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A: The largest solar telescope you the world. Was.

by Ilya Rudakov, 600 meters away

The largest solar telescope you the world. Was.

B: Spring Observatory

by Ilya Rudakov, 610 meters away

Spring Observatory

C: Observatory

by Ilya Rudakov, 610 meters away

Observatory in the mountains. Near Almaty

Observatory

D: Science depends on the politicians. A pity.

by Ilya Rudakov, 620 meters away

Science depends on the politicians. A pity.

E: Science. She was here.

by Ilya Rudakov, 640 meters away

Science. She was here.

F: solar Observatory

by Ilya Rudakov, 640 meters away

solar Observatory

G: Coronal station

by Ilya Rudakov, 660 meters away

Coronal station

H: View of the observatory.

by Ilya Rudakov, 660 meters away

View of the observatory.

I: Ghost installer

by Ilya Rudakov, 660 meters away

Ghost installer

J: Telescope to observe the solar corona

by Ilya Rudakov, 660 meters away

Telescope to observe the solar corona

This panorama was taken in Kazakhstan, Asia

This is an overview of Asia

Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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