On December 24, 1968, the crew of Apollo 8, the second human spaceflight mission in the US Apollo space program, were the first humans to witness an Earthrise. The first Earthrise is photographed by astronauts on board Apollo 8. It is one of the most famous photos ever taken and became the symbol of one the greatest explorations in history: humans’ first journey to another world, and when the crewmembers looked back, they saw their home planet.Continue reading “The first earthrise ever seen directly by humans”
A unique friendship between a man and a crocodile: nicknamed “Chito”, Gilberto Shedden, a Costa Rican fisherman, and naturalist had an unusual friend: “Pocho”, a huge crocodile longer than 5 meters (16 feet 5 inches), with a weight up to half a ton.Continue reading “The man who swims with a crocodile: the amazing story of Chito and Pocho”
Somewhere in the Central Coast of Australia, two kangaroos are caught on camera in an intense boxing match on a suburban street. The marsupials can be seen punching and kicking each other close to houses in Central Coast, New South Wales. It is not clear where the action was filmed.
In this incredible video below, the funny fight goes on for more than five minutes. Luckily, both kangaroos were OK and not seriously harmed after the match.Continue reading “Two kangaroos get into a boxing match, amazing video”
Great white shark fight caught on camera: the sensational moment was caught on camera by Adam Malski, 33, as the fish proved why it has the reputation of the ocean’s most fearsome predator. The 4.8 meters (15 feet 9 in) shark, named “Gilbert”, attacked the rival fish 50 miles from Australia’s shore. The larger animal survived the encounter but the smaller shark has not been sighted since.Continue reading “Great white shark fight caught on camera”
The age of the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years. For all these years, our planet has been a work in progress: water, wind, air pressure, minerals, heat, and even extraterrestrial forces like meteors and comets mold and shape our environment, and created all manner of strange formations. Some of them are really beautiful: we call them “Natural wonders”. Some natural wonders are really famous, for example
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 – the space agency needs your help to identify cities at night from space images.Continue reading “NASA needs your help to identify cities at night images”
On August 26-27, 1883, a small island in the Indian Ocean obliterated itself in one of 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 (2,891 miles) to the west, and Australia, 3,450 kilometers (2,144 miles) to the east. The sound of the eruption was so loud it was reported that if anyone was within 16 km (10 mi) from the center of the explotion, they would have gone deaf.
The massive eruption also generated a series of tsunamis, which produced waves as high as 30 meters (98 feet) tall.Continue reading “Amazing view of Krakatoa from space”
Is it possible for humanity to visit other stars (or other stars that have planets, actually) in the future?
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?Continue reading “Will we ever visit other stars?”
August 10, 2014
I took these photos last week in Bodrum, Turkey. A cat and dog (both are stray animals) sleeping together in the same place, very closely. Beautiful.
The traditional belief that cats and dogs are natural enemies is not always true. If appropriately socialized, cats and dogs may have relationships that are not antagonistic, and dogs raised with cats may prefer the presence of cats to other dogs. But unsocialized cats and dogs usually don’t like each other.Continue reading “Sleeping cat and dog (a beautiful scene from 2014 summer)”