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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Celestial and terrestial cats

Have you ever look at the night sky and wonder if there were cats out there?
There sure are! And BIG ones too!

Just look at this paw...


Cat's Paw nebula (NGC6334). Discovered in 1837, this magnificent nebula can be located at the tip of the Scorpion's tail in Scorpius. It is 5,500 light years away and is many times the mass of the sun. Big cat indeed that has such paws. It is an emission nebula and its red colour is due to an abundance of ionized hydrogen atoms. The picture above was taken by Matt BenDaniel (www.starmatt.com/gallery/astro/cats.html).

Look at this, isn't it pretty?


The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) discovered way back in 1786 is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Draco, about 3,300 light years away. Like us kitties, the Cat's Eye Nebula has one of the most complex forms. Eleven rings, or shells, of gas make up the Cat's Eye.

Back to earth...
My paws.....

and my eyes....

They may not be as big, but they are cuter, don't you think?

17 comments:

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

My dear, you shine brighter than any star in the sky, and my admiration for you is bigger than any nebula!

The Island Cats said...

Those stars are pretty...but don't compare to the real thing!!

Cory said...

Oh yes, definitely cuter!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

It sounds to me like some celestial cat was trying to whap a celestial scorpion!

We earthly cats always rule over the celestial ones, though!

Katnip Lounge said...

Absolute proof that Cats rule the Universe! However, we like you better, Momo...you're much cuter!

Prancer Pie said...

The pics are wonderful! The last two being our favorites! Happy Sunday! xoxo

FURKIDSMOM said...

No competition here. The last two pics win!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Oui Oui said...

MoMo, not only are you cuter and more beautiful, but you are such an intellectual! Were you hiding from us that you are a rocket scientist?

-d ma said...

Definitely cuter... Although those stars are way cool...

Fuzzy Tales said...

The two nebulae are awesome! But of course not as awesome...or is that pawsome...as you, Momo. :-)

Mr Puddy said...

Miss Momo, Please check your email, I got some surprise for you !!!!! for tomorrow !!!! Don't miss it !
xoxo

Fluffy and Heather said...

Amazing post! We're secretly a couple of science nerds, so any talk about outer space sends us into a tizzle, especially when comparisons are made between it and cats! xx

Momo and Pinot said...

Wow, we have no idea there is kitty's paw and eye in universe BUT no need to ask, sissy. Yours are much much cuter!

Thank you for barkday wishes. It brightens our day. :) :)

Momo & Pinot xoxo

Fin said...

Way cuter! But the other ones are cool too!

ABBY said...

MoMo
Nothing could be more beautiful than you but those celestial nebulas were gorgeous.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Kwee Cats said...

MoMo, we think anything on you, or attached to you is automatically much cuter!

Father Tom said...

Thank you so much for sharing about the stars and nebula and the beautiful things in the sky! I never knew!

But, here on earth, the mystery of the cat's spirit in the eyes is no less amazing..hehehe!

Great post!

Tom
xoxo