Today Is NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY! #science @NatlFossilDay #EarthScienceWeek

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Today, October 15th, is National Fossil Day!

The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute are partnering to host the fifth annual National Fossil Day on October 15, 2014 during Earth Science Week. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

Fossils discovered on the nation’s public lands preserve ancient life from all major eras of Earth’s history, and from every major group of animal or plant. In the national parks, for example, fossils range from primitive algae found high in the mountains of Glacier National Park, Montana, to the remains of ice-age animals found in caves at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Public lands provide visitors with opportunities to interpret a fossil’s ecological context by observing fossils in the same place those animals and plants lived millions of years ago.

National Fossil Day activities will also highlight natural processes that shape our planet over time to correlate with this year’s Earth Science Week theme, “Earth’s Connected Systems” (http://www.earthsciweek.org/).

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Manhattanhenge: tonight the setting sun aligns with Manhattan streets in New York City

Manhattanhenge, a term popularized by Neil deGrasse Tyson, is an accidental Manhattan tribute to Stonehenge that happens tonight (May 29). Thousands of years from now, aliens, archaeologists, or whoever, will think our society celebrated May 29th and July 12th and planned our cities around these dates.

“Dr. Tyson has said that Manhattanhenge “may just be a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.”

The best views are to be had from the East Side on the major cross streets:14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th.

The next Manhattanhenge is on July 12.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/new-york-today-manhattanhenge/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&