Friday, February 29, 2008


The word of the day is "dance." Thanks, Mona. Two gravitationally interacting galaxies, known as "the mice" because of the long tails. But they look like dancers to me.


Maggie said...

Clever man. That's beautiful.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I love these two; they are so beautiful. They are in a powerful and dangerous dance, kind of a tango to the death... tragically romantic, in a way.

I think my favorites are Saturn's rings (especially at full tilt, which I've been lucky enough to see), the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades and the Horsehead Nebula; although Andromeda and the Eskimo Nebula are quite lovely also.
I guess I have a particular neighborhood that's a favorite... the Winter Circle! Ha!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Clowncar said...

Thanks, Mag. Mostly, it was easier than writing a poem.

Scarlett, that's my fave part of the sky too! All those deeply cool stars: Betelgeuse, Sirius, Procyon, Aldebaran. The Pleiades have fascinated me ever since I first spotted them as a kid and wondered what they were. And the first thing I sought out when I got my first adult telescope was the Orion Nebula (I'm getting a fancy new one next month, and will probably do the same). Nice to hear from such a knowledgable skywatcher. Take care!

Mother of Invention said...

I think I detect a "tango DIP" happenin'! Hmm....distant cousin of The Dipper Family?!!

Mona Buonanotte said...

They look so free and spirited! I agree, much more like dancers than mice.

Jo said...

So pretty! It always amazes me how poetic Space is, for being such a cold place :)