While you are enjoying your Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Chanukah, look up and think about how some of our greatest gifts are free. The Christmas Tree Cluster is composed of bright blue stars in front of a red gas background. It was first discovered in the 18th century, but was captured again from the European Southern Observatory in Chile. The cluster is in the constellation of Monoceros, the unicorn, about 2,600 light years from Earth.
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If you’re looking for a cool educational gift for a kid (or adult) this holiday season, we suggest the Illuminated Rotating Universe Tabletop Globe. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s quite self-explanatory: the globe has a built-in motor allowing it to rotate constantly (this feature can be shut off). And it automatically lights up in the dark—displaying an accurate view of the astronomical night sky, including 88 constellations! Cool! The multi-tasking globe measures 12.5"L x 12.5"W x 17"H, and earns rave customer reviews on the Discover Channel Store’s website. Who wouldn’t love this? Available for $90 USD.
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