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Watch Santa Barbara and the rest of the West Coast come to life in "El Niño's Wake," premiering tonight at Trim Shop. 
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The Rho Ophiuchi star formation region

See also The Colorful Clouds of Rho Ophiuchi
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-colorful-clouds-of-rho-ophiuchi.html

This wide-field view shows a spectacular region of dark and bright clouds, forming part of a region of star formation in the constellation of Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer). This picture was created from images in the Digitized Sky Survey 2.

Image Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2, Davide De Martin
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Soon to arrive under southern skies, the all-new Audi R8 Coupe was born on the track – and built for the road.
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Supernova Remnant Simeis 147: The Spaghetti Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Giuseppe Donatiello (Italy) and Tim Stone (USA)
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160425.html

It's easy to get lost following the intricate strands of the Spaghetti Nebula. A supernova remnant cataloged as Simeis 147 and Sh2-240, the glowing gas filaments cover nearly 3 degrees -- 6 full moons -- on the sky. That's about 150 light-years at the stellar debris cloud's estimated distance of 3,000 light-years. This sharp composite includes image data taken through a narrow-band filter to highlight emission from hydrogen atoms tracing the shocked, glowing gas. The supernova remnant has an estimated age of about 40,000 years, meaning light from the massive stellar explosion first reached Earth about 40,000 years ago. But the expanding remnant is not the only aftermath. The cosmic catastrophe also left behind a spinning neutron star or pulsar, all that remains of the original star's core.
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Volcán de Colima (Fuego) Eruption

See also these Volcano Eruptions:

Volcán de Colima Eruption
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/04/volcan-de-colima-eruption.html

Calbuco Volcano Eruption
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/calbuco-volcano-eruption.html

Colima, Mexico
December 13, 2015

Image Credit & Copyright: Sergio Tapiro
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The uber-luxurious Larte V-Class Black Crystal
The V-Class Black Crystal interior is simply gorgeous, the vehicle exterior at first glance is not one that will get the pulses racing but as soon as the door opens and you glimpse what's inside, it's that point that your imagination goes wild and you say to yourself, "I want this!"

The new V-Class by Larte Design – discover a car, offering a maximum level of comfort and individuality. Important politicians, international stars and successful people – all of them are very demanding and appreciate every moment they can enjoy on their own and “uncrowded”, moving between meetings, concerts and important business events. They are accustomed to a particular atmosphere, much space and the feeling of comfort and luxury. That is why Larte Design created a design package, establishing the V-Class Black Crystal. This luxurious “business jet on wheels” was built to demonstrate its passengers a high level of wellbeing, emphasizing their high and unparalleled status.

This specially customised V-Class will attract attention, wherever it goes. It features an expressive and unique body design from Larte, shows a perfect refinement and clarity of lines. Sitting in the roomy Mercedes, the passengers can indulge in a perfect lounge atmosphere and forget about the daily struggle.

The brand-new front and rear bumpers are made of composite materials and decorated with carbon fiber elements. Two black Swarovski crystals are embedded in the front bumper, symbolizing the name of the tuning package. The first design sketches for the tuning package started out from here.

The list of upgrades includes the latest developments in optics – fog lamps with dual optical elements. Moreover, the LARTE Black Crystal features stunning LED daytime running lights, which have become a typical design feature of the company. Here, they highlight the aesthetic design of the “business jet on wheels”. Now, you can enjoy the comfort and aesthetics – every minute and inch of your way, imbued with a unique and exclusively chosen vehicle.
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Illuminates the night.
Photo via http://www.philipprupprecht.de/ for ‪#‎MBsocialcar‬

Learn more about the GLA: http://mb4.me/MercedesAMGGLA45

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The Bubble Nebula

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http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-bubble-nebula.html


The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, which lies 8 000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. This object was first discovered by William Herschel in 1787 and this is not the first time it has caught Hubble’s eye. However, due to its very large size on the sky, previous Hubble images have only shown small sections of the nebula, providing a much less spectacular overall effect. Now, a mosaic of four images from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) allows us to see the whole object in one picture for the first time.

This complete view of the Bubble Nebula allows us to fully appreciate the almost perfectly symmetrical shell which gives the nebula its name. This shell is the result of a powerful flow of gas — known as a stellar wind — from the bright star visible just to the left of centre in this image. The star, SAO 20575, is between ten and twenty times the mass of the Sun and the pressure created by its stellar wind forces the surrounding interstellar materialoutwards into this bubble-like form.

The giant molecular cloud that surrounds the star — glowing in the star’s intense ultraviolet radiation — tries to stop the expansion of the bubble. However, although the sphere already measures around ten light-years in diameter, it is still growing, owing to the constant pressure of the stellar wind — currently at more than 100 000 kilometres per hour!

Aside from the symmetry of the bubble itself, one of the more striking features is that the star is not located at the centre. Astronomers are still discussing why this is the case and how the perfectly round bubble is created nonetheless.

The star causing the spectacular colourful bubble is also notable for something less obvious. It is surrounded by a complex system of cometary knots, which can be seen most clearly in this image just to the right of the star. The individual knots, which are generally larger in size than the Solar System and have masses comparable to Earth’s, consist of crescent shaped globules of dust with large trailing tails illuminated and ionised by the star. Observations of these knots, and of the nebula as a whole, help astronomers to better understand the geometry and dynamics of these very complicated systems.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team
Explanation from: https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1608/
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Comparison of the Earth to Mercury

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to the Sun http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-sun.html

to the Moon
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-moon.html

to Venus
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-venus.html

to Mars
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-mars.html

to Jupiter
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/04/comparison-of-earth-to-jupiter.html

to the Great Red Spot of Jupiter
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-great-red-spot.html

to Saturn
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-saturn.html

to the Rings of Saturn
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-rings-of-saturn.html

to Uranus
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-uranus.html

to Neptune
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-neptune.html

to Pluto
http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/03/comparison-of-earth-to-pluto.html


Earth is the third planet from the Sun, the densest planet in the Solar System, the largest of the Solar System's four terrestrial planets, and the only astronomical object known to harbor life.

According to evidence from radiometric dating and other sources, Earth was formed about 4.54 billion years ago. Earth gravitationally interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon. During one orbit around the Sun, Earth rotates about its own axis 366.26 times, creating 365.26 solar days or one sidereal year. Earth's axis of rotation is tilted 23.4° away from the perpendicular of its orbital plane, producing seasonal variations on the planet's surface with a period of one tropical year (365.24 solar days). The Moon is Earth's only permanent natural satellite. Its gravitational interaction with Earth causes ocean tides, stabilizes the orientation of Earth's rotational axis, and gradually slows Earth's rotational rate.

Earth's lithosphere is divided into several rigid tectonic plates that migrate across the surface over periods of many millions of years. 71% of Earth's surface is covered with water, with the remainder consisting of continents and islands that together have many lakes and other sources of water that contribute to the hydrosphere. Earth's polar regions are mostly covered with ice, including the Antarctic ice sheet and the sea ice of the Arctic ice pack. Earth's interior remains active with a solid iron inner core, a liquid outer core that generates the magnetic field, and a convecting mantle that drives plate tectonics.

Within its first billion years, life appeared in Earth's oceans and began to affect its atmosphere and surface, promoting the proliferation of aerobic as well as anaerobic organisms. Since then, the combination of Earth's distance from the Sun, its physical properties and its geological history have allowed life to thrive and evolve. The earliest undisputed life on Earth arose at least 3.5 billion years ago. Earlier physical evidence of life includes biogenic graphite in 3.7 billion-year-old metasedimentary rocks discovered in southwestern Greenland, as well as "remains of biotic life" found in 4.1 billion-year-old rocks in Western Australia. Earth's biodiversity has expanded continually except when interrupted by mass extinctions. Although scholars estimate that over 99% of all species of life (over five billion) that ever lived on Earth are extinct, there are still an estimated 10–14 million extant species, of which about 1.2 million have been documented and over 86% have not yet been described. Over 7.3 billion humans live on Earth and depend on its biosphere and minerals for their survival. Earth's human population is divided among about two hundred sovereign states which interact through diplomacy, conflict, travel, trade and communication media.


Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System and the one closest to the Sun, with an orbital period of about 88 Earth days, which is much faster than any other planet in the Solar System. Seen from Earth, it appears to move around its orbit in about 116 days. It has no known natural satellites. It is named after the Roman deity Mercury, the messenger to the gods.

Partly because it has almost no atmosphere to retain heat, Mercury's surface temperature varies diurnally more than any other planet in the Solar System, ranging from 100 K (−173 °C; −280 °F) at night to 700 K (427 °C; 800 °F) during the day in some equatorial regions. The poles are constantly below 180 K (−93 °C; −136 °F). Mercury's axis has the smallest tilt of any of the Solar System's planets (about 1⁄30 of a degree). However, Mercury's orbital eccentricity is the largest of all known planets in the Solar System. At aphelion, Mercury is about 1.5 times as far from the Sun as it is at perihelion. Mercury's surface is heavily cratered and similar in appearance to the Moon, indicating that it has been geologically inactive for billions of years.

Mercury is tidally or gravitationally locked with the Sun in a 3:2 resonance, and rotates in a way that is unique in the Solar System. As seen relative to the fixed stars, it rotates on its axis exactly three times for every two revolutions it makes around the Sun. As seen from the Sun, in a frame of reference that rotates with the orbital motion, it appears to rotate only once every two Mercurian years. An observer on Mercury would therefore see only one day every two years.

Because Mercury orbits the Sun within Earth's orbit (as does Venus), it can appear in Earth's sky in the morning or the evening, but not in the middle of the night. Also, like Venus and the Moon, it displays a complete range of phases as it moves around its orbit relative to Earth. Although Mercury can appear as a bright object when viewed from Earth, its proximity to the Sun makes it more difficult to see than Venus. Two spacecraft have visited Mercury: Mariner 10 flew by in the 1970s; and MESSENGER, launched in 2004, orbited Mercury over 4,000 times in four years, before exhausting its fuel and crashing into the planet's surface on April 30, 2015.

Explanation from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury
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My oh my, Lances turns on for Rip Curl World Surf League QS
Gallery here... www.carvemag.com/2016/04/winner
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