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Astonishing Constellations

Astonishing Constellations

Astonishing Constellations


Since ancient times people have tried to explain the night sky. A constellation is a group of stars. The groups are identified according to patterns that people have seen in the stars and they are simply ways that people have imagined the stars. Over thousands of years different cultures have seen different patterns in the stars. They have named many different constellations after familiar animals, everyday objects, and characters and beasts from stories.
Today constellations provide a connection between modern humans and ancient stories. Astronomers have named 88 constellations and they use them to help describe the location of specific stars.
There are 12 well-known constellations that lie in a band of space called the zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, and Pisces. Today astronomers have calculated that during the period from November 27 to December 17, there is one more zodiacal constellation on the horizon – Ophiuchus.
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Bullfinch – red spot on snow

Bullfinch – red spot on snow

Bullfinch – red spot on snow


The bullfinch has a bright red breast and gray back set off by a coal–black head. However, only males have red breasts, the female’s breasts are brown. They have an excellent ability to imitate different sounds. Some of these birds can memorize and whistle several very complex melodies. All you need is patience to train a bird. It is quite easy to tame bullfinch.
Despite the fact that most bullfinches live in Eurasia, the largest of them, white-cheeked bullfinches, live in the hot Philippines.
In captivity, these birds live less than in nature. The weight of an adult bullfinch is about thirty grams.
Bullfinches are monogamous. During the breeding season, males coax females by offering food. Males never take part in the construction of a nest. Nestlings of bullfinches gain their independence in the third week of life.
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Asparagus – tasty vegetable

Asparagus – tasty vegetable

Asparagus – tasty vegetable


People have been eating asparagus as a vegetable since ancient times. There are hundreds of types of asparagus plants which belong to the lily family, along with onions and garlic. Asparagus grows wild in parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. The world’s leading asparagus producers are China, Peru, and the United States.
People eat the young shoots of the asparagus plant, which are called spears. Tender asparagus spears shoot up from the ground in spring and early summer. They must be picked by hand, not by machine. The spears are normally green, because they contain chlorophyll. Some growers in France and other places bury the growing spears in soil to prevent them from making chlorophyll. Spears grown this way are white and they are known for delicate flavor. People usually eat asparagus spears cooked.
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Fly – annoying insect

Fly - annoying insect

Fly – annoying insect


Flies belong to a group that also includes mosquitoes, gnats, and midges. There are about 100,000 species of fly. They live in almost every corner of the globe – in soils, plants, and around water bodies. Many flies are free-living, feeding off a wide range of plants, while others are parasites and scavengers. A number are of economic importance in controlling pest species, while others serve as vectors for a range of human, animal, and plant diseases.
Flies have a single pair of functional wings and a pair of knoblike vestigial wings known as halteres. Its head is free-moving and attached by a slender neck to the thorax. The fly has two large compound eyes. It has three pairs of legs, each ending in a pair of claws. Crane flies are exceptional in having extremely long legs.
Many species are a dull dung color. Hover flies are among the most colorful species, many of which are colored in similar patterns to bees and wasps.
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Earwig – interesting insect

Earwig – interesting insect

Earwig – interesting insect


Earwig is a long-bodied insect with chewing mouthparts and many-jointed antennae. They hatch into nymphs which closely resemble the adults. The most distinguishing characteristic of earwigs is the pair of unjointed, forceps-like structures that terminate their abdomen. The pincers are useful in defense.
Earwigs are nocturnal animals, and they hide during the day in dark, damp places. There are about 900 classified species of earwigs in the world.
Earwigs received their common name from the folk belief that these insects would sometimes crawl into the ears of people as they slept.
Earwigs live on all continents of our planet, except frosty Antarctica. They eat different plants, other insects, and sometimes honey. In rural areas of England, earwig is called battle-twigs. Almost all earwigs have wings, and they can fly, but they do it very seldom. Several species of earwigs are wingless and blind.
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Wonderful Earth

Wonderful Earth

Wonderful Earth


People are constantly interested in everything mysterious. That is why they explore the amazing planet Earth. It seems that mankind knows almost everything about the planet, but there are still many topical issues that need answers. In the distant future, mankind will unravel the riddle of the Universe and the origin of the Earth. Here are interesting facts about our wonderful planet.
Large liquid-water oceans cover the majority of the planet’s surface, such that the total amount of dry land is about equal to the surface area of Mars.
Like Mercury, Venus, and Mars, Earth has no ring system, but it has a large satellite, the Moon.
The length of the day is equal to 24 hours or 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds.
Earth’s weather turns out to be the most unpredictable in the solar system.
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Bright handsome ash

Bright handsome ash

Bright handsome ash


Ash is a tall to very tall tree usually 20–40 m in height, occasionally up to 90 m, with stem diameters of 2–3 m. The trees usually have straight stems with medium-sized crowns. Several types of ash tree are valued for their hardwood or their beauty. There are about 70 different species, or types, of ash tree. They are members of the same scientific family as olive trees, jasmines, and lilacs. Most ash trees grow in the northern half of the world. They usually need plenty of sunshine. Most ashes have a strong, straight trunk with gray bark. The green leaves are made up of several parts called leaflets. In autumn the leaves turn yellow or purple. The flowers are usually small and grow in clusters. Each seed has a papery wing shaped like a dragonfly wing.
The wood is used to make baseball bats, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, oars, furniture, tool handles, and barrels.
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