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Images Dated 24th February 2004

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Optical image of the nebula NGC 1977 in Orion Featured 24 Feb 2004 Image

Optical image of the nebula NGC 1977 in Orion

NGC 1977 reflection nebula. True-colour optical image of the nebula NGC 1977, part of the great Orion Nebula in Orion. This nebula is slightly above the rest of the Orion nebula (M42 & M43), which are here out of frame at the bottom. This nebula is known as a reflection nebula as it does not produce its own light. Instead, the fine dust particles reflect the light of nearby bright stars. Reflection nebulae usually appear blue because blue light is scattered more than red light. The light comes from the stars 42 and 45 Orionis (just below centre). This image was produced by digitally combining photographs taken by the UK Schmidt Telescope in blue and red light

© CELESTIAL IMAGE CO./SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Death of the dinosaurs Featured 24 Feb 2004 Image

Death of the dinosaurs

Death of the dinosaurs. Artist's impression of a pair of Tyrannosaurus rex succumbing to the savage onslaught of a global winter brought on by a comet impact with Earth. The dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, along with thousands of other life-forms, at the end of the Cretaceous Period. The theory that the mass extinction was caused by a cometary impact has recently received support from geological evidence, though numerous other explanations for the death of the dinosaurs have been put forward. It is suggested that a comet hitting Earth would have thrown millions of tons of dust & rocks into the atmosphere, blocking the Sun's light & causing a global cooling

© JULIAN BAUM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Desert rose tree Featured 24 Feb 2004 Image

Desert rose tree

Desert rose tree (Adenium obesum sokotranum) in a rocky landscape. This subspecies of the desert rose is endemic to the Socotran archipelago of islands, meaning that it is found nowhere else. It has a thick, bottle-shaped trunk to conserve water. The islanders traditionally use the poisonous bark of the desert rose to kill small fish for bait. They also tie strips of the bark around the necks of their livestock to deter wild cats. Socotra is located in the Indian Ocean at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden, 340 kilometres (km) from mainland Yemen and 250km from the coast of Somalia. Its isolation has led to the evolution of a unique flora and fauna

© DICCON ALEXANDER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY