Behold: spiral galaxy NGC 247, 11 million light years from us toward the southern constellation Cetus, smaller than the Milky Way and strangely redolent of something even smaller. To wit:
The pronounced void on one side of the galaxy’s disk recalls for some its popular name, the Needle’s Eye galaxy. Many background galaxies are visible in this sharp galaxy portrait, including the remarkable string of four galaxies just below and left of NGC 247 known as Burbidge’s Chain. Burbidge’s Chain galaxies are about 300 million light-years distant. NGC 247 itself is part of the Sculptor Group of galaxies along with the shiny spiral NGC 253.
Actual and until now unreleased phone conversations between Canadian author Marlin Marynick and Charles Manson, recorded in 2010 as Marynick researched his book ‘Charles Manson Now’, illustrated in suitably helter-skelterish psychedelic style by Leah Shore.
Behold: the 2020 Polaris Slingshot R – not a car, rather a three wheeler, or autocycle with a 203bhp, 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder engine. This, in a machine weighing just 0.6 of a tonne, delivers 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of just over 200km/h.
Yours for about €28,000 plus shipping. From Minnesota.
Set for completion in early 2021, (though there’ll probably be a bunch of screws and a weird plastic thing left over), the store, with its green facade of 160 integrated trees and roof terrace, has no car parking spaces – a nod to Vienna’s first rate public transport system.
IKEA promises 24 hour delivery for any items that can’t be carried out by hand.