Click to swell your heart.
For those of you with room for even more romance, learn more about this nebula here.
A cosmic cardiodolia!
An Embiggened Heart – now showing at a universe near you.
Awesome – it even has the fatty tissue. Now if it would only morph into the shape of a real heart. I wonder what the origin of the ‘valentine heart’ shape is – I’ve always thought of it as a red sheep’s scrotum as seen while doing a handstand. Having had to kill and clean my meals since I was about 8, I never could associate that shape with a heart. I’ll shut up now – that’s too much reality from me for the moment.
Argh! It’s a skull! Complete with blue sparkle in the empty eye socket (cough cough Terry Pratchett cough) …
Oh, sorry. Valentine. Not Halloween. Uh, yes, it’s totally a heart. Awww. Sweet.
(Skull, I say! Skull!)
@Mark: You’re right! It’s an alien skull with a shining eye – a bit like the terminator, but with an alien head of course and the eye shines blue rather than red. That also accounts for the top of the head resembling buttocks – it’s obviously ET. I don’t know how I missed that …
Happy Valetines day
(On bit of a sugar high now.)
MadScientist Says: “Now if it would only morph into the shape of a real heart.”
The APOD for February 14 is of the “Heart Nebula” which looks a lot more like an actual heart and less like the traditional “heart shape.”
But er .. what is it?
Usually the BA tells us a lot more about what we’re seeing ..
Is it a close up of a planetary nebula somewhere via HST?
Juniper from Jupiter, click on the link below the picture to find out.
Maybe it’s the state of my sex life right now, but I really don’t see the “heart” here… actually I see the upper half of a red lit skull… (too many years into heavy metal, I guess.)
Oh well, you know what they say… “Sex & death…”
Aha! THX IVAN3MAN. Belated, I know but thanks all the same.
Oops, I missed that link (& then I’ve been away for a few days so quite a bit still to catch up on here ..)
Okay so the BA did tell us elsewhere :
“W5 is a nebula, a giant cloud of gas roughly 6000 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It’s enormous, spanning about 2 x 1.5 degrees of the sky (15 times the size of the full Moon on the sky), and is actively cranking out stars. The valentine-shape is actually an enormous cavern, a hollow carved out of the gas by the winds and fierce ultraviolet light flooding out from massive young stars in its… well, its heart. It’s like these stars are blowing a vast bubble in the middle of the cloud.”
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