THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1. SOUTH KOREAN FERRY CAPTAIN GETS 36 YEARS IN PRISON
The ship’s steward was sentenced in a widely anticipated hearing along with 14 others of his crew.
2. AT PACIFIC MEETING, OBAMA AND PUTIN SHY AWAY FROM DISAGREEMENTS
The two leaders, who are at odds over many global problems, are all niceties in front of the cameras and are avoiding touchy issues away from the media.
3. IRAQI TV SAYS ARMY RETAKES REFINERY TOWN
Reports claim Iraq’s troops have driven out Islamic State militants from Beiji which is home to the country’s largest oil facility.
4. ISRAEL HEIGHTENS SECURITY AFTER SERIES OF ATTACKS
Palestinian assailants carry out stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, killing an Israeli woman and a soldier.
5. HOW SECURITY AGENTS ARE TRAINING TO PREVENT ANOTHER BENGHAZI
A fantasy Middle Eastern city is set up as a training camp for diplomats who face improvised threats that mimic conditions in dangerous posts.
6. OBAMA HEATS UP DEBATE ON NET NEUTRALITY
The president’s push to preserve one of the Internet’s building blocks runs counter to what service providers want.
7. WHERE MARIJUANA BUSINESSES AREN’T SO WELCOME
The booming recreational pot industry is facing pushback from neighboring businesses concerned about crime and image.
8. WHO IS GETTING FREEBIES TODAY
From pancake breakfasts to a free coffee at Starbucks, veterans are being feted on their day with gestures of appreciation from businesses across the U.S.
9. MEDICAL WORKER WITH EBOLA TO LEAVE NYC HOSPITAL
Dr. Craig Spencer, the only Ebola patient being treated in the United States, has been declared free of the virus.
10. AFTER MONTHS OF WATCHING, LAVA REACHES HAWAII HOME
The molten rock sets a house on fire in the Big Island’s isolated and mostly agricultural Puna region.
Explanation: The constellation of Orion holds much more than three stars in a row. A deep exposure shows everything from dark nebula to star clusters, all embedded in an extended patch of gaseous wisps in the greater Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The brightest three stars on the far left are indeed the famous three stars that make up the belt of Orion. Just below Alnitak, the lowest of the three belt stars, is the Flame Nebula, glowing with excited hydrogen gas and immersed in filaments of dark brown dust. Below and left of the frame center and just to the right of Alnitak lies the Horsehead Nebula, a dark indentation of dense dust that has perhaps the most recognized nebular shapes on the sky. On the upper right lies M42, the Orion Nebula, an energetic caldron of tumultuous gas, visible to the unaided eye, that is giving birth to a new open cluster of stars. Immediately to the left of M42 is a prominent bluish reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man that houses many bright blue stars. The featured image covers an area with objects that are roughly 1,500 light years away and spans about 75 light years.
Tomorrow’s picture: open space