Google and Time Magazine Celebrate Earth Day with your photos

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Google and Time Magazine Celebrate Earth Day with your photos

(by pio dal cin) Google Plus and Time Magazine have teamed up to show you the Best of our Planet Earth. On Earth Day you can share your beautiful pictures and publish them on +Google+ 
with the hastag  #MyBeautifulEarth. Google has already opened a Google Page where your photos will be featured. So get on and shoot the part of the Planet where you live and share it “publicly” on G+  +Sharing is Caring on G+ 
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18 by pio dal cin Codognè Treviso. Author #Author

Royal Baby? On July the 22nd. A girl of course.

The lunar phase depends on the Moon's position...
The lunar phase depends on the Moon’s position in orbit around the Earth and the Earth’s position in orbit around the sun. This diagram (not to scale) looks down on Earth from north. Both Earth and the Moon’s orbit are rotating counter-clockwise. Sunlight (yellow arrows) is coming in from the right. One can see, for example, that the full moon will always rise at sunset and that the waning crescent moon is high overhead around 9:00 am local time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The lunar phase depends on the Moon‘s position in orbit around the Earth and the Earth’s position in orbit around the sun. This diagram (not to scale) looks down on Earth from north. Both Earth and the Moon’s orbit are rotating counter-clockwise. Sunlight (yellow arrows) is coming in from the right. One can see, for example, that the full moon will always rise at sunset and that the waning crescent moon is high overhead around 9:00 am local time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by pio dal cin. Codognè. How can I be so sure that Her Majesty the Princess of Cambridge will be born on the 22nd of July? Well I am not sure of course, but if you care to look at This Lunar Phase prospect you may see that the full moon is “due” for such a date.

Here in VenetoItaly, we have a couple of saying regarding first born babies.

One. “Mamma Bela l’è na Putela” that means “If mom looks more than pretty, it’s a Girl”. Kate looks beautiful so, It’s a GIRL!!!

Two. For the first baby to be born you have to wait for the full moon.

Let’s see if my prediction is right.

Attack By Chondrite: Scientists ID Russian Meteor


Attack By Chondrite: Scientists ID Russian Meteor

February 22, 2o13

Researchers who studied pieces of the meteor collected near Lake Cherbarkul say it was a common chondrite meteor. The largest of the 53 fragments was one centimeter in diameter. Photo provided by the Urals Federal University Press Service.

Alexander Khlopotov/AP

The meteor that caused at least 1,000 injuries in Russia after a startling and powerful daytime explosion one week ago has been identified as a chondrite. Russian scientists who analyzed fragments of the meteor, whose large size and well-documented impact made it a rarity, say that its composition makes it the most common type of meteor we encounter here on Earth.

“The fragments contain a standard number of minerals, including olivine, pyroxene, troilite and kamacite,” scientist Viktor Grokhovsky of the Urals Federal University, told the Voice of Russia. “These minerals that can be discovered only in outer space confirm the fragments’ extraterrestrial nature.”

That means that before it shattered windows in the city of Chelyabinsk and turned people around the world into gawkers fascinated by a calamity — and by the amazing video footage of it — the meteor spent billions of years traveling through space.

When it detonated over Russia, the explosion was powerful enough to be “detected by 17 nuclear monitoring stations around the globe,” as The Christian Science Monitor reports.

The meteor, which may have weighed as much as 10,000 tons and measured about 55 feet across, was traveling at an estimated 11 miles per second when it reached Earth, according to a report at io9.

“Chondrites are some of the most primitive rocks in the solar system,” says Britain’s Natural History Museum. “These 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites have not changed much from the asteroid they came from.”

The museum says the meteor’s name — pronounced with a hard “K” sound — comes from the Greek word for grains of sand.

But in the region where the meteor fell, the chondrite goes by another title: a chance to cash in. As NPR’s David Greene tells Linda Wertheimer on Morning Edition, people have been scrambling to collect pieces of the famous meteor.

“A 16-year-old pulled one out of his pocket and said, ‘Here’s a piece of the meteor, right here,” David says. “And this black market is developing. People have been coming to these villages and offering $100, $200 for little handfuls of space debris. The government’s worried that people are going to be trying to sell it fraudulently. So, this whole new economic reality is developing around this stuff.”

The Asteroid travelled at 33000 miles per hour

The asteroid that hit Russia today wasn’t that big at all, but had it hit the Earth at its full size it would have originated a huge explosion comparable tomillion tons of dynamite

Hangout on G+ with Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (Youtube video)

Soyuz is the longest serving manned spacecraft...
Soyuz is the longest serving manned spacecraft design in history (1967– ) , upgraded regularly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



(by pio dal cin) February 15th 2013 10:23 pm. What a great experience today. I had the great privilege and honour to talk to Astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti  from the +European Space Agency, ESA  in  Germany. We had a friendly talk about her upcoming experience on November 2014 when she will be a member of the crew going into the ISS (International Space Station) where she will spend six months orbiting around the Earth. I learned many things that I did not know about the ISS and life up there. One astonishing fact for me was the speed of travelling around the Earth as it takes about one and a half hour to complete an orbit. Curious to find out? Just watch this video and find out all the details of a great mission.

+Samantha Cristoforetti  will be the first Italian woman to have the honour of being sent into space to the ISS.

Thanks again for your time.  I had a great time 

 +pio dal cin 

Is there a “Right Religion”?

My father was captured by the nazis just before he turned twenty, on the coast of Albania.

He was deported in Northern Germany in a working camp where he had to spend eighteen long months of hard working in a coal mine,no food and twelve hour a day shift. He was born and raised in asmall town near Venice, Italy. His schooling days ended in tenth grade as he was needed in the fields as a worker as were his two elder brothers.

On Easter Day 1945 he was freed from  the camp by the Americans, when he returned home to his family he was phisically broken. He weighed  80 pounds. he was 5’7.

So when he went to the Lourdes water to ask for healing and the Virgin Mary Listened to him, he returned as a new man, fired by the Spirit of Love and willing to start a new life as a true Christian.

His dream was to create a Christian Family. He did when he met Maria Teresa, in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

They married and remained faithful to one another for fifty one years. Three children were born. I am the  younger, my name is Pio.

Pio is a very uncommon name for a man of my age, even in Italy. Narciso, my father, just after he was healed in Lourdes had heard of a friar in Southern Italy  that was becoming famous for performing miracles. His name was Padre Pio.

Narciso travelled many times to that small village where Padre Pio lived.He met Him.He became one of His Spiritual Sons and returned regularly to visit the friar.

When Maria Teresa became pregnant of her third child, doctors told her that she should have aborted the fetus. She has had two children before this and they both came to life trough a Cesarian. She never thought, even for a second, to give up that creature, even if her life was in danger.

Narciso was desperate and went to see  Padre Pio to seek confort and advice.

Go home Narciso…tell Maria Teresa that everything will be alright… said the Saint Man

Maria Teresa kept on with her pregnancy and  she gave birth to a healthy child and the name she choose was


I was raised by these two wonderful parents in a small town in northern Italy, and Christianity was taught to me from the very beginning. I had to pray in the morning, in the evening. On Sunday we went to church all together, and back to church in the afternoon. So my life was filled with Christianity,prayers, church,and Padre Pio always mentioned as the person who brought me to life.

The small town where I grew up was too small for me. I was never idle, always on the move, seeking always new horizons. In my younger yearsI gave my parents many problems, despite the name, I was a kind of child you wouldn’t baby sit even for a hundred dollars an hour.

In 1972 i smoked my first marijuhana cigarette, i was 16 years old in a town of five thousand, in Italy. That made me very unpopular with the mothers of the girls I tried to date. There was a small American compund in my town; a detachment from an Air Base. It was natural for me to go there daily and practice my English with the soldiers who became all my friends. In a few years I spoke better English than most of my friends.

When I boarded my first TWA flight from Rome to New York, It was my 23rd birthday. I was on my way to America and I was excited and happy to leave my small town to discover the world.

I ended upin Florida and i worked as a bus boy, a store clerk, and finally discovered that I loved to drive a cab, so I did for many years.

I was meeting people everyday and listening to their problems, their worries, their dreams and aspirations.

It opened my mind. But the real issue for me was to find out where the truth was. Was the RELIGION that my parents taught me the right one or was there a better answer to the big questions of life?

I  then began my search trough the Religions of the world as seen from the people I met in my life.

In Knoxville Tennessee in 1982 there was a World’s Fair.  I went there. Drove a cab and fell in love with AISHA, a Muslim  who opened my mind to the knowledge of Islam.

I asked myself many times , while i was loving her, If I should change my Religion to hers. Analyzing the two , I realized that there were similarities, and switching from one to the other would have not changed my life, beside, deep in my hart, I felt that neither Christianity nor Islam would have given me the inner peace I was seeking. So I didn’t change. I left Aisha and Tennessee, went back to Miami.

I had a fellow driver who was a Jewish and he spoke to me about his faith. I must say that I was really attracted by many issues in that Religion that shares  with us the history of  Moses,Abraham, Isaac. And later, as a photojournalist, when I had the chance to visit the Holy Land for three times I was really overhelmed by the Spirituality I breathed there. It was like a plunge into my ancient roots. I felt as a grain of sand in the desert when I walked on the Land of the Prophets. I felt as if really all my Spirituality started there.

So by the time when i was about 30 years old, I came to a conclusion, given to me by the people I met , the places I visited, and the experiences that life gave me the gift of making:

All the Religions have the truth but none of them has the WHOLE TRUTH. There is some good and some bad in all. So I began thinking that the Almighty God has really given us many a tool to discover His Greatness, in different ways, according to our differences in Geography, History, and Heritage. I opened my mind and start thinking that it doesn’t matter wheter you believe in Jesus, Mohamed, or in the Prophets, as long as you believe that there is only ONE GOD.

But my discoveries were not over yet.

Back to the USA I  “stumbled upon” the NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUALITY , and realized that the more I knew about it the better I felt inside. There it was, I though, if today we could live by the teachings of this Great People, the World would be a much better place.

Native teaching gave me many answers, and still today. The Creator, The Universe, Mother Nature, the Animal, the Plants, all the Living Creatures  are part of the Hand of the Great Spirit that Lives inside our harts, who Has no need for churces or temples, as the Whole Universe is Its Church.

This way of seeing life and the Universe, as a Religion enlighted my Spirituality and  made me a different man.

Now in the Blog’s era, I discovered the peace and the serenity that the Buddhism is giving me with its great teachings, with meditation, and prayers of wisdom.

so here is my conclusion to the answer I made to myself if there is a RIGHT RELIGION?

NO. All of the Religions have something to teach,but if we are really interested into discover the truth of our peregrination on this Earth, we should keep ours eyes open as well as our minds, so that we can understand better what differs from our “beliefs”. Instead of fencing ourselves into the fortress of  “OUR” Religion, we should focus on a Greater Goal, making our lifes better for our well being and for the one who suffer, without letting the greed and the materialistic thought overcome the  “Breath of the Spirit” that lives in our Souls from the moment we came to life.

War and Sufferings caused by different views should  stop, and we should think as God as a Great Fire around Which we, as HUMAN BEINGS are sitting. We all know what a Fire is, but if we were to describe it the answers will be as many as we are, but the FIRE still will remain ONE.