Winning pictures of the Astronomy Photography of the Year 2010.
Overall winner – Blazing Bristlecone by Tom Lowe (USA)
The gnarled branches of an ancient tree align with a view of our Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way is a flat, disc-like structure of stars, gas and dust measuring more than 100,000 light years across. Our Sun lies within the disc, about two-thirds of the way out from the centre, so we see the Milky Way as a bright band encircling the sky. This view is looking towards the centre of our galaxy, 26,000 light years away, where dark clouds of dust blot out the light of more distant stars. What appears to be an artiﬁcial satellite orbiting the Earth makes a faint streak of light across the centre of the image.
The impact of massive waves that struck a cruise ship during a storm off New Zealand have been revealed by CCTV footage posted on the internet.
Pacific Sun Cruise liner, carrying 1732 passengers and 671 crew, was caught in a severe storm on July 30, 2008, encountering seven-metre swells and 50 knot winds. Passengers who were aboard the journey were offered a 25 per cent reduction in the cost of a future cruise.
Development of a new born baby panda.
Seventeen days after the San Jose copper and gold mine collapsed, the news that all 33 men trapped inside are still alive was greeted with celebrations more than 2,000ft above them.
But their loved ones will probably have to wait until Christmas to see them again, because it will take that long to bore a new hole wide enough to pull them through.
Hope they will have a merry X’mas.
There are no complaints received (maybe it’s too funny), but BBC still apologized for the gaffe.