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From Lisbon with love: the best city spots for romance

Lisbon is the perfect Valentine's date – bright, charismatic, naturally good-looking, fun-loving and ever the dreamer. Romance literally embraces you on every street corner here, be it the way the cobbles shimmer like silver after the rain, the plaintive wail of <i>fado</i> song drifting through open …

European Travel

7 Most Romantic Caribbean Resorts

<i>By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Vacation is meant to be an escape -- from the kids, from errands, from that irritating guy at work who's really into gratuitous lunchtime meetings. So if you're thinking of booking a Valentine's Day getaway this year, a carefree, all-inclusive resort makes a …

Meet Nördlingen, The Little Town In A Crater

Well this place is a <i>hole</i> bunch of fun.<p>The town of Nördlingen -- a stop on Germany's Romantic Road -- sits entirely within a crater, made when a half-mile-wide meteorite smacked into Earth about 15 million years ago.<p>The town's founders likely weren't aware they were settling in such a phenomenon -- …

12 Reasons Germany's 'Romantic Road' Is The Ultimate European Road Trip

American road trips are all fine and dandy, but there's something about a European one that's just so much more... refined. And more sophisticated. And less full of Doritos and Slurpees and sneaky tourist traps.<p>We've narrowed in on the perfect summer road trip you've never heard of: the Romantic …

APOD: NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula (2013 Jun 07) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp and colorful close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded in 2009 by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, installed during the final shuttle servicing mission. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star's dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius). Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD

Jun 6, 2013 at 11:01pm UTC

15 Years of Very Large Telescope Celebrated With New Image of Stellar Nursery IC 2944

ESO is celebrating 15 years of its Very Large Telescope with this new image of IC 2944, a stellar nursery. IC 2944 appears as the softly glowing pink …

Photos with Exposure Times of Up to 8 Hours by Minimalist Photographer

Samuel Burns loves his landscapes. He is a minimalist in shooting style. He is also extremely committed to his work. Burns is based in Sydney …

APOD: Galaxy Cove Vista (2013 May 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) Explanation: To see a vista like this takes patience, hiking, and a camera. Patience was needed in searching out just the right place and waiting for just the right time. A short hike was needed to reach this rugged perch above a secluded cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in California, USA. And a camera was needed for the long exposure required to bring out the faint light from stars and nebula in the background Milky Way galaxy. Moonlight and a brief artificial flash illuminated the hidden beach and inlet behind nearby trees in the above composite image taken about two weeks ago. Usually obscured McWay Falls is visible just below the image center, while the Pacific Ocean is in view to its right. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD

Saturn hurricane snapped by Cassini craft

<b>An enormous hurricane raging at Saturn's north pole has an eye 2,000km (1,250mi) across - big enough to cover the UK 12 times over.</b><p>The striking images of the storm were snapped from a height of 420,000km (260,000mi) by the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004.<p>They were captured in …

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How to Photograph Smoke

At some point in your life, you’ve probably seen an amazing photograph featuring smoke. The smoke might be flawlessly lit against a solid background …

Landscape Photography

Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland


food carving photography by Ilian Iliev (r)

Milky Way over Crater Lake

Crater Lake in Oregon is famous for the clarity and blue color of its water. But it’s also a beautiful place to go stargazing.<p>Ben Coffman Photography …


Eyewitness: Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands