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The Large Magellanic Cloud is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, a relatively nearby galaxy, though still over 100,000 light years away. Within the galaxy, there lies a particularly chaotic star-forming nebula called the Tarantula Nebula.

Last week, local astrophotographer Mike Adler took image data from Australian photographer Martin Pugh and edited it to create two of the most striking photographs of the Tarantula Nebula ever captured. Adler’s images represent about two moons’ worth of the night sky.

“The cosmic tarantula sprawls across this spectacular view,” Adler wrote in a statement.

To create the images he used both true color data as well as image data from atomic filters to create striking visuals of the celestial form.

Spot wildlife from home

It seems you can do almost anything virtually right now. You can play group games, take a class or tour a museum. Now you can go on a virtual wildlife safari too (sort of).

“Neighbors to Nature: Cache Creek Study” is a cooperative study that aims to gather information about human and wildlife use of the Cache Creek and Game Creek drainages in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A page on the website allows community members TO contribute to the data set by identifying humans and animals in the tens of thousands of images that were captured by wildlife cameras.

Although participants may have to sift through many dog walkers and cross-country skiers, moose are also a relatively common site in the images. If you’re truly lucky you might find a bobcat or a mountain lion. To start identifying, go to

COVID-19 historical archive

Last week, David Dornan reflected on the similarities between the current crisis and the crisis that he lived through as a child: World War II.

Dornan’s father shut down the family business in Moose after Americans became singularly focused on the war effort and tourism dried up. The family had to move to Pocatello, Idaho, where Dornan’s father could find a job to make ends meet.

Although he acknowledges the similarities of the two global crises, Dornan also feels that there is a marked difference in the public response.

“In 1942, there was a national mobilization of the people and trust in our leadership,” Dornan wrote. “Today, however, there seems to be more division among Americans and a lack of trust of our leadership.”

Dornan’s piece is a part of the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum’s COVID-19 historical archive. The archive is a work in progress, and members of the community are encouraged to participate by submitting their own reflections, including photos, journal entries, videos, audio or drawings.

“We have no expectations except for this to be a resource, if it’s useful to you, now and in the future,” states the organization on the website for the project.

Can hiking alleviate PTSD?

Jackson’s SHIFT festival is in the second month of its “Health & Nature” webinar series. And although the series was planned before the COVID-19 crisis hit, the subject matter is becoming more pertinent every day. If the number of cars at any given U.S. Forest Service trailhead on a weekday are an indication, Jacksonites are turning to nature for solace in this challenging time.

From 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, three researchers — Dr. William R. Marchand, Nick Otis and Dr. Gary Wynn — will share information about their upcoming clinical trial to test hiking as a mental and emotional health intervention for veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder.

The third chapter of the series, “Public Health: Nature as an Intervention Strategy” will begin May 26. See for info, or turn to the Hole Health section inside today’s paper.

Writer’s quarantine

Are you stuck on a novel, screenplay, short story or poem? Or is your work wrapped up and you’re just not sure if it’s any good?

The Jackson Hole Writers group offers online classes that cover fiction writing techniques, tips and style with a variety of regional writers.

The three free workshops, taught by Patricia Moeller, Debby Atkinson, Mark Hummel and Mike Brotherton, are full. But, there is still room in the “manuscript critique” category, where aspiring writers can have their work read by a local writer. Find info at

— Gabe Allen

Contact Gabe Allen at 732-7062 or

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