Sunday, January 11, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
1. This is where we all live, our Earth.
2. This the solar system, our “neighborhood”.
3. This is the scaled distance between Earth and Moon. You thought the moon was farther?
4. What if I told you that between Earth and moon you could fit every planet of our solar system?
5. If you still don’t have a measure of how tiny we are, here is North America compared to Jupiter.
6. You could line up SIX Earths on the Saturn’s rings.
7. And here is how our sky would look like if Earth had rings like Saturn.
8. This is a comet, compared to Los Angeles. Big, isn’t it?
9. If that was big, here is the sun, and we are that tiny little point down there.
10. And here is how we look like from the moon.
11. And from Mars.
12. From Saturn.
13. And from Neptune, 4 billion miles away.
14. But let’s look again at how we look like compared to the sun. It blows my mind every time.
15. That little dot is the sun, seen from Mars.
16. Did you know that there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth?
17. And between all these stars, many are much bigger than our sun. Take a look at how it looks compared to VY Canis Majoris.
18. And galaxies are incredibly bigger. Just so you understand: if the sun was a blood cell, the Milky Way would be as big as the United States!
19. The Milky Way is enormous. Here is where we are inside it.
20. It’s mind blowing to think that all the stars we can see to the naked eye at night are just part of this yellow circle.
21. But don’t you ever think the Milky Way is the biggest galaxy in space. Here it is compared to Ic 1011!
22. This is a picture taken from the Hubble telescope. In just this space there are millions of galaxies, each and everyone of them containing million of stars, each with planets orbiting around them.
23. This is one of these galaxies. It’s named UDF 423, and it’s 10 billion light years away. Do you know what this means? It means that it’s light takes 10 billion years to reach the Earth. Basically, by looking at this galaxy you are looking 10 billion years into the past!
24. Keep in mind that every single inch of your vision of the night sky contains billions of galaxies, stars, planets.
25. But it’s not all roses out there. Here is a black hole compared to our orbit. A black hole is a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that no particle or light ray entering that region can ever escape from it.
So whenever you think about your life and existence, about the good and bad in this world, keep in mind that we are just a tiny, little dot lost in space. Just a little recap. This is where we live.
This is how we look like in our solar system.
And in our interstellar neighborhood.
Our neighborhood compared to our galaxy.
And how it looks like from farther.
Let’s zoom out a little more.
And here we are, here is the observable universe. Everything we said before fits in that little red dot. Impressive, right?
Thinking about how tiny and insignificant we are compared to the universe totally blew my mind
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Crystal Mosque in Malaysia is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. There are no doubts that today mosques function not only as the sacred sites for Muslims but they also attract tourists due to their rich history and outstanding image.
The Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal is a mosque in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia. A grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal. The mosque is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008. It was officially opened on 8 February 2008 by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu. It has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time.
The planning and realizing such impressive park took lots of resources and work (the estimated budget that was spent on the realization is about$ 80M). Among all the sites, the Crystal Mosque is the most famous and visited sightseeing highlight of the park. Just imagine yourself standing in front of this solid and shiny architectural wonder. Indeed, to some people it might seem like a scene from a fairy tales and legends, which used to tell us about magic golden palaces. The visual effect is truly amazing and it is certainly worth seeing this unbelievable building both from outside and inside.
Crystal Mosque History & Details
The mosque was built in the period between 2006 and 2008. Crystal, steel and glass were used as the three main materials in the construction and altogether they form a really incredible and astonishing look, which has been the reason to rank Crystal Mosque among the most beautiful mosques in the world. Another interesting fact is that this is the first mosque in the world to be equipped with different up-to-date amenities including wireless internet connection. The capacity of the mosque is quite imposing too, since there about 1, 500 worshipers can be taken in at one time.
Although the traditional historic mosques carry some exciting stories from the past, one should not make a little account of the new ones and Crystal Mosque is a great example. As a breath taking engineering achievement this mosque building shows us that nothing is impossible – even crystal buildings.
Monday, November 18, 2013
This bridge will take your breath away: The Langkawi Sky Bridge and Langkawi Cable Car and are some of the most popular attractions in Langkawi. The Langkawi Sky Bridge on Pulau's Mount Mat Cincang is only accessible via cable car. At 2,000 feet above sea level, tourists can literally walk across the treetops and view the canopy like never before. The walkway spans more than 400 feet, with observation decks strategically placed to show off the 99-island archipelago of Langkawi in an epic panorama. Langkawi Sky Bridge is completed in 2005.
Mount Mat Cincang is the second highest peak of Langkawi with an altitude of 709 meters from the sea level. If you look back from Burau Bay area, you will see the majestic mountain full of dense rainforests sloping down to the bay area. Mat Cincang is the oldest mountain in the whole of South East Asia having been formed some 500 million years back and has some of the oldest and stunning rock formations. The mountain range is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Geoparks of Langkawi and is a top tourist attraction in the region.
The rainforest in mount Mat Cincang is full of amazing flora & fauna. While you can see gigantic trees in the forest, there are also many different small animals in the jungle. Some of the frequently seen animals include the Macaque Monkeys, Monitor Lizards, giant squirrels etc. You will also see many different bird life here including Golden Brown Eagles, Horbills, bablers and more.
How to visit Mount Mat Cincang
So how can you explore Mat Cincang Mountain and even reach its peak?
There are several ways. The most popular is by taking the Cable Car Ride from Oriental village which is located at the foothill of Mount Mat Cingcang in Pantai Kok area. This is one of the steepest cable car rides in the world and will give you a breath taking view on the way including that of the rainforest, the famous Seven Wells Waterfall, islands and the sea. From the peak you get a panoramic view of the island.