Angel mosaic revealed at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

Angel mosaic portraitThe BBC have recently done a video report that Italian restoration workers at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem have been showing off a stunning mosaic of an angel that was previously hidden beneath plaster.

Tensions between different Christian denominations have long delayed the repairs at the church.

But the Palestinian Authority brokered a deal between them enabling restoration work to start three years ago.

Hubble Telescope captures mesmerising footage of a giant balloon-like star

NASA released footage captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 21st showing a giant spherical bubble being “inflated” by a star. Astronomers reportedly named the balloon-like bubble the Nebula, or NGC 7635.

An incredibly massive star 7,100 light-years from Earth is blowing a bubble in deep space.

The star, called BD +60º2522, is about “45 times more massive than our sun,” and the bubble feature — called the Bubble Nebula — is formed by gas escaping from the star’s outer layers, pushed outward by the stellar wind at 4 million miles per hour, NASA said.

“This outflow sweeps up the cold, interstellar gas in front of it, forming the outer edge of the bubble much like a snowplow piles up snow in front of it as it moves forward,” the space agency said in a statement.

The new Bubble Nebula image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, was released to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the long-lived telescope’s launch to space on April 24, 1990.

And this isn’t the first time the Hubble has photographed the Bubble Nebula. The cosmic object has actually been a muse for the famous telescope for some time.

The Bubble Nebula — also named NGC 7635 — was photographed by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera in 1992, and the telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 in 1999.

While the previous photos show a beautiful and colorful view of the nebula, this 26th anniversary image reveals some intricate lines of dust stretching through the nebula.

Nebula Bubble

 

 

Google Street View tours the Guggenheim Museum

One of the museums I would love to revisit is the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  Unfortunately it isn’t the most affordable trip from the UK, which is why a new online tour of the museum will be a welcome addition to Google Street View.

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Captured using tripod-mounted cameras, Street View trolley cameras and even drones, anyone with Internet access can explore the museum’s well-known spiral staircase, which has been featured in scores of movies.

By navigating to a special Google-created site, users can virtually stroll through the museum’s halls and peer up through the structure’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed circular skylight (known in the museum as the oculus).