the-actual-universe
the-actual-universe:

DAVID AND GOLIATHThough it looks like an unusual sunspot or maybe a fleck on the camera lens, today’s APOD shows what happens when Mercury eclipses the Sun. Tiny Mercury is framed by eerie clouds as it passes in front of its parent star in what would technically be considered an annular eclipse. Unlike Venusian transits, this occurrence is relatively common, happening 13 times per century. This photo was captured in 2006, and the next Mercurian eclipse will occur in 2016. -RLOImage: David Cortner via APODRead more: 1, 2 

the-actual-universe:

DAVID AND GOLIATH

Though it looks like an unusual sunspot or maybe a fleck on the camera lens, today’s APOD shows what happens when Mercury eclipses the Sun. Tiny Mercury is framed by eerie clouds as it passes in front of its parent star in what would technically be considered an annular eclipse. Unlike Venusian transits, this occurrence is relatively common, happening 13 times per century. This photo was captured in 2006, and the next Mercurian eclipse will occur in 2016. 

-RLO

Image: David Cortner via APOD
Read more: 1, 2 

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humanoidhistory:

Armadillo, featured on a vintage cigarette card, circa 1922-1939. I haven’t seen a armadillo for years. Growing up in Houston, I used to see them fairly often in the woods around my neighborhood near Buffalo Bayou. The last time I saw a few, I was hiking at the astonishing Enchanted Rock, outside Fredericksburg in the Hill Country of central Texas. (Worth a visit if you’re in the Austin area.)
(New York Public Library)

humanoidhistory:

Armadillo, featured on a vintage cigarette card, circa 1922-1939. I haven’t seen a armadillo for years. Growing up in Houston, I used to see them fairly often in the woods around my neighborhood near Buffalo Bayou. The last time I saw a few, I was hiking at the astonishing Enchanted Rock, outside Fredericksburg in the Hill Country of central Texas. (Worth a visit if you’re in the Austin area.)

(New York Public Library)