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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Solstice to Equinox Cubed

    03/26/2016 10:21:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | Saturday, March 26, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This 3 month long exposure packed the days from December 22, 2015 through March 20 into a box. Dubbed a solargraph, the unconventional, unfolded picture was recorded with a pinhole camera made from a cube-shaped container, its sides lined with photographic paper. Fixed to a single spot for the entire exposure, the simple camera recorded the Sun's path through Hungarian skies. Each day a glowing trail was burned into the photosensitive paper. From short and low, to long and high, the trails follow the progression from winter solstice to spring equinox. Of course, dark gaps in the daily sun...
  • Pope Francis says he supports setting a fixed date for Easter Sunday

    07/01/2015 8:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | July 01, 2015
    Pope Francis said he supports the idea of setting a fixed date for Easter Sunday, which for centuries has moved back and forth according to the lunar calendar. Easter and the Holy Week that precedes it is rooted in the Jewish Passover and fixed on the first full moon, which falls on the first Sunday after the spring equinox, March 21. […] The Orthodox Churches normally celebrate Easter a week after the Catholics. […] Historians and expert agree that a common date for Easter would encourage “reconciliation between the Christian churches.” …
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sunshine, Earthshine

    03/20/2015 12:28:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    NASA ^ | March 20, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Today's date marks an Equinox and a New Moon. Remarkably, while the exact timing of both geocentric events occur within a span of only 13 hours, the moon also reaches its new phase only 14 hours after perigee, the closest point in its orbit. That makes the Equinox New Moon the largest New Moon of 2015, though hard to see since that lunar phase presents the Moon's dark, night side to planet Earth. Still, in this well composed image of a young lunar phase from late January you can glimpse both night and day on the lunar surface, the...
  • Ancient Texas pictograph mystery solved, Houston researcher says

    02/09/2015 10:12:51 AM PST · by Theoria · 51 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 02 Feb 2015 | Carol Christian
    Among the mysteries of how ancient people created structures to mark the solstice and equinox with astonishing accuracy, this one is central: How did they determine the dates of those astronomical events? Houstonian Gordon Houston, who is pursuing a doctorate on this riddle, says he believes he has figured out the answer for centuries-old glyphs known as the Pictographs of Paint Rock, Texas. Found on a private ranch near San Angelo in northern Concho County, these approximately 1,500 pictographs on a limestone cliff include about a dozen that "had a solar interaction," Houston said. "Some were incredible." Houston will talk...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Equinox: The Sun from Solstice to Solstice

    09/22/2012 9:16:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | September 23, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Yesterday was an equinox, a date when day and night are equal. Today, and every day until the next equinox, the night will be longer than the day in Earth's northern hemisphere, and the day will be longer than the night in Earth's southern hemisphere. An equinox occurs midway between the two solstices, when the days and nights are the least equal. The picture is a composite of hourly images taken of the Sun above Bursa, Turkey on key days from solstice to equinox to solstice. The bottom Sun band was taken during the winter solstice in 2007 December,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- September's Aurora

    09/21/2012 3:29:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | September 21, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: September's equinox arrives tomorrow as the Sun crosses the celestial equator heading south. The event marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere and autumn in the north. And though the connection is still puzzling, the equinox seasons bring an increase in geomagnetic storms. So as northern nights grow longer, the equinox also heralds the arrival of a good season for aurora hunters. Recorded on September 20, these colorful northern lights were captured with camera and wide-angle lens near the Norwegian Sea coast outside Tromsø in Northern Norway. Shining at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so, the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    03/20/2011 8:12:21 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 25 replies
    NASA ^ | 3/20/11 | Anthony Ayiomamitis (TWAN)
    Parthenon MoonExplanation: Did you see the Full Moon last night? Near the horizon, the lunar orb may have seemed to loom large, swollen in appearance by the famous Moon illusion. But the Full Moon really was a large Full Moon last night, reaching its exact full phase within an hour of lunar perigee, the point in the Moon's elliptical orbit closest to planet Earth. A similar near perigee Full Moon last occured on December 12, 2008. The difference in the Moon's apparent size as it moves from perigee to apogee, its farthest point from Earth, is about 14 percent. Of...
  • 27-Megapixel Saturn Panoramic Image Makes Perfect Widescreen Desktop Background

    12/31/2009 10:47:10 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 11 replies · 1,808+ views ^ | 12/31/09 | Jesus Diaz
    No, I'm not obsessed with Saturn. OK, I am obsessed with Saturn. But so is Time, who picked this deliciously crispy photo as one of the images of the year, revealing ring bumps as high as the Rocky Mountains. I'm not surprised, because it's a truly unique moment, one that happens at Saturn's equinox, which is an event that only happens twice in 10,179 Earth days. And this time, we had Cassini there to take this amazing photo, just when the sun illuminates the rings edge-on. As Carolyn Porco—Cassini imaging team leader—puts it: The geometry revealed structures and phenomena in...
  • Saturn at Equinox

    09/24/2009 9:10:02 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 6 replies · 784+ views
    Cassini ^ | September, 2009 | Cassini That is a link to a slideshow that NASA is hosting, that has some of them most stunning pictures of Saturn I've ever seen. Saturn was at equinox in August, meaning that the sun was exactly over the edge of the rings. That may not sound like a big deal, but Saturn takes 30 years to make one orbit, so equinox comes every 15 years. The difference this time is that the Cassini spacecraft was in place to watch it happen first hand, and the images are stunning. Think about a sandy beach at high noon. If you look...
  • It's SHOWTIME!

    09/23/2009 5:12:55 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 72 replies · 2,429+ views
    Turn on NASA TV! and a Police scanner if you have one! What are your models for God? Can you envision God as consisting of an inherently dynamic relationship of elements rather than just factual understanding?? Isa 14:14 - Show Context I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' Jer 4:13 - Show Context "Behold, he shall come up like clouds, And his chariots like a whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are plundered!" Eze 30:3 - Show Context For the day is near, Even the...
  • Druids in the House for Spring Equinox, Saturday in Redwood City

    03/25/2009 9:12:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 369+ views
    Examiner ^ | March 20
    Wassup, pagans? Me and the rest of my heathens plan to gather Saturday in Redwood City to celebrate the change of seasons. Well, I might not be there, but the the Druid posse should be in full effect. I don't mean a rival to the now defunct Taliban gang. I mean reconstructed Celtic-religion adherents from the Fellowship of Druidism for the Latter Age. I got the word as a member of the San Jose Pagan/Magick Meetup Group, although I admit I've yet to attend a face-to-face event. It's more a matter of motivating the body off the couch than encouraging...
  • Photo Series: Persepolis, Iran - Capital of Persian Empire [History]

    08/27/2004 9:42:57 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 34 replies · 3,251+ views
    Iranian ^ | 8/27/04 | Iranian
    Cyrus the Great Cylinder, The First Charter of Human Rights By 546 BCE, Cyrus had defeated Croesus, the Lydian king of fabled wealth, and had secured control of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, Armenia, and the Greek colonies along the Levant. Moving east, he took Parthia (land of the Arsacids, not to be confused with Parsa, which was to the southwest), Chorasmis, and Bactria. He besieged and captured Babylon in 539 and released the Jews who had been held captive there, thus earning his immortalization in the Book of Isaiah. When he died in 529, Cyrus's kingdom extended as...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 03-20-04

    03/20/2004 3:49:56 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 144+ views
    NASA ^ | 03-20-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 March 20 Equinox + 1 Credit & Copyright: Joe Orman Explanation: Twice a year, at the Spring and Fall equinox, the Sun rises due east. In an emphatic demonstration of this celestial alignment, photographer Joe Orman recorded this inspiring image of the Sun rising exactly along the east-west oriented Western Canal, in Tempe,Arizona, USA. But he waited until March 21st, one day after the northern Spring equinox...
  • The marriage is off and running - took a break during the Equinox Marathon to exchange vows

    09/22/2003 12:08:19 PM PDT · by bedolido · 3 replies · 225+ views
    USA Today ^ | 09/22/03 | Staff Writer
    <p>FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Ken Leary and Jane LeBlond got their marriage off to a running start. The couple took a break during the Equinox Marathon to exchange vows, then crossed the finish line together. "We wanted something that meant something to both of us," Leary said of the decision to marry during the race Saturday.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-09-02

    07/08/2002 11:39:21 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 353+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-09-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 July 9 Analemma Credit & Copyright: Vasilij Rumyantsev (Crimean Astrophysical Obsevatory) Explanation: If you took a picture of the Sun at the same time each day, would it remain in the same position? The answer is no, and the shape traced out by the Sun over the course of a year is called an analemma. The Sun's apparent shift is caused by the Earth's motion around the Sun...