Deepavali at Gardens By the Bay
The Indian festival of Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, is being showcased with delightful colours at the Gardens By the Bay this October.
Credit: Zheluo Cai
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892).
The Mapuches are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia. The collective term refers to a wide-ranging ethnicity composed of various groups who shared a common linguistic heritage as Mapudungun speakers. Their traditional economy is based on agriculture. Today, many Mapuche communities are engaged in conflict over land and indigenous rights in both Argentina and in Chile.
The human brain can produce enough electricity to light a small electric bulb. The brain consumes glucose from the body to produce this amount of energy.
Ghost of the Cepheus Flare.
Credit & Copyright: Stephen Leshin. Spooky shapes of cosmic dust clouds seem to haunt this starry expanse, drifting through the night in the royal constellation Cepheus, some 1,200 light-years away. Over 2 light-years across, the ghostly nebula known as vdB 141 or Sh2-136 is near the centre of the field. The core of the dark cloud on the right is collapsing and is likely a binary star system in the early stages of formation.
December 9: The Moon passes 1.1° north of Saturn, 5h UT (12 AM EST).
December 10: The Moon passes 0.7° north of Pluto, 4h UT 11 PM EST).
December 12: The Moon is at apogee (405,177 km from Earth), 12h25m UT (7:25 AM EST).
December 14: Geminid meteor shower peaks.
December 14: The Moon passes 3° south of Neptune 7h20m UT (2:20 AM EST).
December 14: The Moon passes 4° south of Mars, 23h UT (6 PM EST).
December 15: First Quarter Moon occurs at, 11h49m UT (6:49 AM EST).
December 15: Mercury is at greatest western elongation (21°), 12h UT (7 AM EST).
The Flag of Niger was inaugurated in 1959, a year prior to its formal independence from France, consisted of the colours of orange, white and green, in equal horizontal bands, with an orange roundel in the centre. The upper orange band represents the northern regions of the Sahara Desert, the white band represents purity, and the green band represents both hope and the fertile regions of southern Niger. The orange circle is said to represent the sun or independence.
Sunflowers (Tournesols) is the name of two series of still life paintings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The first series, executed in Paris in 1887, depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set, executed a year later in Arles, shows a bouquet of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist's mind, both sets were linked by the name of his friend Paul Gauguin, who acquired two of the Paris versions. On March 30, 1987, Japanese insurance magnate, Yasuo Goto, paid the equivalent of US $39,921,750 for van Gogh's Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers at auction at Christie's London. The painting currently resides at Seiji Togo Yasuda Memorial Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.
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