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Comet Hale-Bopp, C1995 O1, sports two tails here: a blue ion tail and a white dust tail. Both are formed by material ejected from the nucleus, which is mostly water ice and dust. The ice is heated by the comet's approach to the sun, going directly from a solid to a gas, bypassing the liquid form. As the material from the nucleus is ejected it forms a gigantic cloud around the nucleus which we see as the coma. It then separates into the blue ion gas tail and the dust tail.

In the story, you fall in love with a girl on another planet. She’s been dead for years, but through your telescope you watch her laugh, laughing too. You wave when she, remembering her smallness, remembers the stars. — Annelyse Gelman, “Love Poem” in Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone

NGC 3190 ~ The Predator: is a spiral galaxy with tightly wound arms and lying in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1784. In 2002 two supernovae were observed in the galaxy. A Brazilian amateur astronomer Paulo Cacella detected one supernova in the southeastern part in March 2002 (SN 2002bo), and then an Italian team, while studying the first one, detected a second supernova (SN 2002cv) on the other side two months later.

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9 Incredible Photos of our Universe

May 9th...(prompt...3 gifts found in the dark) *the gift of a starry night...oh the vastness that is portrayed on a starry night!! *the gift of sweet sleep...sweet and restful it restores, refreshes, and heals our bodies!! *movies as they light up the big dark screen....not many good ones out there but every now and then a good one comes along....have you seen Homerun??