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Spectacular landscapes in HQ

Earth is a spectacularly beautiful, diverse place: filled to the brim with millions of species of plants and animals, mindblowing features that seem …

Nature

31 Stunning Pictures Of American National Parks

The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>You don't have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country's national parks.<p>We …

National Parks

APOD: The Eskimo Nebula from Hubble and Chandra (2013 Jul 30) Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/IAA-CSIC/N. Ruiz et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130730.html Explanation: In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula in visible light, while the nebula was imaged in X-rays by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2007. The above combined visible-X ray image, with X-rays emitted by central hot gas and shown in pink, was released last week. From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The Eskimo Nebula is clearly a planetary nebula, and the gas seen above composed the outer layers of a Sun-like star only 10,000 years ago. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments. The Eskimo Nebula spans about 1/3 of a light year and lies in our Milky Way Galaxy, about 3,000 light years distant, toward the constellation of the Twins (Gemini). http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2013/ngc2392/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130730 #APOD

Mysterious Dancing Lights In Afghanistan

This isn't a painting. It's not from a movie. It's not a strange astronomical event. This is real — what you can see when certain helicopters in Afghanistan touch down on sandy ground, raising dust, causing mysterious arcs of light to loop and dance through the air.<p>This doesn't always happen. "The …

It’s true, everything looks cooler under an electron microscope. The researchers at FEI continue to crank out awe inspiring macro photos like the ones above. Click the images to view in lightbox mode...

It’s true, everything looks cooler under an electron microscope. The researchers at FEI continue to crank out awe inspiring macro photos like the …

Lightbox

China's rainbow mountains - in pictures

The Danxia scenic area in Gansu province, north-west China, is a landform of reddish sandstone that has been eroded to create unusual rock formations

10 Amazing River Trips in North America

There's a place for vacations that include museum tours and visits to the childhood homes of famous people, but sometimes you need to feel your heart pound and catch a lump in your throat. For the latter type of experience, head to the mountains: The rivers are calling.<p>Whitewater rafting can spice …

The 10 Most Secluded Hotels Around The World

And while there are dozens of great off-the-beaten-path properties out there, these 10 offer their own special kind of seclusion in great destinations from the Americas to Africa.

French Polynesia

National Geographic Travel

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

A Journey to the Arctic Ice and Into the Human Spirit

We rode for five days over an expanse of sea ice. The horizon was scattered with the memory of winter, and pieces of purple and amber mountains peeked through the eternal white snow. The light descends slowly this time of year and it draws out that delicious final hour of sunset glow upon the …

The Story Behind That Incredible Photo of Denver's Colossal Cloud

Urban Design

Eerie plane wrecks contain forgotten stories of survival - Photos

U.S. Air Force C-47 wreckage from a 1950 crash near Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada. According to the Aviation Safety Network, the plane was participating in a search for a missing plane when it was caught in a downdraft and flew into the side of the mountain. All ten people aboard …

Kodachrome Photo Gallery

Travel Photography

8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

Way of lost souls

These Islands aren't for the average traveller, but a visit to the pristine Loyalty Islands promises a truly extraordinary experience: http://bbc.in/1bio1ua

Pipeline, Hawaii

Hawaii

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