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APOD: The Seagull Nebula (2014 Jan 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Miller http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140111.html Explanation: A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird's head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above center). Dominated by the reddish glow of atomic hydrogen, the complex of gas and dust clouds with bright young stars spans over 100 light-years at an estimated 3,800 light-year distance. http://mikesastro-photos.com/info.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140111 #APOD

Why do jellyfish sting?

You're swimming in the sea, and all of a sudden a jellyfish appears from nowhere and stings you. Why did they do it?<p>Jellyfish use their sting to capture prey and act as a defence mechanism. When their tentacles encounter a human or other sort of prey they reach out and fire out harpoon-like …

Nature

Hubble and Spitzer telescopes look deep into space to study early universe

Nasa collects images of the 'cosmic dawn' of universe to understand how galaxies formed after Big Bang<p>Two venerable space telescopes, the Hubble and the Spitzer, have teamed up to study the very early universe, and here's what they see at the cosmic dawn: a wild and woolly party, with brilliant …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Everything you need to know: Camelopardalids could be the best meteor shower this year

North America is predicted to have the best view of a possible new meteor shower from Comet 209P/LINEAR Friday night through Saturday morning (May …

Best images from China’s Chang’e moon mission so far

The mission set down on moon on December 14, 2013 at 9:12 p.m. Beijing time. China is the third country to land on the moon, after U.S. and former …

Astronomy

Venus, about 8 hours before January 11 inferior conjunction

Check out this beautiful photo of Venus, only 8 hours before it passed more or less between the Earth and sun on January 11, 2014.<p>Remember the …

Astronomy

Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis Didn't Appear Over US After Solar Flare

Northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, didn’t end up appearing over the United States. Scientists had said they might make a rare appearance …

Northern Lights