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APOD: The Eskimo Nebula from Hubble and Chandra (2013 Jul 30) Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/IAA-CSIC/N. Ruiz et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130730.html Explanation: In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula in visible light, while the nebula was imaged in X-rays by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2007. The above combined visible-X ray image, with X-rays emitted by central hot gas and shown in pink, was released last week. From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The Eskimo Nebula is clearly a planetary nebula, and the gas seen above composed the outer layers of a Sun-like star only 10,000 years ago. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments. The Eskimo Nebula spans about 1/3 of a light year and lies in our Milky Way Galaxy, about 3,000 light years distant, toward the constellation of the Twins (Gemini). http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2013/ngc2392/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130730 #APOD

Mysterious Dancing Lights In Afghanistan

This isn't a painting. It's not from a movie. It's not a strange astronomical event. This is real — what you can see when certain helicopters in Afghanistan touch down on sandy ground, raising dust, causing mysterious arcs of light to loop and dance through the air.<p>This doesn't always happen. "The …

Kate Stone: DJ decks made of... paper

It’s true, everything looks cooler under an electron microscope. The researchers at FEI continue to crank out awe inspiring macro photos like the ones above. Click the images to view in lightbox mode...

It’s true, everything looks cooler under an electron microscope. The researchers at FEI continue to crank out awe inspiring macro photos like the …

Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

<b>First Place Winner: Dig Me River</b><p>It's finally time to announce the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest! Out of more than 15,500 entries, this year's first place winner is Wagner Araujo for this energetic black and white shot of the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and …

China's rainbow mountains - in pictures

The Danxia scenic area in Gansu province, north-west China, is a landform of reddish sandstone that has been eroded to create unusual rock formations

Our Once And Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth's Past

One of the most powerful ways to figure out how the Earth will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're putting into the atmosphere is to look back into the planet's history.<p>Paleontologists have spent a lot of time trying to understand a time, more than 50 million years ago, when the planet was much …

Japan should follow Nazi route on revising constitution, minister says

The Japanese deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, has refused to resign despite having to retract comments suggesting Japan should follow the Nazi example in how to change the country's constitution.<p>"I have no intention of resigning," Aso told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Friday, following …

Major storms strike Caribbean region

A series of major storms have hit Puerto Rico over the last few weeks, destroying hundreds of homes, sweeping away cars and leaving tens of thousands of people without power.<p>The US island territory is used to tropical weather, but this year Puerto Rico has seen the rainiest July ever recorded, with …

Tuvalu crisis as prime minister and governor-general try to sack each other

The tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu is caught up in a constitutional crisis with the prime minister and governor-general trying to sack each other, according to sources.<p>The tit-for-tat dismissals in one of the world's smallest countries came after Prime Minister Willy Telavi refused to allow …

Security on Mount Everest to be tightened after Sherpa brawl

Security is to be tightened on Mount Everest after three climbers were attacked by a group of Sherpas near the summit on an expedition earlier this year.<p>Nepalese officials have said a government unit will be stationed at base camp, monitoring expedition teams, protecting the environment as well as …

Mining company convicted of desecrating sacred Aboriginal site

A mining company has been convicted of desecrating a sacred Aboriginal site in a remote part of Australia's Northern Territory, in the first successful prosecution under laws aimed at protecting one of the world's oldest cultures.<p>The company was fined $150,000 (£88,000) for damaging the spiritual …

House Voting To Repeal Obamacare Before August Recess

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe the 40th vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law will be a charm for opponents of the overhaul.<p>House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing any part of the law they …

China's human rights situation is getting worse, says US official

China's human rights situation is getting worse, a senior US official said in Beijing on Friday, as reports of another detention increased fears of a crackdown on activists and lawyers.<p>Uzra Zeya, who led the US side in annual bilateral rights dialogue, cited increasing pressure on activists' …

NSA spy leaks: US denounces Snowden's Russian asylum

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/999000/999385_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534396609_d3293cab9fec78af0b24435e443d69d6<p><b>The US has labelled Russia's decision to grant asylum to fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as "extremely disappointing".</b><p>The White House is …

Ariel Castro: Ohio kidnap victim says he will 'face hell for eternity'

One of three women who were kidnapped, imprisoned and repeatedly raped in an Ohio home for more than 10 years, told the perpetrator he would "face hell for eternity" as he was jailed for life on Thursday.<p>Michelle Knight, giving her victim impact statement before her abuser, Ariel Castro, in a …