Do not let ideological principles distract you from the fundamental needs of all people: to be loved, to be acknowledged, to feel secure.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:26:18 +0800

"Failure is success if we learn from it." — Malcolm Forbes:

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”
— Malcolm Forbes

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:21:26 +0800

Why are these meteor trails nearly parallel? Because they were all shed by the same space rock and so can be traced back to the same direction on the sky: the radiant of the Quadrantid Meteor Shower. This direction used to be toward the old constellation of Quadrans Muralis, hence the name Quadrantids, but when the International Astronomical Union formulated its list of modern constellations in 1922, this constellation did not make the list. Even though the meteors are now considered to originate from the recognized constellation of Bootes, the old name stuck. Regardless of the designation, every January the Earth moves through a dust stream and bits of this dust glow as meteors as they heat up in Earth’s atmosphere. The featured image composite was taken on January 4 with a picturesque snowy Slovakian landscape in the foreground, and a deep-exposure sky prominently featuring the constellation Orion in the background. The red star Betelgeuse appears unusually dim – its fading over the past few months is being tracked by astronomers.

January 20, 2020
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200120.html

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:14:29 +0800

An Orthodox priest with Ethiopian crosses at Abba Pentalewon Monastery in Axum, Tigray Region, Ethiopia

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:43:09 +0800

Our need to control what happens causes us to spoil our own enjoyment of life. Try to go with the flow. Embrace whatever happens.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:55:22 +0800

"A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind." — Lewis Mumford:

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”
— Lewis Mumford

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:21:27 +0800

Are your eyes good enough to see the Crab Nebula expand? The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first on Charles Messier’s famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, an expanding cloud of debris from the explosion of a massive star. The violent birth of the Crab was witnessed by astronomers in the year 1054. Roughly 10 light-years across today, the nebula is still expanding at a rate of over 1,000 kilometers per second. Over the past decade, its expansion has been documented in this stunning time-lapse movie. In each year from 2008 to 2017, an image was produced with the same telescope and camera from a remote observatory in Austria. Combined in the time-lapse movie, the 10 images represent 32 hours of total integration time. The sharp, processed frames even reveal the dynamic energetic emission within the incredible expanding Crab. The Crab Nebula lies about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

January 19, 2020
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200119.html

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:14:28 +0800

Remains of the casle of Montuenga, a fortification of the 11th century located in Montuenga de Soria, Province of Soria, Spain.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:43:31 +0800

This composited series of images follows the Moon on January 10, the first Full Moon of 2020, in Hungarian skies. The lunar disk is in mid-eclipse at the center of the sequence though. It looks only slightly darker there as it passes through the light outer shadow or penumbra of planet Earth. In fact during this penumbral lunar eclipse the Moon almost crossed into the northern edge of Earth’s dark central shadow or umbra. Subtle and hard to see, this penumbral lunar eclipse was the first of four lunar eclipses in 2020, all of which will be penumbral lunar eclipses.

January 18, 2020
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200118.html

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:14:26 +0800

Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:38:31 +0800

No matter where we are in life, there’s a tendency to let little problems control our emotions. The fact is that you’re ok. Everything is ok, even when it feels like it’s not. And everything will pass. Breathe and try to appreciate whatever you can in this day or this moment.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 02:55:15 +0800

Quackenschloß cave near Engelhardsberg in Wiesenttal, Upper Franconia, Germany.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:38:13 +0800

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 02:09:02 +0800

About 70,000 light-years across, NGC 247 is a spiral galaxy smaller than our Milky Way. Measured to be only 11 million light-years distant it is nearby though. Tilted nearly edge-on as seen from our perspective, it dominates this telescopic field of view toward the southern constellation Cetus. The pronounced void on one side of the galaxy’s disk recalls for some its popular name, the Needle’s Eye galaxy. Many background galaxies are visible in this sharp galaxy portrait, including the remarkable string of four galaxies just below and left of NGC 247 known as Burbidge’s Chain. Burbidge’s Chain galaxies are about 300 million light-years distant. NGC 247 itself is part of the Sculptor Group of galaxies along with the shiny spiral NGC 253.

January 16, 2020
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200116.html

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:14:30 +0800

A man working on a glass project after removing it from a kiln in Brooklyn, New York.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:38:20 +0800

Growth happens in tiny steps. If you create too idealistic a vision for yourself, taking actionable steps towards positive change becomes harder.

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 01:39:19 +0800

Why would these clouds multi-colored? A relatively rare phenomenon in clouds known as iridescence can bring up unusual colors vividly or even a whole spectrum of colors simultaneously. These polar stratospheric clouds clouds, also known as nacreous and mother-of-pearl clouds, are formed of small water droplets of nearly uniform size. When the Sun is in the right position and, typically, hidden from direct view, these thin clouds can be seen significantly diffracting sunlight in a nearly coherent manner, with different colors being deflected by different amounts. Therefore, different colors will come to the observer from slightly different directions. Many clouds start with uniform regions that could show iridescence but quickly become too thick, too mixed, or too angularly far from the Sun to exhibit striking colors. The featured image and an accompanying video were taken late last year over Ostersund, Sweden.

January 15, 2020
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200115.html

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:14:26 +0800

Krasnopresnenskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:22:19 +0800

Judge people by their actions. Not their words. Not their principles. Not their ideologies or backgrounds.

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 01:39:02 +0800

Are volcanoes still active on Venus? More volcanoes are known on Venus than Earth, but when Venusian volcanoes last erupted is not directly known. Evidence bolstering very recent volcanism on Venus has recently been uncovered, though, right here on Earth. Lab results showed that images of surface lava would become dim in the infrared in only months in the dense Venusian atmosphere, a dimming not seen in ESA’s Venus Express images. Venus Express entered orbit around Venus in 2006 and remained in contact with Earth until 2014. Therefore, the infrared glow (shown in false-color red) recorded by Venus Express for Idunn Mons and featured here on a NASA Magellan image indicates that this volcano erupted very recently – and is still active today. Understanding the volcanics of Venus might lead to insight about the volcanics on Earth, as well as elsewhere in our Solar System.

January 14, 2020
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200114.html

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:14:29 +0800