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You want the Moon? You can have the Moon!

You can literally give somebody the moon with this necklace by Eclectic Eccentricity. “Genuine actual pieces of Moon Dust have been captured in the prettiest of glass teardrop vials; how many people can say they’re wearing the Moon? This is … Continue reading

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The Majestic Sombrero Galaxy (M104)

The Sombrero Galaxy (also known as Messier Object 104, M104 or NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 28 million light-years (8.6 Mpc) from Earth.  It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, … Continue reading

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Something in the Nothing

“This new image from the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope focuses on a conspicuously dark, tentacle-like structure in our night sky. This is not a hole, or an empty patch of sky. Rather it is a dust and gas cloud (catalogued as … Continue reading

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Rose of Galaxies

“To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble’s eye at an especially photogenic pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of … Continue reading

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Saturn’s Psychedelic Jet Stream

“Saturn is a gas giant planet, nine times wider than Earth, and mostly atmosphere. We don’t see its surface as such, but the top of its clouds. That means we peer down on a wildly dynamic environment, in some ways … Continue reading

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NGC 3576

“NGC 3576 is a large cloud of glowing gas located about 9,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation Carina, floating in the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. Rich in hydrogen gas and large amounts of ionized atomic hydrogen, … Continue reading

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Wicked Witch of Orion

“Witches are one of the most popular characters associated with Halloween and there happens to be a cosmic witch right in our own galactic backyard. IC 2118, commonly referred to as the Witch Head Nebula, is located approximately 800 light-years … Continue reading

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Yūgen, the final frontier

Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of … Continue reading

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Eyes to the sky

Local skywatchers might get to see a spectacular Hunter’s Comet — the newly discovered comet ISON. A NASA astronomer says ISON’s fiery tail may be visible to those watching the night sky from October 2013 through January 2014. And the comet … Continue reading

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