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APOD: Moonrise Through Mauna Kea's Shadow (2015 May 03) Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Connelley (U. Hawaii) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150503.html Explanation: How can the Moon rise through a mountain? It cannot -- what was photographed here is a moonrise through the shadow of a large volcano. The volcano is Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, USA, a frequent spot for spectacular photographs since it is arguably the premier observing location on planet Earth. The Sun has just set in the opposite direction, behind the camera. Additionally, the Moon has just passed full phase -- were it precisely at full phase it would rise, possibly eclipsed, at the very peak of the shadow. The Moon is actually rising in the triangular shadow cone of the volcano, a corridor of darkness that tapers off in the distance like converging train tracks. The Moon is too large and too far away to be affected by the shadow of the volcano. Refraction of moonlight through the Earth's atmosphere makes the Moon appear slightly oval. Cinder cones from old volcanic eruptions are visible in the foreground. http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150503 #APOD

Adventure. Redefined. | Adventure.com

Photographing Britain's wilderness 'hotels' (and the people who use them)<p>A country that doesn't exist: The twilight zone of Transnistria<p>India’s …

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Archaeologists Discover Two Long Lost Ancient Maya Cities in Jungle of Mexico

In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, …

Day in pictures: 15 August 2014

Yazidis Escaping the Wrath of ISIS (Photos)

Iraq<p>Thousands of members of the ethnic Iraqi minority have fled to Syria and Turkey as the threat of Islamic State militants grew close. A look at …

APOD: Aurora over New Zealand (2014 Feb 26) Image Credit & Copyright: David Weir (Earth and Sky Ltd.) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140226.html Explanation: Sometimes the more you look at an image, the more you see. Such may be the case for this beautiful nighttime panorama taken last week in New Zealand. Visible right off, on the far left, are common clouds, slightly altered by the digital fusion of combining 11 separate 20-second exposures. More striking, perhaps, is the broad pink aurora that dominates the right part of the image, a less common auroral color that is likely tinted by excited oxygen atoms high in Earth's atmosphere. Keep looking and you might notice a bright light just beyond the mountain on the left. That is the rising Moon -- and an even closer look will reveal faint crepuscular rays emanating from it. Musing over the image center may cause you to notice the central band of the Milky Way Galaxy which here appears to divide, almost vertically, the left clouds from the right aurora. Inspecting the upper right of the image reveals a fuzzy patch, high in the sky, that is the Small Magellanic Cloud. Numerous stars discretely populate the distant background. Back on Earth, the image foreground features two domes of the Mt. John University Observatory and a camera tripod looking to capture much of this scene over a serene Lake Tekapo. http://earthandskynz.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140226 #APOD

APOD: Geminid Meteor Shower over Dashanbao Wetlands (2013 Dec 13) Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131213.html Explanation: The annual Geminid meteor shower is raining down on planet Earth this week. And despite the waxing gibbous moonlight, the reliable Geminids should be enjoyable tonight (night of December 13/14) near the shower's peak. Recorded near last year's peak in the early hours of December 14, 2012, this skyscape captures many of Gemini's lovely shooting stars. The careful composite of exposures was made during a three hour period overlooking the Dashanbao Wetlands in central China. Dark skies above are shared with bright Jupiter (right), Orion, (right of center) and the faint band of the Milky Way. The shower's radiant in the constellation Gemini, the apparent source of all the meteor streaks, lies just above the top of the frame. Dust swept up from the orbit of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Gemini's meteors enter the atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffdai/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131213 #APOD

Chitralekha

થોડુંક હસી લો (Joke of the day)<p>જૂના વિદ્યાર્થીઓના મિલન સમારંભમાં ટીચરે પૂછ્યું, 'સ્કૂલમાં તમારો કોઈ કડવો અનુભવ...?'<br>એક વિદ્યાર્થી બોલ્યો, 'હું અને …

Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger apps

Facebook made a startling admission in its earnings announcement this month: it was seeing a "decrease in daily users, specifically among teens". In other words, teenagers are still on Facebook; they're just not using it as much as they did. It was a landmark statement, since teens are the …

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope | Colossal

<p>Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the …

Best Places to See Fall Colors

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>It's the most colorful time of the year! Here in the northeast, we're surrounded by beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow as leaf-peeping season kicks into full swing -- but you don't have to be in just one region to …

લાલુપ્રસાદની 'ઝેડ' પ્લસ કેટેગરીની સુરક્ષા પાછી ખેંચી લેવાઈ ભ્રષ્ટાચારના કેસમાં સુપ્રીમ કોર્ટના રૂલિંગ હેઠળ લોકસભાનું સભ્યપદ ગુમાવનાર લાલુપ્રસાદ યાદવ દેશના પહેલા સંસદસભ્ય છે. એમને ઝારખંડના રાંચીની બિરસા મુન્ડા સેન્ટ્રલ જેલમાં પૂરી દેવાયા છે. પટણામાં, લાલુના બંગલામાં સુનકાર ભાસે છે. એવી જ હાલત રાષ્ટ્રીય જનતા દળના હેડક્વાર્ટરમાં છે. માત્ર કાગડા ઉડે છે...

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Phenomenal Footage Of A Dancer Battling With Light

There's few dance videos quite as breathtaking as 'Nuance'.<p>Created by Marc-Antoine Locatelli it's the near perfect blend of choreography, motion …

James Appleton truly captures the wonder of the outdoors - The Fox Is Black

It seems obvious to me that you should start a spree of posts about the great outdoors with photos of the great outdoors. And these are some pretty …