The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 1, 2020
A picture’s worth a thousand words…
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, located at the Haleakala Observatory on the island of Maui, Hawaii, recently released its first images of the Sun’s surface. It shows turbulent plasma arranged in a pattern of cell-like structures that indicate violent motions which transport hot solar plasma from the interior of the Sun to the surface. This process, known as convection, sees this bright plasma rise to the surface in cells, where it then cools and sinks below the surface in dark lanes.
A newly documented form of the northern lights, nicknamed ‘the dunes,’ has been discovered by scientists and stargazers in Finland. (Kari Saari)
This year, Holocaust Memorial Day coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, in Nazi-occupied Poland. Set up in 1940, Auschwitz was initially intended to house Polish political prisoners, but it became the largest of the Nazis’ extermination camps, where Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” was put in to practice. More than 200 survivors visited the memorial for this year’s anniversary.
Dumbo rats are displayed ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations at the Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest KidzWorld in Singapore on Tuesday, January 21. 2020 marks the year of the rat. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
A performer blows fire during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, January 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)
Members of the Chinese community dance at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on January 25. (Michel Euler/AP)
Members of the Movistar Estudiantes basketball club pay homage to the late basketball star Kobe Bryant in Madrid, Spain, January 30, 2020. The 41 year-old Bryant, one of professional basketball’s greatest players of all time, died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna. .(REUTERS/Susana Vera)
According to the requirements for the prevention and control of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, Harbin Ice and snow world was closed, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China, January 30, 2020. (Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Chinese tourists wearing protective masks pray at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. The World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency over the outbreak of coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. At least 213 people in China have died from the virus, with almost 10,000 cases nationally. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
Excavators at the site of a new hospital being built to treat patients against the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 24. China is rushing to build the facility in a staggering 10 days to treat patients at the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
A girl tries to chase away locusts from her family’s farm in Katitika village, Kenya, on Jan. 24. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region.
A Brexit supporter is decked out in London on Friday, hours before the U.K. was to leave the European Union. More than 3 1/2 years after the referendum that approved Brexit, Britain is parting ways with the 27 remaining members of the European bloc. (Alastair Grant/AP)
A fire in Namadgi National Park threatens rural communities south of Canberra. From our IM friend Susan: “A State of Emergency has been declared for our Australian Capitol, Canberra. Conditions expected to deteriorate over the next two days. Summer is far from over.”
It’s time again for the Big Game!
On my winter playlist…
I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
And all trees are shivering in a naked row
I get the urge for going but I never seem to go
Songwriter: Joni Mitchell