Eclipse above Corona Del Mar
The total lunar eclipse of 10 December 2011 is photographed near the moonset in the morning twilight over calm waters of the Pacific Ocean at the Little Corona beach, Orange County, Southern California.
NGC 1569: Starburst in a Dwarf Irregular Galaxy
Grand spiral galaxies often seem to get all the glory, flaunting their young, bright, blue star clusters in beautiful, symmetric spiral arms. But small, irregular galaxies form stars too. In fact, as pictured here, dwarf galaxy NGC 1569 is apparently undergoing a burst of star forming activity, thought to have begun over 25 million years ago.
Acknowledgement: A. Aloisi (STScI/ESA) et al.
Hidden Galaxy IC 342
Image Credit & Copyright: Ed Henry (Hay Creek Observatory)
Solar system-themed chocolates, called “Wakusei Shokora” (Planet Chocolates) come from the chocolate shop in Rihga Royal hotel in Kita-ku, Osaka. Each chocolate is priced at 400 yen, and a box of eight is available for 3,200 yen.
NASA- Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Space Angel
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope presents a festive holiday greeting that’s out of this world. The bipolar star-forming region, called Sharpless 2-106, looks like a soaring, celestial snow angel. The outstretched “wings” of the nebula record the contrasting imprint of heat and motion against the backdrop of a colder medium.
Red Moon Rising
This surreal, wintry scene is a composite picture recorded on December 10 as the Moon rose behind the Zagros Mountains of Iran. A total lunar eclipse was already in progress. The image combines nearly 500 successive frames taken over 1.5 hours beginning in twilight as the eclipsed Moon steadily climbed above the rugged landscape.
Image Credit & Copyright: Oshin Zakarian