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APOD: IC 1805: Light from the Heart (2014 Feb 14) Image Credit & Copyright: César Blanco González Explanation: Sprawling across almost 200 light-years, emission nebula IC 1805 is a mix of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds about 7,500 light-years away in the Perseus spiral arm of our galaxy. Stars were born in this region whose nickname, the Heart Nebula, derives from its Valentine's-Day-appropriate shape. The clouds themselves are shaped by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula's newborn star cluster Melotte 15 about 1.5 million years young. This deep telescopic image maps the pervasive light of narrow emission lines from atoms in the nebula to a color palette made popular in Hubble images of star forming regions. The field of view spans about two degrees on the sky or four times the diameter of a full moon. The cosmic heart is found in the constellation of Cassiopeia, the boastful mythical Queen of Aethiopia. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

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In almost any city there are a heap of great statues that get photographed thousands of times by tourists every year. Nothing wrong with that, but …

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Brazil is building its own private e-mail service because it just doesn’t trust the U.S.<p>President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil released further details on the e-mail service, which is supposed to protect her government and the people of Brazil from foreign, peeping eyes. She made the announcement …

APOD: Comet Lovejoy through Mörby Castle Ruins (2013 Dec 04) Image Credit & Copyright: P-M Hedén (Clear Skies, TWAN) Explanation: This new comet is quite photogenic. Comet Lovejoy, discovered only three months ago, was imaged through ruins of ancient Mörby Castle in Sweden last week sporting a green-glowing coma and tails trailing several degrees. The past few weeks have been an unusually active time for comet watchers as four comets were visible simultaneously with binoculars: ISON, Lovejoy, Encke, and LINEAR. C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) comet is currently visible to the unaided eye from a dark location. As Monday's new Moon will provide little glare, the next few days provide a good time to see Comet Lovejoy as it reaches its peak brightness. In two and a half weeks, Comet Lovejoy will reach its closest approach to the Sun at a distance just inside the orbital distance of the Earth. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD #TWAN

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America in the 1970s: The Pacific Northwest

Day 5 of Documerica Week on In Focus, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. In our final photo essay, we visit the northwestern states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, during a heightened energy crisis that left gas pumps empty …