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2011-05-04 09:30:00

The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, in the southern constellation of Volans (The Flying Fish), is easily recognized for its asymmetric spiral arms.

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2010-08-24 08:20:00

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered five planets orbiting a star in what is being called "the biggest discovery of so-called exoplanets since the first was logged 15 years ago."


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.