Finally, it became true – mount Etna and Sicilia

It was short before my father died, spring 2016, that we finally got to the point.
An old wish, a long desired trip to marvelous Sicily.

Arriving, of course 🙂 in the wrong airport and in a completely wrong side of the island we had to make a wild car-trip on our freshly hired Nissan through the maze of b- and c-rings around Palermo before we finally arrived in the booked hotel, close to a half abandoned military airport 🙂 But the view to the sacred city was magnificent.

Next day, the road to Etna was an introduction to whole Sicily and the trip itself a hymn to springtime

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In the same afternoon we arrived at Nicolosi – the Gate to Etna.

Looked like the whole village was build of lava.

Etna

A childhood dream came true – to visit the mythical mount EtnaΑίτνα

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Follow the ISS

The third brightest object in the sky is the ISS – the International Space Station.
NASA has made a simple site that guides when to spot the ISS, depending on where on Earth you are located. Click on image below to find the guide.

Current location

You can see the station’s current position here.

Be sure to click the button “Snapshot” to open an extra map of the current ground area in a new window.

Some facts:

  • The ISS is maintained in a nearly circular orbit with a minimum mean altitude of 330 km (205 mi) and a maximum of 410 km (255 mi), in the centre of the Thermosphere, at an inclination of 51.6 degrees to Earth’s equator.
  • It travels at an average speed of 27,724 kilometres (17,227 mi) per hour, and completes 15.410 orbits per day

Read more about the ISS on Wikipedia