Astronomy photo of the day

New Hubble photo on the 25th anniversary of the space telescope.

The sparkling centerpiece of Hubble’s anniversary fireworks is a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2, named for Swedish astronomer Bengt Westerlund who discovered the grouping in the 1960s. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina.

The giant star cluster is about 2 million years old and contains some of our galaxy’s hottest, brightest and most massive stars. Some of its heftiest stars unleash torrents of ultraviolet light and hurricane-force winds of charged particles etching into the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud.

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Why did “New Coke” fail?

Because it didn’t taste as good as the original.

On April 23, 1985 — 30 years ago today — the carbonated disaster called New Coke made its debut. Coca-Cola’s idea was to make Coke appeal to a younger generation by replacing its signature soda with a sweeter version. It quickly became a national disgrace.

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Elton John–Funeral For a Friend

This Goodbye Yellow Brick Road song features a long and triumphal instrumental intro by Elton John and Davey Johnstone, then those incomparable Bernie Taupin lyrics as only Elton can sing them…

I wonder if those changes
Have left a scar on you
Like all the burning hoops of fire
That you and I passed through

You’re a bluebird on a telegraph line
I hope you’re happy now
While if the wind of change comes down your way girl
You’ll make it back somehow

Love lies bleeding in my hands…