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December 30, 2009
The Frame's Top Ten
As the year comes to an end, I've gathered 10 entries from the The Frame that garnered the most traffic in 2009.
I would like to thank everyone who has spent time with the blog this year. Your support, comments and e-mails are appreciated. Here's a New Year's toast to you, the audience of The Frame, and a wish for a great 2010.
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# 1 - Hubble telescope's latest images, Nov. 9 -- This image shows the planetary nebula, catalogued as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a new camera aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was installed by NASA astronauts in May 2009, during the servicing mission to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star's outer layers, expelled over about 2,200 years. The "butterfly" stretches for more than two light-years, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri. Image released by NASA on Wednesday, Sept. 9. NASA    view this entry


# 2 - Oasis of the Seas, Nov. 23 - Royal Caribbean sports staff member Colin Kerr tries out one of two surf simulators on board the world's largest and newest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas docked at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Friday, Nov. 20. The Finnish built 225,282-ton ship owned by Royal Caribbean International is set for its debut voyage in the Caribbean Dec. 1. Fifteen decks house 4 main swimming pools, a park promenade, surf simulators, rock climbing, and miniature golf. AP / Hans Deryk   view this entry



# 3 - Images of spring, May 6 - A fast-moving thundershower rolled over uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, May 2, producing lightning strikes and intense rain. Charlotte Observer / Gary O'Brien   view this entry



# 4 - World reaction to Michael Jackson's sudden death, June 26 - Sand sculptures of Michael Jackson, a guitar and his fedora hat, made by Sudarshan Pattnaik are seen at the golden sea beach for the fans to pay floral tribute to the "King of Pop" at Puri, India, Friday, June 26. The 50-year-old musical superstar died Thursday, just as he was preparing for what would be a series of 50 concerts starting July 13 at London's famed 02 arena. AP / Biswaranjan Rout   view this entry



# 5 - Daily Life, June 19 - Pakistani boys swim in a pond to beat the heat in Hyderabad, Pakistan on Monday, June 8. Recently most of the country is in the clutches of a sweltering heat wave, with temperatures raising up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in some cities. AP / Pervez Masih   view this entry



# 6 - Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, June 12 - U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Battalion walk through the sand inside Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province Monday June 8. Some 7,000 of the new U.S. troops ordered to Afghanistan are fanning out across the dangerous south on a mission to defeat the Taliban insurgency and to change the course of a war claiming American lives at a record pace. AP / David Guttenfelder   view this entry



# 7 - Repair Mission to Hubble, May 15 - Astronauts John Grunsfeld, left, and Andew Feustel working on the Hubble Space Telescope during the first of five STS-125 spacewalks on Thursday, May 14. NASA   view this entry



# 8 - Earthquake in Italy, April 6 - Police, volunteers and rescuers work on a collapsed house on April 6, 2009 in the center of the Abruzzo capital L'Aquila, the epicenter of an earthquake measuring 5.8-magnitude on the open-ended Richter scale. At least 27 people were killed in an earthquake that struck central Italy as most people lay sleeping early on April 6, and the death toll was rising steadily after many homes collapsed in the Abruzzo region. AFP / Getty Images / Vincenzo Pinto   view this entry



# 9 - Black Friday, Nov. 27 - Mario Yanez, second from right, and bakery manager Richard Silva, right, pass out Wii and Wii Fit consoles to anxious shoppers Friday, Nov. 27, at the HEB McCreless Market in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio Express-News / Lisa Krantz   view this entry



# 10 - Penguin Release, May 27 - Penguins walk towards the ocean on May 26, after being released on one of Blouberg's beach on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds released a second batch of 38 African Penguins back into the wild after they were treated from contaminated oil pollution during an oil spill off the coast of Namibia on April 8. AFP / Getty Images / Gianluigi Guercia   view this entry



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