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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Our Solar System

Our Solar System

Unity Meditation at the Eclipse + Eclipse Livestream
Unity Meditation at the Eclipse
(Guided Version With an Angelic Voice)

Total Solar Eclipse Livestream
21 August 2017 Live HD Coverage
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Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse’s
Path Across the U.S.
August 21, 2017
The moon will completely block the sun’s face,
treating part of the US to a total solar eclipse.
Everyone in North America will have the chance to see an eclipse of some kind if skies are clear. Anyone within a 70-mile-wide swath of land - called the path of totality - that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina will have the chance to see a total eclipse. 

During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow down on Earth’s surface. We’ve been studying the moon with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and its precise mapping helped NASA build the most accurate eclipse map to date.
Throughout the rest of the continent, including all 50 United States - and even in parts of South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia - the moon will partially obscure the sun, creating a partial eclipse.

A view of the United States during the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, showing the umbra (black oval), penumbra (concentric shaded ovals) and path of totality (red). This version includes images of the sun, showing its appearance in a number of locations, each oriented to the local horizon.
Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization StudioThis video is public domain and may be downloaded at:

During a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks out the sun’s bright face, revealing the otherwise hidden solar atmosphere, called the corona. The corona is one of the sun’s most interesting regions — key to understanding the root of space weather events that shape Earth’s space environment, and mysteries such as why the sun’s atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface far below.

This is the first time in nearly 100 years that a solar eclipse has crossed the United States from coast to coast. We’re taking advantage of this long eclipse path by collecting data that’s not usually accessible — including studying the solar corona, testing new corona-observing instruments, and tracking how our planet’s atmosphere, plants, and animals respond to the sudden loss of light and heat from the sun.

We’ll be studying the eclipse from the ground, from airplanes, with research balloons, and of course, from space. 
Three of our sun-watchers - the Solar Dynamics Observatory, IRIS, and Hinode, a joint mission led by JAXA - will see a partial eclipse from space. Several of our Earth-observing satellites will use the eclipse to study Earth under uncommon conditions. For example, both Terra and DSCOVR, a joint mission led by NOAA, will capture images of the moon’s shadow from space. Our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will also turn its instruments to face Earth and attempt to track the moon’s shadow as it moves across the planet.

When depicting an eclipse path, data visualizers have usually chosen to represent the moon’s shadow as an oval. By bringing in a variety of NASA data sets, visualizer Ernie Wright has created a new and more accurate representation of the eclipse. 

For the first time, we are able to see that the moon’s shadow is better represented as a polygon. This more complicated shape is based NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s view of the mountains and valleys that form the moon’s jagged edge. By combining moon’s terrain, heights of land forms on Earth, and the angle of the sun, Wright is able to show the eclipse path with the greatest accuracy to date.

Hear data visualizer Ernie Wright discuss the map in the video above. To see the maps unedited, watch the two videos below.
Music credit: Life Choices by Eric Chevalier

Complete transcript available.
Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel.


An eclipse is one of nature’s most awesome sights, but safety comes first!
When any part of the sun’s surface is exposed, it’s essential to observe eye safety. whether during the partial phases of an eclipse, or just on a regular day.
You must use proper eclipse glasses (not sunglasses) or an indirect viewing method like a pinhole projector. 

If you’re in the path of totality, you may look at  the eclipse ONLY during the brief moments of totality.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein
Music: Life Choices by Eric Chevalier
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This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at:
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What Does A Solar Eclipse
Look like From Space?
The shadow of the moon during yesterday's solar eclipse was captured in detail by the Himawari-8 Spacecraft in Geostationary orbit.
Published on Mar 9, 2016

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Bonnie Tyler
 Total Eclipse Of The Heart 
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Full Version with Lyrics 2014

(Turn around)
Every now and then
I get a little bit lonely
And you’re never coming round
And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
‘Cause we’ll never be wrong
Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
(All of the time)
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Latin Café - Tango Music Playlist

The Latin Café 
Tango Music Playlist
Cesar Garcia

  1. 00:00 - 04:44   Mariposa en Havana
  2. 04:45 - 07:47   Moliendo café
  3. 07:48 - 10:10   Quizás, Quizás,Quizás
  4. 10:11 - 14:26    Reflejo le luna
  5. 14:26 - 18:05   Continuando
  6. 18:05 - 22:29   Con una rosa
  7. 22:30 - 26:33   Mil pasos
  8. 26:34 - 31:15    If it takes forever I will wait for you
  9. 31:16 - 35:24   Una Música Brutal
  10. 35:25 - 39:08   Quien Será
  11. 39:09 - 42:28   Sorry I could not find the name of the song
  12. 42:29 - 47:27    Querer

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Barcelona: Las Ramblas - La Rambla
La Rambla (Catalan pronunciation: [ɫə ˈrambɫə]) is a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. La Rambla forms the boundary between the quarters of Barri Gòtic, to the east, and El Raval, to the west.
La Rambla can be crowded, especially during the height of the tourist season. Its popularity with tourists has affected the character of the street, with a move to pavement cafes and souvenir kiosks. It has also suffered from the attention of pickpockets and especially towards its southern end, sex workers.
The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was “the only street in the world which I wish would never end.”

La Rambla can be considered a series of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural form Les Rambles (the original Catalan form; in Spanish it is Las Ramblas). The street is successively called:
  • Rambla de Canaletes - the site of the Font de Canaletes fountain
  • Rambla dels Estudis - the site of the former Jesuit University, whose only remainder is the Church of Bethlehem
  • Rambla de Sant Josep (or de les Flors) - the site
The course of La Rambla was originally a sewage-filled stream-bed, usually dry but an important drain for the heavy rainwater flowing from the Collserola hills during spring and autumn. (Rambla, from the Arabic رمل “sand”, is Catalan for “wadi”.) It separated the walled city on its north-east bank from the settlements of El Raval (“the suburb”) on its south-west.

In the year 1377, construction started on an extension of the city walls to include La Rambla and El Raval. In 1440, the stream was diverted to run outside the new walls, and La Rambla gradually started turning into a street.

Over the next few centuries, La Rambla became established as a centre of Barcelona city life, a long wide thoroughfare used for festivals, markets, and sports. Several large religious establishments were also built along the street during this period. These include the Jesuit Bethlehem monastery and college (1553), of which just the later church remains; the Carmelite St. Joseph’s monastery, on the site of the current Boqueria market; and a Capuchin monastery at the lower end of the street.

La Rambla in 1905
In 1703, the first of the trees lining La Rambla were planted.  They were 280 birch trees and later on those were replaced by elm trees. In 1832 some acacias were planted and the currently standing plane trees started to be the common tree from 1859.
Various conflicts over recent centuries took their toll on La Rambla’s religious buildings, most notably the St. James’s Night riots in 1835 when revolutionaries burned the monasteries and churches and massacred the monks and nuns; and the Spanish Civil War in 1936-39, when Barcelona came under the control of anarchists who again targeted religious buildings and personnel, as well as being damaged by artillery and air attacks on the area from pro-Franco forces.

Until 2010, the Rambla dels Estudis was the site of an open-air market for caged birds and other small pets. However animal protection laws made it difficult for the market to continue.
After years of fighting the legislation, the market was forced to close down.
On August 17, 2017 many people were struck by a van deliberately driven on the side walk on La Rambla, causing 13 deaths and at least 100 injuries

Las Ramblas C.1900
(the locals call it )
From a river to a sewage gutter and finally a grand street of Barcelona - a story of transformation

The grand street of Barcelona, as beloved of tourists as the Sagrada Família, has a very interesting history. 
It was once a river, but by the 14th century it had become a sewage-strewn stream, draining the steadily expanding city. By the middle of the next century it had become a part of Barcelona, and the stream was slowly transformed into a bustling street, running the full length of the city.

But as you can see from the photograph, the one big difference between then and now is that today, vehicular traffic on this long avenue is completely banned. That horse-drawn cart on the right would have been politely asked to leave.