Month: July 2018

Pavo

In the image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and processed by Judy Schmidt (https://twitter.com/SpaceGeck), you can see the sparkly irregular galaxy IC 4710 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock, https://goo.gl/6GQKNp), about 34 million light-years away from Earth. The image is also showing…

“The Gift of the Magi” by O.Henry…1905 A short story

A master of the unexpected… American author William Porter wrote under the pseudonym of O. Henry in an attempt to hide his criminal past for bank embezzlement in an earlier part of his life. He was incarcerated for three years for his crime and…

Pillars of the Eagle Nebula in Infrared

Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula. Gravitationally contracting in pillars of dense gas and dust, the intense radiation of these newly-formed bright stars is causing surrounding material to boil away. This image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in near infrared light,…

Highlights of the Summer Sky

What can you see in the night sky this summer? The featured graphic gives a few highlights for Earth’s northern hemisphere. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, early (northern) summer sky events fan out toward the left, while late summer events…

Valentina Tereshkova

In 1963 orbited Earth 48 times! On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to be launched into the space after being selected from more than 400 aspirants. It is said that one of the reasons for her selection was her parachute…

Snoller coaster

A roller coaster for snails Photo via Deviantart http://kimerajam.deviantart.com/art/–420166612