Earth Science Pic for November 3rd

Balloon Flight Over Central Italy with Blue and Black Sky

November 03, 2011

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Image Created By: Francesco Bonomi; Francesco’s Web site
Summary Author: Paolo Amoroso; Jim Foster

The photo above was taken onboard a high-altitude balloon flight (StratoSpera 3 — the Italian StratoSpera Project) above Tuscany, Italy on September 10, 2011. The altitude is 129,892 ft (39,591 m). This photo is perhaps the highest ever captured from a non-scientific balloon. The view here is toward the south – the Tyrrhenian Sea is at top center and Lake Bolsena is at the upper left.

Note the blue color of the sky along the Earth’s limb and the black above it. This blue color is due to scattering of white sunlight – Rayleigh scattering. Scattering by very small particles (molecules of air) is greater at the violet end of the electromagnetic spectrum than at the yellow or red portions of the spectrum. Because our eyes aren’t as sensitive to the violet wavelengths as they are to blue colors, the sky takes on a bluish hue. At sufficiently high altitudes there are simply too few air molecules to effectively scatter sunlight and the sky is therefore mostly devoid of color. Passengers riding in the Concorde, altitude of 60,000 ft or (18,000 m), were able to observe a mostly black sky during daytime trans-Atlantic crossings.



This is a modern method of scrying and is becoming more popular. Most people are familiar with the sound of when a shell is placed over the ear. It sort of sounds like the ocean. But in fact it is the sounds of blood flowing through the vessels in your ear.
If however you listen to this sound you will eventually by able to pick up fragments of conversation. At first you may be able to only make out a few words, but in time you will come to understand whole segments of conversations.
The subject of this talk will be usually meaningless, but if you can mentally break into this communication you may find the voices may choose to respond. Just exactly what is happening here no one is quite for sure.

Gemstone of the Day for May 20th is Hematite

Gemstone of the Day


FOLK NAME: Volcano Spit

ENERGY: Projective

PLANET: Saturn


POWERS: Healing, Grounding, Divination

MAGICAL/RITUAL LORE: Hematite is a strange stone. It is heavy, solid, and silvery black. Its name alone is something of a mystery. To ancients, hematite was what we now know as bloodstone, so virtually all magical information relating to “hematite” in old books refers to bloodstone. This hematite, though, when worked on a lapidary wheel, “bleeds” and produces stains that look much like blood.

Hematite is a fine, showy stone. In Italy and elsewhere, it is fashined into necklaces which are sold as “volcano spit.” Magical information relating to this stone is scarce.

Hematite possesses the curious property of “healing” itself. Make a small scratch on the surface of the stone, then rub your finger over it. The scratch may disappear.

MAGICAL USES: Hematite is said to be powerful in drawing illness from the body. As with all stones, it is held in the hands while visualizing, then placed on the skin directly over the afflicted area. A necklace of smallstones can also be worn for healing.

Hematite is worn for grounding and stabilizing purposes, and to focus the attention on the physcial plane.

A scrying: In a darkened room, light a red candle. Settle before it and hold a large piece of hematite so that the candle’s flame is reflected on it. Gaze at the reflection and visualize a question. The answer will come to you.