SIERRA CLUB — ORIONID METEOR SHOWER — LIGHTNING STRIKES — PLANET EARTH OUR HOME group

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH OUR HOME is our flagship group with over 12,000 members and over 807,000 photos and videos.

Contest — Your Favorite Flower

The Orionid Meteor Shower lights up the skies in October, with up to 25 meteors an hour at its peak, which extends from October 20 to 27. However, the best time to observe the show (the peak of the peak, as it were) is overnight from October 21 to 22. The bits of dust that ignite the atmospheric streaks producing the Orionids were left behind from Halley’s Comet. The radiant, or plane, from which the meteors appear to emanate, lies to the left of Orion’s reddish star Betelgeuse and close to the border of Gemini. Orionids are some of the fastest known meteors—if you blink, you might miss one. With the full moon falling earlier in the month, viewers should get to enjoy a relatively dark sky.  

For the second month in a row, the full moon falls on the 13th. The hunter’s moon in October will take place on a Sunday at 2:09 P.M. PDT, but it doesn’t rise until just after sunset. Look east to see the full moon ascending in the constellation Pisces. Some of the other, possibly more appropriate, names for October’s full moon are the blood moon or dying grass moon, which fit the Halloween and autumn season. Speaking of Halloween, those who are out trick-or-treating will hopefully be treated to a beautiful view as the sky grows dark—a crescent moon to the southwest, sitting next to Jupiter (the pair float almost 5 degrees apart on October 31) with a backdrop of the Milky Way.

Top Contributors

John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG)alpenglowtravelersDiegojack–MARCO POLO–tucker.tterence
051719 - Chasing Naders in Nebraska 017

Monsoon Storm Over New Mexico

090118 - September Thunderstorms 014

Alaska - Inside Passage

Electric Wizard.

Advertisements

SIERRA CLUB — QUARANTINE IN THE FOREST — PLANET EARTH UNDERWATER group

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH UNDERWATER has over 1,000 members and over 399,000 photos and videos.

A new and mysterious disease was ravaging California’s oak trees, and the plane was surveying the forest to establish a set of baseline images—a moment in time scientists could refer back to in case the disease did show up in Oregon.

The scientists invoked a state law allowing them to quarantine nine square miles of forest near Brookings, where the Chetco meets the Pacific, and launched a scorched-earth campaign to eradicate the disease. They chopped the diseased trees down, along with a hundred-foot buffer of healthy trees and other plants that might harbor the disease. Then they burned everything.

Top Contributors

BarryFacklerbodiverbluewavechrisedpdiverDigidiverdave
thorny

Decorated Dartfish - Nemateleotris decora

Scorpionfish

Convict Tangs (Acanthurus triostegus)

Skeleton Shrimp feeding

IMPORTANT NOTICE — PLANET EARTH groups know longer support Greenpeace because of its support of Jane Fonda — SIERRA CLUB — PLANET EARTH OUR HOME group

PLANET EARTH OUR HOME is our flagship group with over 12,000 members and over 805,000 photos and videos.

Contest — Your Favorite Sunrise/Sunset

All PLANET EARTH groups supports the Sierra Club and its values. PLANET EARTH groups know longer support Greenpeace because of its support of Jane Fonda.

Top Contributors

John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG)alpenglowtravelersDiegojack–MARCO POLO–tucker.tterence
Azuré des Nerpruns / 瑠璃蜆 Hermagis Paris Anastigmat Hellor 1:4.5 F 105m/m

3K4A2025

Vine Bokeh | 17. September 2019 | Tarbek - Schleswig-Holstein - Deutschland

Croatian National Theatre Zagreb

Landkärtchen (Araschnia levana)