Tag: phenomena

Jun 13, 2012

40 Photos of Airplanes Breaking the Sound Barrier

40 Photos of Airplanes Breaking the Sound Barrier

Supersonic speed is a rate of travel of an object that exceeds the speed of sound (Mach 1). For objects travelling in dry air of a temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) this speed is approximately 343 m/s, 1,125 ft/s, 768 mph or 1,235 km/h. A sonic boom is the sound associated with the…

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Jun 4, 2012

Picture of the Day: Mt. Rainier Casting a Shadow on Clouds

Picture of the Day: Mt. Rainier Casting a Shadow on Clouds

MOUNT RAINIER CASTING A SHADOW ON CLOUDS Photograph by Nick Lippert (via Komo News) This rare and remarkable phenomenon only happens when the sun rises farther to the south as Winter solstice approaches. At the right place and time, Mount Rainier blocks rays of morning sunlight, casting a shadow like you see…

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Jun 4, 2012

23 Jaw-Dropping Photos of Lava

23 Jaw-Dropping Photos of Lava

Lava refers both to molten rock expelled by a volcano during an eruption and the resulting rock after solidification and cooling. When first erupted from a volcanic vent, lava is a liquid at temperatures from 700 to 1,200 °C (1,292 to 2,192 °F). Up to 100,000 times as viscous as water, lava can flow…

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Mar 22, 2012

The 65-Foot (20m) Snow Corridor in Japan

The 65-Foot (20m) Snow Corridor in Japan

Photograph by SIEMA @ Panoramio.com The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is an international mountain sightseeing route some 90 kilometers (56 miles) long. The route goes across the 3,000-meter-high North Alpine mountains, the so-called “roof of Japan,” and connects Toyama and Shinano Omachi. You can enjoy the panorama by taking a train, highland bus,…

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Mar 20, 2012

15 Incredible Cloud Formations

15 Incredible Cloud Formations

Roll Cloud, Las Olas Beach, Uruguay | Photograph by Daniela Mirner Eberl The skies have always been a constant source of fascination for humans. One common mass that everyone on the planet has seen in one form or another are clouds. They can come in all sizes, shapes, and colours; and their distinct…

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Mar 10, 2012

Lichtenberg Figures: The Fractal Patterns of Lightning Strike Scars

Lichtenberg Figures: The Fractal Patterns of Lightning Strike Scars

Being struck by lightning is a dangerous and scary experience and can even be fatal. Sometimes, the electrical discharge can leave a tattoo-like marking or scar known as a Lichtenberg figure. The patterns created are known to be examples of fractals. Lichtenberg figures are branching electric discharges that sometimes appear on the surface or…

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Mar 6, 2012

The 25 Funniest Hover Animals Ever

The 25 Funniest Hover Animals Ever

People love photographing animals. Whether it be their pets or an animal spotted in the wild, we’re always snapping pics of our furry friends. Sometimes, we manage to capture them in mid-stride or jump, and it’s these frozen moments in time that can create the illusion of ‘hovering’ or ‘flying’. The Internet has…

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