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APOD: A Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse (2013 Nov 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Left: Fred Espenak - Right: Stephan Heinsius http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131103.html Explanation: A spectacular geocentric celestial event of 2005 was a rare hybrid eclipse of the Sun - a total or an annular eclipse could be seen depending on the observer's location. For Fred Espenak, aboard a gently swaying ship within the middle of the Moon's shadow track about 2,200 kilometers west of the Galapagos, the eclipse was total, the lunar silhouette exactly covering the bright solar disk for a few brief moments. His camera captured a picture of totality revealing the extensive solar corona and prominences rising above the Sun's edge. But for Stephan Heinsius, near the end of the shadow track at Penonome Airfield, Panama, the Moon's apparent size had shrunk enough to create an annular eclipse, showing a complete annulus of the Sun's bright disk as a dramatic ring of fire. Pictures from the two locations are compared above. How rare is such a hybrid eclipse? Calculations show that during the 21st century just 3.1% (7 out of 224) of solar eclipses are hybrid while hybrids comprise about 5% of all solar eclipses over the period 2000 BC to AD 3000. Today's hybrid solar eclipse is most widely visible beyond the central shadow track as a brief partial eclipse from northeastern Americas through Africa, and along the track in an annular phase for only the first 15 seconds. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/fap/image/0505/espenak_tse2005_1.jpg http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/fap/image/0505/Heinsius_Panama_tse2005_1.jpg Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131103

Mexico’s Secret Beach

I don flippers and a life vest, leave my goggles, smartphone, and camera behind, and line up to dive into the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Marieta Islands.<p>Clusters of people jump off ahead of me — couples, friends, families, all bobbing in the water like Halloween apples. I survey the landscape …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries …

America's New $100 Bill Is Awesome (but Still Nowhere Near as Awesome as Kazakhstan's Currency)

Needs more Liberty Bell. (Holograms, too.)<p>You're looking at it: Our new $100 bill, the product of more than a decade of research and development, and the most sophisticated piece of currency technology in U.S. history.<p>The note, which debuts today, includes two new features to thwart counterfeiters: …

Photographer Captures New Yorkers Kissing for Past 30 Years

For thirty years, photographer Matt Weber has been capturing candid scenes of romantic passion on the streets of New York City. His <i>Urban Romance</i> collection reveals the numerous tender moments of love that take place between adoring couples throughout the bustling city. Their affection ranges from …

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Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault

Painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, which depicts Isabella d'Este, discovered in Swiss bank vault<p>It was lost for so long that it had assumed mythical status for art historians. Some doubted whether it even existed.<p>But a 500-year-old mystery was apparently solved today after a painting …

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch to 'brighten everyone's day', says Apple

Top-end iPhone 5S and cheaper iPhone 5C in an event to be shown to a select group in China iPhone 5S and 5C launch - live coverage iPhone 5C preview iPhone 5S preview<p>Apple's invitation to an event at its Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday promises to "brighten everyone's day". Shown via satellite …

iPhone 5S To Ring In The New With Expected Fingerprint Sensing Home Button

Tuesday will tell, but multiple rumors are pointing to a subtle design distinction for the forthcoming iPhone 5S. Along with new Gold and Graphite colors, the home button is expected have a new look signifying the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner within.<p>FOX News anchor (and now app developer) …

APOD: Venus and the Triply Ultraviolet Sun (2013 Aug 20) Image Credit: NASA/SDO & the AIA, EVE, and HMI teams; Digital Composition: Peter L. Dove http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130820.html Explanation: An unusual type of solar eclipse occurred last year. Usually it is the Earth's Moon that eclipses the Sun. Last June, most unusually, the planet Venus took a turn. Like a solar eclipse by the Moon, the phase of Venus became a continually thinner crescent as Venus became increasingly better aligned with the Sun. Eventually the alignment became perfect and the phase of Venus dropped to zero. The dark spot of Venus crossed our parent star. The situation could technically be labeled a Venusian annular eclipse with an extraordinarily large ring of fire. Pictured above during the occultation, the Sun was imaged in three colors of ultraviolet light by the Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, with the dark region toward the right corresponding to a coronal hole. Hours later, as Venus continued in its orbit, a slight crescent phase appeared again. The next Venusian solar eclipse will occur in 2117. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission/about.php http://www.flickr.com/photos/pldove/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130820 #APOD

iPhone 5S will come in gold & likely sport fingerprint sensor, iPad iOS 7 running behind

As Apple’s September 10th event iPhone event approaches, we’ve learned some additional details and have independently heard some of the already-floating around information regarding the upcoming announcements.<p>We’ve long been expecting Apple to launch an iPhone 5S at this upcoming event, an iPhone …

How to Turn a Smartphone Panorama Into a ‘Tiny Planet’ Photo

Ever since Google released the Photosphere feature for their Nexus devices, I have been obsessed with making tiny planets. The photosphere feature …

NSA’s spying could lose U.S. computing industry $35bn in three years

Report from tech think tank suggests foreign cloud users will now avoid U.S. companies<p>A new report from D.C.-based technology think tank the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation spells a grim outlook for the U.S. computing industry in light of the recent NSA surveillance …

Big Pic: A Technicolor Galactic Explosion

The new ALMA telescope snaps an amazing view of the Sculptor Galaxy.<p>The Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA) only opened in March, but we've already got incredible images from the new telescope. Here's a recent look at the Sculptor Galaxy, a.k.a NGC 253, a spiral galaxy about 11.5 …

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10 Gorgeous Stained Glass Ideas for Your Home

We know, we know. The first thing you think of when you see “stained glass” is probably a church, and you’re probably wondering what this might have to do with your home. Well, the art of playing with light is definitely one that historic structures the world over have mastered, but you can also …

Stained Glass

Beautiful Color Rich Photos of California Sunsets

Photographer Rich Cruse from South California has an amazing collection of spectacular sunset images. His fantastic silhouettes taken as the sun goes …

Landscape Photography