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Owls And Full Moons – What Could Be Better?!

If you’re going to take a picture of a full moon, what would be better than an owl, a creature of the night, highlighting that picture?  So, without further ado, owls and full moons!

Owl & Moon

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

Beautiful Owl

What a beautiful creature!

Full Moon Rising (Video)

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.

Our Recent Super-Moon Event

Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s Super-Moon!

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Is this incredible?  I’ve never seen a photo of the moon looking like this!

Moonrise 4

Is this jetliner orbiting the moon?

Moonrise 5

I’m half-expecting to see the kids from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial flying through this moon on their bikes!

Moon Kissing Ocean

And this one reminds me of a Tom Hanks movie, Joe Versus The Volcano!

Real Fireworks Only 280 Million Light-Years Away!

Arp 81 2 Galaxies Colliding

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.

Shine So Bright!

This is called a “Wolf-Rayet” star, WR 124.

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!

Big Is Beautiful, Too!

Pillars Of Creation

This is an iconic photo by the Hubble Space Telescope called the “Pillars of Creation”, the Eagle Nebula picture taken many years ago and always worth sharing.

International Earth and Sky Photo Contest 2014

Some of the most beautiful photos you’ll ever see and some are truly astounding!

Cassini Spacecraft photo of Saturn

Saturn

This photo of Saturn was taken some years ago by the Cassini spacecraft.  The Sun is on the opposite side of Saturn in this picture, which is making it glow this way.

 

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