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Aldabra white-throated rail bird

An extinct bird just ‘evolved itself’ back into existence

The Aldabra hasn’t existed in almost 100,000 years. Now it’s back

By Thomas Shambler
18 May 2020

The Aldabra white-throated rail bird was declared extinct, a victim of rising sea levels almost 100,000 years ago.

However, the flightless brown bird has recently been spotted – leaving scientists scratching their heads as to how – and why – the species has come back to life.

According to research in the Zoological Journal of Linnean Society, the re-incarnated Aldabra bird is a product of ‘iterative evolution’. That’s when old genes thought to have died out re-emerge at a different point in time.

That means that while a bird’s ancestors might have disappeared, that DNA still remains – and provided the environment is right, there’s nothing to stop those ancient genes from replicating in modern times.

So identical species can indeed produce multiple, slightly evolved offshoots, throughout the course of their species’ history.

But don’t get your hopes up that this means dinosaurs and wooly mammoths will be popping up next. This scientific phenomenon only occurs within species that are nearly identical to their ancestors.

While iterative evolution has previously occurred in species such as turtles, it has never been seen in the realm of birds.

“We know of no other example in the rails, or of birds in general, that demonstrates this phenomenon so evidently,” said paleobiologist David Martill, in a statement.

“Only on the Aldabra, which has the oldest paleontological record of any oceanic island within the Indian Ocean region, is fossil evidence available that demonstrates the effects of changing sea levels on extinction and recolonization events.”

2020 was already an interesting and confusing year. Looks like now we have to contend with re-materializing birds, as well.

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This is fascinating. And rather exciting, too. At least, to me it is. I have always loved this sort of thing; and the more exotic and rare the occurrence, the more I like it. Because discovery and new knowledge is what it’s all about. accompanied always by renewed wisdom, of course.

 

 
Luna moth photo by Bruce E Thornton

The Luna moth (Actias luna) is a Nearctic moth in the family Saturniidae, subfamily Saturniinae, a group commonly known as giant silk moths.

Photo by Bruce E Thornton

 

 

Front Yard Fauna

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my buddyIggy Makarevich
16 subscribers
May 24, 2020

Various birds and a squirrel enjoy the ingestion of nutrients available in my front yard at ~10:30am on Sundae, May 24, 2020. Sadly, the resident chipmunk didn’t attend the festivities. Shot on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Lookin’ out my front door…

Phone cameras are so lame. Skinny little wide angle miniframes with no control of focal length. I dunno, I was trained on Arriflex, Eclair and Bolex cameras. Real cameras. I would like to get a real video camera, but I am not in that paygrade. Oh, hey, I could break out my Lumix. I hope it still works. That’s if I can find it…

 

 

Dogman Hunter Escapes from Mental Institution. Interview_12

Dixie Cryptid
Apr 11, 2020

Dogman Hunter Escapes from Mental Institution

Submit your encounter to dixiecryptid@gmail.com

Music is: My Baby Knows (Instrumental Version) – Johan Glossner

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There are other cool stories here as well. Excellent stuff. Seriously.

 

 
Legendary cattle keepers of Sudan. Photo by @beckwith.carolina

One of the legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan tending to a member of his flock.

Photo by @beckwith.carolina

Those horns, though…

 

 

Police Off Sees Unknown Creature. Cat Headed People & Six to seven feet Tall Broad Hairy Creatures.

#BBR Cryptid-Paranormal Investigations
May 8, 2020

An incident that happened one evening when they had to wait at a crime scene until other units arrived. The scene was a death, and the body showed signs of predation. Whilst at the scene a female Officer saw a strange creature in the woodland. The potential crime scene was in fact the body of a man who was found half eaten in his tent. He’d been missing a few years and living rough apparently. And it was assumed to be predication. …………………. All was well just happily playing, when he stated that he felt threatened…. looking around he saw two tall – over 6 ft – very skinny men, naked – or having some form of loincloth (he couldn’t remember) white skinned with reddish pink spirals painted on their bodies, but worse than that their heads looked like cats…………….By now all of the children had re-emerged out of the cave. They had all heard something moving in there that didn’t sound right, so as kids do they started running. Straight home would have taken them past the noise so they had to run towards a Golf Club. After a while as they were running they all saw something impossible to explain other than ‘It’. She couldn’t describe what ‘It’ was just that it was running towards them. Would you like to become a member of our BBR Investigations group and help us to investigate cases like these, or join our free community and keep in touch with like minded people in the UK and world wide. Please contact Deb via debbiehatswell@gmail.com Please click one of these links to show support, or hit that like button. Feel free to share.

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A whole bunch of nifty short cryptid accounts read by our Deb!

 

 
The Beast of Dartmoor

 

The Beast of Dartmoor

 

The Beast of Dartmoor

The Beast of Dartmoor

Dartmoor in England is one of the most famous National Parks in the UK, first founded in 1951. Dartmoor is known for it’s endless moors, ancient bridges, forests, valleys, granite tors, and wild ponies. However, in recent years, the most famous feature of the landscape has become the ‘Beast of Dartmoor’- a creature of folklore and cryptozoology, that just recently has come into the light as more than just an urban legend.

The first ever sightings of the beast began in the 1970s, and gained popularity in the 80s. The story was noticed by the BBC when a South Molton farmer lost over 100 sheep, all which had had their throats torn out. It was established that no native animal could have inflicted those injuries. Sightings have stated that the beast is a large black feline creature, which lead many to speculate that it was an escaped pet panther- around the time of the first sighting it became illegal to own big cats outside of zoos, and so some believe it was released so the owner would not get in trouble. However, a panther only lives arounnd 12-15 years (factoring in that a pet panther would also have no survival skills for British terrain), which doesn’t make sense giving the time span of the sightings which still continue to this day.

In 1983, after the sheep incident and other reports of dead livestock, the Royal Marine Snipers were sent out onto the moors to find the beast. The beast was sighted by the snipers, however they were not able to shoot as it was standing infront of a sheep, and they knew the bullet would pass through and kill both animals. By 1987, the beast was linked to over 200 animal deaths, including dogs and cats as well as livestock. In 2006, the British Big Cats Society found a skull on a farm in Devon which was confirmed to be a large big cat.

Over the years since people have continued to spot the beast- all descriptions claim the animal to be around eight feet long and having the ability to leap 6 foot tall fences. One man claimed to see the beast fishing with it’s paw in the River Barle, after which he said he believed the creature lived inside an abandoned mine out on the nearby moor. The amount of sightings soon lead scientists to believe there could be more than one ‘beast’. The Daily Express newspaper offered a reward for the capture of the beast, dead or alive. Over the years, many photographs have arisen as evidence, showing what appears to be a panther with the features of other large cats. These photographs were analysed and it is clear that the creature has features of both a black leopard and a mountain lion- a hybrid is possible (a Pumapard), however they are almost always born with dwarfism and die early. This also doesn’t support the idea of multiple beasts, as Pumapards are sterile.

The case seemed to be going nowhere until it was recently discovered that in the 1970s, famous circus owner Mary Chipperfield released three large cats onto the moors of Dartmoor after her circus was forced to close in 1978. Mary was supposed to transport five cats across the moors, but only two ever arrived at their destination. It is now believed that the three cats bred over the years and their offspring became the new ‘beasts’ of Dartmoor. Sightings seemed to stop after 2010, leading some to believe that the cats did not survive the harsh winter of that year. However, more recently sightings have started again all over England, meaning the ‘beasts’ could very well have survived and still be roaming the moors to this day.

Via moonlight-gives-you-nightmares

ABCs, they call them, standing for Alien Big Cats. Like leopards and mountain lions, they are large and well formed. They are not supposed to exist on the Isles of Albion, hence the aura of mystery. There have been so many sightings, though, that their existence is pretty well set. In my opinion, anyway.

Just tabbies, you say? LOL

 

 
Pillow Rock

Pillow Rock is a glacial erratic

Ely MN might move its other-worldly Pillow Rock

GC4E1N6 Burnsville Erratic (Earthcache) in Minnesota …

 

 
Saturn In Natural Colours.

Hubble Space Telescope

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

ESA/Hubble Flashback: Saturn In Natural Colours.

The ring swirling around Saturn consists of chunks of ice and dust. Saturn itself is made of ammonia ice and methane gas. The little dark spot on Saturn is the shadow from Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

View larger image at: www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9828c/

Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)

 

 

Rare Sea Angel Spotted Off Russian Coast

Caters Video
Feb 17, 2020

ID: 3348903 MANDATORY ONSCREEN CREDIT – Aquatilis

Stunning footage has emerged of an alien-like creature swimming under the ice off the coast of Russia. The relaxing video was captured by scientist and diver Alexander Semenov, 34, during a White Sea expedition in 2018. It shows what is known as a sea angel gracefully gliding around the dark ocean, as the ice glows dimly under the sun above. Alexander said: “The Clione limacina, or Sea angel, is an incredible pteropod mollusc which lives in the water column.

Sea angels are gelatinous, mostly transparent, and very small, with the largest species (Clione limacina) reaching 5 cm. C. limacina is a polar species; those found in warmer waters are far smaller. Some species of sea angels feed exclusively on sea butterflies; the angels have terminal mouths with the radula common to mollusks, and tentacles to grasp their prey, sometimes with suckers similar to cephalopods. By rowing their “wings” back and forth at 1–3 Hz, the sea angels swim at speeds up to 100 mm/s (0.22 mph). This is about twice as fast as their prey, the sea butterfly. It is not yet clear whether the sea angel uses its swimming appendages as ‘rowing paddles’ or as ‘wings’.[3]
— My source

A beautiful, graceful animal.

 

 

Did You Know Gorillas Can Sing?

Nature on PBS
Apr 13, 2020

Spy gorilla witnesses wild mountain gorillas singing, a phenomenon caught on camera for the first time.

After being accepted as a member of the gorilla family, spy gorilla witnessed some of the family’s most intimate moments like eating, singing and flatulating. This is the first time that wild mountain gorillas have been caught singing on camera.

I love this!

From here, off a Facebook post…

LIVESCIENCE.com

Robot ‘spy’ gorilla records wild gorillas singing and farting, because nature is beautiful

By Mindy Weisberger – Senior Writer 12 hours ago

This is the first time that singing mountain gorillas have been caught on camera

Though human camera operators typically keep a safe distance from wild gorillas, the lifelike animatronic gorilla spy was able to infiltrate a troop and film their daily routines, which included an impromptu suppertime serenade.

Footage of the singing gorillas is featured in the first episode of “Spy in the Wild 2” and shows the apes reclining amid dense foliage in a sanctuary in Uganda. As they munched on leaves and stems, they hummed to themselves in contentment, accompanying their vegetarian meal with a vocal “chorus of appreciation,” according to the episode’s narrator.

And the gorillas produced a chorus of mealtime music in more ways than one. Under the spy robot’s watchful camera eye, the great apes also revealed that they were extremely gassy, punctuating their dinner with near-constant bursts of flatulence.

Ooh, it’s all so simply marvelous…

 

 
Claw Marks of Black Shuck

 

Claw Marks of Black Shuck

Claw Marks of Black Shuck

The door of the Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh, England, boasts the proposed claw marks of Black Shuck. On August 4th, 1577, the Hellhound burst through the door of the church during a thunderstorm, interrupting the congregation in their meeting. Records state that two people, a man and a boy, were killed by the beast and the steeple of the church collapsed. The marks were made when Black Shuck left the church after the attack.

Source: myhauntedsalem

Although my familiarity with the Black Shuck cryptid dog is pretty good as an avid Fortean, I must say that I have never before encountered photographic evidence of the frightening pupster. No idea why… So, naturally, I find this revelation most exciting!

Peace

 

 

Mind blowing Snake Species

Epic Wildlife
Apr 27, 2020

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Mind-Blowing Snake Species From Hognoses and Rhinoceros Vipers … to flying snakes and sabre-toothed serpents … Here are 16 of the most mind-blowing snake species

#16 Conception Bank Silver Boa In 2016, a new species of boa constrictor was discovered on Conception Island Bank, a remote island in the Caribbean. Named for its metallic color, researchers analyzed tissue samples of the animal, and confirmed this species was indeed previously unknown. Researchers identified 20 of these snakes over the course of two expeditions to the Caribbean islands. Measuring over 3 feet long (about one meter), they’re mostly arboreal and favor the silver palm tree. Even though they’re a relatively recent discovery, the snakes are already critically endangered. That’s largely due to the illegal pet trade and habitat loss.

#15 Hognose Snakes Despite the intriguing name, this snake doesn’t appear all that unique. Not until it’s threatened, that is. Its upturned snout is largely used for digging into the soil. But when the creature detects a threat, it will hiss, and then flatten out its neck to resemble the hood of a cobra. But they’re nowhere near as dangerous as that species. In fact, they only pretend to strike. It’s all part of a bluff strategy, as it delivers a type of ‘head butt’ to an attacker. If that doesn’t work, these snakes are known to essentially play dead. They’ll even let their tongue hang out of their mouth and release a foul-smelling stench. They’re found from North to South America and in Madagascar.

#14 Tentacled Snake It’s the only member of its genus (JEEN-nus), and is native to Southeast Asia. The aquatic reptile gets its name from the odd, fleshy protuberances found on the snout. Researchers have found that the fleshy shapes serve a mechanosensory function … they detect movements made in the water, enabling the animal to quickly strike as fish pass by. Experts say it takes a mere 15 milliseconds to capture its prey! But in case that’s not fast enough, this reptile has another strategy. It darts in one direction to make the fish dart in the opposite direction. The snake anticipates the fish’s path and angles its head to snatch its meal. This small critter can stay submerged for up to thirty minutes without taking a breath!

#13 Iridescent Shieldtail It’s thought to be one of the most colorful snakes in the world, and is endemic to India. A bright yellow stripe traverses the creature’s iridescent back and belly. To date, not much is known about this critter in the wild. Only three individuals of this species have ever been found!

#12 Titanoboa It’s name pretty well sums up this creature. The “Titanic Boa” was found in present day Colombia, where it lived some 60 million years ago during the Middle to Late Paleocene. Experts say its fossils indicate the massive reptile would have been around 42 feet long (13 m) and weighed some 2,500 pounds (1,134 kg), but those estimates can vary widely. Owing to its large size, it was probably easier for it to move in the water as opposed to land. In the prehistoric rainforest, it likely fed on the crocodiles that lived there. Some experts claim that after such a feeding, the big snake wouldn’t need to eat again for a year! Since it was a constrictor snake, Titanoboa could dislocate its jaws to consume prey larger than its head. Modern-day boas and anacondas display similar behavior. But it could also exert 10 times the pressure of today’s anacondas.

#11 Eyelash Vipers Vipers have a number of strange members in their family, and this is one of them. The Eyelash Pit Viper is an arboreal serpent found in Central and South America. The common name comes from the pointed scales over their eyes that can resemble eyelashes. They can show up in some vivid colors including yellow, silver, purple, and green. Experts say the coloration can allow them to blend in with flowers or banana bunches. But the exact purpose of those so-called eyelashes is still a mystery. What do you think?

#10 Rubber Boa They’re so-named for their loose skin which is often wrinkled and displays smooth and shiny scales. That gives them a rubbery feel and appearance, which makes them easily identifiable. They’re found in a wide range of habitats, from grasslands and forests, to high alpine locations some 10,000 feet above sea level (3,000 m). Along with their unusual skin, there are a few other things that set this species apart. At less than 3 feet (84 cm), they’re one of the smallest species of boa. They’re adept at burrowing, climbing, and swimming. And these snakes are so docile that they’re often used for helping people deal with their fear of snakes.

I like the sabre tooth snake the best. Very cool, it is…

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MISSING 411 Clip – Girl Found After 3 Days

1091
Jul 6, 2017

Classic.

These cases are the preeminent mystery of our time, in my opinion.

 

 

Yowie Sighting (Audio Report #158), near Owens Creek, Queensland

Yowiehunters Witness Audio Reports
Apr 13, 2020

Riding his Quad Bike late at night while searching for his hunting dog, our Witness stops at a violently shaking tree on the side of the track. When he turned his lights on the tree, he see’s the cause. The creature made no effort to conceal itself, in fact, quite the opposite. He wanted to be seen.

Yowie Sighting (Audio Report #141) at Coutts Crossing, New South Wales

Yowiehunters Witness Audio Reports
May 14, 2019

This will be the last Witness Audio uploaded for a time due to other commitments. Driving back from Grafton to Coutts Crossing at midnight, a Yowie is seen standing frozen on the side of the road next to an old wooden bridge. Our Witness is very descriptive in her observations and provides great detail of what she saw. We thank her for this Report.

Yowie Sighting (Audio Report #155) in the Border Ranges, New South Wales

Yowiehunters Witness Audio Reports
Jan 13, 2020

“Scientifically, it shouldn’t be here. According to all the agreed theories, even if it was here, it should have been 200,000 to 300,000 years ago – not in 2017” While conducting field studies high in the mountains of the Border Ranges, an Academic with a double degree in Science and Archaeology, finds himself next to a creature, supposedly extinct many thousands of years ago. Troubled with what he witnessed, he went on to gain a degree in Paleo Archaeology [Study of Hominins, Hominids and Evolution], to better understand what he saw.

Yowie Sighting (Audio Report #150) at Manumbah, Queensland

Yowiehunters Witness Audio Reports
Oct 30, 2019

This is one of our more dramatic Yowie encounters in the notorious mountainous region from Kilkivan through to Jimna, Queensland. This encounter occurred in 2015 when Rod Benfield was collecting wood with his brother in-law along the edge of the Gallengowan State Forest. Rod articulates the stories beautifully, and working together with Buck Buckingham (resident AYR artist), an accurate image of the Yowie has been depicted. We’re sure everyone will appreciate how Rod must have felt during these moments. As a side note, another encounter came to light only weeks ago, only 4km from Rods incident.

I love Yowies. They have such attitude a lot of the time. But, gosh, it would be a terrific thing to encounter one. Terrifically frightening, that is!

 

Hubble Space Telescope is 30 Today and to Celebrate it’s Taken a Picture of the Cosmic Reef

gortex
Knight of Ni Member
Registered: 8/16/2009 – Location: Valles Marineris – Mood: Transmogrified – Member is on ATS now.

posted on Apr, 24 2020 @ 02:49 PM

30 years ago today the Hubble telescope took its place in space as our eye in the sky peering out into the Universe , 30 years of discovery and mind boggling pictures from the dawn of creation , to celebrate the anniversary the Hubble team have imaged the “Cosmic Reef” , two Stellar nebulae in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud.

The accompanying video takes a closer look


This science visualization presents the dramatic landscape of two nebulas in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The video, based on images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, takes viewers on a close-up tour of the nebulas’ three-dimensional structures, as envisioned by scientists and artists.

The movie begins with the Hubble view of NGC 2014 (lower left) and NGC 2020 (upper right). The region has been nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because of its resemblance to an undersea world. The camera then flies past myriad stars for a close-up look at NGC 2014. The first stop is the bubble of hot gas on the left that has a coral-like appearance. Energetic ultraviolet light from the system’s most massive stars has heated the gas, while strong stellar winds (streams of charged particles) help create its bubble structure.

The journey continues into the heart of the nebula, home to extraordinarily massive and bright stars. The glowing gas in this region is bathed in the stars’ intense luminosity. In contrast, the dark, denser gas is resisting that radiation, and is blown back to form craggy, mountainous shapes. The virtual flight moves past ridges, valleys, and pockets of new star formation.

The camera then rises up and over a ridge of NGC 2014, revealing the three-dimensional structure of neighboring NGC 2020. The Wolf-Rayet star at its core is the mammoth, intensely hot source of this nebula. Episodes of outbursts from the young star have produced cloudy rings and clumps in the bright blue gas. While Hubble views NGC 2020 looking down the axis of the stellar outflows, the visualization finishes with a side view that illustrates the nebula’s double-lobed structure.

Cosmic Reef: NGC 2014 & NGC 2020

Hubble Space Telescope
Apr 24, 2020

This science visualization presents the dramatic landscape of two nebulas in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The video, based on images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, takes viewers on a close-up tour of the nebulas’ three-dimensional structures, as envisioned by scientists and artists. The movie begins with the Hubble view of NGC 2014 (lower left) and NGC 2020 (upper right). The region has been nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because of its resemblance to an undersea world. The camera then flies past myriad stars for a close-up look at NGC 2014. The first stop is the bubble of hot gas on the left that has a coral-like appearance. Energetic ultraviolet light from the system’s most massive stars has heated the gas, while strong stellar winds (streams of charged particles) help create its bubble structure. The journey continues into the heart of the nebula, home to extraordinarily massive and bright stars. The glowing gas in this region is bathed in the stars’ intense luminosity. In contrast, the dark, denser gas is resisting that radiation, and is blown back to form craggy, mountainous shapes. The virtual flight moves past ridges, valleys, and pockets of new star formation. The camera then rises up and over a ridge of NGC 2014, revealing the three-dimensional structure of neighboring NGC 2020. The Wolf-Rayet star at its core is the mammoth, intensely hot source of this nebula. Episodes of outbursts from the young star have produced cloudy rings and clumps in the bright blue gas. While Hubble views NGC 2020 looking down the axis of the stellar outflows, the visualization finishes with a side view that illustrates the nebula’s double-lobed structure. Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon, J. DePasquale, L. Hustak, J. Olmstead, A. Pagan, D. Player, and F. Summers (STScI) Music: “Cosmic Reef” by J. DePasquale (STScI)

Happy Anniversary Hubble team , here’s to many many more.

Fantastic!

 

 
ankylosaur

A lovely ankylosaur visits us from the Cretaceous…

Work in progress on underpainting for Zuul crurivastator. Be sure to practice your social distancing, or I cannot vouch for the safety of your shins.

thecoffeeisblack

 

 

LINKY

In space, no-one can hear you sneeze.

While we’ve been pre-occupied with medical matters other science continues. The BepiColombo probe swung by us in a gravity assist manoeuvre on its way to Mercury, capturing some cool views on the way:

sci.esa.int…


 

I love views from space…

Earth rotates as BepiColombo flies by

Onebigmonkey
Apr 12, 2020

As the ESA’s BepiColombo probe flew past Earth on its gravity assist slingshot to Mercury it took some photographs. I lined up the Earth part and size adjusted them to make this view of Earth rotating in space.

Original imagery and more information here sci.esa.int/web/bepicolombo/-…

Just fabulous.

 

 
mystery skeleton

An interesting and as yet unidentified bit of some recently deceased critter has washed ashore on a lovely beach in close proximity to Aberdeen, Scotland.

I’m hoping for follow up reports…

 

 

My dear friend Kate sent this to me.

It is remarkable and very timely!

Dig it, you Coro Na Virūsians!

 

 

OGOPOGO SIGHTING July 10, 2018 cryptid

Blake Neudorf
Jan 2, 2020

ogopogo. Me and my dad where fishing off a doc in Kelowna BC and spotted something massive in the water. The thing looks like it is close in the video but it was a few hundred yards off shore and it was huge, I would say atleast 60 feet long you could visually see it rolling in the water. During this video there was a small group of people videoing off shore as well. Toward the end it goes into a small bay so me and my dad hopped in the truck and drove toward the area it was headed but when we got to the bay it was nowhere to be seen.

Sweet.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think its a log. Hopefully the other people seen filming will post their captures.

 

 

True Facts – True Facts About The Octopus

Octopi and the rest of the cephalopods are profoundly fascinating creatures who’s intelligence is legend and who’s shapeshifting and camouflage abilities put our Odo to shame. The makeup, including their unique gene structure — have compelled many learned scholars and researchers to conclude that they did not originate on this earth

Which is the coolest thing out there, as far as I’m concerned.

 

 
jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured the image on Feb. 17, 2020 and sent it back nearly 500 million miles for us to marvel at.

At the time of the picture the spacecraft was around 15,000 miles from the cloud tops.

gortex
Knight of Ni

Linkage

Some notable features in this view are the long, thin bands that run through the center of the image from top to bottom. Juno has observed these long streaks since its first close pass by Jupiter in 2016. The streaks are layers of haze particles that float above the underlying cloud features. Scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form. Two jet streams in Jupiter’s atmosphere flank either side of the region where the narrow bands of haze typically appear, and some researchers speculate those jet streams may influence the formation of the high hazes.
www.nasa.gov…

The streaks are layers of haze particles that float above the underlying cloud features. Scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form.

For me the most intriguing part of the picture are the streaks that form in the upper atmosphere , it has been theorised that life could exist in the cloud layers of Jupiter feeding on the chemicals in the cloud layers and gaining access to precious Sunlight , perhaps the streaks are something akin to algal bloom seen in Earths oceans , it could be the streaks are our first look at Jovian life.

Just a thought.

gortex
Knight of Ni

Lovely.

 

 
mars rock

 

mars rock

This wonderfully airborne flying Mars bug is most certainly not a rock! Ha!

mars rock

I want to go up there and see them all in person!

 

 
Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken on March 27, 2020 by the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft.

The probe was 329 km away from the comet, which was lined up perfectly with the Sun

Credit ESA / Rosetta NavCam CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Fanfreakintastic.

It is truly awesome that we can have the thrill of looking at images like this from deep space. I love it.

 

 
eagle pig

CLAIRE REID in NEWS
Last updated 15:12, Sunday 08 March 2020 GMT
Linky

A photographer managed to snap a perfectly timed picture showing an eagle flying off with an unfortunate little piglet.

The incredible photograph was taken by 75-year-old Clarke Espie in Queensland, Australia after he heard a piglet squealing and grabbed his camera.

Clarke said he was heading back to a campsite in Cromarty Wetlands when he heard the shriek coming from the sky, he instinctively reached for his camera and could hardly believe what he was seeing as the unfortunate pig was carried off.

He said: “I had been invited to capture the unique and diverse birdlife inhabiting these world class wetlands.

“Little did I imagine witnessing two massive sea eagles swooping low over my vehicle, one with a feral pig firmly gripped in its powerful talons.

“Despite its powerful wings, the sea eagle struggled to gain altitude before landing its prey upon a small island within the wetlands, where together the eagles shared the prey.

“I hurriedly snapped these images with a 500mm Telephoto lens as the sea eagles swept past.

“It was one of the most unusual sights I’ve seen. I thought it must’ve been a fish at first but as soon as I focused, I could see it was a piglet. It must have weighed around 5kg. Definitely not something I’ve witnessed before.”

Australia has around 24 million feral pigs – and the animals are regarded as pests in Queensland due to the fact they spread weeds, prey on native species and damage crops and stock.

White-bellied sea eagles can have a whopping seven-foot wingspan and are normally spotted high up in trees or flying over water around the Australian coast – the animals usually pair up for life, like the two you can see in Clarke’s picture.

They mainly live off aquatic animals, like fish and turtles, making the photograph all the more impressive.

Clarke, who previously worked as a commercial diver and documentary-maker for 35-years, added: “I’ve seen the imposing white-bellied sea eagle carnivore swoop in a shallow dive to snatch prey in its massive and powerful talons, taking fish, waterbirds, turtles, rabbits, flying foxes etc. before now, but this was something very rarely seen.

“I was astounded.”

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