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Incredible Crater Lakes of the World (PHOTOS)   Leave a comment

The three crater lakes of Kelimutu volcano in Indonesia are seen in a satellite photo. (Google Earth)

Two of the three crater lakes of Kelimutu volcano on Flores Island in Indonesia. 
(Flickr/NeilsPhotography) 

The Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) of Kelimutu volcano on the Flores Island in Indonesia.
(Flickr/michaeljesusday) 

The Tiwu Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) is seen in the foreground next to the Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai 
(Lake of Young Men and Maidens) on Flores Island in Indonesia. 
(Flickr/Rosino)

The Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake) of Kelimutu volcano on Flores Island in Indonesia.
(Flickr/Gabriel)

Two of the tri-colored crater lakes of Kelimutu volcano on Flores Island in Indonesia. 
(Flickr/michaeljesusday)

 

 One of the three crater lakes of Kelimutu volcano on Flores Island in Indonesia.
(Wikimedia/Rosino)

The three crater lakes of Kelimutu volcano on Flores Island in Indonesia.
(Flickr/michaeljesusday)

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 Diamond Head, Hawaii,

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 Aogashima, Japan

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Kelimutu, Indonesia (photo: Ignaz W. Mudja)

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Nabiyotum Crater, Kenya (Photo: Martin Harvey)

 

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Photos worth viewing   Leave a comment

 

 
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 Rolling red hills stretch out below the exceptionally clear blue sky that is typical of ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. (ESO/Jose Francisco Salgado)

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The ESO 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla observatory in Chile, during observations. (ESO/S. Brunier)

 

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Seen edge-on, observations of NGC 4945 suggest that this hive of stars is a spiral galaxy much like our own Milky Way, with swirling, luminous arms and a bar-shaped center. (ESO)

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This color-composite image of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) was created from images obtained using the Wide Field Imager camera attached to the 2.2-meter Max-Planck Society/ESO telescope at the La Silla observatory in Chile. (ESO)

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ESO’s VISTA, or the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, has captured this unusual view of the Helix Nebula, a planetary nebula located 700 light years away. (ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson)

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On Aug. 18 the sky above the Allgau Public Observatory in southwestern Bavaria was an amazing sight, with the night lit up by two very different phenomena: one an example of advanced technology, and the other of nature’s dramatic power. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

 

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An artist’s impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure on Cerro Armazones, a 3,060-meter mountaintop in Chile’s Atacama Desert. 

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This picture of the spiral galaxy, called NGC 247, was taken using the Wide Field Imager camera at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. (ESO)

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The night sky above Cerro Paranal, the home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, is dark and dotted with the bright stars of the Milky Way as well as other distant galaxies. (ESO/Y. Beletsky)

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Four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array gaze up at the star-filled night sky, in anticipation of the work that lies ahead. (ESO/Jose Francisco Salgado)

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 Our skies are currently witnessing a phenomenon known as a syzygy — when three celestial bodies (or more) nearly align themselves. When celestial bodies have similar ecliptic longitude, this event is also known as a triple near-conjunction. (ESO/Y. Beletsky)

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The exoplanet Corot-7b is so close to its sun-like host star that it must experience extreme conditions. (ESO/L. Calcada)

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 Babak Tafreshi, one of the ESO Photo Ambassadors, has captured a curious phenomenon on the Chajnantor plateau, the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array. (ESO/B. Tafreshi)

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 Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Maercker et al.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted October 23, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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A Cave With Its Own Weather System   Leave a comment

 

 View from a small window in the wall of the vast Niubizi Tian Keng in the Er Wang Dong cave system. Cave explorers wander around the heavily vegetated floor. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

 
 Gaining height step by step, Hong Meigui member Duncan Collis climbs a thin rope up to a small ledge overlooking the vast floor surface of Niubizi Tian Keng in the Er Wang Dong cave system. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 
 

 
 American speleologist Erin Lynch peers down over her shoulder into a giant void of cloud. The floor is over 787 feet deep. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

 
 Suspended on a thin rope, engulfed in cloud, a tiny figure is dwarfed by the sheer size on a monumental scale of Cloud Ladder Hall. The beam of light cast by a head torch pierces the fog yet illuminates nothing. This naturally formed room is so large it has its own weather system going. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 
 

 
 Spectacular beddings in the roof of Quankou. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

  
Duncan Collis and Erin Lynch walk through a section of cave in San Wang Dong called The Sea of Tranquility. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

 
 Erin Lynch drills another hole to continue her traverse above the white water and descending waterfall into the blackness beyond. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

 
 A lonesome cave explorer ascends a rope out from the Niubizi Tian Keng. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

  
Large stalagmites at the foot of a giant ascending ramp to another level of development in San Wang Dong create a spectacle mid way through a section of cave called Crusty Duvets. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

 
 Calmer waters crystal clear pools and slow moving streams make it easier to explore Quankou Dongs main river passage. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

 
 Duncan Collis and Erin Lynch walk through a section of cave in San Wang Dong called The Sea of Tranquility. (Robbie Shone/Caters News Agency)
 

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