Since the “space age” has started in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken more than 1.8 million photographs of the Earth from orbit, and about one-third of them (approximately 600,000) have been taken at night. But they don’t always know what they are looking at. You can help, announced NASA.
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In August 26-27, 1883, a small island in the Indian Ocean obliterated itself in one the most notorious volcanic eruptions in history. Krakatau (often spelled Krakatoa) erupted with such violence that two-thirds of the island, about 23 square kilometers, sank into the Sunda Strait. The explosions heard in the 1883 eruption remain the loudest noise on human record. The sound was heard across the Indian Ocean, as far away as Rodriguez Island, 4,653 kilometers (2,890 miles) to the west, and Australia, 3,450 kilometers (2,144 miles) to the east. The massive eruption also generated a series of tsunamis, which produced waves as high as 30 meters tall.
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The Earth is our one and only home. As Carl Sagan said (Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space), “On Earth, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”.
But will we ever leave our home and visit other stars in future?
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August 10, 2014 was the closest, brightest supermoon of this year. A Russian Astronaut, Oleg Artemyev from International Space Station took wonderful photos of this great astronomical event while the moon was setting.
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I took these photos last week in Bodrum, Turkey. A stray cat and stray dog sleeping together in the same place, very closely. Beautiful.
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The “Seven Wonders of the World”, also known as the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”, describes seven great constructions known in the Hellenistic periodNotes 1. None of them but the Great Pyramid of Giza (Kheops Pyramid) do not exist today.
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Today’s “daily d’awww” is coming from China: A baby monkey playing with a lion cub at Guaipo Manchurian Tiger Park in Shenyang. There are also two cute tiger cubs playing with at the background.
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An amazing video titled “Gigantic School of Rays” from National Geographic. A record-breaking school of mobula rays has arrived off the coast of Baja California. Some of them are even flying over the sea surface!
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In the small islands of New Zealand, world’s heaviest insect lives: The Giant weta. There are 70 types of species of weta in the genus Deinacrida of the family Anostostomatidae. The insect is endemic to New Zealand and are examples of island gigantism, which is a biological phenomenon leading to a larger size than their mainland relatives because of their isolation and lack of large predators. A female giant weta filled with eggs can reach up to 70 grams or more!
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The farthest spacecraft from Earth, Voyager 1Notes 1, took a photo of planet Earth in 1990, from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles, 40 AU) from Earth. The photo known as the Pale Blue Dot. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a fraction of a pixel (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space. It was a part of the solar system Family Portrait series of images.
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