Starting with a wide view of the central part of our Milky Way galaxy we zoom in on the tiny constellation of Corona Australis (the Southern Crown), located beside the larger constellation of Sagittarius and towards the centre of our own galaxy. Zooming in more closely this faint constellation, visible only from dark sites, reveals many interesting features including a spectacular dust cloud about 8 light-years across. The bluish fuzzy spot is a beautiful reflection nebula in the star-forming region around the star R Coronae Australis, captured in great detail by the Wide Field Imager (WFI), on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.
“We still have a lot to understand.”
Masashi Chiba of Japan’s Tohoku University.
If gazing up at the Milky Way can make you feel dizzy, it could be because the outer galaxy has been discovered to be a mix of two distinct components rotating in opposite directions. The Milky Way’s main disk, home to our sun, rotates at an average speed of 500,000 mph. Surrounding the disk is what’s now called the inner halo, which orbits in the same direction at about 50,000 mph. The thinly populated region, outer halo, spins in the opposite direction at roughly 100,000 mph.
A man stands in front of the painting ‘Studio with Plaster Head’ from 1925 by late Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) during a media preview at the Kunsthaus Zurich in Zurich October 14, 2010. The exhibition ‘Picasso’ at the Kunsthaus Zurich revives the first museum exhibition devoted to Pablo Picasso, shown at the Kunsthaus Zurich in 1932, with 100 works from celebrated international collections. The exhibition runs from October 15 to January 30, 2011. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann.ZURICH.- From 15 October 2010 until 30 January 2011, the Kunsthaus Zürich will revive the first museum exhibition devoted to Pablo Picasso. Mounted at the Kunsthaus Zürich in 1932, the show was a crucial moment in the history of modern art. Picasso had organized a very personal look at his work, with pieces chosen from his pink and blue periods and his Cubist and neo-classical phase as well as Surrealist creations, and the homage now on show reconstructs this subjective survey. With 100 works from celebrated international collections it offers an outstanding overview and is on display exclusively in Zurich.
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