After a brief stint offline in 2008 due to system malfunctions, the Hubble Telescope aimed its Wide Field Planetary Camera out into deep space to capture this lovely pair. Though the points of light look vaguely like a lens flare, this image demonstrated that Hubble was back in perfect working order.

Gravitational interactions between the two galaxies have given them both their curious shapes, earning them a spot in the Arp Catalog of Peculiar Galaxies as Arp 147. The pair can be found 400 million light-years away in the constellation of Cetus.

The bright blue knots in the galaxy on the right are lively areas of star formation. At some point in this pair’s history, the left galaxy likely passed through its companion. Like a stone thrown into water, it created “ripples” of higher matter density upon impact. As the resulting shockwave pushed the matter outwards, the ring of star formation was created. The reddish blotches in the right galaxy is likely what’s left of the nucleus. 

Galactic collisions, much like anything else in nature, are a delicate balance of creation and destruction. Though the original galaxy’s shape has been obliterated, the resulting star formation has given rise to a beautiful new configuration.


Image: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio (STScI)

Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business


Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard’s weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour’s North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15.

Four cities during that time period hosted the pop star for two performances: Chicago, New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The Windy City led the pack with the highest gross of $3.3 million from sold-out shows on Aug. 7 and 8 at the United Center. Meanwhile, Philly’s Wells Fargo Center sold the most tickets with attendance logged at 28,213 for performances on Aug. 4 and 5.

Perry played two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 24-25, as well as a two-night stint at Boston’s TD Garden at the beginning of August. Since the North American trek kicked off on June 22, ticket sales for the Prismatic tour currently total $50 million from almost half a million sold tickets at 33 concerts, based on box office data reported to Billboard. The ongoing tour is booked in North American markets through mid-October and then heads down under in November for a six-city jaunt through Australia and New Zealand.

anonymous said:

Considering Snow was barely 10 when she met Regina, and Eva died only one or two years before, that would have made her only 8-9 when she did her two-day 'bratty' stint. Anyway, Snow was never bratty to Regina. In fact, she was happy at the thought that Regina was going to be able to marry Daniel and live happily ever after. When Leopold died, Snow immediately sought Regina out for comfort, showing that she believed her and her stepmother had a loving relationship.

Now that we’re really looking at the timeline, I have to say this. Leopold had lost his wife 2 years before he married Regina. People grieve differently; some people never get over the loss of a spouse or partner. For people in this fandom to be so indifferent and obtuse, it’s ridiculous. I’ve seen people who have belittled the grieving process by saying that Leopold should have gotten over Eva when he married Regina. That he should have simply moved on and put all of his efforts into a relationship with Regina. 

I don’t understand people’s logic, because 2 years is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Especially when it comes to losing someone like that. Eva’s death was abrupt; Leopold and Snow weren’t prepared for her death. Cora murdered Eva and neither one of them saw it coming. So I don’t blame Leopold for still mourning the death of his wife. But, I digress.

Snow idolized Regina. When Regina saved Snow, she was in awe of Regina. You’re right; Snow wasn’t bratty to Regina, because Snow loved Regina. She wanted to be close to Regina, but Regina couldn’t see past her own unjustifiable hatred for Snow to bond with her. Regina cared more about making Snow’s life a living hell instead of really sitting down and looking at her life choices. She never sat down and really thought about the fact that she killed Leopold, Snow’s last living parent. She never sat down and realized that she made Snow an orphan. Then again, this is the same woman who murdered her own father in cold blood. So, I shouldn’t be surprised that she doesn’t care about the consequences of her actions.

She finds a target to take her anger out on, and that’s her reason for living. She doesn’t take responsibilities for her actions, and she blames other people for things that she’s done. Like a child, she blames other people and doesn’t think that what she’s done is wrong. 

Jenson after the race (DNF):

“I was cueing things up for the end of the grand prix: I’d been looking after the tyres for the whole stint, and I knew the last five laps were when things were going to get tricky for Valtteri ahead of me.

“I’d just switched the car into a different mode, and the chase was starting to get quite exciting. Then, a few corners later, the car just died going into the hairpin. Going across the bridge, it just turned off, so I had to stop.

“I’d been really looking forward to the end of the race, because I definitely think I’d have got past Valtteri. But it just didn’t work out – I was pretty unlucky.”

09.21.14 // 8 PM

On a Sunday night, forty-eight hours after the world came crashing down around you for the billionth time in your short stint on this earth, you step outside for a cigarette.

The wind is rough and the sky is all orange with smoggy twilight, the complete opposite of the Texan skies you’ve seen in pictures and in texts. Wide open and expansive.

You get a chill. Goosebumps soften your thick skin. That hardness you’ve held onto for all these years isn’t there anymore. Or rather, it is dwindling rapidly. Crumbling walls.

You are seeing yourself again.

It’s a head rush. You can feel it in your bones and in your heart. It’s a lot like happiness. It’s a lot like hope.

sick & tired of crime shows explaining away the murderer’s/suspect’s motive with “they’re mentally unstable” “we found anti-psychotic medications in their apartment” “they were diagnosed with schizophrenia” “they did a stint in a mental institution last year” etc.

don’t target mentally ill people just because you can’t come up with a half-decent storyline. learn to fucking write and don’t blame this shit on a group of Others that’s still socially acceptable to disparage.

crying-over-idol-butts-48 said:

The Fresh Lemon of Bel air

i wonder about lemon a lot like where do you even come up with that sort of stint but at the same time i really relate to her a ton because i mean i kinda do that same sort of thing where i’ll think some joke is hilarious and will keep repeating it while everyone else is like “….what” until it just becomes a thing. basically i respect her a ton for just doing whatever she wants to do and essentially giving zero fucks even if it’s not as apparent as the way paru and momoka do that.

The Enterprise crew's best moments in Star Trek Into Darkness.

PSA to rtah fic writers: you don’t need to type out Gavin’s accent. 

  • you don’t need to type out Gavin’s accent
  • you don’t need to type out Gavin’s accent
  1. Gavin’s accent? You don’t need to type it out.
  2. you don’t need to type out Gavin’s accent

we know what it sounds like, and spelling words oddly just makes your work annoying and hard to read

Somewhere along the line, for reasons that are utterly beyond me, TV’s Adam Baldwin got involved. Do you know how weird it is to see an actor from a show you love repost conspiracy videos about how your sex life is somehow ruining video games? Pretty goddamned weird, it turns out. A friend suggested that ever since his stint as Jayne on Firefly, Baldwin is afraid of women named Zoe. That at least took the sting out of no longer being able to watch one of my favorite shows without scowling so hard I sprain my face.

I think the main reason I’ve started shipping Freewood like a maniac is that I’ve noticed that, while everyone else always dismisses Gavin’s dumb sentences as idiocy, Ryan always takes the time and asks and tries to get Gavin to explain in a more understandable way, and it’s fucking adorable.