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    "ANCIENT ABORIGINAL ASTRONOMY -MOUNT COLAH, AUSTRALIA It is acknowledged that Australian Aboriginal culture is heavily spiritual and symbolic, but a rock engraving in a national park near Sydney suggests that the indigenous belief system represents a deep knowledge of the sky and the motion of the bodies within it. Coalsack Dark Nebula (within the Milky Way) is known to the Wardaman Aboriginal people as the head of the ‘Emu In The Sky’." interesting...

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The Emu In the Sky Constellation: Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

Indigenous constellations - Barnaby Norris What they found was remarkable… the emu aligns to her image in the night sky at the time of year that emu eggs are ready to be collected (late May and early June, Figure 4). Emu eggs were an important food source for Aboriginal people, and the engraving features an egg within the emu herself. The image won Barnaby Norris a Eureka prize and has become the definitive symbol for Aboriginal Astronomy today.

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...

One of my favorite past times is to look upon the night sky and try to find constellations. Its amazing to do it from different parts of the city of even different states. I love looking upon the stars in awe! They inspire me to learn more of the night sky. Constellations

47 Tucanae, located in the constellation Tucana, is the second largest known globular cluster. Here it's shown in a digital art work by Felix Cheung. It's one of a set of screen savers based on the Southern birds constellations. Mona Evans, "Exotic Creatures of the Southern Sky" www.bellaonline.c...

The Rosette Nebula (aka NGC 2237) comes with a long stem of glowing hydrogen gas. At the edge of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros, some 5,000 light years away, the petals of this rose are actually a stellar nursery whose lovely, symmetric shape is sculpted by the winds and radiation from its central cluster of hot young stars.

The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop (radio source W78, or Sharpless 103), a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. The source supernova exploded some 5,000 to 8,000 years ago, and the remnants have since expanded to cover an area roughly 3 degrees in diameter (about 6 times the diameter, or 36 times the area, of the full moon). Seen here is the the Eastern Veil Caldwell 33.

A Tall MilkyWay "There are four hundred billion stars out there just in our galaxy alone.

~~Bubble Nebula ~ NGC 7635, also called the Bubble Nebula is a nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies close to the direction of the open cluster Messier 52. The "bubble" is created by the stellar wind from a massive hot young central star. The nebula is near a giant molecular cloud which contains the expansion of the bubble nebula while itself being excited by the hot central star, causing it to glow | Wikipedia~~

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