Chan caught a crow hitching a ride on a bald eagle’s back, although it is still unclear whether the crow tipped at the end of the journey.
Baby, it looks cold outside.
The Proba-1 microsatellite, ESA’s orbital camera that has outlived its expected lifespan by 11 years, captured Antarctica’s Princess Elisabeth Base, the continent’s first zero-carbon base. (The base is the little speck near the middle!)
Spotting The Dwarf Planet
NASA is fascinated by the series of dots found on Pluto’s surface, seen in new images taken by the New Horizon’s spacecraft, released on July 1. “It’s a real puzzle—we don’t know what the spots are, and we can’t wait to find out,” said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder. Each spot is approximately 300 miles in diameter.
This Micro-CT depicts two fruit flies, caught in mid-mate, for research by Cornell University on the reproductive processes of flies during intercourse. The flies were flash-frozen with nitrogen while mating, so its safe to assume flies were harmed in the making of this very, very tiny picture. Wolfner Lab