Grand Prismatic Spring
Located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest natural hot spring found in the US. The spring has a scalding temperature of 160 °F (70 °C), a total depth of 160 feet and a diameter of 300 feet. The vivid, rainbow colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water.
In the heart of the mythical Elqui Valley in Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, 500km north of Santiago in central Chile, lies a magical place that allows for star-spangled dreams beneath the clear pure sky. Combining stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback riding, meditation and even tarot readings, Elqui Domos is a hotel quite like no other.
It was completed in 2005 to fulfil its owners’ desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the one of the world’s most star-filled skies. It is one of only seven astronomic hotels around the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views of the magic skies draped over the Elqui Valley (the valley is renowned for its sharp, clear skies, as it happens to sit under one of the clearest atmospheres in the world). The lack of rain and pleasant weather all year round set the perfect conditions for astronomic tourism, where guests can gather to enjoy a unique chance to liaise with the stars.
I was about to be like “OH MY GOD KEVIN LET’S GO HERE!!”…and then realized who I was reblogging it from. Haha
‘Cannon dial for latitude 49° North. Cannon dials (or ‘time guns’ as they were occasionally known) were popular in the 18th century. A burning glass mounted above the plate would receive the sun’s rays at noon, so providing the heat to light the fuse at the end of the miniature cannon, causing it to fire and thus provide a signal for midday. Engraved on the dial-plate is the maker’s signature, Victor Chevalier Ingr. Breveté quai l’horlage 77 à Paris.’ (via National Maritime Museum)