Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Big Picture: Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse of December 10, 2011

The longest lunar eclipse in over ten years animated the night sky on December 10. The red hue resulted from the sun's light passing through the earth's atmosphere. Viewers in Asia had the best view of the total eclipse, while those watching in Europe saw part of it at moonrise, and North Americans caught part of it as the moon set. It was not visible in South America or Antarctica. The next total eclipse will occur in 2014. -- Lane Turner (27 photos total)

The moon casts a reddish hue over Lake Pend Oreille during a lunar eclipse as it begins to set behind the Selkirk Mountain Range near Sandpoint, Idaho on December 10, 2011. (Matt Mills McKnight/Reuters)
A composite of 12 pictures shows a full lunar eclipse over the skies in Hefei, China on December 10, 2011. The moon turns red as the shadow falls on it during the eclipse. (Stringer/Reuters)
A lunar eclipse is seen in the sky beside a statue of Buddha in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka on December 10, 2011. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)
A partial lunar eclipse is seen from the Roman pillars of the Temple of Hercules in Amman December 2011. (Ali Jarekji/Reuters)
The earth's shadow falls on the moon as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse viewed through the arch supports of the Sydney Harbor Bridge December 11, 2011. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)
The Earth casts its shadow across the moon during the lunar eclipse in New Delhi on December 10, 2011. (Saurabh Das/AP)
A full moon lunar eclipse passes over Karachi on December 10, 2011. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
The moon sets above the Golden Gate Bridge during an eclipse on December 10, 2011, in San Francisco. (Frederic Larson/San Francisco Chronicle/AP)
The partially eclipsed moon rises above Cologne on December 10, 2011. Only the end of the eclipse could be seen in Germany due to the late rise of the moon. (Kaiser Henning/AFP/Getty Images)
As dawn breaks over the tall ships at the San Diego, Calif. Maritime Museum, the setting moon begins to emerge from Earth's shadow following a total eclipse on December 10, 2011. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/AP)
Sumber : Boston.com - Big Picture

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Thailand Photos From NatGeo

Sunset, Floating Market
Photograph by Kittipong Faengsrikum
A shot of the evening sky over a river in Thailand
White Temple, Chiang Rai
Photograph by Steve Herrod
The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Thailand
Garden, Bangkok
Photograph by Wong Heng Meng
Elephant, Ayutthaya
Photograph by John Wall
Elephant trekking through Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam (Thailand)
Krabi Beach
Photograph by Megan Rossi
Islands Around Krabi Beach, Thailand
Sea Turtle
Photograph by Angela Turton
Similan Islands, Thailand
Boat, Poda Island
Photograph by Agron Dragaj
A traditional Thai boat anchored on the shores of Poda Island, Krabi, Thailand
Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai
Photograph by Jeff Gear
Ampawa Floating Market
Photograph by Kiat Uscharapong
There are many floating markets in Thailand. The picture shown is of the Ampawa Floating Market.
Sunset, Koh Samet Island, Thailand
Photograph by Hunziker Laurent
Sumber : National Geographic

Russia Photos From NatGeo

Photograph by Konstantin Darovin,
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square
Red Square, Moscow
Photograph by Jenny Lee
Man and Umbrella, Red Square
Photograph by Erich Geisler
Department Store, Moscow
Photograph by Guy Needham
Shoppers briskly walk past the GUM department store in Red Square.
Canal Painter
Photograph by Erica Ong,
The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, fall 2009
Sunset, St. Petersburg
Photograph by Katya Kozlova
Neva River
Photograph by Nikola Vukelic
People enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Neva River in St. Petersburg. This picture was taken in summer 2009, during the famous "White Nights" of St. Petersburg.
Photograph by Vikram Potdar,
A powerful, fearsome, and rowdy male brown bear portrait at Kurilskoye Lake, Kamchatka
Wild Horses
Photograph by Svetlana Pertova
Wild horses in the Rostovsky nature reserve dwell on an island in the middle of a brine lake.
Peter the Great
Photograph by Matvey Jourkov
This shot was made in St. Petersburg on a very snowy evening. This is a beautifully illuminated equestrian statue of Peter the Great, the Russian emperor of the 18th century. The pedestal is a solid boulder known as the Thunder Stone.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Big Picture: Pearl Harbor #1

Pearl Harbor 70th anniversary

Some 100 survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor will gather in Hawaii today 70 years after the day which drew the US into World War II. The Japanese air and naval strike on the American military base claimed nearly 2,400 lives, destroyed over 160 aircraft and beached, damaged or destroyed over 20 ships. President Franklin D. called it " a date which will live in infamy" when he addressed the Congress the next day asking to declare war with Japan. -- Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Ernest "Dave" Davenport, 90, of Virginia Beach, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was an aviation machinists mate on a PBY 5 Catalina, a sea plane. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Eugene Gorman,92, is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a 3rd class petty officer aboard the USS Hulbert, a sea plane tender at the time of the attack. He made the Navy a career and retired as a Warrant officer. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Preston Parham, 89, is a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was aboard the light cruiser St. Louis. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Lester A. Silva,88, of Virginia Beach is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was stationed aboard the light cruiser USS Detroit at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He suffered a leg wound during the attack. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Bob Brunner Sr., 89, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a pharmacists mate at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Brunner spent 21 years in the Navy and retired as a chief corpsman. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Dean Griffeth, 94, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He spent 30 years in the Navy and then spent 25 years working at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. He was aboard the USS Phelps at the time of the attack. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Paul Moore, 90, of Chesapeake,, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a seaman aboard the battleship West Virginia when it was hit by a Japanese torpedo at Pearl Harbor. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Ray Baer, 93, of Norfolk, Va., is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a Petty Officer 3rd class at the time of the attack. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Wilfred Gagne, 89, is a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a signalman aboard the battleship USS Tennessee. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)
Pearl Harbor veteran Evans Brasset, who was a signalman on the USS Rigel during the attack, poses for a picture at his home in Harvey, Louisiana. The National World War II Museum is launching a new exhibit about Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, the 70th anniversary of the attack. (Lee Celano/Reuters)
Pearl Harbor veteran Robert Templet, who was a Radioman 1st Class at Ford Island, Hawaii during the attack, is seen outside his home in Metairie, Louisiana. Templet was walking to breakfast on that Sunday, December 7, when he heard a plane motor surging at his back. He turned and saw the pilot, his goggles atop his head, smiling down at him before a torpedo fell from the plane's belly. Stories like Templet's are being documented in "Infamy: December 1941," an exhibit opening on Dec. 7, the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. (Lee Celano/Reuters)
Frank A. Chebetar, 90, sits down during a weekly visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. Chebetar, 90, was a ships cook aboard the destroyer Phelps at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He pays a visit to the memorial each week to shine the bell. And on this day, he was making last minute preparations for the annual remembrance ceremony, Dec. 7. (Bill Tiernan/Associated Press/The Virginian-Pilot)