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TEXAS 2008
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 Earthrise from Moon-Orbiting Kaguya  
Vancouver Harbour (home page)
Credit & Copyright: Istockphoto, photo by Dan Barnes
Three Nebulae in Narrow Band  
Three Nebulae in Narrow Band (organizers & contacts)
Credit & Copyright: Michael Mayda
Explanation: Narrow band filters and a false-color palette give these three nebulae a stunning appearance against the cosmic canvas of the central Milky Way. All three are stellar nurseries about 5,000 light-years or so distant, toward the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius...
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Vancouver at night  
Vancouver at night (location & transportation)
Photo by Ivan Aleksic
Vancouver Lions  
The Vancouver Lions (accomodation)
Photo credits unknown
Vancouver Lions  
Whistler Landscapes (attractions)
Photo by Jack Kuzuian
British Columbia Sunset  
Sunset in British Columbia (deadlines & fees)
Photo by Alek von Felkerza
The Great Carina Nebula  
The Great Carina Nebula (registration)
Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler and Stephane Guisard
Explanation: A jewel of the southern sky, the Great Carina Nebula, aka NGC 3372, spans over 300 light-years, one of our galaxy's largest star forming regions. Like the smaller, more northerly Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula is easily visible to the naked eye, though at a distance of 7,500 light-years it is some 5 times farther away...
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Gibbous Europa  
The Fairy of Eagle Nebula (abstract submission)
Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA),
Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts...
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IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula  
IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula (invited speakers)
Credit & Copyright: Antonio Fernandez
Explanation: The prominent ridge of emission featured in this dramatic skyscape is cataloged as IC 5067. Part of a larger emission nebula with a distinctive shape, popularly called The Pelican Nebula, the ridge spans about 10 light-years following the curve of the cosmic pelican's head and neck....
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Pleiades and Stardust  
Pleiades and Stardust (program)
Credit & Copyright: Tony Hallas
Explanation: Hurtling through a cosmic dust cloud a mere 400 light-years away, the lovely Pleiades or Seven Sisters star cluster is well-known for its striking blue reflection nebulae. This remarkable wide-field (3 degree) image of the region shows the famous star cluster at the right, while highlighting lesser known dusty reflection nebulae nearby, across an area that would span over 20 light-years...
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M74: The Perfect Spiral  
M74: The Perfect Spiral (credits)
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage
(STScI / AURA)- ESA / Hubble Collaboration
Acknowledgment: R. Chandar (Univ. Toledo) and
J. Miller (Univ. Michigan)
Explanation: If not perfect, then this spiral galaxy is at least one of the most photogenic. An island universe of about 100 billion stars, 32 million light-years away toward the constellation Pisces, M74 presents a gorgeous face-on view...
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 Bullet Cluster  
Bullet Cluster
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/M.Markevitch et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI; Magellan/U.Arizona/D.Clowe et al.; Lensing Map: NASA/STScI; ESO WFI; Magellan/U.Arizona/D.Clowe et al.
This composite image shows the galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the "bullet cluster." This cluster was formed after the collision of two large clusters of galaxies, the most energetic event known in the universe since the Big Bang...
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 Orange Moon  
The Pleiades Star Cluster
Credit & Copyright: Antonio Fernandez-Sanchez
Explanation: Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city...
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 Andrei Volume  
Structure Formation during Preheating
Credit: Andrei Frolov (SFU)
The idea of inflation (a period of rapid quasi-exponential expansion of the Universe) neatly solves several issues in cosmology. While the Universe is inflating, its contents is cold. Eventually, inflation ends and the field driving the inflation decays, depositing energy into high-energy particles. This process, known as reheating, starts the hot big bang as we know it, and could allow a glimpse of physics at energies we know very little about. Andrei Frolov (SFU) is investigating how reheating have happened. In his work, he uses 3D computer simulations to gain insight into field dynamics and provide quantitative predictions for different models...
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Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Maryland/A.S. Wilson et al.; Optical: Pal.Obs. DSS; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; VLA: NRAO/AUI/NSF
A combination of space and ground-based observations, including X-ray data from Chandra, has helped reveal the nature of the so-called anomalous arms in the spiral galaxy NGC 4258 (also known as M106). These arms have been known for decades, but their origin remained mysterious to astronomers...
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Funding for the SDSS and SDSS-II has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Japanese Monbukagakusho, the Max Planck Society, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The SDSS Web Site is
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Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/S.Park & D.Burrows.; Optical: NASA/STScI/CfA/P.Challis
February 24, 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most spectacular events observed by astronomers in modern times, Supernova 1987A. The destruction of a massive star in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby galaxy, spawned detailed observations by many different telescopes, including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope. The outburst was visible to the naked eye, and is the brightest known supernova in almost 400 years...
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 Andrei Volume  
Cluster NGC 6397
Credit: NASA/ESA/H. Richer
The sharp vision of Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys uncovered the speedy white dwarfs in the ancient globular star cluster NGC 6397, a dense swarm of hundreds of thousands of stars...
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Crab Nebula  
Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula is the remnant of a supernova explosion that was seen on Earth in 1054 AD. It is 6000 light years from Earth. At the center of the bright nebula is a rapidly spinning neutron star, or pulsar that emits pulses of radiation 30 times a second.
 Andrei Volume  
Thor's Emerald Helmet
Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler
Explanation: This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor's Helmet...
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Credit: Light curve: NASA/CXC/GSFC/T.
Strohmayer; Illustration: GSFC/D. Berry
Chandra data (above, graph) from observations of RX J0806.3+1527 (or J0806), show that its X-ray intensity varies with a period of 321.5 seconds...
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