“One in 200 stars has habitable Earth-like planets surrounding it - in the galaxy, half a billion stars have Earth-like planets going around them - that’s huge, half a billion. So when we look at the night sky, it makes sense that someone is looking back at us.” – Michio Kaku

Photographer Jon Secord took this incredible image of the Milky Way over Zion National Park.

If you ever feel small and insignificant in this world, remember that you are made up of the same billion year old atoms that make the stars. And there are only four hundred billion stars in our galaxy, compared to the seven thousand trillion trillion atoms that make you.
—  You are More than Galaxies | Nikita Gill
In truth we are not separate from each other or from the world, from the whole earth, the sun or moon or billions of stars, not separate from the entire universe. Listening silently in quiet wonderment, without knowing anything, there is just one mysteriously palpitating aliveness.
—  Toni Packer, from The Light of Discovery

Delenn of Mir
We are all born as molecules in the hearts of a billion stars. Molecules that do not understand politics or policies or differences. Over a billion years, we foolish molecules forget who we are and where we came from. In desperate acts of ego, we give ourselves names, fight over lines on maps, and pretend that our light is better than everyone else’s. 

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2015 June 20 

Hubble’s Messier 5 

“Beautiful Nebula discovered between the Balance [Libra] & the Serpent [Serpens] …” begins the description of the 5th entry in 18th century astronomer Charles Messier’s famous catalog of nebulae and star clusters. Though it appeared to Messier to be fuzzy and round and without stars, Messier 5 (M5) is now known to be a globular star cluster, 100,000 stars or more, bound by gravity and packed into a region around 165 light-years in diameter. It lies some 25,000 light-years away. 

Roaming the halo of our galaxy, globular star clusters are ancient members of the Milky Way. M5 is one of the oldest globulars, its stars estimated to be nearly 13 billion years old. The beautiful star cluster is a popular target for Earthbound telescopes. Of course, deployed in low Earth orbit on April 25, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has also captured its own stunning close-up view that spans about 20 light-years near the central region of M5. Even close to its dense core at the left, the cluster’s aging red and blue giant stars and rejuvenated blue stragglers stand out in yellow and blue hues in the sharp color image.


is it ok for me to love Brian Cox and this video so much?

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy
Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler (

Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda’s image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier’s list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 is a digital mosaic of 20 frames taken with a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including how it acquired its unusual double-peaked center.

“Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth. Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.”
  ―  Arthur C. Clarke

anonymous asked:

Okay random au for iwaoi. (I really like artist Aus it's pathetic and this one is stupid but oh well) but anyways. I feel like oikawa would try to have Iwa model for him but Iwa is too fidgety and felt uncomfortable having oikawa state at him (he's usually not on the receiving end of oikawa's concentration and he can't really hide his blush even though there's like nothing inappropriate about it just dammit oikawa stop staring I can't take it anymore.


Alright now I really love artist oikawa, clearly by the way I’ve written and headcanoned him, and I love the oikawa would have Iwaizumi model for him. I actually had something similar to this happen in my roommates fic, although Iwaizumi wasn’t as fidgety as I’m imagining here.


Oikawa is an aspiring artist, student level right now, and in his one drawing course, they use live models. Well, the live model they’re using for the next couple sessions happens to be Iwaizumi, and Oikawa is at first kind of like “alright whatever” but then Iwaizumi peels out of his robe and his jaw hits the fucking floor because rippling muscles everywhere and Oh my god who carved this guy from the marble slab?

So while Oikawa is drawing Iwaizumi, he’s mesmerized by just the sight of him, not in a sexual way or anything, but just in complete awe of how sculpted and perfect he looks, and he and Iwaizumi continuously make eye contact throughout the every session, even during breaks, and little by little Oikawa finds something more beautiful about him, and by the end he’s pretty sure he might be in love.

But the session ends, and Iwaizumi thanks him and takes his leave, and Oikawa realizes he never even got his name.