Thor's Helmet

NGC 2359 Thor’s Helmet

NGC 2359 commonly known as Thor’s Helmet. This bubble shaped emission nebula also has some complex filaments that help to give NGC 2359 a distinctive shape with the wing like structures to give Thor’s Helmet its name. Located in the constellation of Canis Major, it is nearly 15,000 light years distant and 30 light years […]

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Iceland – Reykjavik

Iceland, land of of fire and ice, volcanoes, Vikings and visitors. Thousands of them, including us.  All to see the sights that the original visitor who came here didn’t see. Floki Vilgerdarson came here from Norway in 870 AD but was disappointed because all he could see was ice. A practical man, with his incredible […]

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The High Road to the Highlands – Scotland Road Trip Part 1

We’re north of the wall, one built by the Romans to keep the buckfast binging, bagpipe bashing, tartan totting, kilted claymore wielding clansmen and painted Picts at bay. This is the wild frontier of “auld enemy”, visiting our geographic Celt cousins and waving to the half-naked highlanders in the rugged highlands, luscious lochs and gorgeous glens, […]

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Trifid Nebula

Trifid Nebula

The Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, is located over 5000 light years away in the constellation Sagittarius in a stellar nursery, a star forming region of the Scutum arm of the Milky Way. It is a combination of an open cluster of stars that surround a rare O type star, emission and reflection […]

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Veil Nebulae, Witch's Broom

Veil Nebula

My image of the Veil Nebula showing the delicate wispy remains of a supernova remnant.  A supernova is the final destructive explosion of a massive star and can temporarily outshine the output of the host galaxy it resides in at the stars dramatic death.  The expanding shock wave from the explosion is the remains that […]

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York Cold War Bunker

A warning, this is not the usual semi-romantic dog walking adventure you may have seen on this site before.  It’s a grim reminder of a hopefully bygone era, today we are visiting the York Cold War Bunker. A retreat of safe haven in a time of unparalleled danger, in fact, it’s just the thing for surviving a […]

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