Monsoon Delhi night
The full moon shines above temples in New Delhi, India. High humidity and haze in the monsoon season has filtered the brightness of the moon. As noted by the photographer: “Although this was the Supermoon of 2013 it was not visible near the horizon due to monsoon seasonal conditions.”
Image credit & copyright: Ajay Talwar
Gusher by Ben Canales on Flickr.
Cold Skies, Frozen Landscapes
(listen to Lunar Aurora “A Huadiga Fluag”)
Carl Sagan Day!
Happy birthday my hero Carl (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)
Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He was a consultant and adviser to NASA since the 1950’s, briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon, and was an experimenter on the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to the planets.
In addition to many other awards, Dr. Sagan was a recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences, for “distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare…Carl Sagan has been enormously successful in communicating the wonder and importance of science. His ability to capture the imagination of millions and to explain difficult concepts in understandable terms is a magnificent achievement.”
A Pulitzer Prize winner for the book The Dragons of Eden: Speculations of the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Dr. Sagan was the author of many bestsellers, including Demon-Haunted World and Cosmos, which became the bestselling science book ever published in English. He received twenty-two honorary degrees from American colleges and universities for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment, and many awards for his work on the long-term consequences of nuclear war and reversing the nuclear arms race.
In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his “research transformed planetary science… his gifts to mankind were infinite.”
Learn more at the Carl Sagan portal.