Hidden Treasures of the Carina Nebula

This image shows the Great Nebula in Carina (NGC 3372) in infrared light. This majestic nebula is one of the largest nebulae in the sky and lies about 7,500 light years distant in the Southern constellation of Carina, The Keel. Several star clusters containing some of the brightest and most massive stars known are found here, including the extremely luminous hypergiant star Eta Carinae - one of the prime candidates for the next supernova explosion in our galaxy. 

Traditional images of the Carina Nebula taken in visible light primarily display the striking magenta colour from glowing Hydrogen gas, as well as large dark obscuring clouds of dust. But infrared light penetrates these clouds better and allows for a deep peek into the heart of the nebula, revealing complex details and thousands of young stars that are otherwise completely invisible. 

These stars shine primarily in the infrared and appear as golden red in this image. Only a minority of these are even visible in traditional images.

Credit: Rolf Olsen

The Great Carina Nebula : A jewel of the southern sky, the Great Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light-years, one of our galaxys largest star forming regions. Like the smaller, more northerly Great Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula is easily visible to the unaided eye, though at a distance of 7,500 light-years it is some 5 times farther away. This gorgeous telescopic close-up reveals remarkable details of the regions central glowing filaments of interstellar gas and obscuring cosmic dust clouds. The field of view is over 50 light-years across. The Carina Nebula is home to young, extremely massive stars, including the stars of open cluster Trumpler 14 . While Eta Carinae itself maybe on the verge of a supernova explosion, X-ray images indicate that the Great Carina Nebula has been a veritable supernova factory. via NASA


“Make Dua For Everyone Who Crosses Your Mind. Honour The Guests Of Your Heart.”

May Allah Bless Each One Of You With Good Health, Success, Happiness, Strong Imaan and A Beautiful Hereafter.


The Prophet (SAW) said:

“Dua is worship.”

[Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi, 3372; Abu Dawood, 1479; Ibn Maajah, 3828; classed as Saheeh by Al-Albaani in Saheeh Al-Tirmidhi, 2590]

What forms lurk in the mists of the Carina Nebula? The dark ominous figures are actually molecular clouds, knots of molecular gas and dust so thick they have become opaque. In comparison, however, these clouds are typically much less dense than Earth’s atmosphere. Featured here is a detailed image of the core of the Carina Nebula, a part where both dark and colorful clouds of gas and dust are particularly prominent. The image was captured last month from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. Although the nebula is predominantly composed of hydrogen gas – here colored green, the image was assigned colors so that light emitted by trace amounts of sulfur and oxygen appear red and blue, respectively. The entire Carina Nebula, cataloged as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light years and lies about 7,500 light-years away in the constellation of Carina. Eta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically.

Object Names: Carina Nebula

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: John Ebersole

Time And Space

Luke imagine/smut

[This was inspired by a dream I had about Luke, just the “I’m in love” and some of the smut part happened though. I needed to write more for the story to make sense. I’m really proud of it, it took me forever to write! :)  

- 3372 word count.

- Mention of Arzaylea, slight swearing, slight drinking and explicit smut near the end.]

*beep*beep*beep* Morning already? You open your eyes to see the sun shinning through the transparent curtains. *beep* beep* beep*. ‘Alright, alright, I’m awake’ you think to yourself as you reach over to turn off the alarm. 7:30 am. You were so tired you almost forgot today was the day you were leaving for Santa Ynez Valley. You roll over to see your best friend Jess sleeping beside you. She looked so peaceful, you didn’t have the heart to wake her up yet. You turn back over and slowly make your way off the bed. Just as your feet touch the ground you hear Jess let out a big yawn behind you. You turn around to look at her, she meets your eyes. “Are you freaking excited or what?” She asked with wide eyes. You were just amazed as how someone could have so much energy first thing in the morning. She continues to say “I could barely sleep I was so excited.” You give her a smirk and say “Could have fooled me!” She gives you the stink eye and says “Ya, ya, we all know I sleep like a beast, let it go….anyway, but really can you believe we have our own private spot, just a walk away from one of the best beaches in California!” she exclaimed. You answer,“Ya, I still can’t believe it, I probably won’t want to leave!” Jess goes on to say, “It was so nice of Luke to bring us with him. He is a true friend” Ahh, Luke. You have been friends with him for about 5 years now. You met him around the time his band was getting popular, just before the fame. It warmed your heart that he still kept in contact with you. Even though, you did think he was hot, you would never want to ruin this friendship you have by trying anything. Plus, it’s not like he was up for grabs any way. You’ve gotten to know his girlfriend Arzaylea over the past year and have become close friends with her. Nothing like besties, but you do get along. You continue on to say “Ya, he is great. Should we start packing now?” Jess looked confused because it was like you completely ignored her comment about Luke, but she shrugged it off and said “Ya, sure…where are our suitcases again?” You walked towards the closet door and said “Just in here” As you were just about to open the door and reach for the bags, your phone starts to ring. “Can you get that?” you ask Jess as you point to the end table beside the bed. Jess reaches over, looks at the screen and says “Lukey, awwww” you give her a look as if to say, just answer the phone dumbass. Jess puts it on speaker and lays it on the bed. “Good morning!” you shout from the closet to your phone. “Hey girls!” You were surprised to hear a girls voice answer the phone, but of course it was Arzaylea. You were a bit disappointed that it wasn’t Luke who answered. You continue the conversation “Hey, how’s it going over there?” Arzaylea ignores your question and asks, “Are you guys ready? I’m so excited, I want to leave now!” You and Jess look at each other like 'is she crazy?’ You say, “It’s really early, we just woke up and are starting to pack. Is Luke even awake yet?” Arzaylea says “No, the little shit is still sleeping, but not for long. I’m going to go wake his ass up.” You felt bad for Luke because you knew he hated getting woken up. She was probably bugging the hell out of him and that bugged you in return. But you let it be and replied saying “Ya, wake him up, it’s better to get there sooner than later.” “Hell yes,” Arzaylea exclaimed. Jess popped into the conversation and said “More time to party!” All 3 of you shared a laugh and Arzaylea finished the conversation by saying “Alright bitches, hurry up and text me when you’re leaving.” Before you guys could even say “Bye” she hung up.

“Clothes, bathing suit, tooth brush, hair brush…” You were doing a last minute bag check, making sure you had everything. “Don’t forget about this!” Jess was dangling a bottle of spiced rum in her hand. “Jess, I’m sure they have a bar there.” you said. “Ya, but it’s better to bring your own supply.” she replied. You shook your head, but giggled. Oh Jess…so full of life. Just then, you heard your text ringer.  It was Luke.

Luke: [Ughhhh, she woke me up. Hope she didn’t wake up you too.]

You knew that he wouldn’t like that

You: [Good morning grumpy ;) kidding. Luckily she called just after we woke up. We’re just getting all our stuff ready and about to leave soon. Are you all packed?]

Luke: [I was smart and packed last night! I knew I wouldn’t be up for it this morning lol alright, I’m just going to get in the shower and I’ll see you guys soon :-)]

Jess caught you smiling at your phone. “Luke, isn’t it?” she said with a grin. You defended back “Ya, it’s Luke, what? My friends can’t make me smile?” Jess laughed, “Y/N I know you have the hots for him. Hell he is an extremely attractive guy, I’d jump on that for sure. But anyway, you should totally make a move.” You denied, “Ya right, are you forgetting about Arzaylea?” Jess shook her head “Pffft, whatever, you would totally make him happier.” Jess’s comment almost put a smile on your face but you hid it and changed the subject “Should we leave now?” Jess slapped her thigh in disbelief and said “Ya sure….let’s go then.” Just as you were locking up your door, Jess says “I wish you would just admit your attraction to him…you never know what could happen.” In your mind you think, 'that’s what I’m afraid of..’ But you keep quiet as you’re both walking down the hallway of you apartment, suitcases rolling behind you.

It was about a 2 hour drive west. When you got to the destination, you notice Luke and Arzaylea unpacking some thing from their jeep. You pull up beside them in the empty parking space. You hear Luke’s voice say “You made it!” as he was peeking through the passenger window. His big smile. Oh wow, was it contagious. You continue to say “Looks like we got here not long after you guys.” Luke continued to say. “We’ve actually been here for almost an hour, me and Arz were just coming back to the car to get the rest of our stuff.” Luke was about to say something else before Arzaylea popped up beside him. “I’m so glad you guys are here!” She exclaimed “I need some female company, no offence babe…” She looked at Luke and they shared a kiss. They were both already in their bathing suits, Arzaylea wearing a flowing beach skirt around her waist. “Ok guys, let me show you to your cabin, you’re going to die it’s so beautiful.” Arzaylea stated. Everyone grabbed their stuff and walked towards the resort. There were palm trees and sand everywhere. It was a tropical heaven, The smell of the ocean, and the crashing waves could be heard in the distance. All of you were quickly approaching a beautiful cabin. There was a big wooden deck, leading to tall glass doors. There were lots of palm tress around that shaded the deck, but just faint sunlight that gleamed on the wood, enough make you want to lay on it. “Oh my god” you mouth. “Right? it’s paradise.” Arzaylea sounding pleased. Jess turned to Luke and said “I can’t thank you enough for this, it’s amazing.” Luke got bashful and said “It’s nothing, now that I have money, I feel like I should treat my friends right.” Luke looks right at you and you catch his gaze. Luke breaks the moment and says “Well I’ll let you guys get settled in, meet you later!” He put his arm around Arzaylea and they walk off the deck to their cabin.

 You open the huge, sliding door to right away find a king sized bed, with white blankets and pillows. To your left, there is a mini kitchen and on the far wall there is a wooden door, you guess is for the bathroom. Jess puts her bag down and pounces on the bed, you join her and lay beside her. You are both in silence as you are still trying to figure how you guys got so lucky, living in paradise for the next 3 nights. Jess breaks the silence, turns to you as asks “So, what was with that look between you and Luke?” You knew exactly what 'look’ she was talking about, but you went on to ask, “What look?” “Oh, don’t play dumb with me Y/N, you know exactly what I’m talking about, the one right after he called you his friend.” You had no idea what to say. Finally you go on, “You saw that huh? Ya, ok, maybe we do have some chemistry..” Jess exclaims, “Ya you do! Stop denying! I’m your best friend, I can see it.” You were both startled by a knock on the glass door. It was Arzaylea, signalling as if to let her in. You get up and slide open the door. “I don’t want to disturb you love birds, but why the hell are you just laying there? We have a whole beach out there to explore!” Arzaylea was ready to go. Jess got up, and opened her bag “Not without a welcoming shot!” she held up the rum in her hand. Arzaylea got excited. “I was just about to go to the bar but yaaaass bitch, I love you!” Jess poured 3 shots for everyone. You stayed sitting on the bed, while the others stood up. You all cheered and swallowed back the harsh liqour. “Alright, I’m ready!” Jess shouted. She hadn’t even unpacked her bags yet and was already following Arzaylea out the door. When she noticed that you weren’t following behind her, she went back and asked if you were coming. “Go on, I’ll catch up with you guys in a few.” Jess knew that you were the type that had to get organized before  any fun could be started. “Alright you organized freak, unpack your shit and hurry on out” Before you could even say “ok”, Jess was already out the door and caught up to Arzaylea.

Instead of unpacking, you had the urge to sit out on the deck and bask in the magical view. The palm trees were swaying in the warm, breazy air. The sky was so crazy with colours of orange, yellow and some purple, you could drink it. Soon you had lost your concentration because you heard footsteps coming closer from behind you. It was Luke. Without even asking, he sits right beside you and stares into the distance. You notice he’s not smiling anymore. He doesn’t look upset, more distracted with something. Finally, he uses his words and says “I’m in love.” This shocks you because you’re not sure if he’s talking about Arzaylea or the scenery or what. The way you catch him passionately looking at you, you’re starting to think it’s none of those at all. You were about to break the awkwardness by saying something stupid like “Ya….I love the view too.” But before you can even open your mouth, Luke’s lips met yours. Luke badly wanted you, and he would not spare anyway of showing you. His kiss was rough and deep, you could just feel the emotional build up. His hands were pressed against your face, drawing you in closer. You had no idea where to put your hands, this was all so sudden. You knew it was wrong but your body urges were more powerful than what your mind was telling you right now. You mimicked his moves and placed your hands just under his jawline. Feeling his soft beard. His hands quickly moved from your face, to the back of you head, down your back and onto you ass. Luke put his hands just under your legs, pushing them in an upward motion. He took a breather from your lips and moaned “Up.” You jumped and he caught you, wrapping your legs around his waist. You could feel the smile from his lips on yours. That’s exactly what he wanted and was so turned on that you knew exactly what to do. You couldn’t actually believe that your body did that. Never would you have thought, that would actually work, but it’s crazy what you will do for love. It’s a good thing you left the cabin door open because that’s the next place he was carrying you. Inside, hoping to get inside you.

He placed you down on the bed, quickly turned around to lock the door and close the curtains. “Don’t want any 'intruders’.” You knew exactly who he meant by 'intruders’. You had so many questions to ask him right now, but you decided that was best saved for later because there was no way in hell you would want to ruin this moment. Especially when he was looking at you like he wanted to eat you up. Luke was biting his lip, standing over your body. You could now see his dick imprint though his swim shorts grow bigger. You were so ready for whatever he was about to give you. Your body getting warmer, you can feel your pussy beginning to pulse. Luke got down to his knees and grabbed your shorts from your waist and pulled them down gently, your panties coming off with it. His baby blue eyes, concentrated on yours. His eyes widened and his lip bites got deeper as he gazed down at you and your wetness. He gave your eyes one last look before lowering his head into you, his tongue, loving every taste and curve of your vagina. It didn’t take long for your back to arch, oh my god could he ever use that tongue. He was sucking, licking, kissing, every inch of your bits. You wanted something else to  grab on instead of the blankets. Your hands move down onto his hair, his soft, thick, blonde hair. He took a breath and swallowed quickly moaning “Yessss Y/N, I like that.” You noticed he was only using his one hand to penetrate you, and were curious to know what the other one was doing. You shift your head over a little to the right and notice his arm moving in a slow jerking motion. You move your gaze down his arm, to his hand in which he held his hard dick. Luke  was slowing stroking it up to the tip…..and slowly down.  All while pleasuring you with his mouth. There was something about this that made you so hot. Your breaths were getting deeper and louder, until you couldn’t resist but to let out a little “Oh god, don’t stop.” Luke loved making you feel this way “It’s alright baby, let it out, cum for me, I wanna taste it.” With his fingers inside of you and his tongue sucking on your clit, your body can’t help but let out some more liquids for Luke to taste. “Fuck…” he moaned, licking his lips, looking up at you. “I’m not finished with you yet.” He stated. Before you could even say anything, Luke picked you up again, wrapping your legs around his waist. This time, the skin to skin contact felt even more amazing, Your bare, warm bodies against each other. Luke pressed you to the wall just beside the door. He was strong, it made you weak. You could feel the tip of his hardness just rubbing against your ass. Luke was admiring your body, as you were his, before he adjusted himself to meet your entrance.”You ready?” He looked you deep in the eye as he slowly slid himself into you, bringing you into complete euphoria. He had to put his head down because of how good he felt. Every inch felt better than the next. Your deep moans intertwined with each others. “Oh fuck Y/N, I’m not going to last long when you feel this tight.” Your arms around him, with your back against the wall. You never knew before, but you like it rough. Luke’s mouth met your neck, giving it little bites, some a little harder than others. Thrusting in and out, in and out. “Does that feel good? I’m not hurting you?” He was very vocal, and concerned about your pleasure. His dick was quite big, but you liked a little pain. “Everything about this is perfect” you say in between breaths.  You could feel his hands firmly grasping your ass, pushing with every thrust. You can hear Luke’s breaths getting more rapid, you knew it was almost his turn. “Fuck, I’m going to cum so soon, you make me feel so good.” Then he asked you something you’ve never been asked before. “Do you swallow?” He asked quickly. You’ve actually never tried before, but something about this was making you feel naughty. And we were running out of time before he was ready to release. You whisper in his ear “I’m always up for trying new things.” That thought excited Luke to the point where he pulled out of you, your feet touched the ground and you kneel before him. His stroking was very rapid, he grabbed the back of your head and pushed you closer to his dick, that met your mouth. Almost every inch of him was inside your mouth when he said “Ok, I’m cumming, fuckkkk.” You felt the sticky substance rush down the back of your mouth, down your throat. It wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be, just pleasing Luke is your top priority.

“Fuck I’m dizzy.” He mumbled as he crashed onto the bed. You could just imagine all that pleasure plus using all of that strength would make one almost fall to the ground. You join him on the bed and cuddle next to him as he pulls you in closer. “So, wanna tell me what that was?” You finally can ask. “That was……some of the best sex I’ve had in a while.” He proudly says. You give him a disgusted look, and are actually starting to get a little angry at him. “So, what about Arzaylea, are you actually in love with me? Did you just say that to sleep with me? Are you a player? What’s going on?” Luke pulled you on top of him and held your hands to his chest. “Y/N I promise you that when I said I was in love, it was…it is with you. And I don’t know how I’m going to tell Arz. I act very compulsively and I know I’m an asshole for it.” You go on “Luke, I really like you too, and that sex we just had was bomb as fuck, but I don’t like the way you cheated…” Luke proceeds to say. “I know, I’m not proud I did it either, but it’s done. I needed to show you how I feel.” You let out a sigh, “Well what do we do now?” Luke says, “We will figure something out, but we can’t tell anyone about this. I’ll tell Arz after this trip is over. Please don’t tell Jess. As I can see, she’s getting really close to Arz.” If there was anyone you wanted to tell, it would be Jess. She would be so proud of you. But Luke did have a point, they were getting closer as friends. And even as your best friend, it’s still too risky. “Well I would love to just snuggle naked with you all evening, but the girls are going to wonder where we are and we don’t need that kinda of suspicion right now.” Oh man. This was supposed to be 3 days of paradise. Now it’s just going to be 3 days of awkwardness and sexual tension…


TBT to another era with these stunning galaxy corsets made by @retrofolie on Etsy. Talk about taking your steampunk cosplay to another level! 

The corset at the top features M17, aka the Omega/Swan nebula. Other available designs include the Eagle Nebula (M16), Orion Nebula (M42), Carina Nebula (NCG 3372), and more!

HT to Seelix for bringing these awesome designs to our attention! 

- Summer

Eta Carinae & Carina Nebula

The Carina Nebula (also known as the Great Nebula in Carina, the Eta Carinae Nebula, NGC 3372, as well as the Grand Nebula) is a large bright nebula that has within its boundaries several related open clusters of stars. It contains the two large OB associations Carina OB1 and Carina OB2. Carina OB1 contains the two star clusters Trumpler 14 and Trumpler 16. Trumpler 14 is one of the youngest known star clusters, at half a million years old. Trumpler 16 is the home of WR 25, currently the most luminous star known in our Milky Way galaxy, together with the less luminous but more massive and famous Eta Carinae star system.

Fic: Blacksmith’s Hands
Blacksmith’s Hands (3372 words) by Amuly
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, Marvel 616
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Wanda Maximoff
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Western, Western, Intercrural Sex, Sheriff - Freeform, Blacksmithing, Alternate Universe - Canon, 1872, Bottom Steve Rogers, Submissive Steve, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Porn, Fluff, Mustaches, Body Hair, First Time, First Kiss, Humor, Spit As Lube, Oil as Lube

Based in Marvel’s 1872 Western Universe, where Tony is a blacksmith and Steve is the town Sheriff. Blacksmith Tony hears Sheriff Steve’s birth date is coming up, and decides to give him the present he deserves.