By ROB WAUGH
The clouds are the highest in atmosphere at around 50 miles above the Earth's surface, captured here by photographer Adrian Maricic, from Fife over the Forth Road and rail bridges
A photographer caught a glimpse of the most distant clouds in the atmosphere shining an electric blue from 50 miles up as the skies cleared over Edinburgh at dusk this week. The 'night shining' clouds are normally invisible, but shine at twilight when ice crystals in the high-altitude clouds are lit up by the sun as it sets.
The clouds are especially bright here at the height of Edinburgh's summer.
A photographer in Fife captured the rare clouds over the Forth Rail bridge as the skies cleared after a week of storms. The clouds are the highest in atmosphere at around 50 miles above the Earth's surface.
The 'noctilucent' or 'night shining' clouds are often photographed from aircraft in flight, from the Space Station.
Normally too faint to be seen, the clouds are visible only when illuminated by sunlight from below the horizon while the lower layers of the atmosphere are in the Earth's shadow
The recent activity has been captured by photographer Adrian Maricic, from Fife over the Forth Road and rail bridges as twilight decended across the Firth of Forth earlier this week.
The clouds - called 'polar mesospheric' clouds or 'noctilucent' clouds are visible in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, and peak during their respective late spring and early summer seasons.
Polar mesospheric clouds form between 47 to 53 miles above Earth’s surface when there is sufficient water vapour at these high altitudes to freeze into ice crystals.
The clouds are illuminated by the Sun when it is just below the visible horizon, lending them their night-shining properties.
The clouds can only be seen from aircraft in flight, from the Space Station, or rarely from the ground at twilight - and shine at night because the ice crystals are lit up by the sun from beneath the visible horizon
While the exact cause for the formation of polar mesospheric clouds is still debated - dust from meteors, global warming, and rocket exhaust have all been suggested as contributor - recent research suggests that changes in atmospheric gas composition or temperature has caused the clouds to become brighter over time.
Space Station astronauts also captured images of the clouds earlier this month as the craft passed over the Tibetan Plateau.
Archive for 6/1/12 - 7/1/12
Shining Forth from the heavens: Rare blue 'night-shining clouds' pictured at dusk over Edinburgh's landmark rail bridge
By ROB WAUGH
Karisa Sukamto Miss World Singapore 2012: Karisa Sukamto has been crowned Miss Singapore World 2012 by May Hsu (Miss Singapore world 2011) during the grand finale of MSW 2012 at the Orchid Country Club, on Wednesday night 27th June, 2012.
Karisa Sukamto will paint Singapore in Miss WOrld 2012 beauty pageant which is the 62nd edition of Miss World beauty contest and it will held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia on 18th August, 2012.
source: hubsubpost, t-pageant
Vu Thi Hoang My was selected to represent Vietnam in Miss World 2012 pageant, in Ordos, Inner Mongolia on August 18, 2012.
Hoang My is 24 years old and stands 1.71m. She was the first runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2010. Hoang My is from Đong Nai province, Vietnam. She was also competed in Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Brazil but without success.
Good luck to Hoang My this time in Miss World 2012 pageant!
source: beautycontestupdate, t-pageant
OSLO, Norway - Karoline Olsen was crowned Miss World Norway 2012 at the Emil and Samuel Club in Oslo on June 29. She will represent Norway in Miss World 2012 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China on August 18.
Aneta Stojkoska was crowned Miss Macedonia 2012 at the Restoran Jana in Skopje on June 28. She will represent the F.Y.R.M in Miss World 2012 in ordos, china on augest 18.
Aneta Stojkoska, center, crowned Miss Macedonia 2012, poses with the runner-up Sofija Musu, left, and second runner-up Simona Stankovska during a beauty contest in Skopje, Macedonia, late Thursday, June 28, 2012. The 20-year-old Stojkoska will represent Macedonia at Miss World 2012. (Photo: AP)
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She'll whip you into shape! Miranda Kerr brandishes a riding crop as she shows exactly how to do sexy equestrian chic in Harper's Bazaar shoot
By SARAH FITZMAURICE
Caped crusader: Miranda was seen strutting her stuff in a bra, a pair of of over-the-knee boots and a long cape while she brandished a riding crop around
She's no stranger to strutting her stuff on a catwalk but now Miranda Kerr has taken her style to the stables.
The beautiful Australian model has turned equestrian in a series of beguiling shots for Harper's Bazaar magazine.
The 29-year-old is seen brandishing a riding crop as she sashays around in luxurious underwear and riding attire.
Whipping everyone into shape: Miranda Kerr channels equestrian chic in a stunning new shoot for Harper's Bazaar
In one shot Miranda poses in just a satin bra and a tweed waistcoat with a riding hat perched on her head.
In her gloved hands she is grasping a riding crop and gazing into the camera.
The gorgeous images have been taken by Giampaolo Sgura and the leafy green backdrop is actually Mike Tyson's former estate in New Jersey.
The shoot appears to have taken inspiration from the hit fiction novel Fifty Shades of Grey, with bondage notes visibly in some of the outfits and the riding crop a recurring theme.
All tied up: The shoot has themes of bondage seen here with the laced up collar over the dark lingerie
As well as modelling the lingerie which ranges from Azzedine Alaia to Hermes and Victoria’s Secret, Miranda speaks about being mother to her adorable baby boy Flynn in the accompanying interview.
Speaking about her perfect day she says: 'to wake up to the sound of my son saying "Mama, mama!2 It’s the best sound ever. Then I just love to get him out of bed and he can jump into bed with us, and we have cuddle time.'
And the Victoria's Secret model admitted that she and husband Orlando Bloom are likely to expand their family in the future.
She said: 'I think probably, yes. Having a child is the most incredible experience. What’s surprised me most is just how incredible the bond is between you and your child. To watch him grow and evolve every day is really inspiring.'
Suits you: Miranda talks about being a mother, having more children and her love of singing in the August edition of Harper's Bazaar magazine which goes on sale from July 2
Miranda shocked fans when she took to the catwalk two months after giving birth to Flynn she says she didn't feel any pressure to slim down focusing instead on breastfeeding her son.
She explained: 'I didn’t feel pressure to snap back into shape. My priority was just having my son and breastfeeding, which was something I really wanted to do, and it came easily. I’m actually still making milk now but, you know, he’s got teeth.'
Miranda also reveals a talent most fans may not be aware of not only is an incredible model but the Australian also loves to sing and has recorded a few covers of songs too.
To read the full interview pick up the August edition of Harper's Bazaar on sale July 2.
Date night: Meanwhile Miranda and her husband Orlando Bloom enjoyed a date night by attending Broadway's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' at Brook Atkinson Theater
Pins on parade: Miranda showed off her enviable slim pins in some skinny jeans
Under lock and key: Lady Gaga steps out in padlocked collar as new song 'Princess Die' sparks controversy
By KIRSTY MCCORMACK and KIMBERLEY DADDS
Under lock and key: Lady Gaga is pictured in Melbourne wearing a very revealing bra with pasties covering her modesty and wearing a thick collar
Lady Gaga ventured out in Melbourne today wearing a thick padlocked collar and revealing bra as she posed for pictures with a young fan.
Black nipple pasties covered the singer's modesty and she added giant gold earrings and black retro sunglasses to the outfit.
Gaga, 26, has been touring Australia and last night debuted a new song for the audience at her Melbourne show.
The song, Princess Die, has outraged fans of the late Princess Diana, who believe the lyrics refer to her tragic death in 1997.
The track includes the lyrics: 'And wish that I would go / In my rich boyfriend's limo / Right after he proposed / With a 16-carat stone wrapped in rose gold / With the paparazzi all swarming around /So bob head your head for another dead blonde..'
Princess Diana died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris with her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed, who is rumoured to have proposed to her.
Scandal: The singer has sparked controversy over hew new song Princess Die, which she debuted at her Melbourne concert this week
The song is expected to be a track on Gaga's next studio album, though it is unclear whether she will include the number on her set list for her upcoming UK performances.
Gaga is no stranger to controversy, angering many with her use of religious icons and costumes in her performances, and her outlandish garb such as that famous meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Incidentally, the singer brought another version of the dress out onstage at her concerts this week.
It's back! Lady Gaga mocks up a meat dress similar to the one she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards as she performed on stage in Melbourne
Gaga revisited her meat dress by turning up on stage at one point wearing a shorter version of the frock, and presumably not with real meat this time as she energetically writhed around in front of the audience.
She then stripped off the skirt part of the outfit to unveil just a meat-inspired corset and body.
Gaga certainly didn't disappoint with her outfits that debuted throughout the show in the southern Australian city.
By ANDREA MAGRATH
'We're over the moon': Adele has announced that she and boyfriend Simon Konecki are expecting their first child
Adele has announced today that she is pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Simon Konecki.
The singer, 24, revealed the news on her website to her fans, writing: 'I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together.
'I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx'
The Someone Like You singer has been dating the 36-year-old since last summer, and went public with the relationship in January.
Adele told People magazine recently that she 'really wants to be a mum', adding that it is her goal to have three sons by the time she is 30. 'I better start getting on with it!' she said
Shortly after her sweep of the Grammys back in February, the singer also told US Vogue magazine that she was 'f***ing off' for four or five years' to concentrate on her relationship.
Announcement: The singer, 24, revealed the news on her website today
'If I am constantly working, my relationships fail,' she said at the time.'
'So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy.
'And then I don't know what I'll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.'
It seems that her planned schedule has not exactly occurred in that order, as rumours were first sparked when Adele turned up to the Ivor Novello awards two months ago wearing a smock-stye dress that concealed her figure.
In February Adele purchased a £7 million mansion in Sussex for the couple to live in.
Adele, who underwent throat surgery to repair damage to her vocal chords in November, gushed about her man to Vogue, revealing: 'He's wonderful. And he's proud of me, but he don't care about what I do or what other people think. He looks after me. I don't think I would have gotten through the recovery for my surgery if it hadn't been for him.'
Whirlwind: The couple began dating last summer and their romance went public in January
She also ticked off what makes her good in a relationship: 'I am attentive. I will do anything for my man. I am a good cook. I'm funny. Always want to have sex - Well, most girls don't!'
Shortly after Simon and Adele's relationship became known, it was reported that the entrepreneur, and old Etonian, was still married.
Adele hit back at the claims, taking to her website to set the record straight. 'This is the first and last time I will comment on the details of my relationship with Simon,' she wrote in January.
'Contrary to reports and headlines in the press today, Simon is divorced and has been for 4 years.'
Something to hide? Adele sparked rumours when she turned up to the Ivor Novello Awards in May wearing a smock-style dress that concealed her figure
'Everyone in our lives separately and together wish us nothing but the best, and vice versa. These are the facts.'
Adele previous dated part-time DJ Ned Biggs, who is believed to have been the source of some of her most heartbreaking hits.
Their relationship is thought to have lasted several months, several years ago.
Katie's $15million and a $35m mansion: What Holmes stands to gain from her ex-husband... and how she's 'seeking much more'
By RACHEL QUIGLEY
Split: After five years of marriage, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are set to engage in a messy divorce with speculation as to how much of the Cruise estate Katie is entitled to
When they married to great fanfare and with much opulence in an Italian castle in November 2006, talk not only centered on bride Katie Holmes' wedding dress but also on her prenuptial agreement with the groom.
The details? For each year the couple stay married, the Dawson's Creek actress collects $3million - to a maximum of $33 million after 11 years - as well as their palatial home in California.
If their marriage had lasted more than 11 years, Holmes would have received half of Cruises’s reportedly $250 million fortune.
After filing for divorce less than six years later, according to the agreement, Katie should only be entitled to $15 million as well as the couple's $35 million Beverly Hills Mansion.
Autos: The $1.5million Veyron - which the couple arrived to the Mission Impossible premiere in - features a 16 cylinder engine, The engine is fed by four turbochargers and displaces 7,993 cubic centimeters
But with an estate worth upwards of $275 million, Katie is expected to seek much more and there is already intense speculation as to how much she will collect when the papers are signed. Sources reveal the 33-year-old is asking for a 'suitable amount' of child support, as well as a division of property, though no mention was made of the prenuptial agreement in divorce papers.
After Katie's lawyer announced her client was filing for divorce, representatives for Tom, 49, released a statement saying he was 'very sad' and 'did not see this coming'.
Since they did not stay married for 11 years, the prenuptial agreement explicitly states that California community property laws won't apply to the divorce - which normally sees a couple's assets split 50/50.
Home number one: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes paid about $35 million for this Beverly Hills mansion sprawled over 10,286 square feet which Katie is said to be entitled to in the prenuptial agreement
When the divorce is eventually finalized, each will keep their respective earnings from the projects they've worked on since November 2006. That's in addition to the $3 million per year Cruise will give to Holmes.
There were also rumors that a certain degree of 'nastiness' was involved, evidenced by Katie's intent to seek sole custody of Suri.
If she succeeds in this, the child support payments Tom will have to pay for his daughter could prove sizeable.
New York divorce attorney Vikki Ziegler told Hollywood Life that because of the prenup, Katie stands to lose millions and will need to use their six-year-old daughter as a pawn to get more money.
'Most of the estate is Tom's. She’ll have to go for a lot of child support,' she said. 'She’ll have to show that Suri has nannies, cars, activities, clothes, hair appointments. That a hefty amount each month is needed to maintain Suri’s lifestyle.'
Their country house in Sussex, England: The home features six bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, underground garage, a sports pavilion, a game room, greenhouse, high tech security system and a staff cottage is worth $4.75million
Part-time homes: A $7million villa in Italy's Lake Como, left, and a luxury Manhattan apartment add to the couple's multimillion dollar estate
Shortly after they married in 2006, the couple paid $30million for a lavish nine-bedroom home on a Telluride, Colorado, estate which they were later rumored to have added a $10 million bunker to.
They also own a lavish apartment in New York's Manhattan, where Katie is currently said to be holed up with the couple's daughter Suri, while Tom films his new movie Oblivion in Iceland.
Boats: The couple and daughter Suri took many expensive vacations during their five-year marriage including time spent on their own 'Little Castle' 60ft power yacht
A $5 million home in Sussex, England, which features six bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, underground garage, sports pavilion, high tech security system and staff cottage as well as villa in Italy's Lake Como bought from friend George Clooney for almost $7 million adds to the couple's multimillion dollar estate.
The Mission Impossible actor likes to indulge in a number of expensive hobbies and has over the years collected three aircrafts, several cars and a 60-foot yacht.
After the couple married, the actor bought Katie a luxurious wedding gift in the form of a Gulfstream IV-SP, about which she famously said: 'It's like a bus, only quicker.'
Splash the cash: Daughter Suri is believed to own a $3million designer wardrobe
Motorcycle: Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes arrive on a motorbike at a special fan screening of War of the Worlds at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood June 27, 2005
Cruise also owns a luxurious airplane Aviat – Pitts S-2B and a North American Aviation P-51 Mustang. The jet has painted on one of it's side 'Kiss Me, Kate'.
As well as aircrafts, Tom has a number of sports cars in his possession - a Porsce 911 and a 16-cylinder V8.
The couple lived in Beverly Hills so California law would have been applied to the separation of assets.
California is a community property state, so normally a couple's assets must be split evenly in divorce. Any money earned would be split 50/50 as would any debt either Tom or Katie incurred during their marriage.
However the prenuptial agreement changes all that.