New featured picture: Andromeda Galaxy. The light that formed this image took 2.5 million years to get to Earth, arriving just last September on the 18th. The creator, Adam Evans, said last week on his Flickr page, "Check it out, some kind soul has uploaded my photo to Wikipedia's entry for the Andromeda Galaxy. Very cool."
This week's "Features and admins" covers Saturday 12 – Friday 18 February
ErrantX (nom) is a graduate in electronic engineering and is completing an MSc in software engineering. He works in computer security and computer forensics. Among his contributions will be a presence at ANI, RFPP and AIV.
At the time of publication there are three live RfAs: The Bushranger and Glane23, both due to finish on Tuesday 22 February, and Snottywong, due to finish on Monday 28 February.
Rutherford B. Hayes (nom) (1822–93), the 19th US President who served one term from 1877 to 1881, overseeing the end of Reconstruction and America's entry into the Second Industrial Revolution. Hayes was a reformer whose work was influential in civil service reform. He unsuccessfully tried to reconcile the divisions that had led to the Civil War. (Coemgenus; picture at right)
Minas Geraes-class battleship (nom), a pair of Brazilian dreadnoughts, in service from 1910, that caused traditional powers around the world to hail Brazil's new-found military potential (said to have "astonished the naval world"). Both ships were rapidly outmoded, but survived through the Second World War before being scrapped. (The ed17)
John J. Crittenden (nom), a US career politician in the 19th century who served as Congressman, Senator, US Attorney General, Governor, and state legislator. Nominator Acdixon says that "had his 'Crittenden Compromise' been approved, the American Civil War might have been averted."
Five featured sounds were promoted, in twelve parts:
Cello Suite No. 1 in G BWV1007, JS Bach (1685–1750), performed by the Canadian cellist, John Michel. The play button to the right is to the first movement; the other five movements are linked to below it.
Andromeda Galaxy (nom; related article), the closest spiral galaxy to Earth, distant from us by about 25 times the diameter of our own galaxy, and containing about 10 times as many stars (1,000 billion). The creator, Adam Evans, says the image includes "120 mins of hydrogen-alpha data (shot from the city) to enhance the nebula regions in Andromeda. While I was at it, I also tweaked the overall colour balance." picture at top
New featured picture: the Engadin, a long valley in southeast Switzerland, protected by high mountains on all sides and famous for its sunny climate. This is one of the few places in which the Romansh language is indigenous.
Information about new admins at the top is drawn from their user pages and RfA texts, and occasionally from what they tell us directly.