Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Amid beating drums, the whistle of an ancient flute and an artillery salute, Thailand began an elaborate cremation ceremony for revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday (26 October). The late kings body, which had been lying in state at the palace since his death a year ago, was moved to the cremation area on Wednesday night. The 18th century chariot carrying the royal urn weighs nearly 14 tonne and was pulled by more than 200 soldiers. 28 days ago
Eight weird spindle-like galaxies discovered by astronomers

Eight weird spindle-like galaxies discovered by astronomers

Scientists have discovered eight new spindle-like galaxies—huge structures once thought to be extremely rare features of the cosmos. Traditionally, we think of galaxies as being flat rotating disks made up of billions of stars, with a black hole at their center. However, scientists also know of another type known as prolate rotators. These are cigar-shaped galaxies that rotate along their axis making it look like a spindle. Until now, only a handful of which had ever been observed, making astronomers think they were extremely rare. Oct 13, 2017
Thailand marks one-year anniversary of late kings death

Thailand marks one-year anniversary of late kings death

Thailand held a nation-wide Buddhist alms-giving ceremony on Friday (13 October) to mark the first anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the worlds longest-reigning monarch who helped shape the Southeast Asian nation for decades after World War Two. Oct 13, 2017