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Isn't the weather crazy? We don't have any melting snow but we're having flash floods. Not dangerous yet, just strange

This is an example of an High Dynamic Range (HDR) image.

 

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Listening to: Georg Friedrich Handel: Sarabande (Main Title)

 

Symmetry:

in common usage generally conveys two primary meanings. The first is an imprecise sense of harmonious or aesthetically-pleasing proportionality and balance; such that it reflects beauty or perfection. The second meaning is a precise and well-defined concept of balance or "patterned self-similarity" that can be demonstrated or proved according to the rules of a formal system: by geometry, through physics or otherwise.[1]

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This building is the Landmark Center in St Paul Minnesota. A group of us will be going here for a flickr walk tomorrow to get some more shots...

 

You can find more information at the Minnesota Travel Group.

 

Hope to see ya there...

 

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The Sun is a star at the centre of the Solar System. All the planets revolve around it.

 

The Sun is a 1 million km wide ball of burning gas. So be prepared for the best firework show you have ever seen!

 

Solar flares

Variations in the Sun's magnetic field cause huge jets or loops of stellar material to shoot out into space.

 

Solar wind

Solar flares can be accompanied by dense clouds of electrically charged particles, travelling at around 450km per second. When they reach Earth, they can affect communications satellites.

 

But make sure you wear your protective sun filters over your eyes otherwise you could damage your eyesight.

 

FROM THE EARTH

The Sun is by far the brightest object in the sky. It's so bright that during the day its light drowns out virtually everything else in space.

 

The Sun is so powerful that even from the Earth, its light can damage your eyesight. So never look at the Sun directly or through a telescope.

 

The best time to appreciate the majesty of the Sun from the Earth is during a solar eclipse. Then the Moon passes in front of the Sun and so it temporarily disappears from the sky.

 

Life on Earth is totally dependent on the the energy it receives from the Sun. This energy is produced when hydrogen atoms inside the Sun fuse to form helium.

 

The Sun consumes four million tons of hydrogen every second. Even so, it's so vast that our star has enough fuel to keep it shining for another five billion years.

 

The Sun's energy output is estimated to be 386 billion, billion megawatts. So in 15 minutes our Sun radiates as much energy as mankind consumes in all forms, during an entire year.

Every soul is a melody which needs renewing

I've missed instant! Wish this one was more centered though.

 

Polaroid Spectra System, Impossible Project PX680 Color Shade

My favorite way to travel when at Walt Disney World. The WDW Monorail System operates on a span of 14.7 miles and reaches speads of up to 40 mph. The EPCOT line, shown above, is comprised of 7.4 miles of track in the sky and brings guests to and from EPCOT and the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).

 

Thanks for looking and please stand clear of the closing doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas

 

Plase click here for a larger view

I didn't know whether there was prohibition on tripod use in the DC Metro system, but I found out shortly after this shot was taken. I was approached by station security and told no tripods allowed. I was lucky to get this shot and that it turned out well. I could not have gotten a clean sharp shot hand held.

 

More photos from Washington are in my set

Washington, DC

 

More fisheye shots are in my set

Fisheye Fun

   

West bound train 495 is stopped at Dodge Center Min waiting for a south bound from St Paul with three Alco's .Today this is part of the DM&E /CPrail system

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For a bit of a change of pace (abrupt shift?) , I will upload a few more images from our May trip to The Big Apple. The Dey St. Concourse at the Fulton Street Transit Center in Manhattan is a marked departure from subway architecture of days gone by, and it's strange to see anything to do with the NYC subways so deserted.

  

To quote Benjamin Kabak in 2nd Street Sagas, "It certainly doesn’t look like the subway system with which New Yorkers have a love-hate relationship. That alone is a step in the right direction, albeit a very, very expensive one." For more about the Fulton Street Transit Center, go to secondavenuesagas.com/2014/11/09/a-look-inside-the-new-fu...

 

Hope everyone has a good Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by and for all of your kind comments.

 

:copyright: Melissa Post 2015.

 

All rights reserved. Please respect my copyright and do not copy, modify or download this image to blogs or other websites without obtaining my explicit written permission.

The Selfridges Building at night - Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, UK.

 

The building is a landmark building in Birmingham, it is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store.

The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and was designed by architecture firm Future Systems.

It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade.

Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.

Walking through the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Once used to assemble the massive Saturn V launch vehicles now being refited for the Space Launch System (SLS). It's still one of the largest buildings in the world by volume.

 

Taking center stage in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a galaxy known as NGC 3081, set against an assortment of glittering galaxies in the distance. Located in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Serpent), NGC 3081 is located over 86 million light-years from us. It is known as a type II Seyfert galaxy, characterized by its dazzling nucleus.

 

NGC 3081 is seen here nearly face-on. Compared to other spiral galaxies, it looks a little different. The galaxy's barred spiral center is surrounded by a bright loop known as a resonance ring. This ring is full of bright clusters and bursts of new star formation, and frames the supermassive black hole thought to be lurking within NGC 3081 — which glows brightly as it hungrily gobbles up in-falling material.

 

These rings form in particular locations known as resonances, where gravitational effects throughout a galaxy cause gas to pile up and accumulate in certain positions. These can be caused by the presence of a "bar" within the galaxy, as with NGC 3081, or by interactions with other nearby objects. It is not unusual for rings like this to be seen in barred galaxies, as the bars are very effective at gathering gas into these resonance regions, causing pile-ups which lead to active and very well-organized star formation.

 

Hubble snapped this magnificent face-on image of the galaxy using the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. This image is made up of a combination of ultraviolet, optical, and infrared observations, allowing distinctive features of the galaxy to be observed across a wide range of wavelengths.

 

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; acknowledgement: R. Buta (University of Alabama)

 

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This image combines data from two optical systems and frames the area around the Sword of Orion including The Great Nebula in Orion at its centre.

 

System 1.

Orion Optics AG12 F3.8

FLI ProLine 16803 CCD & CFW-5-7 + Atlas Focuser

Ha OIII = 60 60 min RGB = 10 10 10min (all bin 1X1) Astronomik filters

-30C chip temp, darks and flats (Astronomik Aurora Light Panel used for flats)

Focal length 1180mm

FOV = 1.8deg X 1.8deg

Image scale 1.6"/pix

Guide Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9

Comments: Average seeing, heavy light pollution.

 

System 2.

AP152 F7.5 Starfire APO + FLI ProLine11002 CCD & CFW-2-7

LHaRGB = 5hrs 6hrs 30 30 30min Astronomik filters

-35C chip temp, darks and flats (AstroHandy LightRing used for flats)

Image scale = 1.4"/pix

Guide Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9

Comments: Taken from Bob and Pats farm in average to poor seeing

 

Larger view here: www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/image/156946951/original

The Selfridges Building at night - Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, UK.

 

The building is a landmark building in Birmingham, it is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store.

The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and was designed by architecture firm Future Systems.

It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade.

Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.

More photos of Future Systems buildings : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/sets/72157623570903396

 

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From Wikipedia : "The Selfridges Building is a landmark building in Birmingham, England. The building is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store. The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and designed by architecture firm Future Systems. It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade. Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.

 

The architecture firm Future Systems were appointed by Selfridge's then chief executive, Vittorio Radice, to design only the third store outside London. Although Selfridges was physically integrated with the Bullring Shopping Centre the client wanted a distinct design approach which would set the store apart from the rest of the development and become an instantly recognisable signpost for the brand. The building's facade is curved, wrapping around the corner of Moor Street and Park Street. The facade comprises 15,000 anodised aluminium discs mounted on a blue background."

No trip to Birmingham would be complete without at least a few shots of the Future Systems designed Selfridges store. Having been to Birmingham many times would explain why I have so many shots of it then......

 

More of my favourite Architectural images : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/sets/72157603150388418

 

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From Wikipedia : "The Selfridges Building is a landmark building in Birmingham, England. The building is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store. The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and designed by architecture firm Future Systems. It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade. Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.

 

The architecture firm Future Systems were appointed by Selfridge's then chief executive, Vittorio Radice, to design only the third store outside London. Although Selfridges was physically integrated with the Bullring Shopping Centre the client wanted a distinct design approach which would set the store apart from the rest of the development and become an instantly recognisable signpost for the brand. The building's facade is curved, wrapping around the corner of Moor Street and Park Street. The facade comprises 15,000 anodised aluminium discs mounted on a blue background."

 

The stunning surface of the Selfridges building, in the Bullring shopping centre, Birmingham.

Ceiling in the main hall at the new Fulton Transit Center in lower Manhattan, which is part of the World Trade Center redevelopment. The Sky Reflector-Net system has 952 uniquely shaped reflective panels that help re-distribute natural light to the premises below.

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Hilton Hotel Warsaw & Conference Centre

 

Details include:

 

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Height / architectural: 94.00 m

 

Floors / above ground: 28

 

Floors / below ground: 3

 

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Construction / start: 2003

 

Construction / end: 2007

 

Elevators: 11

 

Escalators: 2

 

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Building / type: High-rise building

 

Building / status: completed

 

Structural material: concrete

 

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Facade material: aluminium, ceramic tile, glass

 

Facade system: curtain wall

 

Facade color: light blue

 

Architectural style: modernism

 

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Main usage: Luxury hotel, conference centre

 

Side usage: Bars, Casino, Fitness, Spa, Restaurants

 

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Architect: Biuro Projektów Kazimierski & Ryba

 

Associate architect: Feigin Architects

 

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SOURCE: EMPORIS

 

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As part of our Tour of Poland 2012 incl.

 

Warsaw : Poznan : Gdansk : Sopot : Gdynia : Krakow : Auschwitz / Birkenau : Warsaw

 

2 weeks // April // flights incl.

 

Dublin - Frankfurt - Warsaw

 

Warsaw - Poznan

 

Poznan - Warsaw - Gdansk

 

Gdansk - Warsaw - Krakow

 

Krakow - Warsaw

 

Warsaw - Frankfurt - Dublin

 

Airlines: Lufthansa, Euro Lot // LOT Polish Airlines

 

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No trip to Birmingham would be complete without at least a few shots of the Future Systems designed Selfridges store. Having been to Birmingham many times would explain why I have so many shots of it then......

 

More of my favourite Architectural images : www.flickr.com/photos/darrellg/sets/72157603150388418

 

My Website : Twtter : Facebook

 

From Wikipedia : "The Selfridges Building is a landmark building in Birmingham, England. The building is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store. The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and designed by architecture firm Future Systems. It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade. Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.

 

The architecture firm Future Systems were appointed by Selfridge's then chief executive, Vittorio Radice, to design only the third store outside London. Although Selfridges was physically integrated with the Bullring Shopping Centre the client wanted a distinct design approach which would set the store apart from the rest of the development and become an instantly recognisable signpost for the brand. The building's facade is curved, wrapping around the corner of Moor Street and Park Street. The facade comprises 15,000 anodised aluminium discs mounted on a blue background."

 

The 50 miles (80km) between San Francisco and San Jose California is known as Silicon Valley, the world's center of high technology, but San Francisco is becoming 'Silicon City', as I'll describe below. This is the Bay Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is to the right of this view. No HDR.

 

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Settings etc.:

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Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @24

1-minute exposure @F18 (pushing it but it looks fine at full-res)

1-LEE soft ND grad 0.9 (100x150mm) (2 grads with bright lights creates reflected lights)

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

No polarizer.

ISO 50

Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

Sturdy hiking boots to keep from falling off the hill

(This is to the left of most shots taken here to get the full 2x3 ratio frame!)

I was literally hanging off the cliff to get this perspective.

 

It is amazing how many high technology companies are located in Silicon Valley.

 

Apple, NetFlix, Quora, Cisco and Juniper (the backbone of the internet), Google, YouTube, Facebook, Adobe (Photoshop, PDF files), Intuit, Tango, LSI Logic, Symantic, Nvidia, Hewlet Packard, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo, Palm, Intel (in almost every computer), AMD and Applied Materials (the rest of the chips inside nearly all computers), turntable.fm (crack for the head) vmWare (virtual servers), Appcelerator (a great app dev. framework), Y-Combinator (The birthplace of numerous startups), Mozilla (Firefox browesr), Pandora (Internet radio in Oakland), Sun Microsystems, SmugMug photo website hosting and sharing, LinkedIn (the biggest corporate social networking site),Oracle (#1 database company), monster.com, Bloom Energy, Tesla Motors, Genentech, and many more.

 

But San Francisco is home to hundreds of high-tech startups and and better known companies such as Flickr, Twitter, SalesForce (cloud computing) Wikimedia (wikipedia), Zynga (80 million users play farmville etc.), UStream, Metacafe, DropBox, RapLeaf, Blurb (photo books), Dolby Labs, Stumbleupon, Digg (THE way to go viral on the internet until Reddit (Also in SF) came along), Craigslist (the biggest want-ad website with local versions around the world), Yelp (recommendations on restaurants and other things, soon worldwide), Autodesk, (the leading computer design software company), Typekit, QuantCast (Web analytics), Twilio, Square(mobile payments), GitHub, Riverbed,Heroku (cloud computing/online customer database systems), Second-life (the biggest online virtual reality game played by over 800,000 people around the world). And let's not forget Wired Magazine....etc...etc..

 

Genentech, Lucasfilm and Pixar are also within a few miles of where I took this shot.

 

There is an energetic feel to this place that is hard to describe, but perhaps a view from this spot is the best way to show it in a photograph.

 

Okay, this really is the last upload of the year. So I hope you have a great holiday season. I have some nice seascapes from my Big Sur summit meetup with Ivan Makarov to start off the new year.

 

The map shows exactly where this is. It is another place not for the faint of heart!

 

See my Flickr profile for a link to my newly designed website.

  

Resources:

 

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

 

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

 

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/main_int.html

Or Here:

www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

 

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Possibly my favourite composition yet of Future Systems Selfridges in Birminghams Bull Ring. I've enhanced the blue of the building slightly to give a bit more impact and given the aluminium discs a touch of diffusion to give them a slight glow.

 

From Wikipedia "The Selfridges department store forms part of the redeveloped Bullring shopping centre on the edge of the city centre, and was the only part of the new development designed by architects other than Benoy Ltd. (the firm responsible for masterplanning the scheme). The building is a prime example of the early 21st century movement referred to as "blobitecture", and has been compared to Peter Cook's Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria, who in a 2004 interview discussing his work and Future Systems said he would "rather be with the Blobbies than the Boring Farts!""

 

NB : Thanks for all your comments and faves. After two years on Flickr this has to be one of my most popular images. Still no sign of Explores Magic Donkey though !

dwells in the centre of a forest, and supplies blood to itself, as well as the rest of the forest.

But even it cannot live alone.

Voyager 2 Data Revisited

This image is made from data acquired during Voyager 2's closest approach to Neptune on August 25, 1989. Visible is the backlit planet viewed from Voyager 2 on its way out of the Solar System after the spacecraft had passed closest approach. The crescent shape of Neptune shows bright cirrus clouds and a dark band encircling the South Pole region, as well as a cyclonic structure at the pole itself, perhaps similar in nature to Saturn's now famous hexagon. Encircling the planet is the very faint ring system and the three bright ring arcs in the Adams ring; Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité, which were discovered by Voyager 2 during the fly-by.

 

To my knowledge a comprehensive high resolution image of the entire Neptunian system has never been released. However, image data for both the planet itself as well as the ring system and the largest moon Triton, taken within fairly short intervals from similar vantage points, do exist in NASA image archives.

 

To produce the image I scoured the Voyager 2 image data freely available from NASA's Planetary Data System.

I was able to find raw images of a crescent Neptune showing intriguing cloud bands around the South Pole.

No complete image of the ring system exist, but based on available long exposure images of portions of the rings I was able to create a model of the density profile. I then fitted this model around the crescent planet to get a complete view, in accordance with the viewing angle as seen in the raw Voyager 2 images. A raw image of the brighter ring arcs was then processed and overlaid on the rings in a position corresponding with the original image data.

 

Visible to the right of Neptune is the small crescent of its largest moon Triton.

This part of the image is based on Voyager 2 data that shows Triton here in front of Neptune, but which was not taken until 3 days after the fly-by. I decided to include this data to achieve a more complete picture of the magnificent Neptunian system. Because the viewing angle of Neptune as seen from the spacecraft did not change significantly while it was receding out towards interstellar space, the entire scene would at this time have appeared very similar to what is depicted here. Only the positions of the clouds and ring arcs would have changed since the closer image of the Neptune crescent was taken.

 

In order to include the background star field I plate solved one of the raw long exposure images of the rings which showed some stars. The successful plate solving revealed that the background was centered around RA 06h 09m 52.213s Dec +67° 31' 20.258" in Camelopardalis. I then downloaded corresponding DSS image data from Google Sky and inserted it as a background, sufficiently toned down so as to not interfere too much with the grandeur of Neptune while still providing a realistic context. The field of view as seen from Voyager 2 is approximately 5.5° x 7.5°.

Image Assembly & Processing: Rolf Wahl Olsen

Image Data: NASA/JPL (Voyager 2, NASA Planetary Data System)

 

For more information about the Voyager spacecraft, visit: www.nasa.gov/voyager

As Copurnicus observed we go round the sun not the other way round. So here we are for centre point week looking at the centre of our solar system and its reflection.

The Selfridges Building at night - Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, UK.

 

The building is a landmark building in Birmingham, it is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store.

The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and was designed by architecture firm Future Systems.

It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade.

Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.

Monorail Teal

Epcot Center

Walt Disney World Monorail System

 

Matt P. inspired this shot for me. His shot of monorail red is still the benchmark for me to attempt to hit. Although I would have loved to get silver in this shot, (my childhood favorite) Teal and Lime were the only ones I ever saw running on the Epcot beam during the duration of my trip. For those of you who don't know, Teal was built using the undamaged sections from Purple and Pink.

When plans were being drawn up for the Getty center, there was considerable concern voiced about the project from the surrounding neighbourhoods. Some might be surprised that nimbyism would extend to a billion-dollar arts complex, however these are the same people that have prevented the expansion of the public transport system in west LA, thus ensuring the current LA traffic nightmare.

 

Some of the concessions to the neighbours include the complex only being two stories high and that no soil was shipped either in or out of site. The soil generated in the construction of the centre had to be reused elsewhere on the site.

 

[Seen on Explore, highest position #107]

Moray or Muray (Quechua) is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 m (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system.

 

The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth, design, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and the bottom. It is possible that this large temperature difference was used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Speculation about the site has led to discussion about Moray as an Inca agricultural experiment station. Its microclimatic conditions and other significant characteristics led to the use of the site as a center for the ancient study of domestication, acclimatization, and hybridization of wild vegetable species that were modified or adapted for human consumption.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moray_%28Inca_ruin%29

 

Este sitio se encuentra cerca del Cusco, en el Perú. A primera vista pareciera una especie de anfiteatro, conformado de varios andenes circulares, situado a 3.500 msnm.

 

es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moray_%28sitio_arqueol%C3%B3gico%29

 

Moray est un ancien centre de recherche agricole inca situé dans la Vallée sacrée des Andes, à 3 500 m au-dessus du niveau de la mer et à 50 km au nord-ouest de Cuzco, sur le territoire de l'actuel Pérou. Le site de Moray est situé à environ 7 km des salines de Maras.

 

À première vue, le site se présente comme un amphithéâtre principal et de deux secondaires, plus petits à proximité. Ils sont constitués de plusieurs terrasses disposées en cercle concentriques. En fait il s'agissait d'un centre de recherche agricole inca où étaient pratiquées des expériences de culture.

 

La position des terrasses crée toute une série de microclimats : la température est plus élevée au centre mais diminue ensuite en fonction de la distance de chaque terrasse. Cela permet de simuler une vingtaine de microclimats différents. On pense que Moray a notamment servi à prévoir les rendements agricoles, non seulement dans la Vallée sacrée mais aussi dans d'autres partie de l'Empire inca. Il semble aussi que les incas y "importaient" des plantes "exotiques" et tentaient de les acclimater aux conditions locales.

 

Les terrasses sont constituées de murs de soutènement, de terre fertile et d'un système d'irrigation complexe permettant de cultiver plus de 250 espèces de plantes.

 

fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moray_%28P%C3%A9rou%29

The futuristic exterior of the Selfridges store in Birmingham.

 

Birmingham’s Selfridges store is a triumph of modern architecture, sparkling in the centre of the city and dominating the new Bull Ring shopping centre.

 

Built as part of the redevelopment of the Bull Ring following its demolition in 2001, the store was designed by Future Systems and is made up of a blue surface covered in thousands of silver discs.

Silver Line Trolley parked at the 12th & Imperial Transit centre in East Village, San Diego.

 

WELCOME!

Enjoy the style and grace of earlier times as soon as you climb aboard the completely restored San Diego Vintage Trolley. Originally built in 1946, this President's Conference Committee (PCC) car #529 was designed to ignite the public's enthusiasm for streetcars.

 

Streetcars have been a part of San Diego’s history since the 1890s

 

The Silver Line, a downtown loop operated by an exquisitely restored PCC streetcar, began service 18 August 2011.

 

The car is one of two acquired in late 2005 by San Diego Vintage Trolley Inc. (SDVTI) from Gunnar Henrioulle, who purchased them from the San Francisco Municipal Railway and stored them on his property in South Lake Tahoe for about 20 years. Henrioulle was hoping to use the cars for a heritage streetcar line in Sacramento or in the Lake Tahoe resort area but failed to receive any substantive support.

 

The first car has been undergoing restoration at San Diego Trolley's maintenance base and has emerged as a near replica of the 28 PCCs that operated in San Diego from 1936 to 1949, when the original streetcar system was scrapped. The 1946-built car carries the same novel paint scheme promoting local tourist attractions and carries No. 529, extending the initial PCC sequence that ended at No. 528.

 

The major visible differences are the addition of modern wheels, an electronic destination sign and a contemporary pantograph; a trolley pole has been mounted but is inoperative. A transponder and other new communications equipment have also been installed. To meet ADA requirements a wheelchair lift has been fitted at the front entrance, requiring all non-handicapped passengers to enter through the center doors where a conductor will collect cash fares.

 

The car's renovation has been completely paid for by nearly $300,000 in grants and donations plus 10,000 hours of volunteer labor valued by Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board chairman Harry Mathis at up to $600,000. Mathis has been a driving force behind the project, which has since acquired four additional PCCs that could be put back in operating condition if funding becomes available. No. 529's ownership has officially been transferred to MTS from SDVTI, itself a non-profit subsidiary of the transit agency, and it now only needs state regulatory approval to start carrying passengers.

 

The Silver Line is a clockwise loop starting at the 12th Avenue/Imperial station and running north along the Trolley's Bayfront segment to the junction adjacent to the Santa Fe Depot. The car then turns east on C Street to Park Boulevard/12th Avenue where it will head south to the starting point.

 

The fare is $2 with a 50-percent discount for seniors. Numerous downtown traffic generators will be served including the convention center, the waterfront and its high-rise residential area, the historic Gaslamp District, City College, Horton Plaza and the Petro Park baseball stadium.

 

The other Trolley Lines:

Riding the bright red San Diego Trolley system is a great way to get around San Diego and see the city in its diversity. Three lines (Blue, Orange and Green), 134 signature red light rail vehicles, 51 miles of track, and 53 stations take you a wide swath of the city and surrounding communities.

 

From open prairie land on the 1625-acre Johnson Space Center site, a JSC photographer took this multi-frame composite image of the so-called "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse in the early hours of April 15.

 

Image credit: NASA/JSC

 

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The RS-25 engine, which successfully powered the space shuttle, is being modified for America's next great rocket, the Space Launch System. Hot-fire testing for the engine will begin in early 2015.

 

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There are seven main energy centres (chakras) of the body. These chakras are like spirals of energy, each one relating to the others. Using the seven colours of the spectrum, Colour Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body's energy centres/chakras and also to help stimulate our body's own healing process. Colour Therapy uses colour to re-balance the Chakras that have become depleted of energy.

 

Colour therapy can be shown to help on a physical level; however there are deeper issues around the colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Colour has a profound effect on us on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. If our energy centres become blocked or depleted, then our body cannot function properly and this, in turn, can lead to a variety of problems on any level.

 

Our well being is not purely a physical issue. Many more practitioners are now treating patients in a holistic manner. That is to say, we are body, mind and spirit and none of these areas function entirely alone; each has an effect upon the other. This is why Colour Therapy can be so helpful since colour addresses all levels of our being.

 

All life experiences have an affect upon us. Some experiences will be positive and some negative. It is these negative experiences which can manifest themselves physically over time as dis-ease. For example, perhaps over the years we have been in a situation where we have felt unable, for one reason or another, to speak our mind, or to express our needs and feelings. This can manifest as a problem in the throat chakra. The throat chakra relates in the spiritual aspect to self expression. Thus, if our self expression has been blocked, the energy in this area will not be free flowing. Working with the appropriate colour/colours can help to dispel negative feelings, free blocks and re-balance the body. Listed below is each of the spectrum colours and the chakra which it relates to.

  

The Colours

 

VIOLET/PURPLE governs the CROWN chakra, at the top of the head.

 

BEAUTY, CREATIVITY, INSPIRATION

 

Related organ: brain

 

Endocrine gland: pineal gland.

 

Associated problems: depression, Parkinson's disease, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, seniledementia, Alzheimer's, many mental disorders, confusion, and dizziness.

 

Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally.

Violet relates to self knowledge/spiritual awareness. It is the union with your higher self, with spirituality, and your higher consciousness. Dis-ease can result with an in-balance of energy in this chakra, either too much or too little. The violet energy connects us to our spiritual self bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength and purifies our thoughts and feelings giving us inspiration in all undertakings. Enhances artistic talent and creativity.

 

positive aspects of violet

 

- a reverence for all life

- self sacrificing in the service of others

- idealism

- an ability to see the appropriate route for the benefit of the higher self

 

negative aspects of violet

 

- no concern for others

- feelings of superiority

- lack of contact with reality

   

INDIGO governs the BROW chakra or third eye, in the centre of the forehead.

 

INTUITION, MYSTICISM, UNDERSTANDING

 

Related organs: eyes, lower head and sinuses

 

Endocrine gland: pituitary gland.

 

Associated problems: tension headache, migraine, visual defects, short-sightedness, long-sightedness, glaucoma, cataracts, sinus problems, ear problems.

 

Personality Traits: Intuitive, fearless, practical, idealistic, wise, and a truth seeker.

 

Indigo relates to self responsibility - being responsible for one's own life, responsible to oneself to follow the soul's path and needs and trusting one's own intuition. (the ability to see things from a 'higher' viewpoint rather than purely for satisfaction of the ego or one's material comfort.). The indigo energy connects us to our unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being part of the whole universe. Strengthens intuition, imagination, psychic powers, and increases dream activity.

 

positive aspects of indigo

 

- highly intuitive

- faithful

- clear sighted

- integrity

- orderly mind

 

negative aspects of indigo

 

- inability to trust intuition

- scattered mind

- inconsiderate

- blinkered vision

 

BLUE governs the THROAT chakra. KNOWLEDGE, HEALTH, DECISIVENESS

 

Related organs: throat and lungs

 

Endocrine gland: thyroid gland. The upper digestive tract can be affected by imbalance in this area.TURQUOISE can also be helpful for both the throat and the heart chakra.

 

Associated problems: Thyroid problems - over active/under active; Anorexia nervosa (this is a multi-chakra problem but has a strong connection to the throat chakra); asthma; bronchitis; hearing problems; tinnitus - may also be connected to problems with the brow chakra; problems of the upper digestive tract; mouth ulcers, sore throats, tonsillitis.

 

Personality Traits: Loyal, tactful, affectionate, inspiring, inventive, caring, and cautious.

 

Blue is the colour of the spirit and relates to self expression - speech, communication, the ability to communicate our needs and requirements; Spirit of truth and purpose. This is a mentally-relaxing colour. Blue has a pacifying effect on the nervous system and brings great relaxation - ideal for sleep problems, and hyper-active children. Connects us to holistic thought, and gives us wisdom and clarity enhancing communication and speech.

 

positive aspects of blue

 

- loyal

- trustworthy

- tactful

- calm

 

negative aspects of blue

 

- unfaithful

- untrustworthy

- self-righteous

- cold

 

GREEN governs the HEART chakra.

 

BALANCE, LOVE, SELF CONTROL

 

Related organs: heart and breasts

 

Endocrine gland: thymus gland

 

Associated problems: heart diseases, diseases of the Immune system eg.AIDS and ME (myalgia encephalomyelitis,sometimes referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome); other problems related to the immune system, allergies, cancer of the breast. TURQUOISE also has a helpful effect on the immune system and also helpful in relation to the throat chakra. PINK also relates to the heart chakra being the colour of love.

 

Personality Traits: Understanding, self-controlled, adaptable, sympathetic, compassionate, generous, humble, nature loving, and romantic.

 

Green chakra relates to love/self love - the ability to give and take unconditionally. When balanced we are able to give love and also to love and nurture ourselves. Helps relax muscles, nerves, and thoughts. Cleanses and balances our energy, to give a feeling of renewal, peace and harmony. Green connects us to unconditional love and is used for balancing our whole being.

 

positive aspects of green

 

- compassion

- generosity

- harmony/balance

- loving

 

negative aspects of green

 

- indifference

- jealousy

- miserly

- bitterness

   

YELLOW governs the SOLAR PLEXUS chakra, situated below the ribs.

 

WISDOM, CLARITY, SELF-ESTEEM

 

Related organs: liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.

 

Endocrine gland: pancreas

 

Associated problems: diabetes, pancreatitis, liver disease, peptic ulcer, Coeliac's disease, and gall stones.

 

Personality Traits: Good-humored, optimistic, confident, practical, and intellectual.

 

Yellow is a creative colour and relates to self worth. How we feel about ourselves and how we feel others perceive us. This is the area of the personality, the ego and the intellect. Gives us clarity of thought, increases awareness, and stimulates interest and curiosity. Yellow energy is related to the ability to perceive and understand. The yellow energyconnects us to our mental self.

 

positive aspects of yellow

 

- confident

- alert

- optimistic

- good humored

 

negative aspects of yellow

 

- feelings of inferiority

- over analytical

- sarcastic

- pessimistic

   

ORANGE governs the SACRAL chakra situated in the lower abdomen.

 

HAPPINESS, CONFIDENCE, RESOURCEFULNESS

 

Related organs: uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries and testes. (In the fetus the testes develop in the lower abdomen, thus linking with the sacral chakra energy, then descending to the scrotum by birth.)

 

Endocrine glands: ovaries and testes

 

Associated problems: pre-menstrual syndrome, problems with menstrual flow, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, testicular disease, prostate disease.

 

Personality Traits: Enthusiastic, happy, sociable, energetic, sporty, self-assured, and constructive.

 

Orange is the colour of success and relates to self respect; having the ability to give ourselves the freedom to be ourselves and helps you expand your interests and activities. Brings joy to our workday and strengthens our appetite for life! Orange is the best emotional stimulant. It connects us to our senses and helps to remove inhibitions and makes us independent and social.

 

positive aspects of orange

 

- sociable

- creative

- joyous

- independent

 

negative aspects of orange

 

- withdrawn

- destructive

- despondent

- over-dependent

   

RED governs the BASE chakra situated at the base of the spine.

 

VITALITY, COURAGE, SELF CONFIDENCE

 

Related organs: kidneys and bladder, the vertebral column, hips and legs are also areas related to this chakra.

 

Endocrine gland: adrenal gland.

 

Associated problems: constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, Crohn's disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, hip problems, legs and feet. PINK can also be used here when a more gentle energy is required.

 

Personality Traits: Courageous, confident, humanistic, strong-willed, spontaneous, honest, and extroverted.

 

Red relates to self awareness. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth. The colour red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life vitality of red.

 

positive aspects of red:

 

- security

- courage

- strength of will

- pioneering

 

negative aspects of red:

 

- insecurity

- self pitying

- aggressive

- fearful

  

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Meditation

 

There are many ways of meditating and meditation means different things to different people. Meditation is part of normal daily practice for a great number of people within some religions. Whatever the word 'meditation' means to you the practice can be enormously helpful as a way of calming the mind and finding your own inner peace. This place of inner peace is where we can open up to our higher self - without the 'interference' of the ego or intellect - where we can find our higher intelligence and knowing.

 

Meditation can be achieved by focusing the mind on a particular object, for example a flower, or on a simple shape, on a sound, on an image (visualization), or by focusing on the breathing. (Colour breathing exercises can be done lying down or sitting and can be a very helpful form of meditation.) There are many very helpful tapes and CD's around to help with meditation as they will talk the listener through the stages of relaxation and some will help to build a 'picture' in the minds eye of tranquility. With practice, you will find it becomes easier and easier to meditate and to be able to 'switch off' any time, anywhere, when you are feeling the need for some peace.

 

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Israel (/ˈɪzreɪəl/ or /ˈɪzriːəl/; Hebrew: יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ Yisrā'el; Arabic: إِسْرَائِيل‎ Isrāʼīl), officially the State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ Medīnat Yisrā'el [mediˈnat jisʁaˈʔel] ( listen); Arabic: دولة إِسْرَائِيل‎ Dawlat Isrāʼīl [dawlat ʔisraːˈʔiːl]), is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The country is situated in the Middle East at the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. It shares land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories (which are claimed by the State of Palestine and are partially controlled by Israel) comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip[8] to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. It contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area.[9][10] Israel's financial and technology center is Tel Aviv[11] while Jerusalem is both the self-designated capital and most populous individual city under the country's governmental administration. Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem is internationally unrecognized.[note 1][12][13]

 

On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine. This UN plan specified borders for new Arab and Jewish states and also specified an area of Jerusalem and its environs which was to be administered by the UN under an international regime.[14][15] The end of the British Mandate for Palestine was set for midnight on 14 May 1948. That day, David Ben-Gurion, the executive head of the Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel," which would start to function from the termination of the mandate.[16][17][18] The borders of the new state were not specified in the declaration.[15][19] Neighboring Arab armies invaded the former British mandate on the next day and fought the Israeli forces.[20][21] Israel has since fought several wars with neighboring Arab states,[22] in the course of which it has occupied the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula (1956–57, 1967–82), part of Southern Lebanon (1982–2000), Gaza Strip (1967–2005; still considered occupied after 2005 disengagement) and the Golan Heights. It extended its laws to the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, but not the West Bank.[23][24][25][26] Efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have not resulted in peace. However, peace treaties between Israel and both Egypt and Jordan have successfully been signed. Israel's occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the world's longest military occupation in modern times.[note 2][28]

 

The population of Israel, as defined by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, was estimated in 2016 to be 8,476,600 people. It is the world's only Jewish-majority state, with 6,345,400 citizens, or 74.9%, being designated as Jewish. The country's second largest group of citizens are denoted as Arabs, numbering 1,760,400 people (including the Druze and most East Jerusalem Arabs).[1][2] The great majority of Israeli Arabs are Sunni Muslims, including significant numbers of semi-settled Negev Bedouins; the rest are Christians and Druze. Other far smaller minorities include Arameans, Assyrians, Samaritans, Armenians, Circassians and several hundred naturalized Vietnamese boat people. Israel also hosts a significant population of non-citizen foreign workers and asylum seekers from Africa and Asia,[29] including Black Hebrew Israelites and Illegal migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and other Sub-Saharan Africans.[30]

 

In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and democratic state.[31] Israel is a representative democracy[32] with a parliamentary system, proportional representation and universal suffrage.[33][34] The prime minister serves as head of government and the Knesset serves as the legislature. Israel is a developed country and an OECD member,[35] with the 35th-largest economy in the world by nominal gross domestic product as of 2015. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world with the one of the highest percentage of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree.[36][37] The country has the highest standard of living in the Middle East and the fourth highest in Asia,[38][39][40] and has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.[41]

 

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Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College near Wolf Lake, Indana.

 

Merry Lea conducts research in prairie restoration. From the website:

"We define ecological restoration as a human endeavor that requires our continual engagement with natural processes (it is often careful “tinkering”). Therefore, restoration projects are reliant on effectively blending ecological systems within social/economic systems."

The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) is located at 100 W. Randolph Street in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois and houses offices of the State of Illinois. The building opened in May 1985 as the State of Illinois Center. It was renamed in 1993 to honor former Illinois Governor James R. Thompson. The property takes up the entire block bound by Randolph, Lake, Clark and LaSalle Streets, one of the 35 full-size city blocks within Chicago's Loop. In front of the Thompson Center is a sculpture, Monument With Standing Beast, by Jean Dubuffet. The JRTC is sometimes referred to as the State Building.

  

Thompson Center behind City Hall (from the Daley Center)

  

Inside view of the Thompson Center

The JRTC was designed by Murphy/Helmut Jahn and opened to mixed reviews by critics, ranging from "outrageous" to "wonderful". The color of the street-level panels was compared to tomato soup. The 17-story, all-glass exterior does not reflect the building's function, and instead conveys an image of pure postmodernism; the effect is striking, especially from the Daley Center.[citation needed] Visitors to the JRTC's interior can see all 17 floors layered partway around the building's immense skylit atrium. The open-plan offices on each floor are supposed to carry the message of "an open government in action."[citation needed]

 

Originally, the design called for curved, insulated (double paned) glass panels, but these were found to be prohibitively expensive. Flat, insulated glass had been suggested, but were dismissed by Jahn. Single-paned (non-insulated), curved glass panels were eventually used and resulted in the need for a more expensive air conditioning system, which remains very costly to operate and is insufficient on hot days (internal temperatures have reached as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit).[1] The building is also bitterly cold in the winter; in its early years, ice formed on the interior of some of the wall panels. The marble floor of the atrium initially developed unsightly water stains, an issue which has since been resolved.

 

The Clark/Lake 'L' station, one of the busiest in the system, is housed between the JRTC and the 203 N. LaSalle building across the street. Orange, Green, Blue, Pink, Purple and Brown Line trains stop at the center.

 

The Illinois Artisan's shop is also housed inside the JRTC.

 

Three tunnels of the Chicago Pedway enter the JRTC's food-court concourse, connecting from to 203 North LaSalle Street, the Chicago Title and Trust Company and Chicago City Hall.

image of WTC in Lower Manhattan - at 1776 feet tall it is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

 

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Soaring above the city at 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is America's tallest building - and an indelible New York landmark. Designed by David M. Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 3-million-square-foot building includes office space, an observation deck and world-class restaurants.

 

The building was initially developed by Silverstein Properties and taken over by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in April 2006. It is expected to be open in 2014.

 

The 104-story building will feature a grand lobby and observation deck with unparalleled views. Currently, the building is 55% leased to tenants Conde Nast, Vantone China Center, and the U.S. General Services.

 

Sustainable design is central to One WTC's development, integrating renewable energy, interior daylighting, reuse of rainwater, and recycled construction debris and materials. The below-grade concourses will include approximately 55,000 square feet of retail space and connect to an extensive transportation network.

 

One WTC incorporates advanced life-safety systems that exceed New York City building code requirements. From structural redundancy to dense fireproofing to biochemical filters, it creates a new standard for high-rise buildings. Extra-wide pressurized stairs, multiple backups on emergency lighting, and concrete protection for all sprinklers ensure optimal firefighter access. Exits are designed to ensure easy evacuation, and all safety systems are encased in the core wall, with the enhanced elevators.

 

Safe, sustainable, artistically dynamic - One WTC stands as a shining beacon for New York's Downtown. www.wtc.com/about/freedom-tower

Regional Transit System Transit Center(open house). Rochester,NY.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located on the south end of the Music Center Campus. The Concert Hall is bordered by Hope Street (West), Grand Avenue (West), First Street (North) and Second Street (South).

 

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. The auditorium, designed to look and feel like a ship's hull, features 2,265 audience seats which surround the orchestra, as well as natural lighting. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is wheelchair accessible and provides Phonic Ear sound system headsets for the hard of hearing.

 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall encompasses two outdoor amphitheaters, including the William M. Keck Children's Amphitheatre (seating 300) and a second performing space (120), as well as BP Hall, a space for pre-concert events. Part of the Walt Disney Hall complex, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), is a 250-seat multi-use theater and a 3,000-square-foot art gallery operated and programmed by California Institute of the Arts.

 

From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and the Resident Companies that call the Concert Hall home.

 

Check the set: Walt Disney Concert Hall

 

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Parked at the City of Rocks visitor center, these wagons are signed as authentic reproductions of pioneer wagons, built by the Amish. I found them fascinating and spent quite a while studying the details. Showing on this side is the pantry and the hand brake. It would never have occurred to me that a wagon would have a braking system but now that I've seen it I can't imagine doing without one - how else could one keep down to the speed of the team on downhills? On the other side is a special box for maintenance, with axle grease and wrenches. Messy, best kept separate.

What I intended to be a quick snapshot kept me entertained for quite a while.

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June 21st, 2013 - 44 Quiet Nights, Day 23 - Silent City of Rocks National Preserve in southern Idaho.

 

With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image.

 

The star in the center, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the dark cloud LDN 981 — or, more commonly, Lynds 981 — had previously been defined as a T Tauri star. A T Tauri is a young star — or Young Stellar Object — that is starting to contract to become a main sequence star similar to the sun.

 

What makes V1331Cyg special is the fact that we look almost exactly at one of its poles. Usually, the view of a young star is obscured by the dust from the circumstellar disc and the envelope that surround it. However, with V1331Cyg we are actually looking in the exact direction of a jet driven by the star that is clearing the dust and giving us this magnificent view.

 

This view provides an almost undisturbed view of the star and its immediate surroundings allowing astronomers to study it in greater detail and look for features that might suggest the formation of a very low-mass object in the outer circumstellar disk.

 

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Four RS-25 engines, like the one pictured undergoing a hot-fire test, will power the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) -- NASA's new heavy-lift launch vehicle. Formerly known as the space shuttle main engine, the RS-25 will be tested beginning in 2014 at NASA's Stennis Space Center.

 

Image credit: NASA/MSFC

 

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More about SLS:

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The Selfridges Building at night - Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, UK.

 

The building is a landmark building in Birmingham, it is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store.

The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and was designed by architecture firm Future Systems.

It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade.

Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.

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