Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Bright Sight - Owls are far-sighted, and their far vision even in very low light is exceptionally good. They can turn their head 135 degrees in either direction; they can thus look behind their own shoulders. This ability makes them excellent hunters in the twilight, and even at night by the soft glow of moonlight.
Owl Hears - An additional ability is their excellent hearing. They can hear prey moving under a blanket of snow from as far away as 30 yards.
Silent Stalkers - Owls are the world's quietest flyers. The fringed tips of their trailing feathers, along with the soft down feathers covering the rest of their bodies, allow them to stalk their prey at night in almost complete silence.
Posted by Wayne at 5:00 AM
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Winter Solstice - Northern Hemisphere (Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) Today at 12:04 UT the Sun passes directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, at which point Winter officially begins. This is the shortest day, and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Chanukah Begins - At sundown today Chanukah (Hanukkah) begins. Hanukkah (Hebrew: חנוכה) is an 8-day Jewish celebration which is also known as the "Festival of Lights".
Posted by Wayne at 12:04 AM
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Andromeda Galaxy - (aka Messier 31, or M31) A spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light years away from Earth, in the constellation Andromeda. It comprises some one trillion stars, each one potentially similar to our Sun.
Posted by Wayne at 9:09 AM