Experience Turkey in 3:30 secs

Watchtower of Turkey from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.

Watchtower of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri

Watchtower of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri

Watchtower of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri

Over than 3500 km traveled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia, the all passing by a great variation of colors, lights and weathers through six other cities.
I’ve crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the turkish tea; and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people.. and got their smiles and their hospitality.
This is Turkey lived by me from north to south, and I hope you enjoy it :)

Directed and edited by Leonardo Dalessandri

Hang Son Doong, The World’s Largest Cave

Hang Son Doong - Ryan Deboodt

Hang Son Doong - Ryan Deboodt

Hang Son Doong - Ryan Deboodt

Take an otherworldly journey through Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, by both ground and air. Filmed near the entrance and the first and second dolines (skylights) which are 2.5 and 3.5 km inside the cave respectively.

Happy Pi Day 2015!

Martin Krzywinski Pi Data Visualization

Progression and transition for the first 1,000 digits of the number π by Martin Krzywinski.

Visit his website here to learn more.

New supermoon – and Black Moon – on February 18, 2015

New Moon

The new moon comes on February 18, 2015, and then reaches perigee less than one-third day later. It’s the closest new moon of the year, which qualifies it as a new moon supermoon. It’s also a seasonal Black Moon; that is, the third of four new moons in the current season (December solstice to March equinox). The moon reaches lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth for the month – some 7.6 hours after the moon turns new at 23:47 UTC (6:47 p.m. CDT) on February 18. Don’t expect to see anything special, not even a little crescent like that in the photo above. A full moon supermoon is out all night – brighter than your average full moon. But a new moon supermoon is only out during the daytime hours, hidden in the sun’s glare.

Continue reading the full article from EarthSky.org here.

What if the universe had no beginning?

Image via mondolithic.com

Are you seeing the stories this week suggesting that the Big Bang didn’t happen? According to astrophysicist Brian Koberlein – a great science communicator at Rochester Institute of Technology with a popular page on G+ – that’s not quite what the new research (published in early February 2015 Physics Letters B, has suggested. The new study isn’t suggesting there was no Big Bang, Koberlein says. It’s suggesting that the Big Bang did not start with a singularity – a point in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole. How can this be? Koberlein explains on his website:

The catch is that by eliminating the singularity, the model predicts that the universe had no beginning. It existed forever as a kind of quantum potential before ‘collapsing’ into the hot dense state we call the Big Bang. Unfortunately many articles confuse ‘no singularity’ with ‘no big bang.’

Continue reading the article here.

The Cosmic Joke: The Hubble Spots Smiley Face in Space

Galaxy Cluster SDSS J1038+4849 - NASA & ESA, acknowledgement to Judy Schmidt

Pictures of space get a lot of smiles around here, but it’s pretty rare for one of them to smile back at us.

This adorable image — in which the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 seems to be smiling at the camera — comes courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope. It was spotted by Judy Schmidt, who submitted a version of the image to the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition, where anyone can sift through the Hubble’s massive data pools to highlight hitherto ignored sights from the stars.

Continue reading the article here.