Saturday, December 24, 2011
A Christmas Decoration From Your Government
You might have to squint a bit to make it out, but those star-gazing romantics at NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission see a Cosmic Wreath 1,000 light-years from Earth in this mass of warm dust and metallic particles that was blown about by stellar winds and is softly lighted green and red by varying wavelengths of infrared energy.
NASA published the photo three days before Christmas, thereby coming perilously close to committing a government-subsidized expression of a religiously themed sentiment.
Wow, it's beautiful and slightly scandalous. My favorite sort of thing.
Merry Christmas to all my fellow Americans and other readers, wherever in the galaxy you may be.