The Editor: Whose ancestry is in the news, LL ?
Rumor Cat: Here is the latest rumor, Fauxahontas is retiring from politics to devote her time to completing her great-great-grandfathers memorial In South Dakota.
Her last great challenge is to clean up the lobbyist and bribes to Congress-crooks. She wants to clean the swamp. Good luck to her.
California can’t stay out of the news.
TE: What are your news sources, RC ?
Most are through the grapevine.
Explanation: The beautiful Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, is easy to find with a small telescope in the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. About 5,000 light-years away, the colorful study in cosmic contrasts shares this well-composed, nearly 1 degree wide field with open star cluster Messier 21 (bottom right). Trisected by dust lanes the Trifid itself is about 40 light-years across and a mere 300,000 years old. That makes it one of the youngest star forming regions in our sky, with newborn and embryonic stars embedded in its natal dust and gas clouds. Estimates of the distance to open star cluster M21 are similar to M20’s, but though they share this gorgeous telescopic skyscape there is no apparent connection between the two. In fact, M21’s stars are much older, about 8 million years old.
Tomorrow’s picture: speeding spiral