The universe is one giant hall of fireworks with Big Bang as the mother of all fireworks.
Artwork by Adolf Schaller for STScI
This is an artist's concept of the onset of stellar light. We are not sure if it started directly as stars or quasars. Read more about it here.
When celebrating the New Year, the very International Year of Astronomy 2009, we need not go outside the theme of the year. We find all the fireworks we want right out there in the universe itself.
There are numerous phenomena that qualify as celestial fireworks; quasars, colliding galaxies, supernovae, solar eruptions and much more.
Credit: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Kashlinsky (GSFC)
I'm deeply intrigued by quasars, exotic and still mostly mysterious as they remain even today. However remote and little understood , the quasars play a pivotal role in our daily lives here on Earth. I'll return to these feisty firery objects and why they play a major role in your life later, I promise.
Credit: Gemini Observatory /Travis Rector, University of Alaska Anchorage
The Fireworks Galaxy
Firstly though, I'd like to properly kick off the International Year of Astronomy here on PlanetBye . I've put together a celebrating selection of celestial fireworks starting with the Fireworks galaxy(image above). Yes, we have named a whole galaxy Fireworks, but there are other galactic feasts making this a hell of a party. We have of course different kind of pinwheels; two Pinwheels actually and a Cartwheel for starters.
The Pinwheel Galaxy seen in infrared.
Runaway galaxy (UGC 10214) - happens all the time when you deal with fireworks...
A proper celebration lasts at least three days to an end and contains a lot of bubbly champagne. I am most certainly a champagne girl so I have taken a close look at the heavens and found both champagne and plentyfold of bubbles for you to enjoy the next few days to come.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/P. N. Appleton (SSC-Caltech)
The Cartwheel Galaxy
Have some champagne with plenty of bubbles, and add a grande finale of bubbles to that!