Io by NASA

ND – Grey, Foggy, Blue

I can wake up…
…on a sunny Saturday, go out on a whim, walk to the Custard Factory in 20 minutes and find another angle, in a certain light, of something man has built and rebuilt within the last century or so…

…and then there is NASA. NASA takes photographs on a completely different scale. Years of planning, followed by years of travel, cumulatively costing hundreds of millions, or even billions, of US dollars, and they come back with a picture like this:

Jupiter’s Moon Io, Image (c) NASA.

This is a genuinely stunning image, unobtainable until the Galileo space probe passed by Io on 3rd July 1999 at a distance of approximately 81,000 miles.

Despite its great distance from the Sun, Io is far from a cold and dead world. That sulphurous surface masks a body that is stretched and squashed by the massive tidal forces from the huge planet it orbits, Jupiter.

These forces keep the core molten and quite clearly actively volcanic. If you look a little to the left of center you can see a round grey area with something that looks like smoke rising up to its right. It IS smoke. That round thing is huge volcano:

A Volcano on Io, Image (c) NASA.

I couldn’t hope to top this sort of effort or result, but I enjoy my photography anyway.

I’ll continue to watch NASA’s photography in awe though.

Have fun,

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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