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Behold: the bright young stars of the Trumpler 14 cluster – some as young as a mere 5 million years and still so hot, they emit detectable x-rays. Listen up, grandad:

In older star clusters, most stars this young have already died — typically exploding in a supernova — leaving behind stars that are fainter and redder. Trumpler 14 spans about 40 light years and lies about 9,000 light years away on the edge of the famous Carina Nebula. A discerning eye can spot two unusual objects in this detailed 2006 image of Trumpler 14 by the Hubble Space Telescope. First, a dark cloud just left of center may be a planetary system trying to form before being destroyed by the energetic winds ofTrumpler 14‘s massive stars. Second is the arc at the bottom left, which one hypothesis holds is the supersonic shock wave of a fast star ejected 100,000 years ago from a completely different star cluster.

(Image: NASAESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz (IoAoA Spain); N. Smith (U. Arizona)


A very pleasing experimental 4k CGI short by Maxim Zhestkov exploring the nature of the Universe formed by coalescing matter thrown out by exploding stars. To wit:

Everything around and inside us was conceived in a huge explosion of a star billions of years ago… and, probably, recycled from other matrices myriad times. In this eternal carousel of matter, particles gather, form complicated structures and then burst into all directions fusing atoms together and producing new elements and points of view, new colours and patterns of perception.


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Some of the world’s oldest living trees ((in Botswana, Namibia and  South Africa) photographed against the backdrop of the night sky by Beth Moon, who sez:

The majority of these photographs were created during moonless nights, shot with a wide angle lens and ISO of 3200 – 6400. The Milky Way, a ribbon of stars that stretches from horizon to horizon burns brightly in some of the images. Exposures up to 30 seconds allowed enough light to enter the lens without noticeable star movement. Each location required a lot of experimenting. and different lighting techniques. Sometimes a short burst of diffused light from a flashlight was sufficient, or bounced light from multiple flashlights was used for a softer more natural glow.

More here.

Ancient African Trees Illuminated by Starlight (Feature Image)


Gandalf (Sean Connery) and Hannibal Lecter (Gene Hackman)

Indiana Jones (Tom Selleck) and Neo from The Matrix (Will Smith)

LIFE’s mega-gallery of stars who nearly made it to the biggest roles in cinema history, but thankfully (in most cases) didn’t. Some you’ll know. Some you won’t.

We reckon Hackman would have made a great Lecter.

VIEW THE GALLERY: Almost Cast: Who Lost Iconic Roles? (LIFE)