Let me play among the stars

20130424-210405.jpg The Eagle Nebula, credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, in other words
I love you

The song, Fly Me To The Moon, was written in 1954 by Bart Howard and originally titled “In Other Words.” There are many recorded versions of this song, but the most well-known is a swinging arrangement by Quincy Jones and sung by Frank Sinatra.
Credit Suidoo

Fantasy marble?

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At first glance this amazing image conjured up a fantasy teal blue marble with sparse golden streaks. It is in fact the Crab Nebula.

Don’t let it’s cool blue colour fool you, the filaments in this behemoth of a nebula are estimated to be between a scorching 11,000 and 18,000 K (19,341 – 31,941 deg Fahrenheit). The image was created using 2 narrow band filters (F502N – blue, F673 – Red, added together to make a computer generated green layer) and 1 medium band filter (F547M – Cyan) obtained from the Hubble ESO/ST-ECF Archive. All data was processed using the Fits Liberator’s Linear stretch function.

Credit: Danny LaCrue & the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator.