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W is for WONDER One of the basic human responses is wonder. It's an inner state, a mood or attitude, that seems to have an accompanying emotion that can be very intense. There are also certain thoughts that go along with it. The external universe elicits these thoughts with its size, beauty, complexity, and simplicity. Simply breathtaking: The Milky Way By Eddie Wrenn Published: 16:27 GMT, 26 June 2012 | Updated: 07:20 GMT, 27 June 2012 Occasionally an image comes along which is simply breath-taking. This, we humbly submit, is one of them, an image of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, stretching in an immense band across the skies and giving us just the tiniest glimpse of the vastness of our universe around us. The image was taken by astrophotographer Luc Perrot on the French island of Réunion, to the East of Madagascar, who reports that he waited two years to get the perfect light conditions. But it was worth it.

A Huge Ocean Likely Covered More Than a Third of Mars 3.5 Billio It took NASA a few decades, several probes, and a whole lot of money to find hard evidence for the existence of water on the surface of Mars. But timing is everything. Had the agency been looking for water on the Red Planet a few billion years earlier, all they would've needed was a telescope. A new CU-Boulder analysis of the Martian surface has concluded that a massive ocean covered as much as a third of the planet around 3.5 billion years ago. The CU researchers are by no means the first to suggest that Mars was once home to large oceans, but their research does lend a lot of credence to earlier assertions to that effect, assertions that have been challenged repeatedly over the years. The study is the first to mash up a huge body of data collected by NASA and ESA missions over the last decade.

10 Most loved Street Art Photos More in 3D here. More in Lego here. More in 3D here. More Little People here. Still Looking For Paradise? Maldives - Double chain of twenty-six atolls… The Republic of Maldives, or simply the Maldives, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the most disparate countries in the world. Earth-Sun Distance How Far Away is the Sun? Astronomers determined the size and shape of our galaxy and measured distances to other stars using the “parallax method” (and eventually other methods using the star’s light spectrum). Unfortunately, these methods do little to help us find out the exact distance to our very own star, the Sun. Surprisingly, to get the distance to the sun, astronomers first had to determine the exact distance to Venus!

Zodiacal light by Noriko Tabuchi Premium Canvas Starting at just $99 Buy Now Framed Print Starting at just $89 Buy Now The End of Time is Nigh (in a Cosmic Sense, Anyhow) The universe has only about 3.7 billion years in which to settle its affairs. At least, that's the new assertion from a group of physicists who say that there is a 50 percent chance that time will end within that time frame. If the laws of physics as we understand them are in fact correct, then time must eventually end – and their math shows that both the sun and the Earth should still be around when that happens. Why? Physics tells us that the universe has been expanding since the Big Bang some 13 billino years ago and that it is still expanding to this day (Did you just feel that? That was the universe expanding around you).

Chris Jordan - Intolerable Beauty Exploring around our country's shipping ports and industrial yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed to view like eroded layers in the Grand Canyon, I find evidence of a slow-motion apocalypse in progress. I am appalled by these scenes, and yet also drawn into them with awe and fascination. The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity.

Luxury Property, Interior Design, Exclusive Travel & Bespoke Furniture The luxury Dhigu Resort, Maldives Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa is encircled by mystic lagoons and unspoilt crystal shores, the resort is a heavenly sanctuary on a secluded paradise island, offering barefoot elegance in one of the world’s most celebrated tropical havens. Here the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean offer an endless horizon of aquatic allure and the evocative location is matched by a tranquil island design style. Anantara Dhigu is a luxurious five-star resort hidden on tropical terrain on Dhigufinolhu Island in the Maldives’ South Male Atoll, a mere 35 minute speedboat journey from the island nation’s international airport, or a scenic five minutes by private chartered seaplane. Male-based architect Mohamed Shafeeq from Group X Design Associates and Thailand-based interior design company, Abacus, headed by John Lightbody, have styled the resort’s distinctive environment as a creative complement to the natural beauty of the island. Anantara Dhigu, P.O.

Carl Sagan: Cosmos, Pale Blue Dot & Famous Quotes Called "America's most effective salesman of science" by Time magazine, astronomer Carl Sagan spent much of his career translating technical scientific explanations to make them easily digestible by the general public. Described as a natural teacher, he educated not only through classroom lectures but also through interviews and on television shows. His 13-part TV series, “Cosmos,” has been seen by over 600 million people in more than 60 countries. Solar Eclipse Shot by Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology, these amazing composite images capture the moon during a total solar eclipse revealing a vast solar corona. To achieve the crystal clear effect the shots are comprised from some 40+ photos taken with two different lenses. Additional clarity was achieved due to the incredibly remote location chosen to view the eclipse from, a pier just outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can see several more images from the project at Druckmüller’s website and don’t miss this much higher resolution version including some 209 stars.

Smog on Titan Moon May Hold Ingredients For Life, New Study Says Scientists studying Titan's atmosphere have learned it can create complex molecules, including amino acids and nucleotide bases, often called the building blocks of life. They are the first researchers to show it's possible to create these molecules without water, suggesting Titan could harbor huge quantities of life's precursors floating in its atmosphere. It's a breakthrough that even has implications for the beginning of life on Earth. Researchers at the University of Arizona built a simulated Titan atmosphere in a special chamber in Paris and blasted it with microwaves, simulating the effect of solar energy.

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