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Ala @theoldlaw, I am off to the city council meeting tonight (which I learned about an hour ago). So I ran home and threw this together. The top left picture is the closest I can come in photo style to @heavytweedjacket. The made-in-Italy era cashmere-lined Coach gloves refuse to die despite being from 199X, as is the Balmaccan overcoat (note in-car shot ala @michigantrad). And for those of you who saw my earlier post today, I refuse to part with the red ragg socks and Bean mocs. I should really be wearing one of my new ties from @bluchermoc, but I didn’t have time to actually plan a rig on such short notice.

LL Ori and the Orion Nebula
This esthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds features LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion’s stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As the fast stellar wind runs into slow moving gas a shock front is formed, analogous to the bow wave of a boat moving through water or a plane traveling at supersonic speed. The small, arcing, graceful structure just above and right of center is LL Ori’s cosmic bow shock, measuring about half a light-year across. The slower gas is flowing away from the Orion Nebula’s hot central star cluster, the Trapezium, located off the upper right corner of the picture. In three dimensions, LL Ori’s wrap-around shock front is shaped like a bowl that appears brightest when viewed along the “bottom” edge. The beautiful picture is part of a large mosaic view of the complex stellar nursery in Orion, filled with a myriad of fluid shapes associated with star formation.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team