Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

The Christmas Tree Cluster

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Christmas Tree Cluster, also known as NGC 2264, is a well-studied region in the Monoceros (the Unicorn) constellation. The Christmas Tree Cluster was so named because it looks like a tree in visible light. The nebula is roughly 2,500 light-years away. That is, the nebula emitted the light in the new Spitzer image 2,500 years ago.

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” ~ Charles Dickens

As we experience the joys of Christmas this year, let us not forget that Christ is the reason for the season. The birth of Jesus Christ is a wonderful holiday to celebrate our love for Christ and his atoning sacrifice for all of us.

Happy Holidays, folks! Have a blessed year ahead!🙂

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