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scenic skies


a companion to the previous post – awe inspiring time-lapse video of the night sky above the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) group in Chile’s Atacama Desert. link

sky survey


The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering […]

lost land of the volcano


a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua, New Guinea has revealed many new discoveries and wildlife never seen before. A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a […]

night clouds


photo – Derick Rethans Noctilucent clouds, or ‘night shining’ are becoming more common, attracting the attention of photographers, environmentalists, scientists and other sky-watchers… The clouds might be beautiful, but they could portend global changes caused by global warming. Noctilucent clouds are a fundamentally new phenomenon in the temperate mid-latitude sky, and it’s not clear why […]

pencil nebula


500,000 kilometers per hour and a mere 800 light-years away link


man of many talents, his paintings are dreams… link

inca bridges


all save one have disappeared and no wonder – all rope, grass and wood… the suspension bridges were familiar and vital links in the vast empire of the Inca, as they had been to Andean cultures for hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish in 1532. The people had not developed the stone […]

postings are slower…


Our son, Emmett, just turned one year old this Sept, and he is a beautiful and busy boy. While i have been having a ton of fun with him, the posting on sparelinkage has been fairly irregular….i will try to continue to add to this collection as i come across innaresting stuff, so for anyone […]