Sunday, April 11, 2010


"How lovely are the portals of the night, when stars come out to watch the daylight die."

Thomas Cole

Our planet, Earth, is represented here by a number of plants and animals named for stars. We seem to accept the shape of the star as having points when what we see in the heavens are just pin points of light - oblate spheroids of hot gas. The points are probably references to the emission of light and appear in very early images.

SUGAR STARFISH resting on top of a WHITE FINGER STARFISH; both are very common and belong to the family Asteriidae, with Supernova remnant, SN1987a

SUNFLOWER STARFISH, Asteriidae Pycnopodia helianthoides, with Star cluster Hodge 301.

STAR FRUIT, Averrhoa carambola, with reflection Nebula Chameleon complex.

The spice STAR ANISE, Illiceae Verium, with the Star forming region DR21.

LONG- SPINED STAR SHELL, Asteriidae Astraea phoebia, with Emission nebula NGC346

The wildflower SHOOTING STARS, Primulaceae Dadecatheon medadia , with Supermassive black hole Sagittarius A.

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