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Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
To trumpets& fanfare: another awe-inspiring vision to exalt ur holidays& remind u we are capable of the magnificent.
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/281098043749699584

Dr. Ian O'Neill ‏@astroengine
@carolynporco Wow! Mind blowing! One question: the rings in Saturn's shadow -- how are they lit? Definitely doing a feature on this gem!

 Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
@astroengine Read the CL, or the release. They are illuminated by the Sun, from behind. Think of a silhouette.
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/281103931986305024

Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco
@astroengine Sorry...CL means Captain's Log
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/281104107287236608

" NASA's Cassini spacecraft has delivered a glorious view of Saturn, taken while the spacecraft was in Saturn's shadow. The cameras were turned toward Saturn and the sun so that the planet and rings are backlit. (The sun is behind the planet, which is shielding the cameras from direct sunlight.) In addition to the visual splendor, this special, very-high-phase viewing geometry lets scientists study ring and atmosphere phenomena not easily seen at a lower phase. "

http://www.ciclops.org/view/7418/A_Splendor_Seldom_Seen

"On Oct. 17, 2012, during its 174th orbit around the gas giant, the spacecraft was deliberately positioned within Saturn's shadow, a perfect location from which to look back at Saturn in the direction of the sun and take a backlit view of the rings and the dark side of the planet. Looking at a plantary body illuminated by the sun from behind is a geometry referred to by planetary scientists as "high solar phase;" near the center of the body's shadow is the highest phase possible. This is a very coveted viewing position as it can reveal details about the target, in this particular case both the planet's atmosphere and rings, that cannot be seen at lower solar phase. "
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" This one is our special gift to you, the people of the world, in this holiday season that brings to a close the year 2012. We fervently hope it serves as a reminder that we humans, though troubled and warlike, are also the dreamers, thinkers, and explorers inhabiting one achingly beautiful planet, yearning for the sublime, and capable of the magnificent. We hope it reminds you to protect our planet with all your might and cherish the life it so naturally sustains.

From all of us on Cassini, the happiest of holidays to everyone.


Carolyn Porco
Cassini Imaging Team Leader
Director, CICLOPS
Boulder, CO
cpcomments@ciclops.org
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I've been going to them weekly for about six months now. I love shopping with them. Their prices are great, definitely competitive with chain groceries. But the mean quality is better and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. They're recommended cheap cuts of meat for me a few times when it was better for what I needed and they've given me some useful advice for selecting and preparing some of my purchases. This is exactly what I look for in a local business.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
First of all, these people know their teas. And I mean *all* the employees do, not just the managers. They're encouraged to try a lot of the teas so that they can give good advice to customers, and good advice they give. And the teas that they carry are fantastic. Bill, the owner, travels to Asia regularly to find really good teas at good prices. (They'll stop carrying a tea if the price or quality gets unacceptable.) Even better, the employees here are all extremely friendly, welcoming people. I've spent many hours in the store and watched them interacting. I've seen nothing but friendliness and helpfulness from every one of them. I should also point out that they're pretty careful not to carry tea accessories (pots, cozies, kettles, mugs, etc.) that aren't quality. I've been in a lot of tea shops where they'll slap pretty much anything on the shelf if they think that they can sell it. TeaSource only sells stuff that they think is worth having. Finally, the store itself is one of the most comfortable, relaxing places I know of in the Twin Cities. If you want to unwind, maybe read a book or chat with a friend, this is the place. I've recently moved out of state and after my friends and family, TeaSource is probably the thing I'm missing most.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
The staff was very helpful and took quite a lot of time to help me browse options and to inform me of what some of the choices were. They even called a consignment source to see if she'd accept a reduced price (it was about to drop anyway) a few days early. The options in some areas are a bit limited, but for most of the most common pieces (couches, dining room sets, etc), there were loads of choices at good prices. And they will look out for pieces for you if you ask, which is also super helpful. I'll definitely look here in the future for any other needs.
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Public - 12 months ago
reviewed 12 months ago
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I just moved out here and have been seeking a tea place to sit down to have a nice pot of tea and to relax. I live well over an hour away, but this is a strong contender for being that place. The selection of teas is diverse and good. (There were a few missing that I would have liked to have seen, I confess. But very few.) The staff were extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about their teas; bear in mind that I'm a bit of a tea snob, so I consider that a fairly high bar. The decor is a bit trendy for my tastes, but not terribly so. There are both tables and comfy chairs, depending on how you want to enjoy your tea. And there's a nice selection of products for sale. The experience was excellent, from the properly brewed pot of green tea (so many places get it wrong) to the little chocolates that came complimentary with pot of tea, to the friendly service. I'm not sure how often I can make the long drive up, but any time I'm in Seattle, I'm pretty sure I'll be stopping here.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago