<<"Our state has a long connection with the space industry," said Rep. Nicole Miller, who co-authored House Bill 1292. "Every year, hundreds of people from around the country gather in Oklahoma’s panhandle to stargaze at Black Mesa State Park, and by naming a state astronomical object, we’re helping to promote tourism in our state and encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education."
"The Oklahoma Panhandle, which is home to Black Mesa State Park, is known for some of the darkest night skies in the United States, which makes for fantastic stargazing opportunities," Patzkowsky said. "Combined with Black Mesa being the highest point in the state, we already attract one of the largest stargazing parties in the country."
<<Black Mesa State Park is an Oklahoma state park in Cimarron County, near the western border of the Oklahoma panhandle and New Mexico. The park is located about 15 miles away from its namesake, Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma (4,973 feet above sea level). The mesa was named for the layer of black lava rock that coats it.>>
How long is the stem of the long-stemmed Rosette? From the images, most clearly the one Ann posted, it looks like the stem is about twice as long as the Rosette nebula is in diameter. So, perhaps 250 light years. That's a very long stem.
How hot are the blue gals in NGC 2244 ? I'm discovering that this is a harder question for which to find ready answers. The brightest two are at spectral class O4V and O5V. I think we're talking about temperatures of 40,000 K or more. They're very hot!
I see one of the links notes that the idea of giving flowers was popularized by the King of Sweden.
IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. Its celestial coordinates are RA 05h 16.2m dec +34° 28′. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410, the open clusters M38 and M36, and the K-class star Iota Aurigae. The nebula measures approximately 37.0' x 19.0', and lies about 1,500 light-years away from Earth. It is believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion's Belt area. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.