The 388-Year Old Atomic Bomb Survivor

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Prominently displayed at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D. C. is the remarkable bonsai known as the Hiroshima Survivor. This rare White Pine (Pinus parviflora ‘Miyajima’) from Miyajima Island in Japan was part of a bonsai collection in Hiroshima when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city, 6 August 1945. Continue reading

Out of this World


On the second Saturday of each month, the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) hosts a public star-gazing event at Sky Meadows State Park near Paris, Virginia. The grassy field behind the 1860s era Mount Bleak House is transformed into an extraterrestrial observatory with dozens of high-tech, high-powered telescopes exploring and imaging the cosmos. Continue reading