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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Herschel's Cygnus X
NASA ^ | May 17, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 05/16/2012 9:52:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: The Herschel Space Observatory's infrared view of Cygnus X spans some 6x2 degrees across one of the closest, massive star forming regions in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the rich stellar nursery already holds the massive star cluster known as the Cygnus OB2 association. But those stars are more evident by the region cleared by their energetic winds and radiation near the bottom center of this field, and are not detected by Herschel instruments operating at long infrared wavelengths. Herschel does reveal the region's complex filaments of cool gas and dust that lead to dense locations where new massive stars are forming. Cygnus X lies some 4500 light-years away toward the heart of the northern constellation of the Swan. At that distance this picture would be almost 500 light-years wide.

May 17, 2012

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; cygnusx; science
[Credit: ESA/PACS/SPIRE/ Martin Hennemann & Frédérique Motte, Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA/Irfu - CNRS/INSU - Univ. Paris Diderot, France]

1 posted on 05/16/2012 9:52:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 05/16/2012 9:54:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I always thought Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres should have been a double album with Cygnus as the bookends.


3 posted on 05/16/2012 10:11:33 PM PDT by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: SunkenCiv

That is awesome.


4 posted on 05/16/2012 10:20:53 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: SunkenCiv

Stunningly beautiful!
Glorious.


5 posted on 05/16/2012 10:23:05 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Finatic

LOL I saw this and immediately thought of Rush, too.


6 posted on 05/16/2012 10:24:18 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: SunkenCiv

I just love how they report unsubstantiated theory as fact./sarc


7 posted on 05/16/2012 11:40:28 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: SunkenCiv

How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. — Psalm 104:24


8 posted on 05/17/2012 7:53:18 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: wastedyears

Cygnus X-1 popped in my head immediately.

I wore the hell out of that album!

Yes in the days of vinyl.


9 posted on 05/17/2012 8:13:20 AM PDT by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I had some Christmas wrapping paper that looked just like that. It was clear and crinkly but it had those same colors in a similar random pattern, and it had glitter laminated between two layers.

Sigh... Take no notice of me...


10 posted on 05/17/2012 3:43:32 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Bellflower

;’)


11 posted on 05/17/2012 3:44:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TheOldLady

Take no notice of you? after that wrapping paper remark I planned to give you a ribbon. /rimshot


12 posted on 05/18/2012 9:02:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

You’ve been ribbon me with that wrapped sense of humor since we met! Be careful, young man, or I’ll box your ears.


13 posted on 05/19/2012 3:47:44 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Right package you.


14 posted on 05/19/2012 5:21:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

*Snort* [giggles] ROFL!!

Uncle!! You win again with your cutting wit, you cleaver man!


15 posted on 05/19/2012 5:52:21 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Knife got to get out of the house today, it’s beautiful.


16 posted on 05/19/2012 6:37:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

All you need is a little slice of fresh air and sunshine!


17 posted on 05/19/2012 7:33:37 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

I cut see myself getting that.


18 posted on 05/19/2012 7:47:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

You may enjoy it so much that it slashes your time spent on FR!

Your absence will cutlery close to my heart.


19 posted on 05/19/2012 7:53:39 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Edge gotta what we gotta do.


20 posted on 05/19/2012 9:05:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Huh? I give! LOL!


21 posted on 05/19/2012 11:08:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; SunkenCiv

22 posted on 05/19/2012 11:21:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

Not sure about Herschel’s Cygnus, but here’s Herchel’s Adidas. Supposedly worn in the mid-1980’s and auctioned for $288.00.

http://catalog.greyflannelauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?lotid=23166


23 posted on 05/19/2012 11:37:34 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

He beat me fair and square, Joe!

That pic looks more like an APOD and less like Christmas wrap, though. Except for the 10-LY-wide head of a founding father, of course, LOL!


24 posted on 05/19/2012 11:40:11 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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