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Stars and Dust in Corona Australis
Image Credit & Copyright: CHART32 Team, Processing - Johannes Schedler
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150108.html

Cosmic dust clouds and young, energetic stars inhabit this telescopic vista, less than 500 light-years away toward the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. The dust clouds effectively block light from more distant background stars in the Milky Way. But the striking complex of reflection nebulae cataloged as NGC 6726, 6727, and IC 4812 produce a characteristic blue color as light from the region's young hot stars is reflected by the cosmic dust. The dust also obscures from view stars still in the process of formation. At the left, smaller yellowish nebula NGC 6729 bends around young variable star R Coronae Australis. Just below it, glowing arcs and loops shocked by outflows from embedded newborn stars are identified as Herbig-Haro objects. On the sky this field of view spans about 1 degree. That corresponds to almost 9 light-years at the estimated distance of the nearby star forming region.
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While the bookseller and publisher are battling over mundane business specifics, the state of publishing hangs in the balance.
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Messier 63: The Sunflower Galaxy
Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Snyder (at Sierra Remote Observatories)
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140313.html

A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across. That's about the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports a bright yellowish core in this sharp, colorful galaxy portrait. Its sweeping blue spiral arms are streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with pink star forming regions. A dominant member of a known galaxy group, M63 has faint, extended features that could be the result of gravitational interactions with nearby galaxies. In fact, M63 shines across the electromagnetic spectrum and is thought to have undergone bursts of intense star formation.
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Audio recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will be released Wednesday, after an attempt to block the disclosure was dropped.
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After protests, millions of comments and support from President Obama, open-Internet activists scored a major victory on Thursday when the Federal Communicat...
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A Castle in the Desert Gorge

After making out of the deep desert, I ended up in a beautiful gorge and found this amazing castle right in the middle of it!  This is where I slept for the night, inside one of the cozy spires.  This is in the Todra Gorge, which is still well into the desert side of the Atlas Mountains.  

I've taken so many photos... so... many... photos... only had a chance to process a very few, but thought you'd like to see a random sampling of the latest! :)   This place is called the Auberge de Festival. 
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Naval officials in Rhode Island did not alert superiors in Washington to evidence pointing to the mental instability of Aaron Alexis.
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