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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Dark Tower in Scorpius
NASA ^ | January 06, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 01/05/2013 9:26:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: In silhouette against a crowded star field toward the constellation Scorpius, this dusty cosmic cloud evokes for some the image of an ominous dark tower. In fact, clumps of dust and molecular gas collapsing to form stars may well lurk within the dark nebula, a structure that spans almost 40 light-years across this gorgeous telescopic portrait. Known as a cometary globule, the swept-back cloud, extending from the lower right to the head (top of the tower) left and above center, is shaped by intense ultraviolet radiation from the OB association of very hot stars in NGC 6231, off the upper edge of the scene. That energetic ultraviolet light also powers the globule's bordering reddish glow of hydrogen gas. Hot stars embedded in the dust can be seen as bluish reflection nebulae. This dark tower, NGC 6231, and associated nebulae are about 5,000 light-years away.

January 06, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; ngc6231; science; scorpius
[Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman]

1 posted on 01/05/2013 9:27:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 01/05/2013 9:28:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Fascinating!
Thanks very much, SunkenCiv.


3 posted on 01/05/2013 9:33:30 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SunkenCiv
I don't see a tower. I see a warrior riding hard on horseback with a sword sheathed over his right shoulder.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 10:00:54 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Always enjoy these posts.


5 posted on 01/05/2013 10:46:01 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s 5,000 light years away? No wonder it took Roland Deschain seven novels by Stephen King to get there.


6 posted on 01/06/2013 10:08:36 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Well he was busy dodging sniches in the Calla.


7 posted on 01/06/2013 12:36:48 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: TheOldLady

I actually listened to every one of those books in audiobook form last year.
But I read The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three about 20 years ago.
Couldn’t make it past The Wastelands, though.
Too busy.


8 posted on 01/06/2013 12:40:39 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: TheOldLady

;’)


9 posted on 01/06/2013 4:40:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Where Sauron went after the Ring was destroyed?


10 posted on 01/06/2013 4:44:13 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: SunkenCiv

Are those photos color enhanced?


11 posted on 01/06/2013 4:46:36 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: MestaMachine

Chalk outline of a victim?


12 posted on 01/06/2013 5:48:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
One of my illuminated miniatures...;-)


13 posted on 01/06/2013 5:52:59 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TheOldLady
No wonder it took Roland Deschain seven novels by Stephen King to get there.

LOL!

14 posted on 01/06/2013 5:55:52 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Nice!


15 posted on 01/06/2013 6:03:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Eaker

[smiles]


16 posted on 01/06/2013 6:33:38 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Joe 6-pack

I checked your profile to see if you had more ... and the owl is beautiful!


17 posted on 01/06/2013 6:36:07 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Conan the Librarian

Good point!


18 posted on 01/06/2013 6:40:56 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: RandallFlagg
I've read the seven-book series twice and hope to read it again before I croak.

I hope that you get a chance to read them all. I was captivated from the beginning of The Gunslinger.
19 posted on 01/06/2013 6:48:59 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: piasa

Thanks. The owl was something of an experimental piece. I’ve always tried to work in authentic media, including distilling my own gum and grinding my own gesso and pigments. I bought a bottle of miniatum size, a 20th century product, to play around with. If you notice the gilded border is slightly raised and has a higher polish than the gilded background it’s by virtue of the miniatum.


20 posted on 01/06/2013 6:57:20 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TheOldLady
"I've read the seven-book series twice and hope to read it again before I croak."

It's now an eight-book series:

The Wind Through The Keyhole

And yes, I too was hooked from the beginning :-)

21 posted on 01/06/2013 7:06:09 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes, I noticed that on Wikipedia today. It’s from 2009!!

I don’t know how I missed that one, but I better start hinting to Hubby about it now, LOL!


22 posted on 01/06/2013 8:19:56 PM PST by TheOldLady
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