Have you ever thought about Earth without the Sun?
I believe, this is one of the major factor that we take for granted! We can think of loads n loads of things, but they wouldn’t be the same without the warmth, light and energy from the Sun or Sol.
Posted in Sunday Stills theme : Things we take for granted.
Some interesting facts about The Sun
One million Earths could fit inside the Sun:
If a hollow Sun was filled up with spherical Earths then around 960,000 would fit inside. On the other hand if these Earths were squished inside with no wasted space then around 1,300,000 would fit inside. The Suns surface area is 11,990 times that of the Earth’s.
Eventually, the Sun will consume the Earth:
When all the Hydrogen has been burned, the Sun will continue for about 130 million more years, burning Helium, during which time it will expand to the point that it will engulf Mercury and Venus and the Earth. At this stage it will have become a red giant
The Sun will one day be about the size of Earth:
After its red giant phase, the Sun will collapse, retaining its enormous mass, but containing the approximate volume of our planet. When this happens, it will be called a white dwarf.
The Sun contains 99.86% of the mass in the Solar System:
The mass of the Sun is approximately 330,000 times greater than that of Earth. It is almost three quarters Hydrogen, whilst most of the remaining mass is Helium.
The Sun is an almost perfect sphere:
There is only a 10 kilometre difference in its polar diameter compared to its equatorial diameter. Considering the vast expanse of the Sun, this means it is the closest thing to a perfect sphere that has been observed in nature.
Light from the Sun takes eight minutes to reach Earth:
With a mean average distance of 150 million kilometres from Earth and with light travelling at 300,000 kilometres per second, dividing one by the other gives us an approximate time of 500 seconds, or eight minutes and 20 seconds. Although this energy reaches Earth in a few minutes, it will already have taken millions of years to travel from the Sun’s core to its surface.
The Sun travels at 220 kilometres per second:
The Sun is 24,000-26,000 light years from the galactic centre and it takes the Sun 225-250 million years to complete an orbit of the centre of the Milky Way.
The distance from the Sun to Earth changes throughout the year:
Because the Earth travels on an elliptical orbit around the Sun, the distance between the two bodies varies from 147 to 152 million kilometres. The distance between the Earth and the Sun is called an Astronomical Unit (AU).
The Sun is middle-aged:
At around 4.5 billion years old, the Sun has already burned off about half of its store of Hydrogen. It has enough left to continue to burn Hydrogen for approximately another 5 billion years. The Sun is currently a type of star known as a Yellow Dwarf
The Sun has a very strong magnetic field:
Solar flares occur when magnetic energy is released by the Sun during magnetic storms, which we see as sunspots. In sunspots, the magnetic lines are twisted and they spin, much like a tornado would on Earth.
The temperature inside the Sun can reach 15 million degrees Celsius:
At the Sun’s core, energy is generated by nuclear fusion, as Hydrogen converts to Helium. Because hot objects generally expand, the Sun would explode like a giant bomb if it weren’t for its enormous gravitational force.
The Sun generates solar wind:
This is a stream of charged particles, which travels through the Solar System at approximately 450 kilometres per second. Solar wind occurs where the magnetic field of the Sun extends into space instead of following its surface.
I stepped out of my house for an evening walk and this is what I found!! The Epic Chase.
A flying angel being chased by a witch on her broom.
Can you make that out from this wink or is it just for me!??!?
Posted in Skywatch Friday
A bubble of happiness – a new season of happiness and celebrations are under way.
Soon those pleasant sensations are gonna burst and fade away, but leave you smiling with those memories. 🙂
Live the moment, enjoy the present.
ED & Linda,
I dedicate this post to you both and the happy bunch of Sunday Still’ers .
I learned a lot from Sunday Stills. I joined you guys on 3rd May 2009 and I pulled many of my friends into this group and I know they enjoyed it the same way I did. 🙂 It’s been a great journey so far with SS; even though my personal responsibilities pushed me away from blogging a little bit once in a while. I still hold on to SS with all my intensity n love for the group and would love to contribute much more in the coming years.
I’m posting my entry for Pets & Night shot at this special occasion.
Hi5 for the Fifth Anniversary of Sunday Stills 🙂 I wish all our old blog buddies join us in this special occasion.
Red bull has become the brand for extreme – exciting sporting events. It was an eventful evening at Dubai WTC for me and my buddy, as we had to change our tickets from standing to grandstand. Glad we changed it at the right time and ended up experiencing/watching the exciting Red Bull Car Park Drift championship finals, the way it should have.
This is the winner of 2013 – Mr. Jad Himo 😀
Check out the Photo Series – Red Bull car park Drift Championship
These are some of the drifting moments which I could capture from this year’s event. Enjoy 🙂
My first ever attempt to capture the Star trails. Me and my buddies had a great time gazing at stars for the whole night.
It was amazing 🙂
Posted in Sunday stills
An abra ( Arabic: عبرة abra) is a traditional wooden boat, made for transporting people, across the Creek in Dubai – United Arab Emirates. They travel between the water station at Bur Dubai and Deira. The Abras depart every few minutes, and the fare of 1 Dirham and is paid to the ferry driver. Some are also purpose built for hosting dinner parties, leisure trip for tourists and so on.
Dinner Party @ Deira – Dubai
The seventh entry for the photo challenges with my buddies.
About the challenge : Ramadan Kareem, a theme to express the holy month of Ramadan.
This challenge is dedicated to the holy month of Ramadan, which is a period of fasting, reflection, devotion, generosity and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the world.
About the photograph : Captured right after the prayer.
Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims. In the Qur’an, Muslims are commanded to fast so that they may “learn self-restraint”. This restraint and devotion is especially felt during Ramadan, but we all must strive to make the feelings and attitudes stay with us during our “normal” lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan.
May Allah accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path. May Allah bless us all during Ramadan, and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other.
The sixth entry for the photo challenges with my buddies.
About the challenge : Capture smoke as an abstract art photography.
About the photograph : I tried to capture the smoke from the burning sandal incense sticks.
The fourth entry for the photo challenges with my buddies.
About the challenge : This was basically to practice and perfect the art of panning, at night(to make it more difficult) using moving cars.
About the photograph : Taken casually while roaming around Jumeirah area with friends n family.
Definitely, not the easiest thing to do!
But very much possible and the results are gonna be astounding, when everything fall into place – timing, light and the sync.
What is panning? – It is the synchronized movement of the camera with the moving subject, by matching its speed and direction as perfectly as possible. It brings out the feel of motion into the picture with out blurring the subject using a slow shutter speed.
This technique can be used in any occasion, to capture moving object creatively or to bring n the motion effect. The below are from my panning archive,
“Guys! Let’s explore the ghost town this time”
The first thing I heard from Henry, when we planned for a photo journey. After a very long time the four of us found some time together to get out and have a good time with our cameras. The first obvious suggestion came from Henry ‘Let’s do it’.
I put up a suggestion of reaching the spot, early morning by around 3 am for more starry night photo opportunities and of course it is a Ghost town, so what more do we need!!
The seclusion, the silence that we feel and the sight of those crumbling walls across the main road tells us that we have arrived at the right place. It’s a couple of hours before dawn; we have some time to explore the area before it eventually gets lit up by the blue sky. We parked our car right in front of a mosque minaret , where the road ended; that watches over narrow alleys and abandoned buildings in eerie silence.
We picked up our photo gear and walked through the dark narrow allies of the quiet town. The visibility was not that bad; thanks to the construction work going on close to the place, but it almost spoiled the mood of being in a Ghost town and ruined our starry photographs.
We went on exploring deep inside the town with the dim lights of our mobile phones. We were accompanied by a black cat, which shied away every time we tried to photograph it, which made our quest more interesting. We avoided the main path and wandered through the narrow village alleys —passing by mosques, houses with features like wooden doors, star windows, wind-towers, and courtyards towards the sea. However, all of these structures are in varying stages of decay.
This is Jazirat al-Hamra, or the Red Island, located in Ras al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that form the U.A.E. It is also known as the Ghost Town. It’s been said that this town was haunted, which is the reason why it was abandoned, and has remained uninhabited and neglected since 1968. Maybe it is just one of those stories as this town is so famous for being haunted that different people have different stories to tell.
It used to be occupied by the Zaab tribe (still they own the place), this coastal village was created in the 14th century. The people of Al Jazirat Al Hamra were said to be Hadhr, which is the local name for coastal Bedouins whose livelihood depended mainly on pearling.
The 1930s economic crises saw the decline of the natural pearl industry. Few years later, this town was deserted when the inhabitants moved out, attracted by the prospect of better living conditions offered by the local government. People left behind their houses, mosques and shops, creating what now is an undisturbed picture of life before the exploitation of oil.
But what I find really interesting while roaming around the deserted town is how corals and sea shells were incorporated with stone and mud to create the walls. Most of the houses were built from coral rag; the roofs were constructed from palm trunks. The walls of the oldest buildings have larger pieces of coral, while the younger ones were built from bricks of crushed coral.
It was in the back of my mind that something is going to happen. Something really interesting. But did we ‘feel’ anything? Being there? Like it has been told? No. There was no fear factor at all. We comfortably passed through the alleys, stopping in front of houses and other ruins to take pictures. The only thing that came to my mind thinking about the Ghost effect we had that morning was the black cat… Not really! Naah!
Photographers frequently visit this place and it’s quite obvious why! One can spend hours roaming about, taking countless pictures. Jazirat al-Hamra may be a ghost town to many, but as far as I can see it is an amazing place with lots of history and stories within. It is also the last authentic and traditional town still standing in the U.A.E. I’m not sure if anything is being done to preserve it, else it will remain a ghost town only in our memories as it is going to perish forever. Some say that this place is off the limits, but I couldn’t find any signs anywhere.
But wait… to be honest with you all, I found some ghosts in there and I carefully captured them with my ever dependable Nikon,
Some moments from the 01 01 2013 fireworks at Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
I’ve put up some shots from this year, which I feel special.
I would like to take this oppurtunity to Wish you all and your family a very Happy New Year
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