Back at home…


And getting settled in! Our trip out west to Wyoming to visit my cousin Auesta was pretty amazing. Much of our time was spent outdoors enjoying nature’s beauty, and I can’t wait to share all the photos with you all in the coming days and weeks.

On one of our last nights out West we decided to get out of the city and under the stars to take a look at the Milky Way and infinite sky without the harsh city lights obstructing our view. Stepping out in the dark beneath the constellations and witnessing the galaxy take magical form over our heads will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. 

For now, here’s a photo of the stars above us on that beautiful night….

Thank you Auest, for being such a wonderful host and joining with us in our journey!

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The Cygnus Loop - Hidden within the Veil Nebula

The Cygnus Loop, or Sharpless 103, is a large supernova remnant (SNR) in the constellation Cygnus, an emission nebula measuring nearly 3° across. Some arcs of the loop, known collectively as the Veil Nebula or Cirrus Nebula, emit in visible light. Radio, infrared and X-ray images reveal the complete loop.

The visual portion of the Cygnus Loop is known as the Veil Nebula (also called the Cirrus Nebula or the Filamentary Nebula). Several components have separate names and identifiers, including the “Western Veil” or “Witch’s Broom”, the “Eastern Veil”, and Pickering’s Triangle.

Credit: NASA, Hubble, Spitzer

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The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula found in the constellation of Taurus. At it’s center lies a neutron star 28-30km across, that emits radiation from gamma rays to radio waves. It is not visible to the naked eye, but can be seen using a telescope or binoculars.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, ESO

The Cat’s Paw Nebula in Infrared

Infrared view of the Cat’s Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) taken by ESO’s VISTA. NGC 6334 is a vast region of star formation about 5500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius. The whole gas cloud is about 50 light-years across. NGC 6334 is one of the most active nurseries of young massive stars in our galaxy, some nearly ten times the mass of our Sun and most born in the last few million years.

Credit: ESO/VISTA

DIY Inspiration: Constellation Rocks from Sun + Glory. No longer listed or available. Simple DIY - look up constellation charts on Google and either use paint or a sharpie and connect the dots. You could give your friend his/her zodiac sign.

For a roundup of 9 of my favorite constellation DIYs go here.

Free Download: Feed Your Soul by Jo Cheung. Many diverse artists have created really beautiful works of art that you can download for free from this site: Feed Your Soul: The Free Art Project here. *Many of these prints are now for sale in the artists’ Etsy Stores. As this artwork dates back to 2011, if you see something I would download it now before the site disappears.

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The Monkey Head Nebula - NGC 2174

NGC 2174, also known as Monkey Head Nebula, is an H II emission nebula. H II regions are large, low-density clouds of partially ionized gas in which star formation has recently taken place. The short-lived blue stars forged in these regions emit copious amounts of ultraviolet light that ionize the surrounding gas. The Monkey Head Nebula is thought to be located about 6,400 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Orion and is associated with the open star cluster NGC 2175.

Credit: NASA/Hubble

Roundup 9 Favorite Constellation DIYs. After seeing Whimseybox’s roundup of constellation wall art DIYs, I went into my archive to pick out my own constellation favorites.

  1. Constellation Stamped Wall Art from Running with a Glue Gun. First seen at Whimsey Box.
  2. Constellation Tile Coaster from Almost Makes Perfect.
  3. Beginner Embroidered Constellation Tutorial and Template from Design Sponge here. Best part is the template.
  4. Embroidered Star Stamped Constellation Scarf from A Beautiful Mess.
  5. Studded Constellation Tote Tutorial from For The Makers here.
  6. Galaxy and Constellations’ Nail Art from Small Good Things.
  7. Constellations In A Jar Tutorial from This Heart of Mine.
  8. DIY Inspiration. Screen print/paint/embroider constellations on dark blue cushions. 
  9. French Knot Embroidered Constellations from A Can of Crafty Curiousities.

Free Download: Feed Your Soul by Jo Cheung. Many diverse artists have created really beautiful works of art that you can download for free from this site: Feed Your Soul: The Free Art Project here.

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