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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse. Photo taken on May 20, 2012 in Roswell, NM, USA. (Credit: Joel Dykstra) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse. Photo taken on May 20, 2012 in Roswell, NM, USA. (Credit: Joel Dykstra) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

Constellation Pegasus. You can see that Pegaus is near Andromenda, Cassiopeia and Perseus, but that is a different story. [Picture: © Bruno Tomba, in Stories of the Sky (1959)] ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

Constellation Pegasus. You can see that Pegaus is near Andromenda, Cassiopeia and Perseus, but that is a different story. [Picture: © Bruno Tomba, in Stories of the Sky (1959)] ©Mona Evans, "Night Sky Olympics" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41582.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp

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