The first ever image of a black hole was revealed this morning. It's 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun and over 55 million light-years from @earth Black holes generate a gravity field so powerful that nothing can escape their pull – including visible light. This photo shows the vortex of gas, dust, stars and light itself being sucked into the black hole to never emerge again. - Image taken by Event Horizon Telescope
Lake Berryessa in Napa Valley, California - This may look like a portal to another dimension, but it's really just a spiraling spillway. This 72-foot wide concrete funnel is used to drain water from the lake to prevent floods (via @drones_are_cool ).
“I have spent hours and hours watching elephants, and come to understand what emotional creatures they are. It’s not just a species facing extinction, it’s massive individual suffering.” - Dr. Jane Goodall - @doyoutravel having a magical encounter with a wild elephant in Kenya. Did you know the elephant population has dropped 62% in the last ten years? An estimated 100 African elephants are killed a day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 of these beautiful creatures remaining. They could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade if we don’t do something. We need stronger protection policies for these animals on the government level. If you plan on going to see an elephant, it’s important to consider if it’s ethical. Make sure you research ahead of time. Stay away from anywhere that capture animals from the wild or provide unhealthy living conditions. Avoid riding elephants and souvenirs made from animals, such as ivory products. No one wants to imagine a world without elephants, but it's a definite possibility unless we make a global effort to preserve them.