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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Fireworks Nebula

It was a gorgeous 4th of July fireworks display.

Despite the threat of rain and the heavily foggy atmosphere, yesterday's fireworks were an unusually beautiful sight. The air was still and the smoke from the fireworks hung around heavily, obscuring some of them. But when the smoke clouds lit up, they looked cosmically ethereal, like the gauzy gaudiness of the best Hubble spacecraft photos.

Also, nothing like watching a fireworks display to the chorus of car alarms and squeals of excited children. The kids played with sparklers as we waited for the exhaustive queue of cars and SUVs to clear the parking lot from where we watched the fireworks display.No fear of being told to stop or produce fireworks permits, as the few patrol cars and police around were busy regulating the lines of gruntled citizenry at a bottleneck traffic signal.

Note: Photos from the nasa.gov and wikimedia sites

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