Monday, August 23, 2010

Anne Frank tree

Today wind and rain in Amsterdam have toppled a monumental chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank as she viewed it from her attic hiding place during World War II.
She referred to it several times: "From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind."
Now you can leave a leaf in the online tree:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Planets align and Perseid meteor shower

"The show begins at sundown when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction."
"The Perseid meteor shower is caused by debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Every 133 years the huge comet swings through the inner solar system and leaves behind a trail of dust and gravel. When Earth passes through the debris, specks of comet-stuff hit the atmosphere at 140,000 mph and disintegrate in flashes of light. These meteors are called Perseids because they fly out of the constellation Perseus."
"2010 is a good year for Perseids because the Moon won't be up during the midnight-to-dawn hours of greatest activity. "

To infinity and beyond!

Sunday, August 8, 2010