A new view of 30 Doradus, one of the largest mosaics ever assembled from Hubble photos, to celebrate HST's 22nd anniversary. Source: ESA’s Hubble website
"Happy birthday to the Hubble Space Telescope! On April 24, 1990, HST was launched into low Earth orbit. Now, nearly 22 years later, Hubble is still producing incredible, stunning images of the farthest reaches of the Universe. For this year’s anniversary, the Hubble team took a special panoramic view of 30 Doradus, a raucous stellar breeding ground, located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula. The image comprises one of the largest mosaics ever assembled from Hubble photos and consists of observations taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, combined with observations from the European Southern Observatory’s MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope that trace the location of glowing hydrogen and oxygen. The Tarantula nebula is 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. No known star-forming region in our galaxy is as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus."
Photograph by Patrice Carlton
"I had planned a recent trip to Thailand in November to coincide with the Loy Krathong celebration because I had seen pictures of the floating lanterns being launched into the sky. However, nothing I had seen prepared me for the incredible magic of experiencing thousands of these lanterns floating into the night sky at once while monks chanted at the Lanna Meditation Center in Chiang Mai. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had."
VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945
by Richard Sullivan
"65 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God Bless Kodachrome, right ?"
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Stop by the Botanic Gardens on Friday, May 6, 2011 for free hardy pumpkin seeds (while supplies last) that are selected for the Cheyenne Climate.
The date coincides with Mother's Day weekend, the unofficial start of the garden season, and a time when the environment is top of mind for most of the public. The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is Cheyenne's Natural Resource.
It’s The Bees Knees
A hive of bees flies over 55,000 miles to bring you one pound of honey. A honey bee can fly 15 miles per hour.
Honey bees must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey. Each worker honey bee makes 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
Honey bees visit 50-100 flowers during one honey collecting trip.
Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for at least 10 million years! And maybe even as long as 20 million years!
Flowers and other blossoming plants have nectarines that produce sugary nectar. Worker bees suck up the nectar and water and store it in a special honey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and puts the nectar in an empty honeycomb. Natural chemicals from the bee's head glands and the evaporation of the water from the nectar change the nectar into honey.
In one day a honey bee can fly 12 miles and pollinate up to 10,000 flowers.
Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
For more go to Fun Facts: Flora, Fauna and Food for Thought
The same chemicals that give tart cherries their color may relieve pain better than aspirin and ibuprofen in humans.
Eating about 20 tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.
There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree (the number varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions). It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree could produce enough cherries for 28 pies!
Today, in Michigan, there are almost 4 million cherry trees which annually produce 150 to 200 pounds of tart cherries.
For more go to Fun Facts: About the Food We Eat