Pakistani children buy balloons to celebrate the Muslim Eid holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Karachi, Pakistan.
What’s happened to our Sun? Nothing very unusual — it just threw a filament. [Kind of like a plasma furball]
Toward the middle of 2012, a long standing solar filament suddenly erupted into space producing an energetic Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The filament had been held up for days by the Sun’s ever changing magnetic field and the timing of the eruption was unexpected. Watched closely by the Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, the resulting explosion shot electrons and ions into the Solar System, some of which arrived at Earth three days later and impacted Earth’s magnetosphere, causing visible aurorae.
Loops of plasma surrounding an active region can be seen above the erupting filament in the ultraviolet image…
An Illinois woman who allegedly stole a dress from a West Frankfort store was arrested after she posted a selfie of herself wearing the pilfered garment on Facebook.
Danielle Saxton allegedly swiped a leopard-print dress from Mortie’s Boutique and then posted four photos of herself wearing the ill-gotten garb just hours later. Saxton even made one of the snaps her profile picture.
People who had also seen the store post about the theft were able to connect the dots and alert police. “Not two hours and our stolen dress has shown up on Facebook,” Mortie’s posted. “Gotta love it.”
“We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at,” said Police Chief Shawn Talluto.
When police arrived to arrest the 27-year-old suspect, she was holding the dress and other stolen clothes.
The store previously used its surveillance cameras and social media to catch three other…shoplifters.
Same as it ever was. You don’t set off on a day’s worth of stealing because you’re extra bright.
Artist Emma Fay transforms a model into a spider using water-based paints. The 27-year-old from Leicester has been body painting for three years and spends about five hours on each creation.
Click to enlarge — Image Credit/Oleg Bartunov
Why would a cloud appear to be different colors? A relatively rare phenomenon known as iridescent clouds can show unusual colors vividly or a whole spectrum of colors simultaneously. These clouds are formed of small water droplets of nearly uniform size.
When the Sun is in the right position and mostly hidden by thick clouds, these thinner clouds significantly diffract sunlight in a nearly coherent manner, with different colors being deflected by different amounts. Therefore, different colors will come to the observer from slightly different directions.
Many clouds start with uniform regions that could show iridescence but quickly become too thick, too mixed, or too far from the Sun to exhibit striking colors. The above iridescent cloud was photographed in 2009 from the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal, behind the 6,600-meter peak named Thamserku.
Vreeland’s Cockatoo from the Birds of a Feather collection by Emma Hack.