Saturday, the 13th of August
Good morning to everyone scrolling past! I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you, full of adventure and joy. Yesterday and today I was confronted with one of my personal weaknesses. It's an ugly feeling to stare the parts you dislike most directly in the eye. It always reminds me of a duel of wit between opponents not unlike Bilbo and Smaug. Exchanging information hidden within riddles that tell you the truth outright. Still you have to sit back and carefully plan your answer in the hopes of defeating the other. This time it was a draw and I need to recollect my strength before facing myself again.
Today we're going past Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Even right now the view is amazing. Perfect environment to dive into the letters of Dorothy and William Wordsworth.
Meh, too lazy to shave my legs. The Parisians will just have to deal with my hairy legs next week. 😹
All packed ready for a break away – it’s a nice change to have time to make everything clean and tidy as I usally leave everything in a state of packing disarray. Feeling so ready for a few days of no emails ☀️
Intermountain Beauty, Bryce Canyon Utah
Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock
Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock Reconstruction - After Dark
Photo of Old Town Hall on an early January night. It was nevertheless an amazing site while in Czech, during this time, in early 2018, the Astronomical Clock at Old Town Hall in Prague while being reconstructed which obscured the view of the breathtaking piece of historic art.
Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock (Staroměstská radnice s orlojem)
Travel to Exotic Destinations in our Galaxy!
The planets beyond our solar system – exoplanets – are so far away, often trillions of miles, that we don’t have the technology to truly see them. Even the best photos show the planets as little more than bright dots. We’ve confirmed more than 5,000 exoplanets, but we think there are billions. Space telescopes like Hubble aren’t able to take photos of these far-off worlds, but by studying them in different wavelengths of light (colors), we’ve learned enough about conditions on these planets that we can illustrate them.
We know, thanks to the now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope, that there is a thick atmosphere on a planet called 55 Cancri e about 40 light-years away. And Hubble found silicate vapor in the atmosphere of this rocky world. We also know it’s scorching-close to its Sun-like star, so … lava. Lots and lots of lava. This planet is just one of the many that the James Webb Space Telescope will soon study, telling us even more about the lava world!
You can take a guided tour of this planet (and others) and see 360-degree simulations at our new Exoplanet Travel Bureau.
Travel to the most exotic destinations in our galaxy, including:
Kepler-16b, a planet with two suns.
Then there’s PSO J318.5-22, a world with no sun that wanders the galaxy alone. The nightlife would never end on a planet without a star.
TRAPPIST-1e, which will also be studied by the Webb Space Telescope, is one of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star about 40 light-years from Earth. It’s close enough that, if you were standing on this exoplanet, you could see our Sun as a star in the Leo constellation! You can also see it on the poster below: look for a yellow star to the right of the top person’s eye.
We haven’t found life beyond Earth (yet) but we’re looking. Meanwhile, we can imagine the possibility of red grass and other plants on Kepler-186f, a planet orbiting a red dwarf star.
We can also imagine what it might be like to skydive on a super-Earth about seven times more massive than our home planet. You would fall about 35% faster on a super-Earth like HD 40307g, making for a thrilling ride!
Any traveler is going to want to pick up souvenirs, and we have you covered. You can find free downloads of all the posters here and others! What are you waiting for? Come explore with us!
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Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
I have to admit, I'm excited about going back to Paris next week.
Though it's the middle of summer, so it might smell pretty bad.
She packs me egg sandwiches to remind me that no matter how far I travel, I have a warm home waiting for me.
No matter how far I am at the moment, her love seems to find a way and tap me in the back of my head and remind me that she’s here.
Right here. By my side.
Sometimes natural beauty can be found amongst the city bustle.