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Behold: globular star cluster NGC 6752, 13,000 light-years away toward the southern constellation Pavo (the Peacock), roaming the halo of the Milky Way. To wit:

Over 10 billion years old, NGC 6752 follows clusters Omega Centauri and 47 Tucanae as the third brightest globular in planet Earth’s night sky. It holds over 100 thousand stars in a sphere about 100 light-years in diameter. Telescopic explorations of the NGC 6752 have found that a remarkable fraction of the stars near the cluster’s core, are multiple star systems. They also reveal the presence of blue straggle stars, stars which appear to be too young and massive to exist in a cluster whose stars are all expected to be at least twice as old as the Sun. The blue stragglers are thought to be formed by star mergers and collisions in the dense stellar environment at the cluster’s core. This sharp color composite also features the cluster’s ancient red giant stars in yellowish hues. (Note: The bright, spiky blue star at 11 o’clock from the cluster center is a foreground star along the line-of-sight to NGC 6752).

(Image: Jose Joaquin Perez)

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Times Square NYC in the 70s and 80s (subsequently Dettol-and-wire-brushed in the mid 90s) captured in all its sleazy, greasy, STDeezy glory by renowned photographer Andreas Feininger.

MORE: Vintage Photos Capture Times Square’s Depravity in the 1970s and 1980s (Vintage Everyday)

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Behold: the 1967 BMW-Glas 3000 V8 Fastback Coupe – a car born of the purchase by BMW of fellow German auto maker Hans Glas GmbH (maker of the adorable Goggomobil microcar).

At the time, Glas had just introduced the 2600 V8 coupe and that car would inspire this prototype, designed by Pietro Frua. Debuted at the 1967 Frankfurt Auto Show, it never made it into series production, passing instead to a private owner.

Extensively restored, ready to drive and one of a kind, it comes up for auction this month. Yours for €250,000 to €350,000. 

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A very impressive remote control scale replica of a 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Fiesta station wagon complete with built in chassis squeaks and engine noises, lights and an Arduino controlled active suspension that can raise and lower the car, allowing it to react to weight shifts and drift impressively.

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Behold: the Hyades or Caldwell 41 – the closest star cluster to our own sun. To wit:

The Hyades open cluster is bright enough to have been remarked on even thousands of years ago, yet is not as bright or compact as the nearby Pleiades (M45) star cluster. Pictured here is a particularly deep image of the Hyades which has brings out vivid star colours and faint coincidental nebulas. The brightest star in the field is yellow Aldebaran, the eye of the bull toward the constellation of Taurus. Aldebaran, at 65 light-years away, is now known to be unrelated to the Hyades cluster, which lies 153 light-years away. The central Hyades stars are spread out over about 15 light-years. Formed about 625 million years ago, the Hyades likely shares a common origin with the Beehive cluster (M44), a naked-eye open star cluster toward the constellation of Cancer, based on M44‘s motion through space and remarkably similar age.

(Image: Jose Mtanous)

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A powerful short about perception and realisation by Sandralee Zinzen and Nicolas Nivesse of the PÔLE 3D School at Roubaix, northern France. To wit:

A teenage girl is staring at herself in a mirror. She doesn’t like what she sees; fat, skinny, ugly, she looks like a monster. Maybe she should just take a step back and realize she’s not that monstrous.

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