the first gif shows one full year of full moons between may 2005 and april 2006. its size at perigee (when nearest to us) and apogee (farthest from us) differs by more than 10%. the wobble, due to the moon’s elliptical orbit and slight axial tilt and inclination, is know as lunar libration. (this is not to be confused with lunar libation, which is fancy speak for moonshine.) the second gif shows the moon’s phase and libration during october of 2007.
coolest thing ever.
Meet Crescent Head Jimmy. This adorable baby kola bear weighed just over a pound when he was brought to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia after his mother had been killed in a car crash. Little Jimmy was covered in bruises and in pretty bad shape. He was nursed back to health by staff and made a full recovery thus he was able to be released back into the wild. In the pictures above Jimmy clings onto Supervisor Cheyne Flanagan’s leg as he would onto his mother’s back in the wild. [Article]
“Still Life with Fruit" (details", 1675, Jacob van Walscapelle.