Image of the Week directory from previous years: 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004
Image of December 26, 2009:
Image of December 19, 2009:
Trail series of the December 14, 2009 Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer launch out of Vandenberg, as seen by an automated environmental camera at the SDSU Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve.
Image of December 12, 2009:
Image of December 5, 2009:
Image of November 28, 2009:
Image of November 21, 2009:
This image the lunar crater Cabeus was taken on October 9, 2009 with the Palomar Observatory's 200-inch (5.1-meter) Hale Telescope and its adaptive optics system. Cabeus crater is located in the center, behind the large bright mountain. Cabeus was the target of the NASA LCROSS mission. The crater was chosen because it was thought to contain a substantial amount of water ice. It was hoped by the LCROSS mission team that the impact would send an ejecta plume above the lunar surface, which could be observed from ground-based telescopes. No plume was observed from any telescope, but water ice was detected from an orbiting NASA spacecraft.
Palomar's Adaptive Optics system removes the blurring effects of Earth's atmosphere to produce very high resolution images. This image is one of the highest resolution photos taken of the Moon from a ground-based telescope. The field of view is 71 km (40 arcseconds, with ~200m resolution), recorded at 2.1 microns wavelength. Images were produced by Antonin Bouchez of Caltech.
Caption by W. Scott Kardel, Public Affairs Coordinator,
Image of November 14, 2009:
Image of November 7, 2009:
Photo by Scott Kardel
Image of October 31, 2009:
Image of October 24, 2009:
Image of October 17, 2009:
About 30 megabyte MPEG-4 (.f4v) video from the inside of the Cal Fire
AA330, taken during takeoff by Battalion Chief Ray Chaney with a
wide-angle lens during a test flight related to the recent Enhanced Situational
Awareness for First Responders article.
Image of October 10, 2009:
Image of October 3, 2009:
Photo by Susan Teel
Image of September 26, 2009:
Pablo Bryant and Jim Hale during the installation of the tracking
antenna described in
Image of September 19, 2009:
Image of September 12, 2009:
Image of September 5, 2009:
Cloud formations, as seen by an near-IR HPWREN camera.
Time lapse animation.
Image of August 29, 2009:
Image of August 22, 2009:
Environmental cameras at the tidepools of the NPS Cabrillo National Monument, with images available at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/. Note that there will be a public NPS Founder's Day event on Tuesday, August 25.
Photo by Jim Hale
Image of August 15, 2009:
Image of August 8, 2009:
Image of August 1, 2009:
A bottom-up view of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar
Observatory. The view shows the underside of the 200-inch mirror's
cell with red cooling fans encircled by mechanical supports which help
the mirror to retain its proper shape regardless of where the
telescope is pointed. At the very center of the image is a bright
spot, a reflection off of the telescope's secondary mirror some 50
feet above the primary mirror. Light from the camera flash passed up
through the hole in the 200-inch mirror up to the secondary mirror and
reflected back down to the camera. The photo was taken during an
instrument change, catching the underside of the telescope in a rare
moment with no camera attached to its lower (Cassegrain) focus.
Image of July 25, 2009:
Image of July 18, 2009:
Image of July 11, 2009:
Newly HPWREN-connected Plate
Boundary Observatory (PBO) site near the tidepools at Point
Loma. The Plate Boundary Observatory, part of the EarthScope Program
that is funded by the National Science Foundation, studies the
three-dimensional strain field resulting from active plate boundary
deformation across the Western United States.
Image of July 4, 2009:
site at Camp Elliot. The sensor itself is buried under ground.
Image of June 27, 2009:
Image of June 20, 2009:
Image of June 13, 2009:
360 degree views from High Point (~64 megapixels) with the Palomar
Observatory visible, and of the Ramona Cal Fire Air Attack Base
(~65 megapixels) during preparations for a media event.
Image of June 6, 2009:
360 degree view of a sunset from the Point Loma lighthouse. The full
image is about 67 megabytes.
Image of May 30, 2009:
A page from a 2010 greyscale calendar, which Monika Braun did as a
college class project. The complete calendar can be found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/Monika/.
Image of May 23, 2009:
Image of May 17, 2009:
Image of May 9, 2009:
This image is part of a ~1.6MB video
provided by wildlife biologist Jim Petterson of the NPS Pinnacles
National Monument, which, in cooperation with the Institute for
Wildlife Studies, has deployed PTZ cameras connected through a
wireless network. The development of this network was aided by a
workshop and allows biologists to monitor feeding activities
of California condors on a continuous basis. A second ~5,9MB video
provides more details and also shows bird interactions.
Image of May 2, 2009:
New met sensor at an HPWREN backbone site. Data is available at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/Sensors/
Image of April 25, 2009:
Several geo-referenced water quality samples from the Santa Margarita
Ecological Reserve river taken on April 23 by two NPS/SDSU interns
via the system described in
http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/news/20090324/. A KML object of the data
can be found at
Image of April 18, 2009:
Photo by Jim Hale
Image of April 11, 2009:
UCSD Calit2 researchers are
showing their StarCAVE
surround-view adaptation of HPWREN's 2007 Harris Fire images to members
of the HPWREN team. This graphically demonstrated the 360 degree
view from Lyons Peak as the fire evolved and the mountain burned
Image of April 4, 2009:
Image of March 28, 2009:
The San Diego Supercomputer Center hosts the main HPWREN server and
provides for HPWREN's Internet connection. The photo shows the
equipment in its new location after the move on March 26 within the
SDSC machine room.
Image of March 21, 2009:
Image of March 14, 2009:
Image of March 7, 2009:
Image of February 28, 2009:
Image of February 22, 2009:
Image of February 14, 2009:
Image of February 7, 2009:
Image of January 31, 2009:
Photo by Jim Hale.
Image of January 24, 2009:
Image of January 17, 2009:
Image of January 10, 2009:
Image of January 3, 2009: