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Comet Holmes1705 viewsComet Holmes, normally only visible with the aid of telescopes has suddenly become brighter after emitting a large dust cloud. Now usually somewhat visible with the naked eye, it is definitely visible with binoculars.


(16 votes)
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Cumulonimbus672 viewsI was flying back from Boston and got a chance to see some spectacular weather from the air. We were heading West over Arizona and the hot afternoon Sun was creating some beautiful Cumulonimbus clouds. We were flying at approximately 32,000 Feet and the Thermal Convection was driving these clouds well above us. Taken July 23, 2007.
(13 votes)
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Low Clouds1542 viewsLow clouds moved in this evening. Gave an eerie look to the WeatherCam images.
(23 votes)
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Morning Mist1146 viewsBright sunlight beams through the early morning mist. Taken in my backyard.
(10 votes)
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Fire1862 viewsThe glow from a small brush fire near the top of Lake Avenue can be seen on the right side of this image. Living along the foothills, we are always alert to fires. The sirens woke us up and we went up the street to watch. Quick work from the Los Angeles County Fire Department had the fire under control quickly.
(26 votes)
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Geminid Meteor 12/14/071240 views
(8 votes)
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Lunar Eclipse August 28, 2007416 viewsThe Moon is just beginning to emerge from the Umbra. The red glow of the eclipsed Moon can be seen as usual but I was also looking for the "Turquoise" that I had been reading about lately.

I saw it in person. It was beautiful.

I had a hard time focusing though (as you can tell).

(4 votes)
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Shadows538 viewsThe setting Sun was casting some interesting Shadows on the Sand Dunes.
(4 votes)
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L.A. Skyline1679 viewsA fast moving storm brough clear skies to Los Angeles. Taken with my Olympus C-5050 3/2/04
(9 votes)
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Geminids #21029 viewsAs mentioned in the earlier photo, I had the WebCam set up to capture an image every minute. This is the second Geminid Meteor I captured. This one was in the early morning hours and the radiant had risen high in the sky and the metoer is going almost straight down in the middle of the image.
(15 votes)
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Lotus411 viewsGrowing from the mud at the bottom of ponds and streams, the exquisite Lotus flower rises above the water and is usually white or pink with 15 or more oval, spreading petals, and a peculiar, flat seedcase at its center. The Lotus flower is said to be the only plant to fruit and flower simultaneously. It emerges from the depths of the muddy waters and symbolizes the manifestation of the universal Buddha Nature or Christ Consciousness inherent equally in all life. It also appears in legends of ancient Egypt and played an important part in ancient Egyptian Religion.
(5 votes)
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Geminds #1920 viewsI had the WebCam set up to capture an image every minute in an attempt to catch a meteor. This was in the evening and the radiant was still near the Eastern horizon. The meteor can be seen in the upper left quadrant of the photo. It's trajectory is near horizontal to the horizon.
(15 votes)
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