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A walk in the woods.
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Everyone should take 10 seconds to do this. Don't forget to click CONFIRM.

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Everyone should take 10 seconds to do this. Don't forget to click CONFIRM.

#CommonCarrier   #OpenInternet   #FreeInternet  
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The Astronomical Clock: A 600-Year Old Prague Landmark

I used to walk by this every day for almost seven years, and I think I kind of took it for granted. There was always a million tourists milling about. Now, I'm sure I would treasure this so much more if I saw it again. It really is quite incredible to see in person.

The Clock

The Prague astronomical clock, or Pražský orloj, is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

The Orloj is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. The clock mechanism itself is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months.

According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy and a skeleton, mounted on the clock, was supposed nod his head in confirmation. Based on the legend, the only hope was represented by a boy born in the New Year´s night.

You have to watch this video shot on the 600th anniversary of the clock in 2010

Prague Astronomical Clock - 600th Anniversary Show

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_astronomical_clock

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How to keep the daemons at bay.
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Two incredible, sold out workshops completed here in Central Oregon! We had amazing students, magic light, perfect views of the Milky Way, and never ending shots of the night sky. 

This image comes from +Mark Louka taken during our Crater Lake National Park night sky photography workshop. Absolutely incredible Mark!

Only a few spaces left in our entire 2014 Night Sky Photography Workshop schedule! Visit http://bit.ly/gpworkshops for more info. 
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