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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Photo Essays’ Archives

Stories from the heart

Stories from the heart

        Sweet stories at the Library on Valentines Day. Fables, classic & modern stories, plus folktales were told by these enchanting spellbinders: Sharon Bauer, Nora Heaton, Kathy Weddel, Jody Glasgow, Constance Holland and Elektra Greer.   Photos by Robyn Hutson

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

These two spiral galaxies make a photogenic pair, found within the boundaries of the northern constellation Draco. Contrasting in color and orientation, NGC 5965 is nearly edge-on to our line of sight and dominated by yellow hues, while bluish NGC 5963 is closer to face-on. Of course, even in this well-framed cosmic snapshot the scene is invaded by other galaxies, including small elliptical NGC 5969 at the lower left. Brighter, spiky stars in our own Milky Way are scattered through the ... Full Story

It’s a Hybrid

It’s a Hybrid

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Cosmic dust clouds ripple across this infrared portrait of our Milky Way's satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. In fact, the remarkable composite image from the Herschel Space Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope show that dust clouds fill this neighboring dwarf galaxy, much like dust along the plane of the Milky Way itself. The dust temperatures tend to trace star forming activity.         Infrared Portrait of the Large Magellanic ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Case of the Missing Supernova Companion, Where's the other star? At the center of this supernova remnant should be the companion star to the star that blew up. Identifying this star is important for understanding just how Type Ia supernova detonate, which in turn could lead to a better understanding of why the brightness of such explosions are so predictable, which in turn is key to calibrating the entire nature of our universe. The trouble is that even a careful inspection of the center of ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

From Sagittarius to Scorpius, the central Milky Way is a truly beautiful part of planet Earth's night sky. The gorgeous region is captured in this wide field image spanning about 30 degrees. The impressive cosmic vista, taken in 2010, shows off intricate dust lanes, bright nebulae, and star clusters scattered through our galaxy's rich central starfields.   A Wide Field Image of the Galactic Center  Image Credit & Copyright: Ivan Eder Explanation: From Sagittarius to ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

It is one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System. First seen late last year, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and soon spread completely around the planet. The storm has been tracked not only from Earth but from up close by the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.         A Raging Storm System on Saturn  Image Credit: Cassini Imaging ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Similar in size to the Milky Way, elliptical galaxy NGC 7600 is about 160 million light-years distant. In this deep image, spanning about 1/2 degree on the sky toward the constellation Aquarius, NGC 7600 sports a remarkable outer halo of nested shells and broad circumgalactic structures. The tantalizing features can be explained by the accretion of dark matter and stars on a cosmic timescale.     Shell Galaxy NGC 7600  Image Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Strange shapes and textures can be found in neighborhood of the Cone Nebula. The unusual shapes originate from fine interstellar dust reacting in complex ways with the energetic light and hot gas being expelled by the young stars. The brightest star on the right of the above picture is S Mon, while the region just below it has been nicknamed the Fox Fur Nebula for its color and structure.   In the Vicinity of the Cone Nebula  Image Credit & Copyright: Dieter ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Explanation: The dark, inner shadow of planet Earth is called the umbra. Shaped like a cone extending into space, it has a circular cross section most easily seen during a lunar eclipse. For example, last Saturday the Full Moon slid across the southern half of Earth's umbral shadow, entertaining moonwatchers around much of the planet. In the total phase of the eclipse, the Moon was completely within the umbra for 51 minutes.       The Umbra of Earth  Image ... Full Story

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