Equator Gringos

September 18, 2007

Tungurahua volcano last year

Filed under: Ecuador — lstollin @ 7:33 pm

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My friend Rex, who built his own telescope when we were kids, sent this link to me of Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano erupting last year. Click the link to see the big picture and read the interesting caption: Astronomy Picture of the Day. No, Mom, this isn’t very close to Quito, where we live. As to why this is the Astronomy Picture of the Day, as opposed to the Volcano Picture of the Day, I guess it squeaks in because there are a few stars in the background. Is that scraping the bottom of the astronomical barrel? Or is it that, in fact, pictures of stars just aren’t that exciting, so they have to throw in a star or two next to some exploding molten rock, sort of like needing to put John Kerry in a sports car? Next thing you know they’ll be including pictures from the Academy Awards. Stars, get it?

 

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2 Comments »

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    Ouch! Sadly, I do. Still, I think the folks at AOPD just liked the picture and let the starts justify including it.

    However, I *did* think the eruption was more recent than last year.

    Great picture nonetheless, eh?

    -DJ

    Comment by DJ — September 21, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

  2. hi there. my wife and i (who is originally from ecuador) are considering a move to the quito area for a year or two. we have two young kids. we would like to know how you feel about living in quito, specifically the safety factor. your input is appreciated. btw, we enjoy your blog!

    Comment by kevin — September 22, 2007 @ 8:06 am


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