is a nifty online app that lets you input a geolocation and a date, and then uses google maps to graphically display the azimuth for the sunrise, sunset, and current time, for that particular date. Example: the sunset for the May 28 Manhattanhenge
The long-awaited sunset sky show of May 2013 is beginning. In only a few days, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will form a tight triangle in the western sky, visible to the unaided eye around the world.
The green flash
isn't quite the light show
that some might imagine, but is still impressive. But sunsets aren't alone in producing the green flash - the flash can also appear above the moon
. Up on Cerro Paranal
in northern Chile, ESO Photo Ambassador Gerhard Hüdepohl
has captured a very clear example of the a green flash above the moon
. [more inside]
In the time of the Chou Dynasty it was believed there existed Ten Celestial Suns
. Each day, one sun would be harnessed to a jade dragon and drawn across the heavens, bringing life and light to the world. It was their duty, all they had known - but in their hearts a cold and secret fire grew... [more inside]
Green flash at sunset
, last day of summer. They occur every night
, but are too fast and/or faint for us to see. They also don't just occur over water. There are apparently 2 main types.
Sometimes they're one big blob, sometimes on the edge & sometimes a hovering blob over the sun. Previously.
The Lightning Field in New Mexico
was one of the first earth art installations when it was installed back in the 70's. 30 years later it still stands and turns even the time you spend there into art. Here's an account by Pamela Petro
of her time spent there.
continuously tunes into different webcams, chasing the sunset around the globe [...]
complementing the increased efficiency and productivity associated with the internet." [via WMMNA]
quietly up for debate before the Senate Committee
on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and backed by the Whitehouse
, proposes to improve the performance of the Executive branch of the US Government by requiring that all Governmental agencies be given a 10 year shelf life at the end of which time they must be reinstated by a Presidentially appointed "Sunset Committee" or fade
into the history books
A little something from the gee-whiz department for all our friends in Manhattan... did you know that today is a Gotham Equinox
? All I can say is enjoy it while you can
A Green Flash from the Sun
- I always thought this was a myth, but if NASA says it's true... (and I believe everything I read).