Daily Bread for 2.25.16

Good morning, Whitewater.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy and windy with a high of thirty-four. Sunrise is 6:36 and sunset 5:39, for 11h 03m 22s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 92.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

The Downtown Whitewater Board meets at 8 AM, the Seed Capital Screening Committee at 4 PM, and the Community Development Authority Board at 5 PM.

The European Southern Observatory recently took pictures of the plane of the Milky Way. They’re astonishingly beautiful:

This video takes a close look at a new image of the Milky Way released to mark the completion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL). The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves — and in finer detail than recent space-based surveys.

The APEX data, at a wavelength of 0.87 millimetres, shows up in red and the background blue image was imaged at shorter infrared wavelengths by the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope as part of the GLIMPSE survey. The fainter extended red structures come from complementary observations made by ESA’s Planck satellite.

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Via European Southern Observatory @ YouTube

On this day in 1862, the Union demonstrates a new weapon at Camp Randall:

1862 – (Civil War) New Cannon Demonstrated at Camp Randall
James Loom exhibited a new breech-loading cannon at Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin The cannon was said to be effectively discharged 50 times in four minutes.

JigZone‘s puzzle for today is of a colorful bird:

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