When we tire of the rantings ravings and incoherent lunacies of pissant power-grabbers, psychopaths who justify their monstrous behaviour (sociopaths don't feel a need to justify THEIR monstrosity) by calling themselves Republicans or Democrats, Liberals or Conservatives, Christians, Jews, or Muslims, we can lift our eyes to ... no, not invisible friends in the sky .. to our monitor screens where someone else has already scanned the heavens.

This is what the Internet can actually do that's so amazing --
and this is one of the great websites --
The Astronomy Picture of the Day:

A new one every day, each is explained by an astronomer,
for example this one, of the Eagle nebula. (2-26-06)

Inside the Eagle Nebula Credit & Copyright: T. A. Rector & B. A. Wolpa, NOAO, AURA
Explanation: From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the bright region is actually a window into the center of a larger dark shell of dust. Through this window, a brightly-lit workshop appears where a whole open cluster of stars is being formed. In this cavity tall pillars and round globules of dark dust and cold molecular gas remain where stars are still forming. Already visible are several young bright blue stars whose light and winds are burning away and pushing back the remaining filaments and walls of gas and dust. The Eagle emission nebula, tagged M16, lies about 6500 light years away, spans about 20 light-years, and is visible with binoculars toward the constellation of Serpens. The above picture combines three specific emitted colors and was taken with the 0.9-meter telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA.


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