What were and are the true potentates of our planet? Insects.
~ Scott Richard Shaw
Are you sure you want to leave ?
The cosmos is full of incredible things
What did you discover today?
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
(What is Tao?)
The Microcosmos Is Made of Star Stuff
A Comet and Two DippersCan you still see the comet? Yes. Even as C/2022 E3 (ZTF) fades, there is still time to see it if you know where and when to look. Geometrically, Comet ZTF has passed its closest to both the Sun and the Earth and is now headed back to the outer Solar System. Its orbit around the Sun has it gliding across the northern sky all month, after passing near Polaris and both the Big and Little Dippers last month. Pictured, Comet ZTF was photographed between the two dippers in late January while sporting an ion tail that extended over 10 degrees. Now below naked-eye visibility, Comet ZTF can be found with binoculars or a small telescope and a good sky map. A good time to see the comet over the next week is after the Sun sets — but before the Moon rises. The comet will move nearly in front of Mars in a few days Comet ZTF Gallery: Notable Submissions to APOD
It’s winter in North America — a good time to head for the subtropical realms of South Florida and listen to the region’s birds, such as the secretive Mangrove Cuckoo pictured here. Rarely seen, it sings sporadically in winter. When it does, you’re sure to take notice. A sweeter voice belongs to the Spot-breasted Oriole. Found in suburban neighborhoods, these birds were brought to Florida in the 1940s from Central America. And we can’t forget the sharp-edged phrases of the White-eyed Vireo or the eerie cries of the Limpkin.
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