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- Matthew 2:4-6 Thursday, 13 December, 2018“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers […]
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Astronomy Picture of the Day
M43: The Orion Falls.
Image Credit & Copyright: Zhuoqun Wu, Chilescope Telescope 2. M43, part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, is the often imaged but rarely mentioned neighbour of the more famous M42. M42, which includes many bright stars from the Trapezium cluster, lies above the featured scene. M43 is itself a star-forming region and although laced with filaments of dark dust, is composed mostly of glowing hydrogen. The entire Orion field, located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with many intricate and picturesque filaments of dust. Opaque to visible light, dark dust is created in the outer atmosphere of massive cool stars and expelled by a strong outer wind of protons and electrons.
- NASA Contracts for Engineering, Technical Support Services Wednesday, 12 December, 2018NASA has selected Analytical Mechanics Associates in Hampton, Virginia, and New Horizons Aeronautics in Chantilly, Virginia, to perform engineering and technical support services (ETSS) for the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.
- NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie Tuesday, 11 December, 2018Two new image mosaics detail the lander's deck and "workspace" — the surface where it will eventually set down its science instruments.
2018 Sky Guide This Week
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 (image above) 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).
- In case you missed it: 4 big stories from our world Tuesday, 11 December, 2018Human Nature shares four stories from the past week that you should know about.Olivia DeSmit
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- Armenia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Thursday, 13 December, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Armenia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Armenia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier […]
National Flag of The Nigeria
The flag of Nigeria was officially hoisted on 1 October 1960. The flag has three vertical bands of green, white, green. The two green stripes represent Nigeria’s natural wealth, while the white band represents peace.
- Bahrain Thursday, 13 December, 2018Latest update: Safety and security section (Demonstrations) and summary - there have been calls for unauthorised protests on 17 December 2018 in unspecified locations across the country; Summary - removal of information about parliamentary elections held in November and early December 2018GOV.UK
Work of Art
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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