Erde Die Erde ist der dichteste, fünftgrößte und der Sonne drittnächste Planet des Sonnensystems. Ihr Durchmesser beträgt über 12.700 Kilometer und ihr Alter etwa 4,6 Milliarden Jahre. Sie ist Heimat aller bekannten Lebewesen.  (Radkreuz). Umlaufbahn Zur inneren Nachbarbahn der Venus hat die Erdbahn einen mittleren Abstand von 0,28 AE (41,44 Mio. km) und bis zur äußeren Nachbarbahn des Mars sind es im Mittel 0,52 AE (78,32 Mio. km). Der Umlaufsinn der Erde ist rechtläufig, das heißt, dass sie sich entsprechend der Regel der Drehrichtung im Sonnensystem vom Nordpol der Erdbahnebene aus gesehen dem Uhrzeigersinn entgegengesetzt um die Sonne bewegt. Die Bahnebene der Erde wird Ekliptik genannt. Rotation Siderischer Tag (1–2) und Sonnentag (1–3) Präzession und Nutation Präzessionsbewegung der Erdachse Zusammenstellung von Satellitenaufnahmen der Erde, die 2012 aufgenommen wurden. Rotationsdauer und Gezeitenkräfte Die Gravitation von Mond und Sonne verursacht auf der Erde die Gezeiten. Aufbau
Banksy Graffiti Superhero: 45 Great Photos & Quotes Banksy often uses his stenciling technique to show contempt for the government which considers graffiti to be vandalism and not art. Photo #1 by Banksy The dreaded surveillance society. Banksy’s graffiti usually carries a message that is anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Pure Banksy: The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal. Art work by Banksy, on the Thekla Social entertainment boat, central Bristol, England. Wikipedia says Banksy supports the following movements: Anti-war, Anti-capitalism, Anti-fascism, Anti-imperialism, Anti-authoritarianism, Anarchism, and Existentialism. Banksy art displayed at “Barely Legal” gallery show in LA. Banksy on Anonymous as was displayed at “Barely Legal” art show. Banksy’s “self-harming hoodie” as seen at Cans Festival, Leake St. Banksy on Guantanemo ~ “I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in – like peace and justice and freedom.” Kentucky fox.
50 Lessons Life Taught Me | Maria Shriver - StumbleUpon To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. When my odometer rolled over to 50, I updated the list. Here it is: Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.When in doubt, just take the next small step.Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.Don’t take yourself so seriously. 24 Views of Mount Fuji Hokusai Katsushika was a prolific and influential artist of 19th century Japan, particularly well known for his ukiyo-e woodblock prints. In 1827 Hokusai began producing his most famous work, the series of prints known as "36 Views of Mount Fuji". Another 10 prints were later added to the series. In 1985 Roger Zelazny wrote "24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai", for which he won a Hugo award in 1986. Having read and appreciated the story, I became intensely curious concerning the prints themselves, and resolved to locate as many of them as I could on the internet. You all know the drill - click on the small image to view the larger version. Image Credits Asahi Japan Collectibles Home PageImages: 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 22 This is a commercial page featuring ukiyo-e images by Hiroshige and Hokusai, as well as artifacts and gifts. The following sites, no longer active on the web, were also sources from which I obtained images: Selected Works from Hokusai's 36 Views of Mt FujiImages: 6, 15
3 Things the Tale of Troubled Painting Mega-Star Zhang Xiaogang Teaches Us About Art in China Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang, best known for his “Bloodlines” series of paintings that feature hazy, black-and-white portraits drawn from Mao-era China, may well be his country's hottest painter. But success is not without its price. Though just 54 years old, he is afflicted by ongoing health problems, apparently connected to the stress incurred by being at the white-hot center of the art world's international spotlight. Zhang is at the forefront of the Chinese art market, with auction prices topping out at more than $10 million during the recent Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction of the Ullens Collection for an early triptych (according to BASI). In Part, Zhang's Challenges Are Generational Zhang’s career has been shaped by the tumultuous formative period during which the Chinese contemporary art world and the market for Chinese art first gelled. If You Think His Work Has Become Repetitive, So Does He Then again, sales and popularity also lead to their own pressures.