When I saw this image from an infrared sky survey I thought of the Christmas star.
The science behind this sky survey is fascinating. And if you want to read about it, click here. But for the rest of you, just have a Merry Christmas (or whatever you're celebrating today).
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Remember the raid in Texas last April that removed lots of children from the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)? State officials have issued a new report defending their decision to take such action, saying it was about protecting children, not persecuting religion. For the Salt Lake Tribune version of this story, click here. I'm really divided about this case. I think the Texas Supreme Court probably was right to say the state overstepped its boundaries when it removed so many children from their parents, and yet I also believe underage children were in effect being abused for religious reasons. But the way authorities botched the Branch Davidian matter more than 15 years ago should give all authorities pause before again violating religious rights.
Today's religious holiday: Christmas (Christianity); Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christianity)