Beautiful Earth

I saw this beautiful pic on FB page of Rare and Uncommon Photos. The details about the image here:

The photograph was taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission, on a cloudless day. The picture is of Europe and Africa when the sun is setting. Half of the picture is in night. The bright dots you see are the cities’ lights.
The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert. Note that the lights are already on in Holland , Paris , and Barcelona,and that’s it’s still daylight in Dublin, London, Lisbon , and Madrid. The sun is still shining on the Strait of Gibraltar . The Mediterranean Sea is already in darkness.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands;  below them to the right are the Madeira Islands ; a bit below are the Canary Islands; and further South, close to the farthest western point
of Africa, are the Cape Verde Islands.

Day_and_Night

Day_and_Night from Space Shuttle Columbia on it's last mission. Photo Courtesy: Rare and Uncommon Photos FB page

Not sure if this is indeed taken by Columbia’s last flight but the photo sure aroused my curiosity and I searched for more authentic sources. Boy I was in for a treat! Posting a few of these wonderful pics I collected from various sources; all of them in turn credit their source to NASA.

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Space shuttle Endeavour's open payload bay in a picture taken in December 1998

Atlantis against Sun

The NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette against a backdrop of the sun on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, as viewed from Florida, U.S. Image Courtesy: NASA/Denverpost.com

The video is called “All Alone in the night”. It is a time lapse footage of the Earth as seen from the ISS. This video on YouTube is uploaded by BitMeizer. Images from http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ and Music: ‘Freedom Fighters’ by Two Steps from Hell. One hell of a video.

The next one shows our beautiful Earth.
 

The Sun shines on the Sun signs

You get up in the morning to the warm winter Sun and suddenly the earth beneath your feet has shifted, well, in this case literally 😉 . The astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society found that because of the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth, the alignment of the stars was pushed by about a month. I had read about it some time back but had read it as an ancient science which believed in a different zodiac system. The one that comprises another 13th sign where the Sun spends only 19 days. Ancient Babylonians had 13 constellations, but wanted only 12, so they threw out Ophiuchus, the snake holder.

The change in the zodiac sign seems to have the rocked the world. Most people seem to take the news with a pinch of salt. Some find consolation by that argument that this applies only to people after 2009/2010. I have had friends who could forget your name but not your Sun sign. For most people not reading the daily horoscope is not an option. My roomie’s FB status says “Proud to be an Aquarian…..!!!! i will live and die as an aqua ….!”

Most people find it difficult to associate themselves with the new sign. Mostly comparing themselves to a person in the new Sun sign whom they hate and say “I am not that, am I!!!” Well, if it is any consolation at least they can compare themselves with somebody, I am going to be in the new Sun sign Ophiuchus. No references at all 😦 plus no body seems to know how to pronounce it. So while others are going to be referred to as the Saggi, the Virgo(they are the safest ones no much change there with the new system), the Cancerian, I will be the “she who must not be named” 😯 And the sign seems to be represented by a serpent. I feel like a person who has been unfairly put in the Slytherin house.

According to the Minnesota Planetarium Society, here is where the real signs of the Zodiac should fall. Ready for your world to change forever???

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.

Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.

Pisces: March 11-April 18.

Aries: April 18-May 13.

Taurus: May 13-June 21.

Gemini: June 21-July 20.

Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.

Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.

Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.

Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23

Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.

Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.

Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

Anyway reading my new characters make me feel better. Am I ready to shed my Saggi attitude, don’t know yet but my new life doesn’t look bad either.

The constellation Ophiuchus represents a man wrestling a serpent, dividing the snake’s body in two parts.  It is the only sign of the zodiac linked to real men, sharing traits with Imhotep, a 27th century BCE Egyptian doctor, and biblical Joseph. Like Imhotep, Ophiuchus is considered a healer of men and a doctor of medicine or science. He seeks higher education and enlightenment. He is expected to achieve a high position in life. Like Joseph, he is an interpreter of dreams and vivid premonitions. He is envied by his peers and favored by his father and authority figures.

The dominant characters traits are:

* Many people are envious of the Ophiuchan as he/she progresses well throughout life.
* A seeker of wisdom and knowledge
* A flamboyant dressing sense, favouring bright colours.
* Authority looks upon him/her well
* Would make a great architect or builder
* Number 12 is the lucky number.
* Will have a big family but will leave home at an early age

Don’t know how things will go. All that I know is this is one occurrence that the planets had not predicted at all 😉

Tag Time Again-If-then-Tag

This is again one of my long due posts. I was tagged on Harshad’s blog for the If-Then-Tag somewhere in the end of November last year. A lethargic me took this long to take up the tag. Not sure if I am complying with the format but here is the list from all that I could remember :

  • If I were a colour then I would be Red and Black – For some reason it is one of my all time favorites
  • If I were a drink(apart from water) I would be Salt Lime soda – it is totally refreshing
  • If I were a season then I would be spring – Marks the end of dry cold winter and brings back the sun
  • If I were a Mobile set then I would be Sony Ericsson W series – I adore thee
  • If I were a Fruit then I would be – it has to be  the king of fruits – Mango
  • If I were a Tree then I would be Bougainvillea tree – I grew up in the shades of these trees
  • If I were an animal then I would be a Lion – Nothing beats the King of the Jungle. I just love the majesty
  • If I were a Time of the Day then I would be Morning – I am very much of a morning person
  • If I were a sport then I would be Tennis – Just like that
  • If I were a planet then I would be Earth with all the life forms
  • If I were a Month then I would be December – For one I was born in this month and two it is a month of holidays, celebrations and reminiscence
  • If I were a Day of the week  then I would be Love to be the TGIF Fridays
  • If I were an Element then I would be Fire – I am a Saggi remember!!!
  • If I were a Stone then I would be a Coral or Pearl (love both of them)
  • If I were a musical instrument then I would be the Guitar – For giving out the liveliest of the music
  • If I were an emotion then I would be Laughter – The Best medicine
  • If I were a sound then I would be the sound of cool breeze blowing
  • If I were a Name then I would be Ukume – it means sound of rain on river
  • If I were a Food then I would be… Hmm this one is tough to decide…Lets see.. ok it is my Mom’s Roti and Dal with Methi and Red chilli chutney in ghee
  • If I were a scent then I would be the scent of earth after the first rain drops
  • If I were a Bird then I would be sparrow – They are simply cute and adorable

Phew! That was pretty long. Hope u enjoy reading it. My turn to tag.

Patty, Pallavi, Mayur, Amirtha…. And all the people who love to let your imagination run wild