WHY IS NASA SENDING A SPACECRAFT TO THE SUN? (REBLOG) – Marilyn Armstrong

Why Is NASA Sending A Spacecraft To The Sun?
Earlier this month on August 11th,  NASA launched its newest spacecraft, called the Parker Solar Probe. The probe’s mission is to study the outer corona of the Sun to better protect our tech-driven lifestyle against destructive solar storms that could take us back to the stone ages.

 

Video via – Tech Insider
Further Readings And References @ NASASparkonitTechCrunch

CEE’S B & W CHALLENGE: WEATHER!

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEATHER

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This week’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Weather.

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If there’s one thing we’ve got here in New England, it’s weather.

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Rain, sleet, snow, sunshine, fog … we have it all. Sometimes all at the same time.72-BW--Fence-Blizzard_022

 

 

And having recently popped back from the southwest, we have some great big sky clouds, too.

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LIGHT OF THE DESERT – BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: LIGHTS

We spent the day out in the Superstition mountains yesterday.

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These were taken late in the day when the sun was getting ready to set, about 4:30 in the afternoon.

I wake up too early …

There’s not much to do at 5 am in late December around here. The dogs are endlessly enthusiastic about seeing me, mainly because they figure on getting a few biscuits out of the deal. I can drink coffee, greet the dogs, take a look at what’s going on with the weather …

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I was up so early that the sun was still rising so I grabbed a couple of cameras (easier than changing lenses) and took some pictures of the dawn. From my back deck, I face more or less eastward … a bit skewed to north, but this time of year, that’s where the sun rises. You can only see sunrise from the deck when the leaves are off the trees. In the summer, the horizon is hidden by foliage.

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And meanwhile, back in the kitchen, I can count on the bright shiny faces of my furry kids. I actually got a shot of Nan before she realized I had a camera and showed me her backside. I don’t even use a flash. Why are they so mean about this? Oof.

Morning in summer …

Just after sunrise, the sun low in the sky.

Morning. Although I want to sleep late, I almost never do. On summer mornings, I drink my coffee and watch the early sun filter through my woods. Each day, the world is made anew.

The sun has risen higher in the sky. It’s about 7:30 in the morning.

Cat Stevens’ rendition of this traditional Christian hymn is beautiful, as is the presentation. I ask that you please leave your prejudices behind. It is a beautiful song of praise.

it is the bonus you get if you arise early. Late sleepers, make an occasional exception and see the world in a different light.

And now, coffee finished, the sun is high in the sky and the day has begun.

Rockport Sunrise

This time last year, we went to Rockport, Massachusetts … and I had a new camera to try out. Of course, that was several cameras ago … but it was new then!

I got up at dawn, which this time of year is so early it’s scary … and by 4:30 in the morning, my camera and I were at the wharf. Even the fishermen weren’t stirring yet.

So there, by harbor as the sun rose, there was no one but me, several million voracious mosquitoes, and a few thousand seagulls and other hungry sea birds.

I got lucky. It was a particularly gorgeous sunrise and here are the pictures.

I could see that if I was patient, the sun would rise so that the thing line of clouds would cross that golden globe, so I waited, afraid to take my eye away from the viewfinder.

And meanwhile, you’d think that there was nothing else for all those mosquitoes to eat … no, wait, I WAS the only thing to eat!

Waiting can be its own reward. This time, it definitely was!

And then, I turned around to catch the light on the shore building and the gathering seagulls.

The house shingles were actually gray, but the reflection of the sunrise turned it to gold.

And finally, morning is here … and the fishing boats start to head out to sea. Time for me to go back and get some coffee and start the day.