The North Star is more or less in the middle of the star trail cone. An image of the celestial north pole taken from a place close to the terrestrial north pole. Where Santa Claus lives!! Or Nissen as we call him here in the dark end of the world. :-)
On the darkest of nights (day before winter solstice) it became even darker. A lunar eclipse took place and I am bitter and grumpy and angry at the weather Gods who decided to throw a few clouds over Norway just before the eclipse started.
"Some climatologists, including Judith Lean of the United States Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, remain skeptical of the SORCE SIM measurements. "I strongly suspect the SIM trends are instrumental, not solar," said Lean, noting that instrumental drift has been present in every instrument that has tracked ultraviolet wavelengths to date."
It takes a lot of food to make this cutie pie of a leopard to grow up and become one of these...
Big cats and other big carnivore animals are more vulnerable to environmental change that influence their access to food. They are big and need a lot of energy to be able to catch their prey. If prey become scarce due to environmental changes they might run out of energy before they find food.
It is that time of year again when the world is getting darker and darker and darker....until we hardly see any daylight at all up here in the High North. So, evidently it is 'black hole' season! Enjoy this piece on black hole duality, folks, and cherish the light as long as you can...:-)
It is the international year of biodiversity. Birds are populating the list of animals that are in danger (red list). I love to watch birds and I hope the international efforts this year can help save some birds at least, as well as other species of course. And stop what appears to be some political battling....
All 33 Chilean miners were rescued with the help of all the best scientific and technological knowledge humans possess. That includes element of space technology as well as medical and psychological experience from our numerous space expeditions.
I'm so glad Bumapple is back on SU. Because he commits literary pearls like this Staring Contest. I was a late bloomer alright and had my staring contest period a wee bit late, but Bumapple devastate my record of immaturity. Just read about his combat with a kid, will you! It is hilarious.
Alright, alright! I know 'combust' isn't really a word. But will you just look at that combustion rocket huge thingy, already! I want one. It is a free world (at least where i live) so... Combust me! :-)
Oh, well, we are talking about Soyuz TMA-01M which is about to get ready to blast off the next shipment into space. On 7th of October 2010 this Russian rocket will take off and dock at the International Space Station.
Talk about down under. Deep under the surface of the Earth as we see it from space in the satellite image above, resides more than 30 Chilean miners 700 meters under ground. I certainly hope they succeed in getting those brave workers up on the right side of the surface of the Earth again.
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