2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

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Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them



Reblog – Rare Halo Photos Captured after Storm Sandy by David Hathaway NASA

Image credit: Photograph by David Hathaway/NASA/MSFC


Rare Photo of Ice Halos Captured in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

blacked-out New York City wasn’t the only rare photo op that Hurricane Sandy left in her wake. NASA solar physicist David Hathaway captured the above photo in Huntsville, Alabama two days ago after seeing the strange rings surrounding the afternoon sun.

NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office head Bill Cooke says that he had, “never seen anything quite like it.” Another onlooker, Kyle Winkleman, called it a “once-in-a-decade event.”

Spaceweather writes that the extremely rare apparition was “almost certainly connected to Hurricane Sandy”:

The core of the storm swept well north of Alabama, but Sandy’s outer bands did pass over the area, leaving behind a thin haze of ice crystals in cirrus clouds. Sunlight shining through the crystals produced an unusually rich variety of ice halos.

“By my count, there are two sun dogs, a 22o halo, a parahelic circle, an upper tangent arc, and a parry arc,” says Chris Brightwell, who also photographed the display. “It was amazing.”

We shared some other photographs of “sundogs” last year. You can learn more about the phenomenon, which has the scientific name “parhelion”, over on Wikipedia.

Amazing Ice Halo Display [Spaceweather via Imaging Resource]

Image credit: Photograph by David Hathaway/NASA/MSFC
Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2012/11/01/amazing-photo-of-ice-halos-captured-in-the-wake-of-hurricane-sandy/#BiEjvexXsfmVM1q5.99


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