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distant-traveller:

NGC 2359: Thor’s Helmet

This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor’s Helmet. Heroically sized even for a Norse god, Thor’s Helmet is about 30 light-years across. In fact, the helmet is more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble’s center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. Known as a Wolf-Rayet star, the central star is an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. Cataloged as NGC 2359, the nebula is located about 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Canis Major. The sharp image, made using broadband and narrowband filters, captures striking details of the nebula’s filamentary structures. It shows off a blue-green color from strong emission due to oxygen atoms in the glowing gas.

Image credit & copyright: Bob and Janice Fera (Fera Photography)

distant-traveller:

NGC 2359: Thor’s Helmet

This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor’s Helmet. Heroically sized even for a Norse god, Thor’s Helmet is about 30 light-years across. In fact, the helmet is more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble’s center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. Known as a Wolf-Rayet star, the central star is an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. Cataloged as NGC 2359, the nebula is located about 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Canis Major. The sharp image, made using broadband and narrowband filters, captures striking details of the nebula’s filamentary structures. It shows off a blue-green color from strong emission due to oxygen atoms in the glowing gas.

Image credit & copyright: Bob and Janice Fera (Fera Photography)

(Source: apod.nasa.gov, via astronomynerd)

kqedscience:

A Valuable Reputation 
"[Scientist Tyrone] Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, a widely used herbicide made by Syngenta. The company’s notes reveal that it struggled to make sense of him, and plotted ways to discredit him."
Read more at the newyorker: http://goo.gl/CGQtLJ
And here’s a KQED QUEST interview with Hayes from 2008.Previous KQED QUEST video Disappearing Frogs.

kqedscience:

A Valuable Reputation

"[Scientist Tyrone] Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, a widely used herbicide made by Syngenta. The company’s notes reveal that it struggled to make sense of him, and plotted ways to discredit him."

Read more at the newyorker: http://goo.gl/CGQtLJ

And here’s a KQED QUEST interview with Hayes from 2008.

Previous KQED QUEST video Disappearing Frogs.

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lawrencepubliclibrary:

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From “Dinosaurs and How They Lived”.

From “Dinosaurs and How They Lived”.