I couldn't resist this one. It's called the Iris Nebula. I'm not sure if it is the shape or the color. It doesn't exactly look like an iris but we've got some in our yard that are close to that color. The nebula is in the constellation Cepheus which is visible towards the northwest this time of year.
Had my nose stuck in a couple of books on English history over the weekend. Just getting reminded that is much as we'd like to think it, there is very little new under the sun when it comes to political hanky panky. Somehow Americans have had the idea that we're immune to that sort of thing. Sorry guys, there is truly nothing new under the sun. Doesn't make it any better, just more understandble. Too bad those who refuse to learn from history will turn around repeating it.