Late and in a rush…

Delayed slightly, hasty enough, however spectacular with large ραγδαιότητες (as usual), close to 150-200 mm/h the greater part of the basin, while the Eleusis crossed the 220 mm/h. There was also a microburst while σημειωθηκε and hail which local (e.x. in the Hive) was great, a few pieces the size of a small walnut, and quite the size of a hazelnut.

Follow pictures at the entrance of the storm from the west, while the clouds are illuminated by the lightning!

The ανεμοβρόχι from the west did not allow me to pull a lot of shots…

while the core developed later, from the top of my giving powerful hail and terrible κεραυνίδια, it was a nice sight for westerners who could draw the scenes, but not for me that I’ve had on me.

The following are the ραγδαιότητες as recorded by the stations of Elefsina…




The bonus of the afternoon of 6/2 it was a solar haloes

Also appeared παρήλια, as captured by the camera of Penteli

The night before the storm, there was a lunar haloes. Source Athens Astrophotography & Storm Chasing Team

A Camouflaged Dwarf Planet


According to a recent study, the asteroid/dwarf planet Ceres may be hiding its true colors. Observations of Ceres taken with NASA’s SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (aka SOFIA) show that the object is partially covered in a fine layer of dry, rocky silicates that are disguising its true composition. Around and beneath this dusting, is a heap of icy, carbon-rich materials. So why and how has Ceres cloaked itself in this thin layer of mystery?

Scientists are proposing that this top layer of silicate material (pyroxene) actually comes from the remains of other asteroids that had been decimated to dust in earlier collisions. The dust of other asteroids has settled on Ceres making its surface look similar to the objects surrounding it in the asteroid belt. This begs the question: why did Ceres need the dust of its neighbors to fit in in the first place?

Asteroids that have different compositions might have formed in different ways. One theory suggests that Ceres was not always in the asteroid belt, but instead initially formed much farther away from our Sun in the Kuiper belt. This is a belt of icy bodies out past the orbit of Neptune, the most distant planet in the solar system. Eventually, Ceres moved closer in to our Sun, joining the asteroid belt crew, which welcomed Ceres into the fold with a thin coating of material that partially disguised its true heritage.

The more we learn about the asteroids darting along within our solar system, the more we understand about our solar system’s formation and the unique variety of different objects that exist inside of it. In 1801 Ceres became the first asteroid humans ever observed, and we are still making new discoveries about it more than two centuries following that introduction.


Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA


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Shirwar Fort

Abandoned and Ruined Hill Fort, not much known about its Historical Background. According to historical data, the King of Erstwhile Kingdom of Jaipur, Raja Man Singh conquered Tari and Tokra Janpad, during the reign of 3rd Mughal Empire ruler-Jalal ud-din- Mohammed Akbar regime. 12 Villages of Tokra Janpad were given away to Bhola Brahmin in the year 1643 CE. Later, the name ‘Tonk’ was given to these twelve villages by Bhola. Connected to the Bairath culture and civilization, Tonk has a rich historical backdrop. The modern town of Tonk was founded by Nawab Amir Khan.