Chubby, brunette Eunice Kinnison sat in a rocker, reading the Sunday papers and listening to the radio. Her husband Ralph lay sprawled upon the davenport, smoking a cigarette and reading the current issue of EXTRAORDINARY STORIES against an unheard background of music. Mentally, he was far from Tellus, flitting in his super-dreadnaught through parsec after parsec of vacuous space. E.E. "Doc" Smith, Triplanetary, Chapter 5: "1941"
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is an image from the venerable Hubble Space Telescope. Our gaze is fixed on NGC 604, a dense star-forming region found in M33, one of our "nearby" neighbor galaxies.