Saturday in Space: Belated Valentine Special
    By Bente Lilja Bye | February 16th 2013 07:13 PM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    My Heart and Soul is in space. There is not a shred of doubt about that. Since I was a little girl my head has been turned in an upward direction - often both physically and mentally. Come Valentine's Day and my thoughts go straight into space.

    Heart and Soul Nebulae
    The Heart and Soul Nebulae side by side in Cassiopeia. Credit:  John Corban&the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator

    My heart is in hard science and I uphold until death that space saves lives. If you cannot imagine that without some help you can take a quick look at one example from NASA spin-offs that literally helps hearts pumping. An that is just one example. There are many more and you can read about general aspects and get more examples in How Hard Science Saves Lives.

    Heart Nebula
    The Heart nebula IC 1805 in Cassiopeia painted with a Hubble palette by Terry Hancock from Down Under Observatory. This nebula is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes and you'll find it 7500 light years away from Earth.

    My Valentine goes to hard science and space!


      A great shot of the Crescent Nebula from It's a Wolf-Rayet star. A strong interstellar wind from a massive central star is spreading matter shed from one of the earlier stages in its evolution. It's only 4700 light years away, and the main star will probably become a supernova.
    Enrico, do you post that Crescent nebula because of a shape resembling a heart? Or that it looks like one of our inner parts of the body in general? :-) Some of these celestial objects do look like our organs. :-)

    Nevertheless, it is a great nebula here also presented in a blue palette. Blue being my favorite color...:-)
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth
    Your Crescent Nebula is much nicer than mine, so I'll spare you.
    But it one of few Wolf-Rayet stars known (~350), and I think the closest in the Northern Hemisphere.
    Never is a long time.
    do you post that Crescent nebula because of a shape resembling a heart? 
    Terry Hancock also had a photo of it on your flickr link, and then I found a bigger photo on the NASA sight. Now that you mention it, the photo slightly resembles an ilium and the rest of a  pelvic girdle. Evolutionary-speaking, which is older; otherwise we'd have to say the ilium resembles the Crescent nebula!