Back to you, Iker

MAPFRE’s stand-in skipper Xabi Fernández was savouring a memorable Leg 4 triumph in the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday, but his stint in charge will come to a halt for the next stage through the Southern Ocean (full story below).
Xaume Olleros / Volvo Ocean Race
Xaume Olleros / Volvo Ocean Race
Xaume Olleros / Volvo Ocean Race
Xaume Olleros / Volvo Ocean Race
Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race
Xaume Olleros / Volvo Ocean Race
Rick Tomlinson / Team SCA
Leg 4 total
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 2 8
Dongfeng Race Team 3 8
Team Brunel 5 14
Team Alvimedica 4 16
Team SCA 6 24
Team Vestas Wind 8* 28
* Did Not Start | ** Did Not Finish | *** Retired | **** Disqualified | ***** Given Redress | ****** Provisional
-  Xabi’s successful spell in charge ends – for now -  Skippers review thrilling Leg 4 - Listen here for the full audio of Sunday’s press conference AUCKLAND, New Zealand, February 28 – MAPFRE’s stand-in skipper Xabi Fernández (ESP), was savouring a memorable Leg 4 triumph in the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday, but his stint in charge will come to a halt for the next stage through the Southern Ocean. The 38-year-old Basque took over from his long-term partner and best friend, Iker Martínez, for the last two legs while the latter concentrated on his 2016 Rio Olympics preparations. Xabi, for so long the right-hand man of his illustrious partner, has clearly not been daunted by the challenge, guiding the Spanish crew to fourth in Leg 3 and then following up with a paper-thin victory on Saturday night on the 5,264-nautical mile (nm) stage from Sanya to Auckland. He told a press conference on Sunday morning that, despite his success, normal service on board MAPFRE would be resumed when the fleet sets sail for Itajaí on March 15 for the toughest of all nine stages, Leg 5 through the Southern Ocean. “Iker is coming back,” Xabi told reporters. “He’s flying out on the 6th (March). He’s going to be with us on the next leg, which was always the plan. “I am especially looking forward to him coming back. We are already a very strong team with Jean-Luc (Nélias, the navigator) and the rest, but we’ll be stronger with Iker in again, for sure.” So will he be back for the rest of the race now? “It depends a lot on how things are going. He has some commitments, of course. For sure, he’ll be doing the next leg and for sure he’ll be doing the cross-Atlantic leg (from Newport). “But there’s a question mark for the leg from Itajaí to Newport.” The six skippers who arrived in Auckland harbour within seven hours of each other in the small hours of Sunday morning, local time, looked remarkably fresh after snatching very little sleep before a press conference attended by the knowledgeable New Zealand sailing media. Ian Walker (GBR), skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, had every reason to look buoyant, despite being pipped into second place by four minutes 25 seconds. Their second successive runners-up spot, however, has given them the overall race lead over Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), who they beat by under four minutes. Both have eight points but Walker’s men have the advantage thanks to their superior record in the in-port race series where they lead after four races. Walker outlined a clear, pre-race strategy in October: Finish on the podium in every leg and the chances are you will end up on top come the end of the race in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 27. So far, he has carried out that plan to perfection with, successively, first, third, second and second places, but he conceded: “The difference between the teams is getting less and less, but our strategy is consistency. However, it if it becomes a two-horse race, it could be the wrong strategy.” Caudrelier, without wishing to slight Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) who won the first in-port race in Alicante back in October, has identified that all crews are taking the inshore series increasingly seriously since it could well break ties by the end of the event. For Enright, it was another leg of learnings tinged with slight disappointment that his U.S./Turkish-backed boat could not build on their third-placed podium finish in the last leg in Sanya. “Nobody goes into a leg hoping for fourth place,” he summed up succinctly. “We’ve still got work to do on our boat speed.” Bouwe Bekking and his team on board Team Brunel are still very much in the hunt for the overall title in third place on 12 points, but the Dutchman was typically forthright in his conclusion of feelings on board the boat following their second fifth place in a row, having triumphed on Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi. “We feel gutted, not only myself, but everybody on the team,” he told reporters. “We made one mistake – and we paid for it. We had some sickness on board, but that was no excuse.” For Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR), it is a familiar story of gradual, but constant improvement, despite again finishing at the end of the fleet. “Results haven’t changed, but we’re improving. We’re almost in contact with the rest of the fleet. We’re learning as we sail next to them,” she said. She, her crew and the rest of the fleet will now enjoy some well-earned rest in New Zealand’s sailing-mad and most populous city before the action resumes on March 14 for The New Zealand Herald In-Port Race. The departure for Itajaí, a leg of some 6,776nm, begins 24 hours later on March 15. It is the longest leg of the race and, the skippers agreed, the one that could well point to the eventual destination of the trophy in the race’s 12th edition.

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The reality is President Obama will be out of office in 2 years and we will have a new President and new Congress to hold accountable. We at Tea Party Patriots are looking at what legislation we want to see enacted by October 1, 2017 after the new President and Congress take office. As we gear up and prepare for the next Congressional session we need your input on several pressing questions.
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Northrop Grumman – Spotlight on Cyber Security – V.53 – February 2015

Spotlight on CyberSecurity VOLUME 53 • FEBRUARY  2015
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  Taking the Internet Back From the Hackers: Northrop Grumman Sponsors CyberThon We own you." Most people would probably not know what to do if that message suddenly popped up on their computer screen. However, for the students participating in CyberThon 2015, it was all in a day’s work. On January 23-25, 2015, Northrop Grumman personnel in Pensacola, FL participated in support of CyberThon 2015, to teach students just those kinds of skills. The event took place onboard the National Flight Academy’s Ambition, a virtual landlocked aircraft carrier built (with help from Northrop Grumman) to support science, technology, engineering and math education to our next generation. CyberThon is a community event designed to give high school students hands-on experience in cyber defense and engagement procedures with instruction from active industry experts.  Cyber division was a Diamond “Identify” sponsor (the top tier) of the event, and company cyber professionals from both DoD and Department of Homeland (DHS) cyber operations volunteered to plan, support, and mentor in this first cyber education and awareness showcase event for Pensacola. CyberThon’s innovative approach attracted the attention of some influential VIP participation, including DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding, DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Operations and Programs (and retired Brig. Gen.) Greg Touhill, Florida state representatives Clay Ingram and Mike Hill, and many others from local, state and federal government and industry. Read more about it here.   President launches Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center President Obama Wed. directed the Dir. of National Intelligence to establish the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Ctr. The CTIIC will be a national intelligence center focused on “connecting the dots” regarding foreign cyber threats to the nation & cyber incidents affecting US national interests, & on providing all-source analysis of threats to US policymakers. CTIIC will also assist relevant departments & agencies in their efforts to identify, investigate, & mitigate those threats... CTIIC will provide integrated all-source intelligence analysis related to foreign cyber threats & cyber incidents affecting US national interests; support the US government centers responsible for cybersecurity & network defense…Read the full article here.   The Case for a Cyber Red Cross After recent cyber breaches affecting Sony & other large organizations, some experts are proposing a "Cyber Red Cross" that would respond to virtual disasters the same way the group does to humanitarian crises.  The US has had a Cyber Emergency Readiness Team, now housed within DHS, for more than 2 decades; in March, UK launched its own national CERT, combining resources & staff from other internal groups. These national groups must collaborate to address cyber threats whose effects spill across international borders, William Harvey, lead for cybersecurity incident mgmt. at UK Office of Cybersecurity & Info Assurance, said during a recent cybersecurity panel at New America Foundation.  Read more here.
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Nog 2 weken tot HISWA 2015 I Activiteitenprogramma I Voordelig met de trein

In deze nieuwsbrief vind je het laatste nieuws over HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2015, van 11 t/m 15 maart in Amsterdam RAI. Koop nu online je toegangskaart met korting voor € 12,50 in plaats van € 15,00 aan de kassa. Bekijk de website voor meer informatie.
Profiteer van deze actie »
Primeurs op HISWA InnovationLAB

Primeurs op HISWA InnovationLAB

Samen met TU Delft Dreamteams, Volans Sailing, Innosport Zeillab Scheveningen, Aeronamics en Project Made in worden op het InnovationLAB diverse innovatieve projecten gepresenteerd. Zoals een roeiboot op ‘hydrofoils’, een Navigatie Experience en het nieuwste ontwerp van een door de mens aangedreven onderzeeër. Verder vind je hier de genomineerde producten voor de HISWA Product van het Jaar verkiezing. Lees meer over het HISWA InnovationLAB »
Demoplein - alles over bootonderhoud

Demoplein – alles over onderhoud

Hal 7 staat volledig in het teken van bootonderdelen en –accessoires. Alle mogelijke benodigdheden, hebbedingetjes en technische snufjes zijn er te vinden. Ook vind je er het Onderhoudspaviljoen en Demoplein, voor alles over het onderhoud van je boot, met leerzame demonstraties en interactieve workshops. Na een bezoek aan de HISWA kun je goed voorbereid aan de slag! Bekijk het Demoplein programma »
Bewonder de genomineerde boten van het jaar

Bewonder de genomineerde boten van het jaar

Op de openingsdag van de HISWA, 11 maart a.s., worden de winnaars van de HISWA Zeilboot en Motorboot van het Jaar verkiezing bekend gemaakt. Alle genomineerde boten zijn te bezichtigen op de beurs. Genomineerde motorboten: Aquanaut Andante 438, Korvet 14 CLR, Steeler Panorama Flatfloor 46, Vedette Hollander Trend 32 en XO 270 RS Front Cabin. Genomineerde zeilboten: Winner 8, Saffier Se 33, Beneteau Oceanis 35 en Pointer 25. Lees hier het jurycommentaar »
Het Zeiltheater - ontdekking en avontuur?

Het Zeiltheater – ontdekking en avontuur

Het Zeiltheater is dé plek voor zeilers om elkaar te ontmoeten en plannen te maken voor een heel seizoen vaarplezier. Talloze sprekers, waaronder Wouter Verbraak (navigator/ex-teamlid Vestas in Volvo Ocean Race) en Henk de Velde, vertellen hun verhaal. Je kunt met hen napraten, alsook met de redactie van Zeilen, auteurs van Hollandia en leden van de Toerzeilers. Kortom, de kans om je passie te delen! Bekijk het volledige Zeiltheater programma »
Tentoonstelling 60e editie in HISWA Unique

Tentoonstelling 60e editie in HISWA Unique

In de wereld van HISWA Unique kun je genieten van een tentoonstelling ter ere van de 60e HISWA. Met unieke HISWA polygoonbeelden (Beeld en Geluid) en prachtige historische foto’s (Scheepvaartmuseum), traditionele Nederlandse jachtwerven als Waarschip en Doerak en voormalig winnaars van de Product van het Jaar verkiezing (gehouden sinds 1995). Bovendien zijn iedere dag geweldige prijzen te winnen! Bekijk alvast enkele filmpjes »
NIEUW: Funsport Shop met scherpe aanbiedingen

Funsport shop met scherpe aanbiedingen

Op de HISWA vind je alles op het gebied van wind- en kitesurfen, stand up paddling (SUP) en nog veel meer. Zowel voor de beginner als de ervaren funsporter. Dit jaar zijn er meer merken dan ooit aanwezig: Fanatic, F-One, Naish, Starboard, Mistral SUP, Prolimit, Ion, Best Kiteboarding, North Kiteboarding, North Windsurfing, Mystic, Manera, Lokahi, Blofield, Red Paddle Co, O’Neill, Jilong, Aqua Marina en Osprey. Nieuw is de Funsport Shop met vele merken voor mooie prijzen!
Doe mee aan de HISWA foto-actie en win!

Doe mee aan de HISWA foto-actie en win!

Upload een foto van jouw favoriete watersportmoment op de HISWA Facebook pagina. Je maakt dan kans op gratis shoppen in de HISWA Funsport Shop ter waarde van € 150,- of gratis (extra) kaarten voor HISWA 2015.
Doe mee aan de HISWA foto-actie en win » Deze actie loopt t/m donderdag 5 maart!
Fun Zone - volop actie voor de jeugd

Fun Zone – volop actie voor de jeugd

In de Fun Zone is onder begeleiding van alles te leren en te proberen voor de jeugd. Er is een skimboardbaan en een SUP-bassin met diverse clinics. Zwemkleding mee dus! Verder zijn er veel ‘droge’ activiteiten; zo kun je oefenen in een kitesurfsimulaor, op een balance board, een waterski-machine en een roei-ergometer. De allerkleinsten kunnen o.a. een knopenplankje, waterraket of modelbootje maken en geschminkt worden. Bekijk het volledige Fun Zone programma »
HISWA Klassiek met de bekende ‘Leugenbank’

De ‘Leugenbank’ in HISWA Klassiek

Ben je een echte liefhebber van klassiek, ook dan ben je op de HISWA aan het juiste adres! In de wereld van HISWA Klassiek vind je een mooie collectie klassieke schepen, er zijn diverse behouds- en klassenorganisaties aanwezig, leerlingen bouwen aan een boot en er wordt gestreden voor de Amateur Boot Bouw Award. Natuurlijk vind je hier ook de bekende 'Leugenbank‘, met dagelijks interessante verhalen, lezingen en films. Bekijk het Leugenbank programma »
Doe mee aan de HISWA foto-actie en win!

True Heading en Secumar presenteren levensreddende combinatie op het Veiligheidseiland

Veiligheid op en rond het water is van groot belang voor iedere watersporter. True Heading en Secumar presenteren op de HISWA o.a. een reddingvest met ’s werelds kleinste AIS MOB Device. Een optimaal drijfvermogen, directe alarmering en positie-informatie en het automatisch geactiveerde noodbaken op het reddingvest leiden tot de beste vindbaarheid van de drenkeling in nood. Kom naar het Veiligheidseiland op de HISWA voor nog veel meer veiligheidsproducten en informatie!
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Volvo Ocean Race Festival ook op de HISWA Fotograaf: Sander van der Borch

Volvo Ocean Race Festival op de HISWA

Voor het laatste nieuws van de Volvo Ocean Race en de ins en outs van het festival in juni in Den Haag kom je naar de HISWA. Op de stand van Volvo Ocean Race Festival is van alles te beleven voor jong en oud. Bekijk de echte foul wheater gear van de zeilers en kom er achter wat ze precies aan boord eten. Je kunt meedoen aan een quiz en voor kinderen is er de Volvo Ocean Race speurtocht en kleurwedstrijd. Lees meer over het Volvo Ocean Race Festival »
HISWA Sup Tocht

HISWA Sup Tocht

Een grote groep suppers luidt op zaterdag 14 maart de start van het watersportseizoen in met een tocht door de Amsterdamse grachten. Dit jaar kun je je weer aanmelden voor deze spannende en leuke tocht in twee categorieën: de professional race en de recreantentocht. Dus, heb je een eigen Sup board, schrijf je dan nu in voor de HISWA Sup Tocht. Meer informatie »
Fan van HISWA?

Fan van HISWA?

Word ook fan van onze Facebook pagina en blijf het hele jaar op de hoogte van leuke watersportnieuwtjes, acties en aanbiedingen. En natuurlijk het laatste nieuws over de HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show!
Vind HISWA leuk op Facebook »


Nu een jaar ZEILEN magazine van € 73,50 voor € 50,00

Nu een jaar ZEILEN magazine van € 73,50 voor € 50,00

Omdat “Zeilen” het grootste zeilmagazine van Nederland en België dit jaar 30 jaar bestaat, staat Zeilen op de HISWA in het teken van dit jubileum. Zo zal onder andere het geheel nieuwe logo worden onthuld! Wil jij dat nummer niet missen neem dan NU een abonnement voor deze super scherpe prijs! Neem een abonnement op Zeilen »

Last Chance to Stop Executive Amnesty

Time is running out to stop President Obama's unilateral executive amnesty!  Congress has the power of the purse and can stop the funding for this backdoor amnesty. But we need to put pressure on the Senate today to encourage them to do the right thing!
Just this week, Breitbart featured a story about the real cost of amnesty. People who are granted amnesty could claim more than $35,000 in tax benefits in the first year alone!  American taxpayers simply cannot afford this burden.  Read the article here.
Please call both of your U.S. Senators today and urge them to oppose a "clean" DHS funding bill. Remind them that President Obama lacks the Constitutional authority to write his own laws.
Our message is clear: Respect the rule of law and defund executive amnesty!
The Capitol switchboard operator can be reached at 202.224.3121. And don't forget the power of social media. Remember to use Twitter as part of your outreach to Congress.
Thank you for all that you do!  You truly are making a difference in this important fight!
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Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Orbit

International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of scientists, engineers and sci-fi fans around the world. Cape Cod and Boston, Massachusetts, Nimoy's home town, are visible through the station window.  

Another display venue confirms XH558 as the 2015 season continues to build

Vulcan XH558 - The Spirit of Great Britain
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News from XH558, the last flying Vulcan
1/ Eastbourne display confirmation 2/ XH558 Winter raffle 3/ Club Members' day
4/ Cold War in the 60s 5/ Operational Readiness Platforms 6/ RAF Waddington ‘WAVE’
7/ NEW YEAR SALE ends Sunday
Eastbourne confirms XH558 display for 2015
Eastbourne confirms XH558 display for 2015
XH558 over Eastbourne Pier
A superb image showing XH558 over the pier at Eastbourne in a previous display – courtesy of Mark Jarvis and Eastbourne Borough Council.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of confirming details with Eastbourne for a display by XH558 on one of their four available display dates. The Airbourne Eastbourne event takes place from Thursday 14th August through to Sunday 16th August. Public access to the promenade, display and trading areas is free - although there are also limited seating positions available at a key vantage point for a very reasonable fee. Find out more details from their website here As yet, with other potential shows over that weekend we are not able to confirm the exact date, but we will announce that just as soon as possible and certainly - well in advance.
Keep watching our newsletters for more details as the display dates build.
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Final few weeks to enter the superb XH558 Winter raffle
1st Prize – Canadian Lancaster Flight for Two Including return flights from London, a flight in Lancaster ‘Vera’ and a VIP tour of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, with all accommodation, transfers and £1,000 spending money. Winter raffle 1st prize
2nd Prize: Flight in a Spitfire 3rd Prize: Flight with the Blades
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4th Prize: His and Hers Tag Heuer Watches
5th Prize: VIP Hangar Tour and Spa break
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Well, what can we say here that the pictures above do not already convey: This is simply our most exciting set of prizes ever! CLICK ON ANY OF THE PRIZE IMAGES TO FIND OUT MORE Surely worth entering at just £2 for the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes ENTER ONLINE HERE  OR  REQUEST TICKETS All proceeds will support Vulcan XH558 - Good luck to all those who enter!
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Full report on the recent Club Members’ Day
Vulcan to the Sky Club Jen Paszkowski reports on the recent Vulcan to the Sky Club members’ event which was a huge success! Hangar Three at Robin Hood Airport, home of course to XH558, was the chosen venue of the 3rd Vulcan to the Sky Club Members Day on Saturday 21st February. The event was sold out with over 350 attending, both young and old. The day began with a free gift of a fabulous tailor-made mug for the Member’s Day and a pin badge, followed by a brief introduction from the Club Co-chairs Jane and Malcolm Thomas in addition to the chance to mingle with other avid supporters of the Club and of course to view and photograph XH558, over tea, coffee and a biscuit before the days itinerary commenced. Read the rest of Jen’s report here.
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Reflecting on how the Cold War looked in the 60s
Bear and Typhoon
An RAF Typhoon escorts a Russian Bear bomber in this more recent library picture ©MOD/Crown Copyright
Visits to airspace off the UK mainland by Russian bombers have been more regular in recent months. It can be seen as a flashback to when the UK was at the forefront of protecting the West against any threat during the Cold War, and has prompted several papers to look at stories of past encounters and one article caught our eye because of the sheer quality of the historical pictures, particularly because it also featured V-force aircraft. * * See if you can spot the geographical error in one of the picture captions before reading our article below.
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Operational Readiness Platforms - designed to scramble the V-force aircraft in minutes
The geographicial error mentioned in our story above is actually the picture showing four Vulcans on QRA or Quick Reaction Alert stationed on the Operational Readiness Platforms (ORPs) – an area of hard-standing just off the runway that allowed aircraft to be parked in a state of readiness, allowing them to start up and be airborne within minutes of receiving any signal to scramble. The image was not at RAF Waddington as stated as their ORPs are to the left of the runway as seen below. Overhead Waddington As of last year, the ORPs at RAF Waddington could still be seen to be in existence. With the runway refurbishment underway preventing any air show in 2015, it’s not clear if these will remain as a result of this work. The location of the historical picture in the linked article is almost certainly RAF Finningley, now Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, and home to XH558 today. We know to only one other station that had their ORPs on the right and that is RAF Lossiemouth, where not only does it appear they have just three ‘bays’, the runway orientation is at odds to that in the historical picture, so that is counted out. If you do know to any more yourself, or can add any details for our readers then please do email us. Contact: We would also like to hear from anyone who has any pictures of Vulcan aircraft on QRA positioned on these platforms at any RAF station. The comparison between overhead pictures of RAF Finningley clearly shows how the end of the runway was changed in the transformation to a commercial airport.
Old Finningley New Finnigley
The northern end of RAF Finningley’s runway over 20 years ago compared to a more recent image. Click to enlarge.
In these comparative images, you can see the old ORPs have been removed with only a slight dip in the grass edging giving a clue to the original entrance track (under the oval), while the circle highlights the holding pan that ran off 45 degrees from the centreline. See video of a Vulcan scramble here.
Scramble  Pathe Video
An early practice Scramble -©MOD/Crown Copyright and a Pathé newsreel clip.
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Visit the RAF Waddington ‘WAVE’ to meet our aircrew.
The WAVE sentry post Saturday 14th March is a date for your diary when members of the aircrew and Vulcan to the Sky Trust convene at the Waddington Aircraft Viewing Enclosure (WAVE) to show our support for The Sentry Post Café during the time when passing trade is very quiet due to the runway development work at RAF Waddington. (Ed: You can see the location in the image higher up this newsletter opposite Vulcan XM607)
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Bill Ramsey flew XH558 during the Avro Three Sisters meeting last year amongst one of his many flights while Andy Marson prepares all the flight and route planning as Navigator for the XH558 team. Both have enormous experience on other aircraft types and will be happy to meet you.
Meet XH558 crew members Bill Ramsey and Andy Marson, hear a presentation and take part in a Question and Answer session in what will be a very informal gathering of aviation enthusiasts. Vulcan merchandise will also be available and of course, excellent food and hot & cold drinks will be available all day.
Entrance is completely free - Find out more details here.
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Hubble Images a Dusty Galaxy, Home to an Exploding Star



The galaxy pictured here is NGC 4424, located in the constellation of Virgo. It is not visible with the naked eye but has been captured here with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Although it may not be obvious from this image, NGC 4424 is in fact a spiral galaxy. In this image it is seen more or less edge on, but from above, you would be able to see the arms of the galaxy wrapping around its center to give the characteristic spiral form.

In 2012, astronomers observed a supernova in NGC 4424 — a violent explosion marking the end of a star’s life. During a supernova explosion, a single star can often outshine an entire galaxy. However, the supernova in NGC 4424, dubbed SN 2012cg, cannot be seen here as the image was taken ten years prior to the explosion. Along the central region of the galaxy, clouds of dust block the light from distant stars and create dark patches.

To the left of NGC 4424 there are two bright objects in the frame. The brightest is another, smaller galaxy known as LEDA 213994 and the object closer to NGC 4424 is an anonymous star in our Milky Way.

European Space Agency

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Gilles Chapdelaine

Glenda (was 14S – South Indian Ocean)


NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Glenda on Feb. 27 that revealed the bulk of storm's clouds pushed southeast of the center.
Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Tropical Cyclone Glenda Stretching Out

NASA's Terra satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Glenda was being stretched out by wind shear on Feb. 27.

When Terra passed over the Southern Indian Ocean on Feb. 27, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured a visible image of the storm. In the image, the bulk of clouds associated with the storm appeared to be pushed southeast of the center and away from the islands of Mauritius and La Reunion.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) noted today, Feb. 27, "animated multispectral satellite imagery shows the system has begun to show signs of elongation as the main convective bands are displaced eastward of a partially-exposed low-level circulation center."

At 0900 UTC (4 a.m. EST), Glenda's maximum sustained winds had dropped to near 45 knots (51.7 mph/83.3 kph). Glenda was centered near 22.4 south latitude and 67.2 east longitude, about 573 nautical miles (659.4 miles/1,061 km) east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. Glenda was moving to the south at 7 knots (8 mph/12.9 kph).

JTWC reported in their upper-level atmosphere analysis that Glenda is located in a "marginal environment with moderate vertical wind shear offset by excellent poleward outflow."

By Saturday, Feb. 28, Glenda is expected to transition to an extra-tropical storm and become a cold-core system.

Rob Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center