Photos from the Super Blue Blood Moon

9 07 2018

[Yahoo! News}- Earlier this year, a blue moon, super moon and blood moon all coincided for the first time since 1866.

The rare celestial event – dubbed the ‘super blue blood moon’ was visible from many parts of the world, but the most jaw-dropping views were in western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Australia.

However, due to the way the eclipse happens, those in Western Europe, most of Africa and Central and Southern America missed out on the event.

This was the third in a series of ‘supermoons’ which saw the moon appear 14 percent brighter and 30 per cent larger than usual.

Skygazers in the Eastern Hemisphere last saw a blue moon total lunar eclipse in 1982, but those in the West haven’t witnessed one for more than 150 years.

Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear. (Getty)

 

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Amazing Arts Which Were Surprisingly Made in MS Paint

7 09 2017

His art is a far cry from the stick men most of us are capable of making on Paint

[Yahoo! News}- It’s known as being the go-to tool for clumsy doodles and childlike scribbles, but it turns out Microsoft Paint can actually be used to create incredible works of art.

The internet went into mourning on Monday as news spread that the programme was being discontinued.

But today Microsoft confirmed that it will continue to offer Paint through the Windows Store – though it won’t included on Windows 10 by default.

This will be music to the ears of US illustrator Pat Hines, who uses the programme for his artistic creations.

He has used the software to create beautiful illustrations for an e-book, as well as producing intricate portraits and incredibly detailed landscape drawings.

Pat says he uses the old-school programme because he ‘sucks’ at using Adobe Photoshop.

But that doesn’t mean his method is easy. He told the BBC: ‘I wouldn’t say it’s easy, it definitely takes quite a while. It could take upwards of 20 hours for just one piece.’

These are some of his astonishing creations.





Harvey: Before And After Photos Of Catastrophic Houston Flood

29 08 2017

Hurricane Harvey which made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm on August 25, caused “epic and catastrophic” flooding especially in Houston and some other parts of Texas.

Floodwaters are expected to rise further in the inundated Houston as the flood situation in Texas is expected to worsen in the coming days.

Below are some before and after photos of the flood caused by Hurricane Harvey taken from Yahoo! News and The Guardian.

Please click the photos for larger images:





Some Photos Of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 – Cities Category

14 07 2017

This spectacular view of Frankfurt is the perfect example of the modern city at night. (Pic: Vitaly Pankratov)

[Yahoo News}- Cities can often be looked at negatively, full of unsightly buildings and coloured by smog.

However, they can also be dazzling, scenic sights that provide stunning backdrops good enough to be framed.

National Geographic has compiled a group of photos taken in cities across the globe – and the sights on display are jaw-dropping.

From sprawling urban jungles to dazzling lights to incredible examples of modern architecture, each photo is vying to be crowned the cities photo of the year.

Here are just some of the entries in this year’s contest:





British Airways Cancels All Flights From Heathrow and Gatwick

28 05 2017

The British Airways has suffered a major global IT system failure which cancelled all its flights out of London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday.

The incident happened before 6PM (UTC+1), and some parts of British Airways’ website and check-in features were unavailable too.

According to the British Airways chief, Alex Cruz in an apology video, the failure was likely caused by a “power supply issue”, and that they have not found any evidence of a server attack.

Even the contact center server was affected and customers were advised to go to the British Airways twitter and website, Heathrow and Gatwick airport websites instead for any information.

Yahoo! News reported that this is the sixth major crash for its recently installed system in the space of roughly a year.





A Real Life Ice Age On The Way?

30 06 2016

A real life ice age?

Below is an article from the Yahoo News:

The Sun Has Just ‘Gone Blank’ – Could There Be An Ice Age On The Way? – By Rob Waugh

Don’t be alarmed, but our sun has just ‘gone blank’ – with a total lack of sunspots leaving the surface like a snooker ball.

It’s part of the sun’s cycles – a sign that the ‘solar minimum’ is approaching – and some experts have suggested a new ‘mini ice age’ might be on the way.

Meteorology expert Paul Dorian of Vencore Weather says, ‘For the second time this month, the sun has gone completely blank.

‘The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years.

‘At first, the blankness will stretch for just a few days at a time, then it’ll continue for weeks at a time, and finally it should last for months at a time when the sunspot cycle reaches its nadir.  The next solar minimum phase is expected to take place around 2019 or 2020.’

Some experts predict that we could soon see a ‘Maunder minimum’ phase – a mini ice age similar to one which began in 1645.

During the ‘Maunder Minimum’, temperatures plunged so much that the Thames froze over.

Prof Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University  predicts that there will be a sharp decline in solar activity between 2020 and 2050.

Zharkova said, last year, ‘I am absolutely confident in our research. It has good mathematical background and reliable data, which has been handled correctly. In fact, our results can be repeated by any researchers with the similar data available in many solar observatories, so they can derive their own evidence of upcoming Maunder Minimum in solar magnetic field and activity.’





Colourful Patterns Of Enormous Group Of Animals

31 07 2014
A huge flock of flamingos in Kenya, East Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

A huge flock of flamingos in Kenya, East Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

These breathtaking photographs show that some animals take no chances when it comes to safety in numbers. Seen in every shape and size, from huge herds of wildebeest to colossal colonies of penguins, these creatures have no qualms when it comes to the issue of personal space.

Often seen during mass migration, these enormous groupings can be found in countries all over the world and prove an effective method of keeping themselves safe from predators. (Yahoo News)

Blue and yellow snapper fish seen in moving vast schools along the reef in Fiji. (Ron & Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

Blue and yellow snapper fish seen in moving vast schools along the reef in Fiji. (Ron & Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

A huge school of salmon seen in the waters of Hawaii. (Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

A huge school of salmon seen in the waters of Hawaii. (Valerie Taylor/Ardea/Caters News)

Common zebras seen in Masai Mara, Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

Common zebras seen in Masai Mara, Africa. (Ferrero-Labat/Ardea/Caters News)

Female red crabs after spawning on Christmas Island. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

Female red crabs after spawning on Christmas Island. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

A colony of king penguins seen in South Georgia. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

A colony of king penguins seen in South Georgia. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

Thousands of Monarch butterflies rest on a tree in North America. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)

Thousands of Monarch butterflies rest on a tree in North America. (Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News)








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