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The dazzling pink spiral of the Pinwheel Galaxy shines in this stunning new image by space photographer John Chumack (www.galacticimages.com). Find out how Chumack captured the Pinwheel Galaxy, also known as M33 or the Triangulum Galaxy. http://www.space.com/22720-pink-pinwheel-galaxy-stargazer-photo.html?cmpid=514630

APOD: Stars and Dust Across Corona Australis (2013 Sep 12) Image Credit & Copyright: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130912.html Explanation: Cosmic dust clouds sprawl across a rich field of stars in this sweeping telescopic vista near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Less than 500 light-years away the dust clouds effectively block light from more distant background stars in the Milky Way. The entire frame spans about 2 degrees or over 15 light-years at the clouds' estimated distance. Near center is a group of lovely reflection nebulae cataloged as NGC 6726, 6727, 6729, and IC 4812. A characteristic blue color is produced as light from hot stars is reflected by the cosmic dust. The dust also obscures from view stars in the region still in the process of formation. Smaller yellowish nebula NGC 6729 surrounds young variable star R Coronae Australis. Below it are arcs and loops identified as Herbig Haro objects associated with energetic newborn stars. Magnificent globular star cluster NGC 6723 is at the right. Though NGC 6723 appears to be part of the group, its ancient stars actually lie nearly 30,000 light-years away, far beyond the young stars of the Corona Australis dust clouds. http://www.pampaskies.com/gallery3/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130912 #APOD

The next few nights are the best times of the month to observe the surface of the moon with telescopes, binoculars or even your naked eye. Find out why a full moon is not the best time for observing the surface: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/c4fy This 116-megapixel mosaic of the moon was captured by David Campbell, and was one of the Royal Observatory’s 2012 Space Photographer of the Year Finalists.

In celebration of Friday the 13th, here's a gallery of some of the most haunting nebulae: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/c431 This screaming skull above is actually a Chandra image of the Perseus Cluster of galaxies in X-rays.

Hubble Eyes a Flock of Stars -- The glittering specks in this image that resemble a distant flock of flying birds are the stars that make up the dwarf galaxy ESO 540-31. Captured in this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the dwarf galaxy lies just over 11 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Cetus (The Whale). The background of this image is full of many other galaxies, all located at vast distances from us. Dwarf galaxies are among the smaller and dimmer members of the galactic family, typically only containing around a few hundred million stars. Although this sounds like a large number, it is small when compared to spiral galaxies like our Milky Way, which are made up of hundreds of billions of stars. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Luca Limatola #nasagoddard #hst #hubble #galaxy #earth #space

APOD: M2-9: Wings of a Butterfly Nebula (2013 Sep 15) Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA - Processing: Judy Schmidt http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130915.html Explanation: Are stars better appreciated for their art after they die? Actually, stars usually create their most artistic displays as they die. In the case of low-mass stars like our Sun and M2-9 pictured above, the stars transform themselves from normal stars to white dwarfs by casting off their outer gaseous envelopes. The expended gas frequently forms an impressive display called a planetary nebula that fades gradually over thousand of years. M2-9, a butterfly planetary nebula 2100 light-years away shown in representative colors, has wings that tell a strange but incomplete tale. In the center, two stars orbit inside a gaseous disk 10 times the orbit of Pluto. The expelled envelope of the dying star breaks out from the disk creating the bipolar appearance. Much remains unknown about the physical processes that cause planetary nebulae. http://hla.stsci.edu/ http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ http://www.geckzilla.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130915 #APOD

8 Of The Prettiest Space Photos Of The Year

The Royal Greenwich Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners are on display now in London. Time to drop whatever it was you were doing and look at some star porn.<p>The winners of the fifth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards from the Royal Observatory Greenwich have just …

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

May 29, 2012<p>Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Is there anything better? Well, actual chocolate chip cookies would rank right up there I suppose.<p>But …

Baked Banana French Toast

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The Party Girl: Shoes, Clothing, and Accessories That Work a Room

Bright colors and spunky embellishments, the party girl look never goes out of style.<p>Whether heading to a holiday office fete or a B.Y.O.W for a friend's birthday bash, these styles are sure to last all night, too.by Deanne KaczerskiThe Rebel | The Party Girl | The Tomboy | The Romantic | The …

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