Wait, when Rom and Remus were kids, did they always see their dad as the superhero on TV? (I know they still do too, but, God I can't help but think Rem sees Beowulf's TV show and he's star eyes about the whole thing.) Like: "Remus you know Dad's not rea--" "Rom! He's obviously the Star-Wulf! See??? He's even going to work with Mom!!! They're superheros! Nyoom!!!" And he just goes around pretending he's going to stop the villains as any aspiring hero does.
They always did! Always will. Even when Beowulf retires from his role as Star-Wulf.
During our last Harry Potter Marathon, a friend of mine suddenly asked, “wait, are that Romulus and Remus in the background?”
Now, I couldn’t find any historical depiction that proves that these are actually supposed to be Romulus and Remus (one seems to have feminine features but hey, who knows), but I’m 100% convinced that Snape included them in his presentation, like
“Look at this picture of Romulus and Remus
Nice names aren’t they
Look at me being oh so subtle with my snazzy pictures and my snazzy magic projector
Now turn to page 394”
A container for offerings or a statue was fastened on top with lead (the altar is explicitly called “altar” in an inscription, but it may have been re-used as a statue-base). The four corners are decorated with ram’s heads and wreaths. The front has a depiction of Mars, Venus (with goose and Amor), and Hymenaeus (the god of marriage). On the back we see Romulus and Remus, suckled by the she-wolf. They are found by two shepherds, Faustulus and Faustinus. This story is situated near the Palatine (the Lupercal), and the personification of the hill can be seen in the upper left part. In the lower right part is the personification of the Tiber. Jupiter’s eagle is present as well. On the sides of the altar are amorini, hauling the weapons and chariot of Mars. The amorini are moving towards the front side of the altar.
What would happen if the crew of the Starship Enterprise handed over the controls to our scientists and engineers? It turns out many are avid Star Trek fans with lengthy itineraries in mind.
What is perhaps the most famous Star Trek planet was placed by creator Gene Roddenberry in a real star system: 40 Eridani. This trinary system of three dwarf stars, about 16 light-years from Earth, could play host to exoplanets; none have been detected there so far. The most massive is 40 Eridani A, chosen as Vulcan’s sun.
An icy “M-class” (Star Trek’s term for “Earth-like”) moon of a much larger planet—a gas giant—that is home to soft-spoken humanoids with blue skin, white hair and stylish antennae. In our solar system, gas giants play host to icy moons, such as Jupiter’s Europa or Saturn’s Enceladus, that possess subsurface oceans locked inside shells of ice. Our missions are searching for lifeforms that might exist in these cold, dark habitats.
Another Trek M-class planet known for its engineered tropical climate and its welcoming humanoid population. The planet is said to orbit a binary, or double, star system—in Star Trek fan lore, Epsilon Ceti, a real star system some 79 light-years from Earth. The first discovery of a planet around a binary was Kepler-16b, which is cold, gaseous and Saturn-sized.
4. “Shore Leave” planet, Omicron Delta region
This is another amusement park of a planet, where outlandish characters are manufactured in underground factories straight from the crew members’ imaginations. In real life, astronauts aboard the International Space Station print out plastic tools and containers with their own 3-D printer.
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” finds Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy fleeing from chalk-skinned aliens through a red jungle. Red or even black vegetation could exist on real planets that orbit cooler, redder stars, an adaptation meant to gather as much light for photosynthesis as possible. An example may be Kepler-186f, a planet only 10 percent larger than Earth in diameter. At high noon, the surface of this planet would look something like dusk on Earth.
6. Wolf 359
A star best known in the Star Trek universe as the site of a fierce battle in which a multitude of “Star Trek: Next Generation” ships are defeated by the Borg. But Wolf 359 is a real star, one of the closest to Earth at a distance of 7.8 light-years. Wolf 359 is also a likely observational target for the Kepler space telescope in the upcoming Campaign 14 of its “K2” mission.
7. Eminiar VII/Vendikar
These two planets are neighbors, sharing a star system. So, of course, they’ve been at war for centuries. While we have no signs of interplanetary war, multiple rocky worlds have been discovered orbiting single stars. A cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1 is orbited by three Earth-size planets; two have a chance of being the right temperature for liquid water, with possible Earth-like atmospheres.
The planets Romulus and Remus are home to the Romulan Empire (ancient Rome, anyone?), although Remus seemed to have gotten the raw end of the deal. Remus is tidally locked, one face always turned to its star. Tidally locked worlds might well be a real thing, with many possible candidates discovered with our Kepler space telescope. The habitable portion of the surface of such planets might be confined to a band between the day and night sides called the “terminator zone”—a.k.a. the twilight zone.
9. Janus VI
A rocky world lacking an atmosphere, perhaps similar to Mars. While humans must maintain an artificial underground environment to survive, the innards of the planet are a comfortable home to an alien species known as the “Horta.” Their rock-like biochemistry is based on silicon, rather than carbon, inspiring us to imagine the many forms life might take in the universe.
In the Star Trek universe, Earth is home to Starfleet Headquarters; the real Earth is, at least so far, the only life-bearing world we know. No true Earth analogs have been discovered among the real exoplanets detected so far. But a new generation of space telescopes, designed to capture direct images of exoplanets in Earth’s size range, might one day reveal an alternative “pale blue dot.”
Learn more about exoplanets at: exoplanets.nasa.gov
In Latin, we learned that Romulus and Remus was raised by a wolf, but my latin teacher said the latin word for wolf meaning Lupa can mean she-wolf but also prostitute. So Romulus and Remus were either raised by a wolf or they were raised by a prostitute
always bad things from Mars
if not Ray Bradbury telepath consumed
by sexual jealousy then
Wells’ nightmare tripods
heat-rays burning their way from
East Coast to West
or small entities
we didn’t do our Darwin on
and so they need to grow
voracious a horrific
amount getting lost
but even when we
keep our distance that
little red malign eye
is up to no good
whispering in the ears of
some backwoods farmers
needs blood, blood of an
the world will no longer laugh at
or doubt them when
laws, speaking their language
and they shall take terrible delight in
throwing open his temple, releasing
flattening the gates and walls
of cities with his
always bad things from Mars, as
the she-wolf snarls at me
suckling the twin human brothers
at each other with
yellow wolf eyes
Happy Lupercalia! A classical Roman festival celebrated feb 13-15. The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, explaining the name of the festival, Lupercalia, or “Wolf Festival.” The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine Hill (the central hill where Rome was traditionally founded), to expiate and purify new life in the Spring. A known Lupercalia festival of 44 BC attests to the continuity of the festival but the Lupercal cave may have fallen into disrepair, and was later rebuilt by Augustus. It has been tentatively identified with a cavern discovered in 2007, 50 feet (15 m) below the remains of Augustus’ palace.
The joys of owning a kitten named Remus and having to explain when you say “Remus just bit me” to people who belong to different fandoms and you have to explain no Remus Lupin did not just bite me. I’m fine. Rather, Romulus’ brother bit me.