April 11th, 2008

star-forming nebula

Astro-Image of the Day: stellar bow-shock

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a very young star creating a bow shock in the Great Orion Nebula. The blast of solar wind from the star, LL Ori, crashes against the gas of the nebula, creating a bubble-like shockwave in space. It's not unlike the aurora we can see on Earth, only times a billion or so.

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Best,
Chris
Jim-me-awards

"The Best of James Gunn" reading today!

Hi folks -

Thought it was time for a reminder that Jim is doing a reading today, Friday the 11th.

Who: Science Fiction Grand Master James Gunn
When: 4:00pm - 5:00pm today
Where: Spencer Museum of Art auditorium at the University of Kansas
What: James Gunn reading excerpts from his work
Why: in honor of Jim winning the 2008 KU Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award
How much: Free!

Afterward, come enjoy a reception in the Spencer Center Court.

Hope to see you there!

Best,
Chris