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An incredibly stunning solar flare erupted from the sun's surface throwing charged particles and searing plasma millions of miles out into space. The blast was was not directed at the earth and it is unlikely to hit any of the planets in our solar system.

What a beautiful image. It speaks volumes not only of space, but of the wonders and beauty of our universe. It speaks to our uncanny ability for awe.

Walking through the quiet, dim path towards a brighter beginning. A beginning of a new venture, new skill, a new way of life @meltoye

This is just beyond magnificent. It approaches magical. Do you see the little red-headed kid in the upper right?

The massive star factory known as the Trifid Nebula was captured in all its glory with the Wide-Field Imager camera attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. So named for the dark dust bands that trisect its glowing heart, the Trifid Nebula is a rare combination of three nebulae types that reveal the fury of freshly formed stars and point to more star birth in the future. The field of view of the image is approximately 13 x 17 arcminutes.

from Frank T. Zumbachs Mysterious World

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

Fairy Beauty Scattering Stars, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite in The Enchanted Forest, 1921.

~~Star birth in the extreme ~ Hubble's view of the Carina Nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this inferno. In the process, these stars are shredding the surrounding material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born | Hubble~~


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