Atacama Desert-Chile, Mauna Kea-Hawaii, NamibRand International Dark Sky Reserve-Namibia, Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve-New Zealand, Caldera de Taburiente National Park-Canary Islands, Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve-Ireland, Natural Bridges International Dark Sky Park-Utah, Big Bend International Dark Sky Park-Texas, Death Valley National Park-California, Cherry Springs State Park-Pennsylvania
The Spider and The Fly Bright clusters and nebulae abound in the ancient northern constellation of Auriga. The region includes the open star cluster M38, emission nebula IC 410 with Tadpoles, Auriga’s own Flaming Star Nebula IC 405, and this interesting pair IC 417 (lower right) and NGC 1931. An imaginative eye toward the expansive IC 417 and diminutive NGC 1931 suggests a cosmic spider and fly. About 10,000 light-years distant, both represent young, open star clusters formed in interstellar clouds and still embedded in glowing hydrogen gas. For scale, the more compact NGC 1931 is about 10 light-years across.
It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.
— E.M. Forster, A Room with a View (via observando)