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Top of the Empire State Building barely peaks out from above the cloud deck, viewed from the Observation Deck of One World Trade Center. This view is basically “the island of Manhattan” during a day where the clouds are low.

Element Switch-Up

Aries: so emotional like a water sign, so solid like a earth sign, so social like a air sign.

Taurus: so independent like a fire sign, so nurturing like a water sign, so natural like a air sign.

Gemini: so logical like a earth sign, so daring like a fire sign, so wavering like a water sign.

Cancer: so dependable like a earth sign, so tough like a fire sign, so insightful like a air sign.

Leo: so volatile like a water sign, so steadfast like a earth sign, so charming like a air sign.

Virgo: so intellectual like a air sign, so honest like a fire sign, so understanding like water sign.

Libra: so sensitive like a water sign, so confident like a fire sign, so contemplative like a earth sign. 

Scorpio: so intense like a fire sign, so observant like a earth sign, so dynamic like a air sign.

Sagittarius: so intuitive like a water sign, so self-reliant like a earth sign so versatile like a air sign.

Capricorn: so perceptive like a water sign, so determined like a fire sign, so quick-witted like a air sign. 

Aquarius: so imaginative like a water sign, so thrill seeking like a fire sign, so objective like a earth sign.

Pisces: so adaptable like a air sign, so introspective like a earth sign, so encouraging, like a fire sign.

The fact that sherlock doesn’t say “because you *chose* her” but says “because you chose *her*”

The fact that when John says “oh God yes” it sounds like a goddamn porn movie

The fact that Sherlock always corrects everyone when they are wrong and he never corrected anyone who assumed that he and john were a couple

The fact that when John tells Irene “I am not gay” she responds “well I am. Look at us both” meaning if she is gay and she likes Sherlock then John, who isn’t gay, can also like Sherlock

The fact that John licks his lips when he asks Sherlock if he has a boyfriend

The fact that when Sherlock answers “no” John comments that he is also single

The fact the the most observant man on earth thought that John flirted with him

The fact that when Irene is naked John asks her to cover herself but when Sherlock is just wearing a sheet he leans closer and takes a better look

The fact that when Sherlock says “John doesn’t know where to look” Irene says she thinks he knows exactly where and John is not looking at Irene

The fact that when Irene says somebody loves you, the shot changes and we see John

The fact that even though it is Mary and John’s wedding we mostly see Sherlock through the entire episode and we hear stories about him and John

The fact that in the scene where they discover Mary is pregnant, that is supposed to be a happy moment between husband and wife, we only see Mary in three shots and the rest of the scene is John and Sherlock looking at each other

The fact that Sherlock leaves the wedding early

The fact that when Sherlock thought Irene had died the first time, John and Mycroft thought that Sherlock would go back to doing drugs and after John got married he found Sherlock using

The fact that Sherlock says “I meant to say *always* and I never did” and then he says that Sherlock is a girl’s name while he has *just* found out that the baby is a girl.

The fact that when John is living with Mary he has, once again, nightmares

The fact that Sherlock says that fire exposes our priorities and we see John running towards Sherlock after the explosion and Sherlock trying to save John from a fire

The fact than Sherlock tells John not to write about the unsolved cases but then he explains an unsolved one in front of everyone just to praise John

The fact that in Irene’s living room Sherlock deduces that John has a date tonight but we later see him at home saying he’ll be next door of sherlock needs him

The fact that Sherlock sees Mary in a wedding dress shooting him and Mark Gatiss said they did it in case somebody didn’t understand the first time that John marring Mary is killing him

The fact that when Moriarty says that John is in danger Sherlock’s heart restarts

The fact that Sherlock says you might need to restart my heart looking at John

The fact that john shaves for Sherlock

The fact that when Sherlock’s winking when he meets john for the first time is out of character until you realize that in Many Happy Returns Sherlock says that people seem to like it when he winks

The fact that the relationship that mrs Hudson describes between herself and her husband reflects the relationship between Mary and John

The fact that in front of the least sensual and sentimental kiss between Sherlock and Janine john has the most excessive reaction

The fact that in Sherlock’s speech when he says “you know, he is a romantic” he then turns towards John and winks

The fact that John doesn’t remember that his girlfriend has a dog but he remembers how many messages with “that sound” Sherlock has received and then Sherlock answers “thrilling you’ve been counting”

The fact that Sherlock tells Irene that sentiment is a chemical defect found in the losing side but he tells John “two people that love you most in this world” and on the same episode John says “the two people that I love and care about most in this world”

The fact that they both have to include Mary when they confess their love for each other

The fact that when they are both drunk John leans forward and touches Sherlock’s knee and then says “I don’t mind.”

The fact that Sherlock never begs for mercy but he begs for John’s life in Irene’s lining room

The fact that when Irene asks “are you jealous” John avoids answering directly and he simply states that they are not a couple. Therefor he shouldn’t be jealous.

The fact that Irene who has an interest in Sherlock she comments on his cheekbones and on the next episode John makes a comment on his cheekbones as well.

I made this list like forever ago and I found it yesterday and I thought “It doesn’t hurt to share”

The release of the first images today from NOAA’s newest satellite, GOES-16, is the latest step in a new age of weather satellites. This composite color full-disk visible image is from 1:07 p.m. EDT on Jan. 15, 2017. The image shows North and South America and the surrounding oceans. GOES-16 observes Earth from an equatorial view approximately 22,300 miles high, creating full disk images like these, extending from the coast of West Africa, to Guam, and everything in between.

Image Credit: NOAA/NASA

Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow

The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow.

Two new instruments are scheduled to make their way to the station Feb. 18 on the SpaceX Dragon capsule.

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III instrument will monitor the condition of the ozone layer, which covers an area in the stratosphere 10 to 30 miles (16 to 48 kilometers) above Earth and protects the planet from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Its predecessors, SAGE I and SAGE II, which were mounted to satellites, helped scientists understand the causes and effects of the Antarctic ozone hole. The Montreal Protocol of 1987 led to an eventual ban on ozone-destroying gases and to the ozone layer’s recovery; SAGE III, designed to operate for no less than three years, will allow scientists to continue monitoring its recovery.

The Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS), first launched as an instrument on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission in 1997, records the time, energy output and location of lightning events around the world, day and night. From its perch on the ISS, the new LIS will improve coverage of lightning events over the oceans and also in the Northern Hemisphere during its summer months. Because lightning is both a factor and a gauge for a number of atmospheric processes, NASA as well as other agencies will use the new LIS lightning data for many applications, from weather forecasting to climate modeling and air quality studies.
While SAGE III and LIS are the latest Earth science instruments slated for operation aboard the ISS, they are not the first or the last.

For two years, beginning in September 2014, the Rapid Scatterometer, or RapidScat, collected near-real-time data on ocean wind speed and direction. The instrument, built and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, was designed as a low-cost replacement for JPL’s Quick Scatterometer, or QuikScat satellite, which experienced an age-related failure in 2009. In addition to addressing such questions as how changing winds affect sea surface temperatures during an El Niño season, RapidScat data were used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Navy for improved tracking of marine weather, leading to more optimal ship routing and hazard avoidance.

The Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) was mounted to the exterior of the space station in Jan. 2015 and is in the midst of a three-year mission to measure aerosols, such as dust plumes, wildfires and volcanic ash, around the world. Built to demonstrate a low-cost, streamlined approach to ISS science payloads, the laser instrument is providing data for air quality studies, climate models and hazard warning capabilities.

Over the next several years, NASA is planning to send to the space station several more instruments trained toward Earth.

The Total and Spectral solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) will measure total solar irradiance and spectral solar irradiance, or the total solar radiation at the top of Earth’s atmosphere and the spectral distribution of that solar radiation, respectively. The data are critical for climate modeling and atmospheric studies. TSIS-1 will continue the work of NASA’s Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment satellite, which has been taking those measurements since 2003.

NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder program is supporting the following instruments that are currently in development. The program is managed by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

The JPL-built and managed Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) instrument will monitor carbon dioxide distribution around the globe.

Assembled with spare parts from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite, also built and managed by JPL, OCO-3 will provide insights into the role of carbon dioxide as it relates to growing urban areas and changes in fossil fuel combustion. The instrument will also measure the “glow” from growing plants (known as solar-induced fluorescence).

Homing in on tropical and temperate forests is the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI). The lidar instrument will provide the first high-resolution observations of forest vertical structure in an effort to answer how much carbon is stored in these ecosystems and also what impacts deforestation and reforestation have on habitat diversity, the global carbon cycle and climate change.

The JPL-built and managed ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment (ECOSTRESS) will also focus on vegetation by providing high-frequency, high-resolution measurements of plant temperature and plant water use. Among the data’s numerous uses will be to indicate regions of plant heat and water stress and also improve drought forecasting for the benefit of farmers and water managers. Researchers will also use ECOSTRESS in concert with other data to calculate water use efficiency among plants and identify drought-resistant species and varieties.

Also on the horizon is the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder mission comprising two instruments for measuring solar irradiance: a reflected solar spectrometer and an infrared spectrometer. CLARREO will collect highly accurate climate records to test climate projections in order to improve models.

i hate when i say the moon is big tonight and some know-it-all is like actually it just looks that way because it’s close to the horizon… like no shit sherlock! i don’t care how big the moon actually is bc it’s always the same size! i only care how big it looks to us observers here on earth!!

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China’s Jilin-1 Earth Observation satellite passed over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station March 3 and captured the above image of the spaceport. The historic launch pads of ‘Missile Row’ can be seen parallel to the coastline. One of these, LC-13, can be seen redesigned as SpaceX’s Landing Zone-1. 

ULA’s Delta IV pad, SLC-37, can be seen in the upper left corner. The industrial hub of the Air Force station can be seen in center-left, housing numerous assembly and storage hangars, machine shops, and other facilities. Just south of here lies the skid strip, a 10,000 foot runway used to deliver payloads, heavy equipment, and even launch satellites to orbit. Recent ground work at Blue Origin’s SLC-36 is also visible.

P/C: CASC.

Belly Gems pay attention to others

Since Navy’s been revealed as clever and manipulative, some people are rethinking how belly Gems work. Before, people just thought they were just general sweethearts, or that they worked by getting attached to things or people.

I think belly Gems pay close attention to individuals and settings around them, and they try to understand others and learn things about them.

  • Rose Quartz found out Gems could be more than their intended purpose, she observed that Earth was precious, and eventually she learned how complex humans were (though, before Greg, she was wrong about how humans worked; but hey, that’s just what she observed originally.) You could even say becoming half of Steven was the ultimate learning process for her.
  • Steven tries to learn about and get close to everyone around him
  • Navy was incredibly observant about the Crystal Gems, and learned exactly what their narrative was about, and was able to put on a perfect act by feeding them their own beliefs (pretending to LOVE everything, wanting “a place to be herself,” saying “everything’s CHANGING,” doing Pearl’s floaty jump, etc.)
  • Pink Diamond found out what humans needed to survive, and used it in her zoo.
  • Even Skinny Jasper showed a hint of this. When the Amethysts in the room were laughing and talking about their designated numbers and the Prime Kindergarten, she said “Prime, Prime, Prime. You Amethysts are so clique-y,” making an observation about them.

What do you guys think?

Why i think Scorpios are attracted to people who seem emotionally detached

I’ve noticed so many scorpios are attracted to people like virgos, capricorns and aquarius’ which are typically the signs that seem emotionally detached.

I say seem because ALL the ones who seem emotionally detached have so many emotions but can’t usally find the words to express it.

Signs like Scorpios and maybe the other water signs realise this. Scorpios seem to notice this instantly and sort of instantly want to seek out those emotions and put them out there. They sort of want to ‘help’ this person as they feel as if they’re missing out on a lot by not expressing their emotions.

But the thing is… scorpios do bring out their emotions.Its just something about how a scorpio could pick at little things to slowly untagle the emotions their partner had hidden. But normally it takes a lot out of a scorpio so if they stick around you obviously mean a lot to them.

Cooperating Satellites Could Help Find Planes And Ships Lost At Sea

by Michael Keller

A virtual constellation of satellites already in orbit could help searchers find planes and ships lost at sea.

A team of space scientists and remote sensing experts tapped into the surveillance power of 54 Earth-observing satellites, which are currently tasked with recording only images of land beneath their orbits.

By expanding the mission of the spacecraft to take pictures of the world’s oceans and inland waters and then feeding the data into a single system, the group believes search-and-rescue operations could be quickly focused on areas of several hundred square miles.

“We’ve been looking at ways in which spacecraft can be operated in a coordinated way to acquire imagery over areas of water in such a way that those images may be used at a later date in the search for ships, small vessels and aircraft that go missing and which are very difficult and time-consuming to find when rescue crews are out there looking for survivors,” says Nigel Bannister, a physicist at the University of Leicester in the UK who led the research.

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Cosmic ‘barcode’ from distant galaxy confirms Nature’s constancy

Astronomers have precisely measured the strength of a fundamental force of Nature in a galaxy seen eight billion years in the past.

Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Cambridge have confirmed that electromagnetism in a distant galaxy has the same strength as here on Earth.

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What is Retrograde?

Retrograde literally means “to go backwards”. In astronomy this refers to the optical illusion created when Earth reaches certain points in its orbit, making it appear as though other planets are moving backwards. Planetary motion as observed from the Earth tends to go from East to West across the sky, but due to orbital patterns, occasionally it will look like the planets are moving West to East. This is the same illusion you experience when you speed past a more slowly moving car.

What does it mean in astrology?

In astrology it is believed that the powers of each planet are either reversed or enhanced while in retrograde. In almost all cases, these energies are also more internalized and lead to greater personal change. Regardless of the effects, retrograde cycling can cause a great deal of turmoil in most people’s lives. (Even the seemingly positive experiences seen in Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto retrograde can have negative consequences on a person’s interpersonal relationships as close friends and family members find difficulty adjusting to growth and as people quit their jobs as they seek self-actualization.)

All retrograde cycles must be taken slowly and with much thought. Consider these times for learning and growth. Meditate on your past actions, your future goals, and reflect on the person you are compared to the person you want to be. Retrograde cycles are always great times to let go of your grudges and do some spiritual house keeping. Each cycle will teach you something: Whether it’s patience to get you through Mercury or self-control to get your through Uranus, you’ll find there is always some virtue to practice and new ways to connect to the world around you.

Sometimes Megatron -or on a few rare occasions Starscream- catches Soundwave staring blankly at his console on the Nemesis and not moving. They figure he’s recharging upright (this is Soundwave, he could probably do that and with that mask one would never know), but he’s not. He’s fully awake.

If they’d look further, they’d see that when he does this, he’s observing Earth creatures on screen. Specifically large birds, bats, and big cats. He watches them and thinks of the symbionts he’s lost or left back on Cybertron.

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Guided Meditation for ET contact- Peaceful telepathic Interactions with star races

Guided meditation for forming contact with extraterrestrial visitors.Dr Steven Greer- Founder of CSETI/Disclosure project.Peaceful Connections with our Star familyHave a glass of water, sit down in meditation and form yourself into the omnipresent resonance of Source.Open your heart, increase the vibration in your energy field, and attune yourself to the collective consciousness of the galactic civilizations observing Earth and operating in space.

On June 12, 1975, the Nimbus 6 satellite was launched as part of the Nimbus Earth Observation Satellites. These satellites were used to do meteorological research. Nimbus 6 took the first satellite measurements of atmospheric temperature at different altitudes.

Image taken from Madrid, C.R., ed. (1978) The Nimbus 7 Users’ Guide. Goddard Space Flight