NGC 2237: The Rose
“A Rose by any other color, smells just as sweet.”
Would the Rosette Nebula by any other name look as sweet? The bland New General Catalog designation of NGC 2237 doesn’t appear to diminish the appearance of this flowery emission nebula.
Image Copyright: Terry Hancock
Inside the nebula lies an open cluster of bright young stars designated NGC 2244. These stars formed about four million years ago from the nebular material and their stellar winds are clearing a hole in the nebula’s center, insulated by a layer of dust and hot gas.
Ultraviolet light from the hot cluster stars causes the surrounding nebula to glow. The Rosette Nebula spans about 100 light-years across, lies about 5000 light-years away, and can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). [**]
The Rosette Nebula is captivating.
1:43 pm • 11 February 2013 • 3,699 notes
I’d never leave.
Everyone has their own version of heaven, right? This is mine.
10:26 am • 11 February 2013 • 13 notes
leafy details taken with @olloclip #macro lens. #iPhone #nature
5:13 pm • 10 February 2013
i know patience is a virtue, but come on @mailboxapp! #geek #tech #app #iPhone
10:12 pm • 8 February 2013
my @olloclip is here! #photography #iPhone #gadget #geek
1:34 pm • 8 February 2013 • 2 notes
A trip on the TARDIS with my favorite Doctor…
3:17 pm • 7 February 2013 • 2 notes
QR Codes Embedded into Sidewalk to provide tourist information.
Rio De Janeiro has embedded QR codes into their sidewalks to help tourists learn more about the city and more easily get to where they are going. The codes have been embedded into the city’s traditional mosaic sidewalks in the form of black and white tiles. When the tiles are scanned with a smartphone, a local map and information is provided to the user in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Brazil plans to embed roughly 30 QR codes at beaches, vistas and various historic sites around the city, helping Rio’s two million foreign visitors each year get around.
QR codes on sidewalks to help tourists - brilliant.
3:11 pm • 7 February 2013 • 67,238 notes