IC 1396, also known as the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula. Can’t imagine why…
Credit and copyright: T. Rector (University of Alaska, Anchorage) and H. Schweiker (WIYN, NOAO, AURA, NSF)

IC 1396, also known as the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula. Can’t imagine why…

Credit and copyright: T. Rector (University of Alaska, Anchorage) and H. Schweiker (WIYN, NOAO, AURA, NSF)

Taken over Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, this shows the Northern Cross, left of center and featuring Deneb, and the Southern Cross, just over the horizon at the far right. Right of center, near the top, is Mars, with Antares below it.
Image credit and copyright: Wally Pacholka (TWAN).

Taken over Mount Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, this shows the Northern Cross, left of center and featuring Deneb, and the Southern Cross, just over the horizon at the far right. Right of center, near the top, is Mars, with Antares below it.

Image credit and copyright: Wally Pacholka (TWAN).


The Glowworm Caves in Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. The glowworms (Arachnocampa luminosa) are indigenous to NZ; most of those in the Caves live in the central Grotto.

http://sites.psu.edu/natesnatureblog/2013/11/20/waitomo-glowworm-caves/

 

For the naturalists among you, here are a picture and description of the glowworm life cycle:

 

http://www.waitomo.com/glow-worm-lifecycle.aspx

The Glowworm Caves in Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. The glowworms (Arachnocampa luminosa) are indigenous to NZ; most of those in the Caves live in the central Grotto.

http://sites.psu.edu/natesnatureblog/2013/11/20/waitomo-glowworm-caves/

 

For the naturalists among you, here are a picture and description of the glowworm life cycle:

 

http://www.waitomo.com/glow-worm-lifecycle.aspx

The western part of the Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop, containing the Witch’s Broom (NGC 6960) along the top and Pickering’s Triangle (NGC 6979) right of center toward the bottom.
Image processing: Oliver Czernetz; data: Digitized Sky Survey (POSS-II).

The western part of the Veil Nebula, also known as the Cygnus Loop, containing the Witch’s Broom (NGC 6960) along the top and Pickering’s Triangle (NGC 6979) right of center toward the bottom.

Image processing: Oliver Czernetz; data: Digitized Sky Survey (POSS-II).

Cloister of the Convent of St. John Baptist in Mendham, New Jersey.
http://poetsonline.blogspot.com/

Cloister of the Convent of St. John Baptist in Mendham, New Jersey.

http://poetsonline.blogspot.com/

NGC 2174 in the constellation of Orion is off the top of the frame. This shows its edge, with clouds of gas and dust carved by winds and radiation from newly formed stars.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScl/AURA).

NGC 2174 in the constellation of Orion is off the top of the frame. This shows its edge, with clouds of gas and dust carved by winds and radiation from newly formed stars.

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

Look—water on Mars! This is a closeup of Martian dunes; the “fingerprints” are ridges of seasonal frost.
Image credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA.

Look—water on Mars! This is a closeup of Martian dunes; the “fingerprints” are ridges of seasonal frost.

Image credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA.

A blown-glass sculpture called The Sun, by Dale Chihuly, recently unveiled by the Halcyon Gallery in London’s Berkeley Square.

A blown-glass sculpture called The Sun, by Dale Chihuly, recently unveiled by the Halcyon Gallery in London’s Berkeley Square.

The so-called Leshan Buddha, largest Buddha statue in the world (note tiny people at his feet), was carved right out of the cliff. He is located east of the city of Leshan in Sichuan Province, China.
This particular Buddha is believed to be Maitreya, a disciple of Sakyamuni, who is said to have founded Buddhism.


http://www.chinatourguide.com/chengdu/

The so-called Leshan Buddha, largest Buddha statue in the world (note tiny people at his feet), was carved right out of the cliff. He is located east of the city of Leshan in Sichuan Province, China.

This particular Buddha is believed to be Maitreya, a disciple of Sakyamuni, who is said to have founded Buddhism.

http://www.chinatourguide.com/chengdu/

Whitewater Falls, near Cashiers, North Carolina.
Photo by John MacLean.
http://www.johnmaclean.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=24&p=10&a=0&at=0

Whitewater Falls, near Cashiers, North Carolina.

Photo by John MacLean.

http://www.johnmaclean.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=24&p=10&a=0&at=0

Two photos of dust around and in Orion.

The top one shows dust filaments (in gray) around M42 and M43. The brown and blue are glowing gas. Image credit and copyright: Robert Fields.

The lower one shows dark dust around two reflection nebulas: M78, in the center of the image, and NGC 2071, at the lower left. Image credit and copyright: Ian Sharp.

This is GRO J1655-40, whose attributes, such as unusual flickering of the light emitted by the swirling gas, suggest a rapidly rotating black hole down there in the middle—which is estimated to have seven times the mass of our Sun.
Illustration credit: April Hobart, CXC.

This is GRO J1655-40, whose attributes, such as unusual flickering of the light emitted by the swirling gas, suggest a rapidly rotating black hole down there in the middle—which is estimated to have seven times the mass of our Sun.

Illustration credit: April Hobart, CXC.

This one I did manage to track down: sadly, it’s not a photo of a real house but an entry in the Bizarrchitecture 3 Photoshop contest. It was created by Norrit and is titled “Bond Mansion.”

This one I did manage to track down: sadly, it’s not a photo of a real house but an entry in the Bizarrchitecture 3 Photoshop contest. It was created by Norrit and is titled “Bond Mansion.”

Messier 63, also known as NGC 5055, also known as the Sunflower Galaxy, lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, “hunting dogs.”
Image credit and copyright: Bill Snyder, at Sierra Remote Observatories.

Messier 63, also known as NGC 5055, also known as the Sunflower Galaxy, lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, “hunting dogs.”

Image credit and copyright: Bill Snyder, at Sierra Remote Observatories.

I have tried but can’t find a source; don’t even know whether it’s real or a computer-generated image.
But it’s so amazing, I had to post. Note the ladder…
If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know and I will give credit where due.

I have tried but can’t find a source; don’t even know whether it’s real or a computer-generated image.

But it’s so amazing, I had to post. Note the ladder…

If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know and I will give credit where due.