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Halloween Costume Contest Winner: TBA tomorrow

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But in the meantime, don't forget to send us your best ideas and pictures -- the winner will be announced tomorrow as the Grand Marshal of our Halloween parade! In the meantime, here's a tidbit about a much bigger parade, New York's West Village extravaganza:

In Celtic times, the last night of Autumn was celebrated by gathering around a communal fire. Villagers would then carry home embers from the communal fire to rekindle their own hearths. The glowing embers were carried in hollowed gourds adorned with decorations in homage to Brigid, the goddess of the Hearth. The Jack-O-Lantern, the most famous symbol of Halloween today, originiated with this tradition.

To honor the Celtic tradition, the 2006 Village Halloween Parade procession will be led by a troupe of dancing Jack-O-Lantern and Squash Blossom puppets bearing the communal fire within a great pumpkin lantern.

It will also apparently be led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, who of course don't need the excuse to dress up.

You can see photos of last year's NYC parade here. Last year's grand prize winner was a guy covered in feathers and whizzing around on Rollerblades, scaring people -- can you guess what he was supposed to be?

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Can’t See the Eclipse in Person? Watch NASA’s 360° Live Stream
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Depending on where you live, the historic eclipse on August 21 might not look all that impressive from your vantage point. You may be far away from the path of totality, or stuck with heartbreakingly cloudy weather. Maybe you forgot to get your eclipse glasses before they sold out, or can't get away from your desk in the middle of the day.

But fear not. NASA has you covered. The space agency is live streaming a spectacular 4K-resolution 360° live video of the celestial phenomenon on Facebook. The livestream started at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and includes commentary from NASA experts based in South Carolina. It will run until about 4:15 ET.

You can watch it below, on NASA's Facebook page, or on the Facebook video app.

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Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

Ammonites are the ancestors of the cephalopods that currently populate the world’s oceans. They had sharp beaks, dexterous tentacles, and spiraling shells that could grow more than 3 feet in diameter. The inland sea where the ammonites once thrived has since dried up, leaving only fossils as evidence of their existence. The newly plowed dirt mural acts as a larger-than-life reminder of the ancient animals.

To make a drawing big enough to be seen from space, mathematician David Kennedy plotted the image into a path consisting of more than 600 “way points.” Then, using a former War World II airfield as his canvas, the property’s owner Rob Ievers plowed the massive 1230-foot-by-820-foot artwork into the ground with his tractor.

The project was funded by Soil Science Australia, an organization that uses soil art to raise awareness of the importance of farming. The sketch doubles as a paleotourist attraction for the local area, which is home to Australia's "dinosaur trail" of museums and other fossil-related attractions. But to see the craftsmanship in all its glory, visitors will need to find a way to view it from above.

[h/t Townsville Bulletin]

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