Incredible Photos of Solar Impulse 2’s Flight Around the World

Incredible Photos of Solar Impulse 2’s Flight Around the World


Solar Impulse 2 flies over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi as it prepares for take off for the first leg of its journey to Muscat, Oman. Photo credit: Reuters via The Guardian

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville on Thursday, completing its historic trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

Solar Impulse 2, a sun-powered aircraft, took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 2:30 a.m. on June 20. The flight to Seville, Spain, took approximately 90 hours to complete—traveling at 140 km/h (about 87 mph). Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss adventurer, piloted the airplane.

“The Atlantic is the symbolic part of the flight,” Piccard told The Guardian. “It is symbolic because all the means of transportation have always tried to cross the Atlantic, the first steamboats, the first aeroplane, the first balloons, the first airships and, today, it is the first solar-powered aeroplane.”

Here are 10 best photos from Piccard’s journey on the Solar Impulse 2:


The Solar Impulse 2 makes an historic flight over the Statue of Liberty before landing at New York’s JFK airport on June 11. Photo credit: Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse


The Solar Impulse 2 lands in Muscat, Oman. Photo credit: Stefatou, Solar Impulse


The Solar Impulse 2 landing in Mandalay, Myanmar, after the flight from Varanasi in India on March 19, 2015. Photo credit: Stefatou, Solar Impulse


The Solar Impulse 2 team completed a record-breaking longest solar flight across the pacific from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii—117 hours and 52 minutes. Photo credit: Solar Impulse


After a pit stop in Oman, Solar Impulse 2 sets off for Ahmedabad, India, on March 10, 2015. Photo credit: Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse


The Solar Impulse 2’s light ends gloriously with a colorful flight formation from the Spanish Patrulla Águila. Photo credit: Solar Impulse


The Solar Impulse 2 flies over the ocean. Photo credit: Solar Impulse


The Solar Impulse 2 gets a photo op with the historic strawberry moon. Photo credit: Solar Impulse


Piccard and Borschberg celebrate after completing the first ever crossing of the Atlantic by a solar-powered aeroplane. Photo credit: Jose Manuel Vidal, EPA via The Guardian

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Cirrus over Paris

Cirrus over Paris


What’s that over Paris? Cirrus.

Typically, cirrus clouds appear white or gray when reflecting sunlight, can appear dark at sunset (or sunrise) against a better lit sky. Cirrus are among the highesttypes of clouds and are usually thin enough to see stars through.

Cirrus clouds may form from moisture released above storm clouds and so may herald the arrival of a significant change in weather.

Conversely, cirrus clouds have also been seen on Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Titan, Uranus, and Neptune. The featured image was taken two days ago from a window in District 15, Paris, France, Earth. The brightly lit object on the lower right is, of course, the Eiffel Tower.


Image Credit & Copyright: Bertrand Kulik

Stars and Gas of the Running Chicken Nebula

Stars and Gas of the Running Chicken Nebula


To some, it looks like a giant chicken running across the sky. To others, it looks like a gaseous nebula where star formation takes place.

Cataloged as IC 2944, the Running Chicken Nebulaspans about 100 light years and lies about 6,000 light years away toward the constellation of the Centaur (Centaurus).

The featured image, shown in scientifically assigned colors, was captured recently in an 11-hour exposure from a backyard near Melbourne, Australia. Two star clusters are visible: the Pearl Cluster seen on the far left, and Collinder 249 embedded in the nebula’s glowing gas. Although difficult todiscern here, several dark molecular clouds with distinct shapes can be found inside the nebula.

Image Credit & Copyright: Andrew Campbell

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10 Must-See Photos From National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

10 Must-See Photos From National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The entry deadline has passed and it’s time for the judging to begin. Who will be the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year?

Submitted photos are placed in one of three categories: people, cities and nature. Each category will name its top three winners. The first place prize is a Sony a6300 camera; second place prize is The Art of Travel Photography on DVD; and the third place prize is the book Destinations of a Lifetime.

An overall winner will also be selected. The grand prize for this year’s contest includes a 7-day polar bear safari trip for two to Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge and the title of 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each winner will also receive a subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine, according to the contest’s website.

Winners will be announced early July. Below are some entries that sparked EcoWatch’s interest. Visit the contest’s website to see all the entries.

1. Eternity by Johns Tsai


2. Preparing for tourism in Arctic Ocean by Esther Horvath


3. Seeking Within by Raul Espinoza


4. Incense Maker by Art Chen


5. Fishermen at sunset by Evers


6. Cellular by JP Miles


7. Cape Naturalist by Peter Evans


8. Save water, save fuel by Neelesh EK


9. Texas Cowboys by Zhuo Zhang


10. Synchronized swimming by Jamin Martinelli


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This Is How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain And Body

This Is How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain And Body


If you are addicted to your phone we’ve got bad news for you. You might not know this, but smartphone screens emit bright blue light so you can see them even at the sunniest times of day.

But at night, your brain gets confused by that light, as it mimics the brightness of the sun. This causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body the “time to sleep” cues. Because of this, smartphone light can disrupt your sleep cycle, making it harder to fall and stay asleep — and potentially causing serious health problems along the way.

To avoid this you can always change the tint on your devices to a more natural color if your phone has this option, or download software that allows you to change the color settings of the display. Also simply reducing screen brightness can help.


Source: TechInsider

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The Surface of Europa

The Surface of Europa


An enhanced-color view, this image covers a 350 by 750 kilometer swath across the surface of Jupiter’s tantalizing moon Europa. The close-up combines high-resolution image data with lower resolution color data from observations made in 1998 by the Galileo spacecraft.

Galileo’s Europa image data has been newly remastered here, using improved new calibrations to produce a color image approximating what the human eye might see. Europa’s long curving fractures hint at the subsurface liquid water. The tidal flexing the large moon experiences in its elliptical orbit around Jupiter supplies the energy to keep the ocean liquid. But more tantalizing is the possibility that even in the absence of sunlight that process could also supply the energy to support life, making Europa one of the best places to look for life beyond Earth.


Smooth ice plains, long fractures, and jumbled blocks of chaos terrain are thought to hide a deep ocean of salty liquid water beneath. Though the ice-covered alien ocean world is outside the Solar System’s habitable zone, new studies show the potential chemistry driving its oxygen and hydrogen production, a key indicator of the energy available for life, could produce amounts comparable in scale to planet Earth.

Hydrogen would be generated by chemical reactions of the salty water in contact with the rocky ocean floor. Oxygen and other compounds that react with hydrogen would come from Europa’s surface. There water ice molecules would be split apart by the intense flux of high-energy radiation from Jupiter and cycled into the Europan ocean from above.

Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, SETI Institute


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