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The star near the top is so bright that it is sometimes hard to notice the galaxy toward the bottom. Pictured above, both the star, Regulus, and the galaxy, Leo I, can be found within one degree of each other toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo).

The star near the top is so bright that it is sometimes hard to notice the galaxy toward the bottom. Pictured above, both the star, Regulus, and the galaxy, Leo I, can be found within one degree of each other toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo).

We find that by opening the door to the shadow realm a little, and letting out various elements a few at a time, relating to them, finding use for them, negotiating, we can reduce being surprised by shadow sneak attacks and unexpected explosions.”  ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

We find that by opening the door to the shadow realm a little, and letting out various elements a few at a time, relating to them, finding use for them, negotiating, we can reduce being surprised by shadow sneak attacks and unexpected explosions.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula (M8), see this picture labelled at http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/1996/38/images/c/formats/large_web.jpg  (credit: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA), NASA)

In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula (M8), see this picture labelled at http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/1996/38/images/c/formats/large_web.jpg (credit: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA), NASA)

Herschel's Cygnus X. The Herschel Space Observatory's infrared view of Cygnus X spans some 6x2 degrees across one of the closest, massive star forming regions in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the rich stellar nursery already holds the massive star cluster known as the Cygnus OB2 association. But those stars are more evident by the region cleared by their energetic winds and radiation near the bottom center of this field, and are not detected by Herschel instruments.

Herschel's Cygnus X. The Herschel Space Observatory's infrared view of Cygnus X spans some 6x2 degrees across one of the closest, massive star forming regions in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the rich stellar nursery already holds the massive star cluster known as the Cygnus OB2 association. But those stars are more evident by the region cleared by their energetic winds and radiation near the bottom center of this field, and are not detected by Herschel instruments.

New image of the Helix Nebula, a four-light-year wide gas cloud blasted out by a dying star the size of our sun.

New image of the Helix Nebula, a four-light-year wide gas cloud blasted out by a dying star the size of our sun.

Hubble Milky Way Andromeda Galaxy | that the Andromeda galaxy was beyond the borders of our own Milky Way ...

Hubble Milky Way Andromeda Galaxy | that the Andromeda galaxy was beyond the borders of our own Milky Way ...

A wonderful long exposure of last year's lunar eclipse with the Milky Way as a backdrop!

A wonderful long exposure of last year's lunar eclipse with the Milky Way as a backdrop!

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