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Images relating to a fantasy inspired by the summer and the winter Olympic Games.

A worker creates a special souvenir Olympic medal with a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite at the MAOK art workshop in Zlatoust, Russia recently. In addition to their gold medals, winning athletes were to each receive an additional gold and meteorite medal. (Credit: RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kondratuk) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Expedition 38 Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin, holding the Olympic torch, and Flight Engineers Koichi Wakata and Rick Mastracchio wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket for launch. Needless to say, the torch was not lit on the station or in space. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. [REUTERS/Luke MacGregor]

Jupiter Meets Moon Halo. Moon-Jupiter conjunction on January 14, 2014 plus a beautiful lunar halo, as seen from Ankara, Turkey. (Credit and copyright: M. Rasid Tugral) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

The Ring Nebula (M57). A planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra. Planetary nebulae are formed when a dying sun-like star throws off its outer layers. (Credit: NASA/STScI/AURA) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Supernova 1987A. Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. The glowing debris of the explosion is at the center of the inner ring. The outer rings were already there at the time of the explosion, but they're visible as they reflect the light from the supernova. (Credit: George Sonneborn (Goddard Space Flight Center), Jason Pun (NOAO), the STIS Instrument Definition Team, & NASA/ESA) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Hoag's Object. A ring galaxy in which there is a central core of older yellow stars with a ring of young blue stars. The formation of a galaxy like this probably involves a galactic collision. Look through the gap at one o'clock to see another ring galaxy in the distance. (Credit: R. Lucas (STScI/AURA), Hubble Heritage Team, NASA) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Europa. This Jovian moon, covered in ice, is one of the smoothest objects in the Solar System. In this picture you can see that there are also cracks and streaks. It looks a bit as if giants have been skating on it. (Photo: NASA's Galileo mission) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Skiing Cluster (NGC 457). An open star cluster also known as the Owl Cluster or ET Cluster. (Credit: Leonardo Orazi) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Blue snowball nebula (NGC7662). A planetary nebula in the constellation Andromeda. The nebula was formed by the aging central star losing its outer layers of atmosphere. (Image credit & copyright: Chris Vedeler) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Snowman Nebula (Sh2-302). A small emission nebula in the constellation Puppis. You can see his scarf and long carrot nose. (Image: Xanadu Observatory) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice out from many locations near the south pole of Saturn's moon. (2009-11-21) (Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Enceladus. False color mosaic of one of Saturn's moons (2005-07-14). It's made up of images taken at various wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared. (Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Perspective view of "snow"-covered slopes of Enceladus. This heavily fractured terrain lies north of the edge of the active south polar region. [Credit: NASA/ Processing by Paul Schenk (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston)] Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Chelyabinsk meteorite fragment. Fragments of the meteorite that were first discovered at Lake Chebarkul. Type: Ordinary chondrite. Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Gold medals for Sochi games winners on February 15, 2014. This is the first anniversary of the day a small asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia. Bits of meteorite fragments were incorporated into these special gold and chondrite medals. Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" www.bellaonline.c...

Orpheus in the Underworld. Orpheus plays for Hades and Persephone in the realm of the dead. He is pleading for the life of his beloved Eurydice. The painting is by Italian artist Giulio Romano (1499-1546) student of Raphael. ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" www.bellaonline.c...

Diana the Huntress, by Guercino in 1658. In this painting the goddess is shown with a spear rather than her usual bow and arrow. (Photo: Fondazione Sorgente Group) ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" www.bellaonline.c...

Sagittarius is generally represented as a centaur with a bow and area. [Photo: William Dwight Whitney, The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: An encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)] ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" www.bellaonline.c...

Centaurus as depicted by Johann Bode in the Uranographia. The centaur has impaled the wolf on a on a long pole. Alpha Centauri is the nearest star to the Solar System - it's the centaur's front foot. (Image: Ian Ridpath) ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" www.bellaonline.c...

Constellation Centaurus. You can really imagine the shape of the centaur here. Star number 1 is Rigil Kentaurus also known as Alpha Centauri, a triple star system. It's the nearest star to the Sun. ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" www.bellaonline.c...

Lagoon Nebula. (Photo: Jerry Lodriguss) A stellar nursery in the constellation Sagittarius, the perfect venue for celestial sailing. It was discovered by French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil in 1747. ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" www.bellaonline.c...

The Great Dark Horse. Look carefully and you can see the profile of the horse looking to the right of the picture. It's a dark nebula, one so full of dust that it's opaque to visible light. ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" www.bellaonline.c...


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