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Temple of Poseidon

Eye of the Storm | Vernazza


Above the Cold

Staircase Falls

Old Shack (mono)


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APOD: Wolf-Rayet Star 124: Stellar Wind Machine (2014 Jul 01) Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA Processing & Licence: Judy Schmidt Explanation: Some stars explode in slow motion. Rare, massive Wolf-Rayet stars are so tumultuous and hot that they slowly disintegrating right before our telescopes. Glowing gas globs each typically over 30 times more massive than the Earth are being expelled by violent stellar winds. Wolf-Rayet star WR 124, visible near the above image center spanning six light years across, is thus creating the surrounding nebula known as M1-67. Details of why this star has been slowly blowing itself apart over the past 20,000 years remains a topic of research. WR 124 lies 15,000 light-years away towards the constellation of Sagitta. The fate of any given Wolf-Rayet star likely depends on how massive it is, but many are thought to end their lives with spectacular explosions such as supernovas or gamma-ray bursts. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

APOD: Manhattanhenge: A New York City Sunset (2014 Jul 06) Image Credit & Copyright: Neil deGrasse Tyson (AMNH) Explanation: This coming Saturday, if it is clear, well placed New Yorkers can go outside at sunset and watch their city act like a modern version of Stonehenge. Manhattan's streets will flood dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely at each street's western end. Usually, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City's tallest borough will hide the setting Sun. This effect makes Manhattan a type of modern Stonehenge, although only aligned to about 30 degrees east of north. Were Manhattan's road grid perfectly aligned to east and west, today's effect would occur on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, March 21 and September 21, the only two days that the Sun rises and sets due east and west. Pictured above in this horizontally stretched image, the Sun sets down 34th Street as viewed from Park Avenue. If Saturday's sunset is hidden by clouds do not despair -- the same thing happens twice each year: in late May and mid July. On none of these occasions, however, should you ever look directly at the Sun. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

APOD: SN 1006 Supernova Remnant (2014 Jul 12) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Zolt Levay (STScI) Explanation: A new star, likely the brightest supernova in recorded human history, lit up planet Earth's sky in the year 1006 AD. The expanding debris cloud from the stellar explosion, found in the southerly constellation of Lupus, still puts on a cosmic light show across the electromagnetic spectrum. In fact, this composite view includes X-ray data in blue from the Chandra Observatory, optical data in yellowish hues, and radio image data in red. Now known as the SN 1006 supernova remnant, the debris cloud appears to be about 60 light-years across and is understood to represent the remains of a white dwarf star. Part of a binary star system, the compact white dwarf gradually captured material from its companion star. The buildup in mass finally triggered a thermonuclear explosion that destroyed the dwarf star. Because the distance to the supernova remnant is about 7,000 light-years, that explosion actually happened 7,000 years before the light reached Earth in 1006. Shockwaves in the remnant accelerate particles to extreme energies and are thought to be a source of the mysterious cosmic rays. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD Image Credit: X-ray (blue): NASA/CXC/Rutgers/G.Cassam-Chenaï, J.Hughes et al.; Radio (red): NRAO/AUI/NSF/GBT/VLA/Dyer, Maddalena & Cornwell; Optical (orange/yellow): Middlebury College/F.Winkler, NOAO/AURA/NSF/CTIO Schmidt & DSS