This is the Bubble Nebula, NGC 7635. It is basically a bubble being blown into space by a super-hot, massive star. I’ve tried many times to get a decent image of the Bubble, but it seems I am always thwarted for once reason or another.
The Bubble Nebula is located in the constellation of Cassiopeia
The workshop sounds pretty fun, hope to see at least pert of the workshop (see press release below).
NASA: The explosion of knowledge of planets orbiting other stars, called exoplanets, and the results of decades of research on signatures of life – what scientists call biosignatures – have encouraged NASA to address, in a scientifically rigorous way, whether humanity is alone. Beyond searching for evidence of just microbial life, NASA now is exploring ways to search for life advanced enough to create technology.
Technosignatures are signs or signals, which if observed, would allow us to infer the existence of technological life elsewhere in the universe. The best known technosignature are radio signals, but there are many others that have not been explored fully.
In April 2018, new interest arose in Congress for NASA to begin supporting the scientific search for technosignatures as part of the agency’s search for life. As part of that effort, the agency is hosting the NASA Technosignatures Workshop in Houston on Sept. 26-28, 2018, with the purpose of assessing the current state of the field, the most promising avenues of research in technosignatures and where investments could be made to advance the science. A major goal is to identify how NASA could best support this endeavor through partnerships with private and philanthropic organizations.
To view the workshop online, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/asteroid-initiative-idea-synthesis—3
Image: Credits: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, and L. Frattare (Viz 3D Team, STScI)