And What Are You Supposed To Be?: Outerspace's Halloween Costume

November 1, 2010


This is a picture of outerspace doing its best to look all Halloweeny over the weekend. Unfortunately, it took space a really long time to get into costume, and will probably be wearing the same thing for millions of years to come (don't even think about showing up for Easter looking like that). It's supposed to look be a space demon or something. Personally, I don't see it. Granted I don't see much of anything since my vision is still blurry from yesterday's alcohol poisoning, but still. Mmmm, charcoal. BLAAAAAH!!

Discovered by astronomers at BYU, the above is being called the "Fiery Owl Nebula," a section of all that remains of a massive star that exploded thousands of years ago. It's a gaseous shell of hydrogen, ionized oxygen and sulfur, getting its colors and textures from still-expanding shockwave caused by that star's violent extinction. Meaning that in many ways, it's very much a ghost.

Hoho, a little Halloween tie-in there at the end. I'll allow it. But what I can't allow are people with the nerve to hand out popcorn as Halloween candy. That is neither trick nor treat. It's just wrong is what it is. Same goes for apples. STOP TRYING TO POISON ME, I ONLY EAT PREPACKAGED GOODS OF THE SUGARY VARIETY. "But GW -- what about those buttered popcorn flavored Jelly Bellys?" Thanks for asking, I'd like to answer your question with another one: ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F***ING MIND? I'd rather eat gravel.

Space Dresses Up For Halloween, Too [gizmodo]
The Space Demon [clatkko]

Thanks to Rev Dr Dom, who didn't hand out Halloween candy this year because he ate it all Friday and Saturday. You too?

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