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Reflecting Dust Clouds

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These dazzling cosmic waves of blue with dark crests can be found in the constellation Orion. They are the product of M78 and other bright reflection nebula. NASA explains their glow: The dark filamentary dust not only absorbs light, but also reflects the light of several bright blue stars ...

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In the Heart of the Rosette Nebula

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This photograph of the dazzling heart of the Rosette Nebula resembles "the heavens" in a painting from the age of romanticism. The bright cluster of stars--the NGC 2244--formed a few million years ago from surrounding gases, according to NASA.  From NASA's website: The above image taken in ...

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The Cat's Paw Nebula

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Nebulas are the Rorschach tests of the cosmos. Do you see a cat's paw in this image? NASA researchers did. That's how this one got its name. From NASA: Nebulas are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar shapes as perhaps cats are for getting into trouble. Still, no known ...

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Today is Bloomsday

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June 16, 1904 is when Ulysses, that tome that far more people talk about than have actually read it, takes place. It was also the day the author, James Joyce, went on his first date with his wife Nora Barnacle, which resulted in a sexual act immortalized in the book. Today, people all over the ...

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The Sunflower Galaxy

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Around 25 million light-years from the constellation Canes Venatici in the northern sky, the Sunflower Galaxy clearly deserves its nickname. The flower-looking bright spiral galaxy is nearly 100,000 light-years across, which is about the size of our own Milky Way.  From NASA's website ...