The mysterious stones at Sanda in Österhaninge. These stones on a rock formation at Sanda are one big mystery. For centuries people have speculated about their origin. In an article Harry Runqvist writes about a visit from an old king and that the stones are some memorial from that visit.
During early nights in late February the thin waxing crescent Moon will pass by the two brightest planets, Jupiter and Venus to form beautiful patterns in the night sky.
Even the most casual stargazers will recognize the Moon, but many people are less familiar with Jupiter and Venus. In late February these two planets are the brightest objects in the western sky shortly after it gets dark. Venus is lower in the sky and brighter than Jupiter in late February and early March.
On the evening of February 24, the thin crescent Moon will be below Venus when the sky darkens. The two planets and the Moon will therefore form a nearly straight line of increasingly brighter objects in the night sky. On the evening of February 25, the slightly larger crescent Moon will appear near Venus in the early evening sky. Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon will form a long skinny triangle. Venus and the Moon will form the base and Jupiter will be at the tip.
As the Moon continues its orbit around Earth on February 26, the Jupiter, Venus, Moon triangle will reverse its shape to form an upside down skinny triangle. Jupiter and the slightly larger crescent Moon will form the base of the triangle at the top. Venus will form the tip of the downward pointing triangle. After February 26, the waxing crescent Moon will appear a little larger each night. It will also move eastward of Venus and Jupiter, so that by February 28 the approximately first quarter Moon will appear near the seven sisters of the Pleiades in the night sky.
The bright planets, Jupiter and Venus, make good markers to allow stargazers to observe the Moon's monthly path through the night sky as it cycles through its waxing phases. Many people think that the Moon's phases result from Earth's shadow falling on the Moon. As appealing as this idea sounds, it is incorrect. The crescent Moon, so low in the western sky just after the Sun sets in the west, is a simple observation showing that Earth's shadow can not cause lunar phases. As seen from Earth, both the Sun and Moon are in approximately the same direction in the sky. Hence Earth's shadow can not possibly be falling on the Moon. The relative positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon showing differing amounts of the day and night sides of the Moon cause the Moon's phases. Enjoy the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus.
Hillsborough Cemetery is a quiet little spot overlooking the bay just south of Auckland city. We took a little detour through on a warm, rainy afternoon before heading over to Spookers, which is located in a real abandoned Insane Asylum from the 1950s. It's a beautiful building complete with peeling paint and cobwebs (both real and fake). The actors did an amazing job, one of the better haunted houses I've been to, though I couldn't help wishing that the place had been left untouched to explore. The revenue that Spookers brings probably has prevented the place from being torn down however...for now the real ghosts will be lying in wait.
"Fishermen in the Pakistani port of Karachi got more than they bargained for Tuesday as they reeled in one of the biggest fish in the sea: a whale shark.
The Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper, reported that the 40-foot fish was first spotted ten days ago in seas about 150 km (93 miles) from the city. Mehmood Khan, the owner of a local fishery, said the shark was unconscious at that time and other reports said that it was found dead Tuesday.
A large crowd gathered as a succession of cranes were brought in to lift the shark on to the pier. After several hours and a number of failed attempts, the leviathan was finally brought ashore and promptly sold for 1.7m Rupees ($18,750).