If you like astronomy pix you'll like NASA's pic of the day at:
In 1999 I started using it as desktop background. In my spare time I looked at the pix since their start in June 1995. (I'm not compulsive.)
It was dark during the damngop (one word) gov't shutdown last year.
Ruth, this article, White dwarfs crashing into neutron stars explain loneliest supernovae, offers a very nice example of what happens in our sky, far beyond our ability to see. There is so much activity, and interesting new discoveries, it is better than a mystery series. Thanks. I am reposting.
Tom, the photo by NASA Collapse in Hebes Chasma on Mars, is so clear and beautiful, and to think it has been there all along and we just didn't have the technology to see it. I am so grateful to be alive at this time. I am reposting this as well.
A couple of other notes. Don't get me wrong--I am still interested in what's going on in the world of astronomy. I just don't keep up on the latest like I did when I was teaching the subject. In past years, I would watch the Perseid meteor shower "show". I say that parenthetically because it was always disappointing. The promise of "one per minute" was more like one per 15 minutes. Nowadays, I value my sleep more.