Earth and Moon

The Earth and Moon are rarely photographed together. One of most spectacular times this occurred was about 30 years ago when the Jupiter-bound Galileo spacecraft zoomed past our home planetary system. Then, robotic Galileo watched from about 15-times the Earth-Moon separation as our only natural satellite glided past our home world. The featured video combines 52 historic color-enhanced images. Although our Moon may appear small next to the Earth, no other planet in our Solar System has a satellite so comparable in size . The Sun, far off to the right, illuminated about half of each sphere, and shows the spinning Earth’s white clouds, blue oceans, and tan continents. via NASA https://ift.tt/3DMqwoB

Wikipedia article of the day for September 5, 2021

Wikipedia article of the day is Abberton Reservoir. Check it out: Article-Link Summary: Abberton Reservoir is a pumped storage freshwater reservoir in England near the Essex coast, with an area of 700 hectares (1,700 acres). Most of its water is pumped in from the River Stour. Constructed between 1935 and 1939, it is currently owned by Essex and Suffolk Water, and lies 6ย km (4ย mi) south-west of Colchester. In World Warย II, the reservoir was mined to deter invading seaplanes, and it was used by the RAF’s No.ย 617 Squadron (“The Dam Busters”) to practise for the bombing of the German dams in the Ruhr. A project to increase the reservoir’s capacity to 41,000 megalitres (9.0ร—109 imperial gallons) was completed in 2013, along with a new link to transfer water from Norfolk’s River Ouse to the Stour. The reservoir is important for its breeding cormorants, wintering and moulting waterfowl, and migrating birds. It is an internationally important wetland, designated as a Ramsar site, SSSI and SPA and listed in A Nature Conservation Review. A small part of the site is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.