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APOD: The Cosmic Web of the Tarantula Nebula (2014 Feb 17) Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140217.html Explanation: It is the largest and most complex star forming region in the entire galactic neighborhood. Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy orbiting our Milky Way galaxy, the region's spidery appearance is responsible for its popular name, the Tarantula nebula. This tarantula, however, is about 1,000 light-years across. Were it placed at the distance of Milky Way's Orion Nebula, only 1,500 light-years distant and the nearest stellar nursery to Earth, it would appear to cover about 30 degrees (60 full moons) on the sky. Intriguing details of the nebula are visible in the above image shown in near true colors. The spindly arms of the Tarantula nebula surround NGC 2070, a star cluster that contains some of the brightest, most massive stars known, visible in blue in the image center. Since massive stars live fast and die young, it is not so surprising that the cosmic Tarantula also lies near the site of a close recent supernova. http://www.damianpeach.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140217 #APOD

NASA Invites Private Companies To The Moon

The space agency is looking for partners to develop technologies for commercial lunar cargo transportation. What this means, exactly, is unclear.<p>NASA is officially looking to work with private companies to develop commercial robotic lunar landers that can deliver cargo to the moon's surface. The …

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New Volvo S60 V8 Supercar Driven Across Sydney Harbour Bridge

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The Continental: Cheap Chevys, Audi Diesel Tech, N Powerful Hyundais

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Cloud boom is on for real, researcher says

Researcher IHS Technology expects spending on cloud infrastructure and services to hit $174.2 billion in 2014, up 20 percent from $145.2 billion last …