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Well tomorrow is payday and I imagine I'll be doing at
least a bit of misbehaving. But for today it is time to
let my ka go floating (even temporarily ) amidst the
Creator's creation.


Colliding Galaxies

"NGC 2207 and IC 2163 met and began a sort of gravitational
tango about 40 million years ago. The two galaxies are tugging
at each other, stimulating new stars to form. Eventually, this
cosmic ball will come to an end, when the galaxies meld into
one. The dancing duo is located 140 million light-years away
in the Canis Major constellation." [Photo and Text from NASA.]


Cassiopeia-A Supernova Remnant

"Located 10,000 light-years away in the northern constellation
Cassiopeia, Cassiopeia A is the remnant of a once massive star
that died in a violent supernova explosion 325 years ago. It
consists of a dead star, called a neutron star, and a surrounding
shell of material that was blasted off as the star died. This
remnant marks the most recent supernova in our Milky Way galaxy,
and is one of the most studied objects in the sky." [Photo and
Text from NASA.]


New Abel Galaxy

Abell 1689 is a galactic cluster in the constellation Virgo.
At a distance of 12.8 billion years from us it is one of the
oldest astronomical features currently known to us. This photo
was taken using the μ-lensing technique (aka gravitational
lensing
) using a cluster 2.2 billion years distant. [Photo
from NASA.]


Life Formation in Hot and Cool Stars

And finally a little something closer to home (at least
figuratively speaking). Astronomers have determined that
protoplanets around stars like our own sun (yellow) have
a significantly higher presence of the potentially life-
forming molecule hydrogen cyanide (HCN) than protoplanets
around cooler suns (orange), which are heavier in acetylene
(C2H2). HCN molecules can combine to form adenine, one of
the vital amino acids in DNA. [Graph from Spitzer/Cal Tech)

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