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And this happened earlier today in Hawaii:
Congratulations, #SolarImpulse! First solar plane to cross the Pacific.
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On June 30, Venus and Jupiter were close in western skies at dusk. Near the culmination of this year's gorgeous conjunction, the two bright evening planets are captured in the same telescopic field of view in this image taken after sunset from Bejing, China. As the two bright planets set together in the west, a nearly Full Moon rose above the horizon to the south and east. Imaged that night with the same telescope and camera, the rising Moon from the opposite part of the sky is compared with the planetary conjunction for scale in the digitally composited image. The full lunar disk covers an angle of about 1/2 degree on the sky. Visible as well in binoculars and small telescopes are Venus' crescent and Jupiter's four Galilean moons. Of course, Venus and Jupiter are still close.
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Acidic oceans linked to greatest extinction ever | #Geology #GeologyPage

Earth’s greatest extinction event happened in a one-two punch 252 million years ago. Research now suggests that the second pulse of extinction, during which nearly all marine species vanished from the planet, happened in the wake of huge volcanic eruptions that spewed out carbon dioxide and made the oceans more acidic.

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Trilobites survived for roughly 270 million years before disappearing at the end of the Permian period. Credit: Florilegius/SSPL/Getty Earth’s greatest extinction event happened in a one-two punch 252 million years ago. Resea...
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Fluorite, Quartz | #Geology #GeologyPage

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I DID IT!!! I can't believe it! Here is a photo I just took of the International Space Station passing across the nearly full moon tonight over Byron Bay, NSW! You can see the solar arrays nice and clearly. Super happy about this!  ‪Canon DSLR at prime focus with Celestron 9.25 for equavlent 2300mm telephoto at f10, Shutter 1/1650s / ISO 800  #‎astrophotography‬
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Van Gogh's Irises (1889) fetched a world record price for a single artwork on this day in 1987. The Australian collector who bought it at auction paid an astounding $53.9 million US dollars. The collector eventually sold the painting to the +Getty Museum in Los Angeles check it out in Museum View Take a closer look at each of the unique irises using the zoom viewer; no two flowers are alike.   #gettymuseum   #vangogh    #Streetview  
In May 1889, after episodes of self-mutilation and hospitalization, Vincent van Gogh chose to enter an asylum in Saint-Rémy, France. There, in the last year before his death, he created almost 130 paintings. Within the first week, he began Irises, working from nature in the asylum's garden. The cropped composition, divided into broad areas of vivid color with monumental irises overflowing its borders, was probably influenced by the decorative p...
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"...and I said to myself what a wonderful world"

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Variscite, Goethite | #Geology #GeologyPage

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Cosmic Monument
"After a day of thunder and rain the sky suddenly cleared and gave way to a truly cosmic display behind the famous buttes of Monument Valley. The foreground and the buttes were lit by some passing cars, while the orange glow on the horizon is caused by light pollution from some nearby small towns."

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona-Utah state line, near the Four Corners area. Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West." (Source: Wikipedia)
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Lens: Samyang 10mm at f/2.8
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Composite of two 180s photographs at ISO 1600. One untracked for the foreground and one tracked for the sky.

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Date: June 11, 2015

#Space #Astronomy #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Astrophotography #Art #Science   #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #MonumentValley  #Buttes #Arizona #Utah   #USA   #UnitedStates #TheWest  #Westerns #Film #History #America
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This is a very under-visited area that has so much more to offer than most know. Each of the states that make up the Four Corners has amazing places to visit nearby. Arches, canyons, monuments such as these, hoodoo's, many other naturally amazing places and wonderful Native American settlement ruins such as Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. It's a great trip.
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Skywatchers: Don't miss your chance to witness a stunning close encounter of the two brightest star-like objects in the sky—their nearest in over a decade.
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Dolomite (Var: Cobaltoan Dolomite), Spherocobaltite | #Geology #GeologyPage

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to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and
to endure the betrayal of false friends.
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to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
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