The Northern Lights shine above the frozen surface of Lake Superior on the west coast of the Keweenaw Peninusla in a 10 shot panorama captured over the space of three hours at the start of this month. To wit:

 At left, a faint band of Zodiacal light rises sharply from the horizon crossing Mars and the Pleides star cluster. Both the distant galaxy M31 and our own Milky Way shine above the greenish auroral arc. Navigational north pole star Polaris is centered above and accompanied on the right by the northern night’s most recognizable asterism, the Big Dipper. Terrestrial lights include markers for two breakwaters on the the horizon near the center of the scene.

Full resolution image here.

(Image: Lorenzo Ranieri Tenti)

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Gardaí believe the package (above) discovered this morning at the An Post depot on the Dock Road in Limerick was returned through the postal system after it failed to reach its destination in the UK.

The office is the National Return Letter Centre, which acts as the depot for all undeliverable mail in the country.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team is at the scene in Limerick.

Suspect package in Limerick linked to letter bombs sent to UK (RTÉ)

Previously: A Group Calling Itself The IRA


A fascinating mini documentary by Kevin Staake, appropriately tilt-shifted to illustrate the morbid miniatures of Abigail Goldman.

Goldman – an artist,  former reporter and current public defender at Bellingham, Washington – creates dioramas of death and destruction based on the gruesome crime scene photos and autopsies she observes in the course of her day job.

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Anne Hegerty

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Fergus McCormack writes:

Anne Hegerty, ‘The Governess’ from The Chase, joins Ray to talk about life in the Jungle, her late Asperger’s diagnosis and her Irish connections.

One of Ireland’s best loved comedians PJ Gallagher joins Ray ahead of his forthcoming TV show The Big DIY Challenge.

Disability rights campaigner Joanne O’Riordan tells Ray about her transition from student life to working as a sports journalist and the launch of her brand new podcast.

Ray meets Stephen Travers, one of the Miami Showband massacre survivors, ahead of the launch of an international Netflix documentary that charts Stephen’s quest for the truth about the attack and his search for reconciliation.

And we have a unique duet from Camille O’Sullivan and Aidan Gillen who perform Roy Orbison’s In Dreams in aid of Focus Ireland and they chat about their upcoming gig , the Sunday Independent’s ‘Rock Against Homelessness’.

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 10.20pm on RTÉ One.

Pic: ITV

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This morning.

Dublin city centre.

Volunteers, from left: Nuala Gillick with Margaret Beere from Dublin selling daffodil to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s free, nationwide care services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland.

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Linda Plover writes:

Taking place at Ballymaloe Grainstore, County Cork on Sunday April 14, Irish indie legends, The Frank & Walters will be joined by MAKO DC and Ian Whitty & The Exchange for a special event to raise funds for Cork Harbour Alliance for Safe Environment (CHASE), a community group that has worked tirelessly and voluntarily since 2001 to oppose the construction of a 240,000 tonne waste incinerator in Ringaskiddy, which would see a radius of contamination of approximately 40 miles.

Sunday afternoon at Ballymaloe with the Frank and Walters for CHASE (EventBrite)

A downpour on Grafton Street, Dublin last week

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week signed 19 bills into law, including the so-called “rain tax.”

The bill, permits counties, municipalities and certain authorities to establish stormwater utilities and impose related fees and other charges to property tax.

Supporters of the bill, S-1073, call it “flood defense,” and say it will serve as a long-needed tool to manage flooding and dirty runoff from rainwater….

…Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips has said the “rain-tax” bill permits local communities to tax “based on the weather,” and allows New Jersey to carry the financial burden when it rains…

Gulp.

NJ Gov. Signs ‘Rain Tax,’ 18 Other Bills Into Law (Patch.com)

NJ Governor Signs “Rain Tax” Bill; Residents’ Property Rates Rise “Based On The Weather (ZeroHedge)

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Up The Mountain.

A short film by Donal Moloney.

Donal writes:

It’s about Eddie, a guy I met at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair a couple of years ago. I was intrigued by his tough guy look when I first saw him but found a totally different character when I said ‘Hello’. Never judge a book ‘n’ all that…

Donal Moloney (Facebook)

This morning.

Emergency services at the scene where a two car collision at the junction of Hollybank Road at around 6.30am took the lives of a woman in her 30s and a man in his 60s.

Two people killed in Dublin road crash (RTÉ)

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