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Valentines from space


NASA featured an image of the star-forming region known as W5, calling it a "celestial Valentine" (courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian)
NASA featured an image of the star-forming region known as W5, calling it a "celestial Valentine" (courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian)

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

February 14, 2013 — From NASA to Commander Chris Hadfield aboard the ISS, there is plenty of love coming from above.

Chris Hafield posted this Valentine from space earlier today (courtesy: Chris Hadfield/Twitter)
Chris Hafield posted this Valentine from space earlier today (courtesy: Chris Hadfield/Twitter)

If flowers and confections aren't your thing, here are some Valentines that may pique your interest.

NASA marked February 14th by featuring an image of a "celestial Valentine" on its website. 

The infrared image is of a star-forming region that resembles a heart.

It's called W5, and it's an area of space that contains countless stars in different stages of life, some 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.

A little closer to home, Commander Chris Hadfield has been posting stunning photos (and cheesy poems) to Twitter under the hashtag #ValentineFromSpace.

"Seven billion hearts, but I can see only one," he tweeted, along with a picture of a heart-shaped water and rock formation.

Hadfield's 366,860 followers got in on the action, posting their own space-themed Valentines -- showing there's definitely something in the air -- and in outer space -- today.

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