an instant of gravity
You wonder how these things begin. It begins with a season which, for want of a better word we may as well call- September. It begins in a forest where the woodchucks woo, and the leaves wax green, and vines intertwine like lovers; try to see it. not with your eyes, for they are wise, but see it with your ears: the cool green breathing of the leaves. And hear it with the inside of your hand: the soundless sound of shadows flicking light. Celebrate sensation. Recall that secret place. You've been there, you remember: That special place where once- Just once- in your crowded sunlit lifetime, you hid away in shadow from the tyranny of time. That spot beside the clover where someone's hand held your hand and love was sweeter than the berries, or the honey, or the stinging taste of mint. It is September- before a rainfall- a perfect time to be in love. -El Gallo
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The Galactic Core in Infrared 
Hubble: NASA,  ESA, & D. Q. Wang (U. Mass, Amherst); Spitzer:  NASA,  JPL, &  S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)
What’s happening at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy?  To help find out, the orbiting  Hubble and  Spitzer space telescopes have combined their efforts to  survey the region in unprecedented detail in infrared light.   Infrared light is particularly useful for probing the  Milky Way’s center because visible light is more greatly obscured by  dust.    The above image encompasses over 2,000 images from the  Hubble Space Telescope's  NICMOS taken last year.  The image spans 300 by 115 light years with such high resolution that structures only 20 times the size of our own Solar System are discernable.  Clouds of glowing gas and  dark dust as well as three large star clusters are visible.    Magnetic fields may be channeling  plasma along the upper left near the  Arches Cluster,  while energetic  stellar winds are carving  pillars near the  Quintuplet Cluster on the lower left.    The massive Central Cluster of stars surrounding  Sagittarius A* is visible on the lower right.  Why several central, bright, massive stars appear to be unassociated with  these star clusters is not yet understood.
Highest res: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0901/gcenter_hstspitzer_big.jpg

The Galactic Core in Infrared

Hubble: NASA, ESA, & D. Q. Wang (U. Mass, Amherst); Spitzer: NASA, JPL, & S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)

What’s happening at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy? To help find out, the orbiting Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have combined their efforts to survey the region in unprecedented detail in infrared light. Infrared light is particularly useful for probing the Milky Way’s center because visible light is more greatly obscured by dust. The above image encompasses over 2,000 images from the Hubble Space Telescope's NICMOS taken last year. The image spans 300 by 115 light years with such high resolution that structures only 20 times the size of our own Solar System are discernable. Clouds of glowing gas and dark dust as well as three large star clusters are visible. Magnetic fields may be channeling plasma along the upper left near the Arches Cluster, while energetic stellar winds are carving pillars near the Quintuplet Cluster on the lower left. The massive Central Cluster of stars surrounding Sagittarius A* is visible on the lower right. Why several central, bright, massive stars appear to be unassociated with these star clusters is not yet understood.

Highest res: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0901/gcenter_hstspitzer_big.jpg

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