Monthly Archives: May 2011

One last chance for the world to end


On Monday, Harold Camping gave an 82-minute broadcast on his Family Radio station, explaining why his predicted Judgment Day earthquake failed to occur on May 21. The embedded video above is a complete recording of the broadcast, provided by YouTube user Chibity.

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Looks like today isn’t Judgment Day after all

Judgment Day - May 21, 2011

This is the central part of the home page of, as it appears today (21 May 2011). According to Harold Camping, today is Judgment Day, the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture. Wikipedia has an article about his prediction.

In order for as many people as possible to be aware of the approaching Judgment Day, Harold initiated a massive international publicity campaign. “Presently there are over 2000 billboards, posters, and bus posters throughout the world, with many going up weekly.” [1] Here are some examples of the billboards and buses which people have seen.

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The Keyboard Prayer

The Keyboard Prayer

Today I came across this amusing parody of the Lord’s Prayer Yellow smiley (Photo by Marcin Wichary, Creative Commons license.)

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Four planets dance before dawn

2011 conjunction of four planets

The planets Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and Mars are currently performing a beautiful dance in the morning sky just before sunrise. From late April until late May, these four planets will appear very close together. (Photo taken by Bill Collison on 13th May 2011, Creative Commons license, brightened and labelled by me.)

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A beautiful photo … but what is it?

This beautiful photo caught my attention recently.  I love the soft complex textures of the yellow/orange material, being contained within a glowing blue bubble.

  • Can you guess what the object is?
  • How big is it?
  • What is it made of?
  • Where would you find it?

At first, I guessed it might be some kind of microscopic organism, because it reminded me of photos like these – 1, 2, 3, 4.

Read the rest of this post to discover what this object actually is!

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Ice halos

Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog :)  For my first post, I’d like to talk a little about ice halos.  Here’s a paraphrased description from Wikipedia’s article:

An ice halo is an optical phenomenon consisting of colored or white arcs and spots in the sky.  They are produced by the ice crystals in cirrus clouds high in the upper troposphere.  The crystals behave like prisms and mirrors, refracting and reflecting sunlight between their faces.  The particular shape and orientation of the crystals determines the type of halo observed.

Here is a beautiful example of multiple ice halos (photo by solarthermienator, Creative Commons license):

Ice halos in Austria

I first become interested in ice halos in August 2010, when I saw a beautiful one just before sunset. I now actively look for ice halos in the sky, and take photos of them whenever I can.

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