31 outubro 2014

Milky Way over Devils Tower



A mysterious formation known as Devils Tower rises into the dark above northeastern Wyoming's prairie landscape in this 16 frame panoramic view. Seen against the night sky's thin, pale clouds and eerie green airglow, star clusters and nebulae of the Milky Way arc toward the galaxy's central realm at right. Of course the scene contains the Milky Way's own haunting and grisly visages of halloween, including ghosts, a flaming skull, a glowing eye and a witch's broom. To find them, slide your cursor over the picture or just follow this link, if you dare. And have a safe and Happy Halloween!



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because it all burns up: Solar activity, photographed by STEREO...









because it all burns up: Solar activity, photographed by STEREO B, 26th September 2014.


Details of 35 images taken with the COR1 (left) and COR 2 (right). Both views are of the same event, but the COR2 images are from slightly later and show a wider view.


After a planned break on 1st October, communications could not be re-established with the spacecraft. Attempts to make contact are ongoing. The last images archived from the mission are from the 27th.


My favourite thing about fireworks is when the smoke trails they leave behind look like ghost fireworks.


Image credit: NASA/STEREO. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.


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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) for more halloween movie quotes follow movie



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História do Halloween




Como hoje é o dia das bruxas, também conhecido como Halloween, decidi dedicar uma postagem a esta data tão especial (digo eu).



O Halloween é um evento tradicional que ocorre principalmente em países de língua inglesa como o Reino Unido, Canadá, Irlanda e EUA e surgiu através das antigas celebrações do povos Celtas.

Sabe-se que o primeiro registo do termo "Halloween" ocorreu por volta de 1745 e derivou de um outro termo, de origem escocesa, "Allhallow-eve" (a véspera do dia de todos os santos). Na antiga religião Celta, existia o Samhain, a Festa dos Mortos, era um festival do calendário celta irlandês, que marcava o fim do Verão (celebrada a dia 2 de Novembro, no Cristianismo). No Cristianismo, havia um costume de celebração das vésperas, em que, após o último serviço religioso do dia, depois do anoitecer, celebra-se o dia que está para vir. Devido à cristianização nas Ilhas Britânicas, a maioria de origem celta, houve uma mistura entre as duas religiões.



Entre o pôr-do-sol do dia 31 de Outubro e 1 de Novembro, ocorria a noite sagrada (hallow evening, em inglês (acredita-se que o termo actual surgiu a partir dessa designação). Desde já, conclui-se que o termo "dia das bruxas" não é uma tradução da língua inglesa, mas apenas uma designação dos povos de língua portuguesa.

Esse termo e o seu significado perpetuaram-se e a comemoração do Halloween foi levada até aos Estados Unidos pelos emigrantes irlandeses do século XIX e a festa ficou conhecida pelo seu conteúdo histórico.






Para os celtas, o lugar dos mortos era um sítio de felicidade, onde não havia dor nenhuma. As festas do Samhain eram dirigidas pelos sacerdotes druidas, que agiam como médiuns, entre as pessoas e os seus antepassados. Dizia-se também que os espíritos voltavam, nessa data, para visitar as suas casas e para guiar os seus familiares até ao submundo. Desde o século IV que a Igreja da Síria comemorava um dia para o festejo de "Todos os Mártires". Três séculos depois, o Papa Bonifácio IV transformou um templo romano, inicialmente dedicado a todos os deuses, num templo cristão de dedicação a "Todos os Santos".

Esta festa era inicialmente comemorada no dia 13 de Maio, mas o Papa Gregório III mudou a data para 1 de Novembro, que era o dia da dedicação da capela de Todos os Santos na Basílica de São Pedro, em Roma. Mais tarde, no ano de 840, o Papa Gregório IV ordenou que a festa de Todos os Santos fosse celebrada universalmente.









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The ancient Mayan calendar was more accurate than the modern Gregorian calendar. While the Gregorian calendar gains three days in 10,000 years, the Mayan calendar loses only two days every 10,000 years.


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Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning


When you set your clocks back one hour beginning Sunday, November 2, 2014, remember to check or change the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector.


Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 2, 2014. As you prepare to set your clocks back one hour, remember to check or change the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, now is a great time to buy one. At least 430 people die each year in the US from unintentional, non-fire related CO poisoning.


CO is found in fumes produced by furnaces, vehicles, portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, or burning charcoal or wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.


When power outages occur during emergencies such as hurricanes or winter storms, the use of alternative sources of power for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home, garage, or camper and to poison the people and animals inside.


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October 31st 1941: Mount Rushmore completedOn this day in 1941,...



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Mount Rushmore today



October 31st 1941: Mount Rushmore completed



On this day in 1941, after 14 years of construction, Mount Rushmore was completed. Mount Rushmore, which lies near Keystone in South Dakota, now bears the faces of four US Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The idea for the carving had been around for years before Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln were hired and the project received federal funding. The initial plans were for the entire torsos of the Presidents to be carved, as opposed to just their faces. Borglum even envisioned having a timeline of great events in US history running alongside the faces and a ‘Hall of Records’ in a chamber cut into the rock behind the faces. However, the project ran out of money during the Great Depression, leading to its early completion in October 1941. Mount Rushmore remains a major attraction in the United States, attracting millions of visitors every year.


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