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    Cosmic Stage Set for Comet Lulin ShowCredit: ©Jack Newton (, used with permissionJack Newton and his wife are building a stargazing community 150 miles southeast of Tucson. That Arizona Sky Village was the location from which he made this photo of comet Lulin on Feb. 18, 2009.

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♥ “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name. Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing..." [Is. 40:26]

I first saw this in Germany. A clear dark night. It was as if the sky had been unzipped to let light and colour stream in from another world. One of my most beautiful memories. The Milky Way.

night sky by dcysurfer / Dave Young on Flickr.