An Arrangement of Planetary Nebulae

We all know what happens when stars die: they explode. But what does it look like? The image show 4 different explosions of this sort. When a star explodes in this way it becomes a planetary nebula. A planetary nebula is a type of emissions nebula that is caused by the expand shell of ionized gas caused by the initial explosion. The ionized gas glows and gives creates these beautiful structures that we observe. This Hubble image contains the planetary nebulae: He 2-47, NGC 5315, IC 4593, and NGC 5307.

Credit: NASA/Hubble

BREAKING: 18-Year-Old Antonio Martin, Fatally Shot at Gas Station in Berkeley, MO

People at the scene say the teen was shot by a police officer.

A teenager was fatally shot late Tuesday at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road here.

The victim was identified as Antonio Martin, 18, by his mother, Toni Martin.

Toni Martin and others at the scene said Antonio was shot by a police officer.

The body remained on the parking lot just in front of the Mobil gas station at 6800 North Hanley Road at about 1 a.m. Berkeley police cars were on either side.

Crime scene tape ringed the gas station, which appeared to have security cameras that are trained on the parking lot. The scene is southeast of the intersection of Interstates 170 and 270.

Several officers from the St. Louis County and Woodson Terrace departments were also at the scene. No authorities have commented on the shooting so far.

A crowd of about 60 people also gathered at the scene. The crowd included ministers and some of the people who have been active in the protests related to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by a Ferguson police officer in August.

Toni Martin said her son was with his girlfriend at the time of the shooting. The girlfriend remained at the scene but declined to talk to a reporter.


NGC 5307

NGC 5307 is a planetary nebula located about 10,000 light years away towards the constellation Centaurus. It is about half a light year across and shows a symmetrical, spiral shape. This could be caused by a wobbling jet of gas being expelled from a central white dwarf star.

Planetary nebula last only around 10,000 years. They are formed from dying stars, which cast off their outer shells of material as they run out of fuel. Over time, the material will expand and the nebula will grow as ultraviolet radiation from the remains of the central star illuminate the surrounding gas.

Image from HubbleSite, information from HubbleSite and NASA.

Act 1, scene 5

AU in which Kurt and Blaine are NYADA students in the same acting class but haven’t ever talked to each other until they are assigned to be scene partners. It’s a kissing scene. They might have to practice.

Thanks to alwaysfallingforanidea for being my beta.

Warning for a lack of much plot. The whole point is to get into all of the lovely kissing ideas from this tumblr post. There’s a little tension and a lot of humor…but mostly, there’s kissing.

The title is a reference to the scene that they perform. It’s famous. You’ll probably recognize when you read it it if you don’t already.

Rather than posting the whole thing here, I’m posting a teaser/excerpt. You can read the full fic on AO3 (5307 words, rated T to be on the safe side, but really it’s just kissing…lots and lots of kissing…)

Ohmygod  Kurt, your scene partner is so cute!” Rachel gushed toward the end of lunch, after having explained at great length why she was so excited about being partnered with some guy named Brody. Kurt had seen him in class but hadn’t ever met him. Rachel, apparently, had been crushing on him all semester.

“I mean, it’s probably karma, or a sign or something, right? That we got partnered for this assignment?”

“I’m pretty sure that Mr. Peterson just went through the slips we turned in and randomly assigned straights with straights and gays with gays,” Kurt informed her in a bored tone as he picked at the last bits of his salad. “It’s only beginning acting. I’m sure that in intermediate acting we’ll be asked to stretch ourselves and kiss girls.”

“Do you really think so?” Rachel set her chin in her palm and cocked her head to the side. “I’ve never kissed a girl. I probably should, to make sure I’m well-rounded as an actress.” She was staring at her plate but suddenly glanced up at Kurt. “Should we practice? I mean,” she gestured back and forth, “with each other?”

“I’m sure that’s not necessary, Rachel.”


“You already know how to kiss boys, I’m not a girl, and I’m not concerned about this.”

“No, but Kurt, at least half of the leading men on Broadway are gay. If I’m going to be on Broadway maybe I need to practice kissing gay men.”

Kurt gathered up his things and stood to leave. “I can’t believe I’m hearing this.”

“Kurt, perfecting my method is important!”

He leaned down, setting his hand flat on the table so that he was nearly nose-to-nose with her. “I need to go to class, Rachel. And I adore you, but if you ever suggest that again I may reconsider that decision.” He stood up and straightened his jacket. “I’ll see you tonight, ok?”

She stuck out her lip in an exaggerated pouty face. “Fine. I’ll have to find some other pretty gay man to kiss.”

“Ha!” he called over his shoulder as he strode away.