Crows gather all kinds of things in their nests. They like shiny objects or whatever strikes their fancy. I, too, like to gather a variety of things, but unlike a crow, I like to share what I find, as well as what I create myself.
Whoa — An image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope offers a unique take on of the North America Nebula, a vast region of interstellar gas and dust thus named because, when seen through an ordinary telescope, its shape resembles the North American continent. In this infrared view from Spitzer, however, the dark clouds of dust and gas that carve out the continental shape are made transparent — providing a view of, in a very real sense, previously hidden worlds.
Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty NGC 6188 aretens of light-years long. The emission nebula is found near the edge of an otherwise dark large molecular cloud in the southern constellation Ara, about 4,000 light-years away.