A fascinating video clip has emerged of a Russian pilot (who was wearing a personal video recorder on his chest) ejecting from his damaged Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack aircraft, after it was hit by Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire. A tip o’ the hat to The Aviationist for publishing the video. All the action happens in… Continue reading So that’s what it’s like to eject from a burning aircraft…
Wow! The Webb space telescope images the Pillars of Creation
Courtesy of the BBC, here’s a wonderful image of the Pillars of Creation in the Serpens constellation, taken by the Webb space telescope. Click either image for a much larger view. And here’s a comparison between the Hubble space telescope’s view of the Pillars (on the left) and the Webb’s greatly improved and much… Continue reading Wow! The Webb space telescope images the Pillars of Creation
First photographs of the Nord Stream explosion damage
The first civilian video of the damaged Nord Stream pipeline has emerged. Screen captures from the video appear to show that the explosion originated inside the pipeline, and blew outward. Click either image for a larger view. That would tend to support Lawdog’s theory that the explosions were caused by methane hydrates, that congealed… Continue reading First photographs of the Nord Stream explosion damage
Farewell to a little-known aircraft that turned into a scientific wonder
NASA has retired its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), after eight years of operations. Data from its missions will continue to be analyzed for years to come. From the start of its development in 1996, SOFIA required engineering ingenuity. A Boeing 747SP jetliner had to be modified to carry the 38,000-pound, 100-inch (more… Continue reading Farewell to a little-known aircraft that turned into a scientific wonder
An elderly but still pugnacious lady prepares for her facelift
I’m sure most readers are aware that the battleship USS Texas, launched in 1912 and a veteran of both World Wars, has just been moved to a floating dry dock for extensive repairs and rehabilitation. After 110 years since her launching, she needs them. The images below are circulating on social media. They’re probably… Continue reading An elderly but still pugnacious lady prepares for her facelift
Amazing underwater photography
The winners of the 2022 Underwater Photographer of the Year have been announced. Here’s the first place winner, by Rafael Fernandez Caballero, showing a group of 5 whale sharks feeding near the Maldives. Click the image for a larger view. And here, from Alex Dawson, is the wreck of the Tyrifjord near the Gulen dive-resort… Continue reading Amazing underwater photography
I came across this image, posted by user MsOctober1017 on Gab. Click it for a larger view. They’re Undulatus Asperatus clouds. I’d never heard the name before, and certainly never seen them myself. They were added to the cloud “catalog” as recently as 2009. The Cloud Appreciation Society says: “Since they look like the… Continue reading Amazing clouds!
What a magnificent photograph!
Found on Gab yesterday (clickit to biggit): What a magnificent shot! Talk about being in the right place at the right time – and having the skill and talent to translate location into opportunity. I don’t know who took it, but I’ll gladly provide credit if the photographer contacts me. Peter
What a great shot!
In both the photographic and military senses of the word. I found this image on Gab. A photographer captured the perfect moment as US servicemen fired a mortar – location, date and time unknown. Does anyone have any idea of when and where that photograph was taken, and who are the troops involved? If… Continue reading What a great shot!
Sea lions having fun
I greatly enjoyed these two short videos of sea lions having fun in the surf off Santa Barbara Island in California last month. They were filmed by a documentary crew from Pacific Offshore Expeditions. The first video has a music soundtrack (which fits it very well), while the second (with more close-ups and slow-motion… Continue reading Sea lions having fun