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Miscellaneous Pictures from January 12

Today, a short break from history ‘lessons’.  I have posted a few photographs that were taken on previous January 12’s.  I hope you enjoy.

Alaska’s Augustine Volcano, on Augustine Island, located on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska’s south-central coast.  This is a photo of the January 12, 2006 eruption.

Augustine Volcano, viewed from the west - January 12 2006

(Photograph courtesy of the US Geological Survey, and in the public domain.)

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The barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 lies some 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus. This image was captured through the Hubble Space Telescope on January 12, 2005.

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300 - NASA- 2005 January 12

Over six hundred light years from Earth, in the constellation Aquarius, a sun-like star is dying.  The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) is a typical example of the final phase of stellar evolution.  This infrared Spitzer Space Telescope image, taken January 12, 2006, captures emissions of the nebula’s molecular hydrogen gas.

Infrared Image of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) - NASA - 2006 January 12

The scene below was captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite from an altitude of 705 kilometres, utilizing the satellite’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).  From this altitude, the bone-chilling cold and snowy struggle of winter melts away and is replaced by a minimalist beauty.  On January 12, 2011, the clouds that normally shroud much of the Arctic cleared to unveil a snow-bound Alaska.

Alaska - Winter - January 12, 2011

(Except where otherwise noted, the images are courtesy of NASA, and in the public domain.)

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