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Brian Ventrudo
"The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free." -Spinoza
"The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free." -Spinoza
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The winter Milky Way and constellations over Cathedral Rock near Sedona, AZ. On a clear night, it's hard to take a bad image in this part of the world...

https://cosmicpursuits.com/2017/winter-milky-way-over-cathedral-rock-sedona-arizona/

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An original Christmas Tree? Legend has it that the idea of lights on a Christmas tree originated with Martin Luther who saw the stars through the boughs of an evergreen tree. To show his family, he cut down a small tree, carried it home, and placed small candles upon the tree to simulate the effect of starlight streaming through the branches of an evergreen. At least that’s the legend.

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1418/golden-light-of-a-winter-solstice/
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Milky Way over Washington, DC

A view of the Milky Way in late June 2016 over the light dome of Washington, DC, about an hour's drive from downtown on a pleasant summer's evening.

Taken with a Nikon D5500, Tokina 11-16mm lens at f/2.8, ISO6400, 15sec.
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Why Be an Amateur Astronomer?

Wise words from the famous Al Nagler about why amateur astronomy matters.

http://cosmicpursuits.com/1092/why-be-an-amateur-astronomer/

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RT @m_m_campbell: Seasonal worker. Your brain likely works differently in winter & summer. Good insights: #neuroscience by @AgataBoxe
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A fascinating study of what make the Looney Tunes cartoons so enduring... and some great highlight clips too.
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Venus, the Pleiades, and Light Trails

Over the Ottawa River, April 2015, during the close approach of Venus and the Pleiades star cluster.
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