Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2016 – The Shortlist

1 08 2016
Flash Point The Perseid Meteor Shower shoots across the sky in the early hours. This composite image features roughly 65 meteors captured by the photographer between 12:30am and 4:30am. (Brad Goldpaint)

Flash Point
The Perseid Meteor Shower shoots across the sky in the early hours. This composite image features roughly 65 meteors captured by the photographer between 12:30am and 4:30am. (Brad Goldpaint)

Here are some of the brilliant photos that are shortlisted for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016.

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Photos: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Awards 2015

19 10 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London announced their winners.

Dan Gutoski from Canada was the overall winner for capturing a photo of a red fox eating an Arctic fox.

Here are nine of the winners’ submissions:





Norway’s Storseisundet Bridge Or ‘The Drunk Bridge’

19 11 2014
Atlantic Ocean Road passes through an archipelago and links mainland Norway with the island of Averoy. (DailyMail).

Atlantic Ocean Road passes through an archipelago and links mainland Norway with the island of Averoy.
(DailyMail).

Iconic Storseisundet Bridge, or locally known as ‘the drunk bridge’ is the one of the most popular spots on the five-mile Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway.

The Atlantic Ocean Road passes through an archipelago and it links mainland Norway with the island of Averoy.

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Stunning Ultra-high Speed Photos Of Water Droplets By Ronny Tertnes

14 02 2014

These stunning ultra-high speed photos of water droplets were captured by photographer, Ronny Tertnes, 48, from Bergen, Norway.

They show the water’s displacement as various liquids are being dropped in.

Ronny, who works full time as an IT administrator, set up his camera and flash rigs to capture the exact moment a droplet hit the surface, sometimes causing several drops to collide into each other. (TwoByTwoEditorial.co.uk)

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Two Malaysian Held Hostage At The Amenas Gas Facility In Algeria

17 01 2013

French news channel France 24 reported on Wednesday that Malaysian and Filipino citizens are among the hostages being held at a gas field in Algeria.

The gas field, In Amenas is jointly operated by British’s BP, Norway’s Statoil and state-run Algerian energy firm Sonatrach.

Algeria said an Algerian and a Briton were killed in the attack.

There are reports that Norwegian, French, British, US and Japanese citizens are also among the hostages.

The Star reported that:

“Wisma Putra confirmed Thursday that two Malaysians were among those held hostage at the Amenas gas facility in Algeria. Malaysia is working closely with the Algerian authorities and the families of the two have been contacted, it said in a statement.”





Northern Australian Total Solar Eclipse – The Last Until 2015

13 11 2012

There will be a solar eclipse in parts of northern Australia for a few minutes from shortly after dawn Wednesday (Nov. 14) local time in Australia or 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT) Tuesday.  

(Please click here for the photos of the total solar eclipse)

(Please click here for for the awesome video of the 2012 Australian Total Solar Eclipse)

This will be the world’s last solar eclipse until March 2015.

It could be seen in Northern Territory, state of Queensland and the Pacific Ocean.

If we are not in those places, we could still watch the rare phenomenon live from the Internet.

The Tourism Tropical North Queensland and the Slooh Space Camera will provide free webcasts of the event.

The broadcasts will begin at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) and 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT) on Tuesday, respectively. 

SPACE.com reported that:

The total eclipse of the sun will begin over the Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory, where the moon’s shadow will touch down at 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT). [Video: Watch Path of Nov. 13-14 Total Solar Eclipse]

Then the eclipse path moves southeast across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Queensland, darkening the skies over towns such as Mitchell River and Palmerville before reaching the coastal city of Cairns at 3:39 p.m. EST (2039 GMT).

Shortly after sunrise, skywatchers in Cairns will witness a total solar eclipse lasting two minutes.

From Cairns, the moon’s shadow will cruise out into the vast Pacific Ocean, with the total eclipsefinally petering out 610 miles (980 kilometers) west-northwest of Santiago, Chile, at 6:48 p.m. EST (2348 GMT).

The eclipse’s path of totality is about 108 miles (174 km) wide and covers 9,000 miles (14,500 km) over a three-hour period.

The next total solar eclipse occurs in March 2015 and will be visible from some areas in the North Atlantic region, such as Norway’s Svalbard Islands.

However, a so-called “hybrid” eclipse — which shifts between total and annular at different points on the globe — will come to parts of the Atlantic and central Africa in November 2013.

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Scottish Flights Cancelled Due To Icelandic Ash Cloud ; Will More European Airspace Be Closed?

24 05 2011

A Swiss tourist stands on highway one, just outside the ash fallout zone in Kirkjubaejarklaustur May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

Ash from an Icelandic volcano, the Grimsvotn volcano under the Vatnajokull glacier forced the cancellation of dozens of flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.

Last year, ash from another Icelandic volcano caused 100,000 flights to be canceled, stranding 10 million passengers and costing the industry an estimated $1.7 billion in lost revenue.

(Please click here for ‘Volcano Eruption Closed Airports In Europe’).

Norway’s airport operator said the ash cloud would cause some flight restrictions on its west coast on Tuesday and Denmark said a small area of its airspace would be closed.

Below are some of the flights affected as reported by REUTERS:

1.    Ryanair cancelled 36 flights between Scotland and cities across Europe, was told by the Irish Aviation Authority not to operate flights to Scottish airports until at least 1 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT).

 2.   British Airways said it would not operate any flights between London and Scotland on Tuesday that arrived in Scotland before 8 a.m. EDT or departed from Scotland before that time.

 3.   Flybe, EasyJet and Aer Lingus all said they were cancelling some of their flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.

 4.    KLM, part of Air France-KLM canceled 16 flights to and from four British cities scheduled for Tuesday. Fights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle would be canceled on Tuesday morning, it said.

Europe’s air traffic control organization said that if the volcanic emissions continued at the same rate, the cloud could reach western French and northern Spanish airspace on Thursday.

Map locates Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland that has started erupting.
A plane flies past smoke plume from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson
A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21.  (AFP/File)
Smoke plume rises from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. Airlines began cancelling flights to Britain late on Monday because of an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano reaching its airspace, although experts expected no repeat of travel chaos from an eruption a year ago. Picture taken May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson
Picture shows the growing ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, as its eruption begins May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Bruun
Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption
Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption

A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21. A plume of ash from the erupting volcano is being blown south towards Britain and could reach the airspace over mainland Europe later in the week, meteorological experts said. (AFP)







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