Mark Zuckerberg Vacations in Facebook-less Vietnam

Mark Zuckerberg may be welcome in Vietnam, even if his brainchild Facebook is not. The Facebook founder is vacationing in the communist country that blocks its citizen from using his social networking site.

According to The Associated Press, Zuckerberg, his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan and a group of friends arrived in Vietnam Dec. 22. They spent Christmas Eve in popular tourist spot Ha Long Bay and Christmas Day at an ecolodge in the northern mountain town of Sapa, where Zuckerberg rode a buffalo.

The pair have been dating since Zuckerberg’s sophomore year at Harvard, where they met at a Friday night party for Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi. Chan, a Chinese-American from the Boston suburbs. struck up a conversation with Zuckerberg while waiting in line for the bathroom.

While the couple seem to be enjoying their vacation, it’s likely, given Zuckerberg’s insatiable work ethic, that he’s finding some time for business, namely expanding Facebook to Vietnam, where social media is growing. Though Facebook is blocked by the government’s censors, locals can still access the site with relative ease, but it seems they would rather choose local offering Zing Me.

Zuckerberg, whose net worth is measured in the billions, doesn’t need the money. Rather he seems motivated by his obsession to bring Facebook to one billion users worldwide.

 

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Christmas Comet Amazes Sky Gazers in Chile

The comet Lovejoy may not be the famed Star of Bethlehem, but it still provided a jaw-dropping sight for astronomer Gabriel Brammer, photographed the comet rising ahead of the sun on Dec. 22 at Paranal Observatory in Chile’s high Atacama Desert.

Brammer is a support astronomer for the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which runs the Paranal facility. His time-lapse photos of comet Lovejoy show it rising ahead of the sun as the Paranal astronomers fire a laser beam, which serves as a guide star, into the sky. Our Milky Way galaxy and the moon are also visible in the images.

Comet Lovejoy was discovered on Nov. 27 by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy and quickly identified as a so-called Kreutz comet, a comet which flies on an orbit that swings extremely close to the sun. The comet was about 660 feet (200 meters) wide when it was first seen.

On Wednesday (Dec. 21), NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank was amazed to see the comet rising over a nighttime Earth from his vantage point on the International Space Station as it sailed 240 miles above Tasmania. Burbank, who currently commands the space station, snapped about 100 photos of the cosmic sight, which NASA later assembled into a time-lapse video of comet Lovejoy.

Comet Lovejoy is now headed away from the sun as it travels along its highly eccentric orbit, ESO officials said. It may return to Earth’s night sky in the year 2325, when its orbit brings it back into the inner solar system, they added.

 

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