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APOD: A Fox Fur, a Unicorn, and a Christmas Tree (2015 Jan 05) Image Credit & Copyright: R. Colombari & F. Antonucci; Data: Subaru, ESO, & Francesco Antonucci http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150105.html Explanation: What do the following things have in common: a cone, the fur of a fox, and a Christmas tree? Answer: they all occur in the constellation of the unicorn (Monoceros). Pictured as a star forming region and cataloged as NGC 2264, the complex jumble of cosmic gas and dust is about 2,700 light-years distant and mixes reddish emission nebulae excited by energetic light from newborn stars with dark interstellar dust clouds. Where the otherwise obscuring dust clouds lie close to the hot, young stars they also reflect starlight, forming blue reflection nebulae. The image spans about the diameter of a full moon, covering about 30 light-years at the distance of NGC 2264. Its cast of cosmic characters includes the Fox Fur Nebula, whose convoluted pelt lies on the lower right, bright variable star S Mon visible just above the Fox Fur, and the Cone Nebula on the image left. Given their distribution, the stars of NGC 2264 are also known as the Christmas Tree star cluster. The triangular tree shape traced by the stars appears here with its apex at the Cone Nebula on the left with its broader base near S Mon on the right. Annotated: http://cdn.astrobin.com/images/solutions/3ac4443d-102a-46f9-89db-b81c705b9912.jpg http://www.astrobin.com/users/rob77/ http://www.astrobin.com/users/FrankAntonucci/ http://subarutelescope.org/ http://www.eso.org/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150105 #APOD

Photos of the epic Harbin ice and snow festival that’s about to start

Photos are starting to be published of the 31st annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, which starts on Jan. 5.<p>Harbin first held an ice lantern festival in 1963 and has come to be known for its snow and ice sculpture festivals. Last year the …

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction<p>A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan …

Archaeology

The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kim Kardashian West, Christy Turlington Burns, and More

This week, the best beauty Instagrams were nearly unified in their homage to the glory of beach hair. From seaside vacations, models <b>Anja Rubik, Cora Emmanuel, Sigrid Agren,</b> and <b>Kyleigh Kühn</b> proved that salt-soaked waves are best accompanied by sun-kissed complexions. On the shores of Mexico and …

The 7 Fruits You Should Eat More of This Month

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: In the dead of winter, when your market bags are laden with dark leafy greens and root vegetables, don't forget about fruit. Just tell yourself you're preventing scurvy and load</i> …

2015 is the year of the Apple Watch

From Apple’s financial followers to the culture pages, expect few technology topics to garner as much attention in 2015 as the Apple Watch, which is set to launch “early” in the year.<p>Why? Because it’s not just a new gadget. Several people, companies, and entire industries are counting on it to be a …

18 Signs You're With The One You Should Marry

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, how to know if he's the one.<p><b>1) He always brags about you.</b> If you get a promotion at work or even just win concert tickets, he can't resist telling everyone you hang out with before you even think to mention it. Because he's your biggest fan (arguably next to …

Relationships

Two of a Kind: Chic Siblings

The most fashionable celebrity siblings who keep chic in the family. Chalk it up to good genes.<p>The most fashionable celebrity siblings who keep chic in the family. Chalk it up to good genes.<p>Getty Images

Siblings

This Victoria's Secret Swarovski Look Features 150,000 Crystals

And will be worn by British model Lily Donaldson.<p>Each year the Victoria's Secret show wows the audience with its extravagant costumes, incredible sets and standout performers, and this year is no different. Held in London for the first time ever, the show will feature 29 Swarovski-crystal encrusted …

Ariana Grande

Liam Hemsworth Says Jennifer Lawrence Helped Him Get Over Miley

Friendship is a beautiful thing.<p>When Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus broke up, who did Liam turn to? Why, his <i>Hunger Games</i> co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, of course! Because who wouldn't want to turn to J.Law in times of need? Or at any time, really? For instance, I saw a picture of two baby hippos …

Stunning Snapshot Shows Birth of Alien Solar System

A Chilean observatory catches a protoplanetary disk in action.<p>Talk about your ultimate baby picture! Astronomers have snapped the best image ever seen of the actual birth of new planets around a young, sunlike star.<p>The astonishingly detailed photo reveals the planet-forming dust disk around the …

Two of the best iPhone car mounts we’ve tried: Fuse Chicken Une Bobine and MONTAR by WinnerGear

There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire …

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Best Celebrity Beauty Secrets

What can you learn from Angelina, Gwyneth, and Lupita? Makeup, hair, and skin pros reveal the techniques they rely on to create stunning red-carpet looks.<p><b>MAKEUP ESSENTIALS</b><p><b>Everyone needs primer</b> The secret to Charlize Theron's flawless complexion: primers (yes, plural). At this year's Oscars, …

Red Carpet

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

Beaches

Stunning Jewelry Is All Over Our Accessories Of The Week List

Fall is all about cozy sweaters and big scarves, which means that many people forget about jewelry. And they shouldn't -- it's just as important as ever (even if it is buried underneath your winter coat).<p>This week, our Instagram feeds were full of fashion bloggers wearing pretty gold jewelry, …

The Chicest Celebrity Tattoos

From tiny tributes to large pieces of art, see how—and where—your favorite celebs are inked.<p>From tiny tributes to large pieces of art, see how—and where—your favorite celebs are inked.

Body Art

#theLIST: 10 Ways to Winterize Your Wardrobe

Technically, winter doesn't start until late Decemberbut we're already bundling up as the temps begin to drop. Prep your closet accordingly with cozy-chic coats, sumptuous knits and the essential extras of the season. Bring on the big chill.<p>Technically, winter doesn't start until late December—but …

Clothing

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Leave it to Maison Martin Margiela to masterfully slice, split, and effectively turn the traditional solitaire engagement ring on its head.

This Beverly Hills Palazzo Is America's Newest Most Expensive Home

From the editors of ElleDecor.com, the 25-acre palazzo has a spa, disco, movie theater, vineyard, and bowling alley.<p><i>Marc Angeles</i><p><b>Update, 12/17:</b> Coldwell Banker Real Estate takes viewers for a behind-the-scenes look at the most expensive house in the United States.<p>Look out, power brokers: There's a …

Real Estate

Right of Way

Arrows are everywhere this season, but these 10 designers each have a unique approach to the symbol.

Our Favorite Hunger Games-Inspired Side Braids To Try Now!

As we gear up for the November 21 release of <i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1</i>, Katniss Everdeen's trademark side-braid is one style statement we're …

Sex Sells: 15 Racy Fashion Ads

From Calvin Klein's iconic shoot with Mark Wahlberg and a teenage Kate Moss to Gucci's controversial body hair, we rounded up some of the most risqué fashion ads of the past. See which ones made the cut<p>Yes, it is a little oxymoronic that the fashion industry attempts to sell clothes by having …

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