Behold: the vast cosmic bubble of Sharpless 2-308, aka, the Dolphin Head nebula – blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star. To wit:

…it lies some 5,000 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured by narrowband filters in the deep image is dominated by the glow of ionised oxygen atoms mapped to a blue hue.

(Image: Nik Szymanek)


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“Let me be very clear about this. To declare war you declare war on an enemy. And to declare a section of Irish society as an enemy is inexcusable.”

Renegade medic Dr Vincent Carroll defends the unjabbed from a declaration of war against them – announced in yesterday’s Irish Daily Mail (top left) – by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

Earlier: Any Spare Tickets?



Cunning linguist.


James McCarthy (left) and Conor McCarthy, founders of Flipdish

This afternoon.

Flipdish, an Irish-made digital ordering platform, has revealed the takeaway orders that were most popular among Irish consumers this Bank Holiday weekend.

1. Chips (53%)

2. Battered sausage (17%)

3. Margherita pizza (11%)

4. Onion rings (9%)

5. Curry chips (5%)

6. Chicken tenders (5%)

7. Doner kebab (5%)

8. Taco chips (5%)

9. Snack box (4%)

10. Chicken burger (4%)

Coca-Cola (13%), Coke Zero (3%) and Fanta (2%) were the most popular drinks among Irish consumers this weekend. Meanwhile, Garlic (19%) and Curry (18%) sauce were the two most ordered dips.

Conor McCarthy, CEO and co-founder of Chipdish Flipdish said:

“Seeing orders increase by 135% this bank holiday Monday compared to a regular Monday in October is heartwarming as Irish consumers are keen to order directly from their favourite restaurants and takeaways and aid in the recovery of the hospitality sector.”


Pic: Conor McCabe

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Above from left: bass John Molloy, INO resident conductor Elaine Kelly. and baritone Ben McAteer

This afternoon.

Poolbeg Lighthouse.

The launch of the Irish National Opera (INOs) nationwide tour of The Lighthouse, a chamber opera by Peter Maxwell Davies.

The Lighthouse (INO)

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This morning.


Safe and effective.

Eamonn Holmes

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