I’ve taken a “leave of absence” to take a little better care of me.
You see, I’m disabled due to injuries suffered in 1977, when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and a few years ago, those injuries decided to haunt me. I won’t get into the details, but there were a few times that I was close to death. I didn’t die! That just means I’ve been given more time to haunt my friends. What else are they good for anyways, right?
But this past Polar Vortex winter was really tough on me and I was a complete shut-in for most of it and that’s not a good thing. In any case, I’m back to … “normal”, whatever that would be. And, I’m nothing but trouble to those who actually love me. Of course, I love them, too!
So, this is a really great video of the moon, a really nice full moon, rising and people in the distance being the silhouette. So, watch it and enjoy it. It’s about 3 1/2 minutes long and there’s some music with it.
The first time I saw this picture I was amazed – even mesmerized. It’s incredible!
I wondered, “What happened next?” and “Was anyone hurt?”.
So, I was fairly pleased to come across this YouTube video that is part of NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)“, showing how a cloud like this is actually formed.
All I can say is “Wow!”
This is called Arp 81 (thanks to NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day – http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html ) and it is two galaxies colliding.
Yes, that’s correct, two entire galaxies, each containing billions of stars, are colliding with each other.
The two galaxies are called NGC 6622 (left) and NGC 6621 (right).
Eventually, say in a few hundred million years, these two galaxies will become one much larger galaxy.
Fortunately for us, since they’re 280 million light-years from us, we have nothing to worry about.
This is called a “Wolf-Rayet” star, WR 124.
Thanks to NASA’s “Astronomy Picture Of The Day” website for this and many other fantastic space images.
Part of their description of this star is:
“Some stars explode in slow motion. Rare, massive Wolf-Rayet stars are so tumultuous and hot that they slowly disintegrating right before our telescopes. Glowing gas globs each typically over 30 times more massive than the Earth are being expelled by violent stellar winds.”
Violent, perhaps. But also amazingly beautiful!