We are surrounded with the practical necessities of what we need to survive and enrich our lives. I really feel we should try to include beauty in the mix! I decided to create a blog featuring a variety of practical yet beautiful and joyful articles to live with. Many of them can be customized with your personal names and sayings.

Using my original photographs and designs I have created so many products for my online stores, Bebop's Place and Bebop's Weddings, and want to share them here. I am also constantly amazed at the fantastic products available from the rest of the Zazzle community and plan to showcase some of them as well. I am hoping viewers, in discovering this blog, will enjoy and possibly purchase some of these lovely items.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Star Cluster Pismis 24, core of NGC 6357 Galaxy S2 Cover

A gorgeous outer space lamp design from HightonRidley showing our universe in all its beauty. How would it look with your initials? Click to personalize and find out...

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Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series The star cluster Pismis 24 lies in the core of the large emission nebula NGC 6357 that extends one degree on the sky in the direction of the Scorpius constellation. Part of the nebula is ionised by the youngest (bluest) heavy stars in Pismis 24. The intense ultraviolet radiation from the blazing stars heats the gas surrounding the cluster and creates a bubble in NGC 6357. The presence of these surrounding gas clouds makes probing into the region even harder. One of the top candidates for the title of "Milky Way stellar heavyweight champion" was, until now, Pismis 24-1, a bright young star that lies in the core of the small open star cluster Pismis 24 (the bright stars in the Hubble image) about 8,000 light-years away from Earth. Pismis 24-1 was thought to have an incredibly large mass of 200 to 300 solar masses. New NASA/ESA Hubble measurements of the star, have, however, resolved Pismis 24-1 into two separate stars, and, in doing so, have "halved" its mass to around 100 solar masses.

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Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble

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2015 Golden Retriever Calendar

Love a good joke? How about a funny meme? Let golden retrievers Augie and Ti make you laugh for the next 12 months with this 2015 calendar!