Thanks to grafting, this tree produces over 40 different kind of fruit and nuts—and in the spring, 40 different kinds of blossom, as seen here.
http://www.treeof40fruit.com/

Thanks to grafting, this tree produces over 40 different kind of fruit and nuts—and in the spring, 40 different kinds of blossom, as seen here.

http://www.treeof40fruit.com/

For some reason, I just love the name Ophiuchus. It means “serpent-bearer” and is the designation of the constellation next to (and supposedly holding) Serpens.
This is the binary star system Rho Ophiuchi, in the light-colored region on the right; the yellow star Antares, upper right; a red emission nebula to the left of Antares; globular cluster M4 between the two; and, at the bottom, IC 4592, the Blue Horsehead nebula.
Image credit and copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo.

For some reason, I just love the name Ophiuchus. It means “serpent-bearer” and is the designation of the constellation next to (and supposedly holding) Serpens.

This is the binary star system Rho Ophiuchi, in the light-colored region on the right; the yellow star Antares, upper right; a red emission nebula to the left of Antares; globular cluster M4 between the two; and, at the bottom, IC 4592, the Blue Horsehead nebula.

Image credit and copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo.

Scotch whiskey, crystallized on a slide and photographed under a polarized light microscope.

http://www.bevshots.com/about

Scotch whiskey, crystallized on a slide and photographed under a polarized light microscope.

http://www.bevshots.com/about

The amazingly long cloister from episode 4 of The Musketeers, filmed at the archbishop’s palace in Kroměříž, Czech Republic.

http://www.npu.cz/en/unesco-exhibition/properties-of-the-czech-republic-inscribed-on-the-unesco-world-heritage-list/garden-and-castle-in-kromeriz/


 

The amazingly long cloister from episode 4 of The Musketeers, filmed at the archbishop’s palace in Kroměříž, Czech Republic.

http://www.npu.cz/en/unesco-exhibition/properties-of-the-czech-republic-inscribed-on-the-unesco-world-heritage-list/garden-and-castle-in-kromeriz/

 

The eruption of a solar filament, producing what’s called a Coronal Mass Ejection.
Image credit: NASA’s GSFC, SDO AIA Team.

The eruption of a solar filament, producing what’s called a Coronal Mass Ejection.

Image credit: NASA’s GSFC, SDO AIA Team.

A seldom-reproduced corner of the Sistine ceiling.
Okay. Actually Planetary Nebula NGC 2818.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA).

A seldom-reproduced corner of the Sistine ceiling.

Okay. Actually Planetary Nebula NGC 2818.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA).

SN 1006, a supernova remnant; the remains of a compact white dwarf star in a binary system, which gradually captured material from its companion. The buildup in mass finally triggered an explosion that destroyed the dwarf.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, Zolt Levay (STScI).

SN 1006, a supernova remnant; the remains of a compact white dwarf star in a binary system, which gradually captured material from its companion. The buildup in mass finally triggered an explosion that destroyed the dwarf.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, Zolt Levay (STScI).

Cloister, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England.
http://www.ontarioarchitecture.com/gothic.htm

Cloister, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England.

http://www.ontarioarchitecture.com/gothic.htm

Cloister in Barcelona, Spain, behind Carrer Roger de Lluria.
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2793199

Cloister in Barcelona, Spain, behind Carrer Roger de Lluria.

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2793199

Thamserku, Nepal, a peak in the Himalayan chain. The iridescent clouds behind it are a result of thin clouds, water droplets of nearly uniform size, and the sun’s being in just the right position.
Image credit and copyright: Oleg Bartunov

Thamserku, Nepal, a peak in the Himalayan chain. The iridescent clouds behind it are a result of thin clouds, water droplets of nearly uniform size, and the sun’s being in just the right position.

Image credit and copyright: Oleg Bartunov

M106, also known as NGC 4258, a spiral galaxy with anomalous blue and purple “arms,” which are evidence of jets of material into the galaxy’s disc, probably powered by material falling into a massive central black hole.
Image credit: X-ray: NASA / CXC / Caltech / P. Ogle et al.; optical” NASA / STScI; IR: NASA / JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF / NRAO / VLA.

M106, also known as NGC 4258, a spiral galaxy with anomalous blue and purple “arms,” which are evidence of jets of material into the galaxy’s disc, probably powered by material falling into a massive central black hole.

Image credit: X-ray: NASA / CXC / Caltech / P. Ogle et al.; optical” NASA / STScI; IR: NASA / JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF / NRAO / VLA.

The Cloisters, Paradise Island, Nassau, the Bahamas.
The ruins of a French monastery brought to Nassau in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst.
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g147416-d4354319-i100193712-The_Cloisters_Nassau-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html

The Cloisters, Paradise Island, Nassau, the Bahamas.

The ruins of a French monastery brought to Nassau in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g147416-d4354319-i100193712-The_Cloisters_Nassau-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html

Not Gothic, not Romanesque, not even Christian: this is the Long Cloister in the Temple of Angkor Wat.
http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2007/08/05/the-long-hall-of-the-temple/

Not Gothic, not Romanesque, not even Christian: this is the Long Cloister in the Temple of Angkor Wat.

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2007/08/05/the-long-hall-of-the-temple/

The Cygnus Wall, part of a larger emission nebula called the North America Nebula because of its shape; this section suggests the western coast of Mexico.
Image credit and copyright: Martin Pugh.

The Cygnus Wall, part of a larger emission nebula called the North America Nebula because of its shape; this section suggests the western coast of Mexico.

Image credit and copyright: Martin Pugh.