a map to the stars


More Than Stars: The Milky Way’s Dust Mapped In 3D For The First Time Ever

“But the Milky Way is more than just stars, it’s also full of gas, plasma, and – most importantly – light-blocking dust. This dust indicates where clumped neutral atoms are, reddening the stars behind it, but not in front of it. Where the dust is coolest and densest, future stars will someday form. Preferentially blocking bluer light, this dust distorts our view of any background objects.”

Wherever we look in the night sky, we don’t just observe the background sources of light shining our way, but also the effects of all the matter in between those distant sources and our eyes. Since all of that inbound light needs to pass through a portion of the Milky Way on its way to our eyes, it’s vital that we understand how that light is distorted by our own galaxy. That means we need an understanding of the dust in our own neighborhood. In the past, that meant using a variety of models, but for the first time, a 3D map of the Milky Way’s dust has been constructed. This will not only allow for a better calibration of distant objects – such as galaxies, supernovae and anything we’d use to measure dark energy – but it uncovers some surprises about the fundamental nature of dust itself.

Come read, and see, the spectacular story of this unprecedented cosmic map in pictures, videos and no more than 200 words on today’s Mostly Mute Monday!


Darth Vader Over Shibuya por Tokyo Fashion
Por Flickr:
Darth Vader looks down on Shibuya from a DoCoMo billboard on the side of the famous Shibuya 109 department store. This is a tone mapped image created by combining three exposures taken with my Canon 5D Mark II in November of 2010.

anonymous asked:

Could you do an aesthetic for my girlfriend Nina? She has a passion for books, drawing and storytelling, loves rain, constellations, taking hikes, and asking questions. Her favorite color is yellow, and she has shoulder length black hair. Right now we're living together in the Philippines with her family. Bruh I'm so gay for her,,,,, her eyes are a gorgeous warm brown like acorns and chocolate and everything good about the world

Oh my stars! You and Nina sound like the cutest darn sapphics! I hope this warms your heart! XO

Nina. She is rain drops drumming softly against glistening green leaves and the summer’s heat returning. She is fingers running along inked lines, mapping out stars. She is stars found not in maps of worlds beyond ours, but in sparkling brown eyes curiously gazing. She is airy cotton fluttering around tanned legs in the warm breeze. She is blue, crystalline waters and a familiar poem. She is Nina- the adventurer’s spirit. 

“I can determine if you are ready to receive the Star Map, or can be made ready.”

Uh. Okay. Two possible explanations:

1: Revan thought it was possible for other Jedi to follow in their footsteps and therefore put a test in place to begin the corruption of anyone who might find this place. Unlikely, because Jolee’s been trying to talk to this thing for years and it never let him even try.

Or 2: Revan foresaw that something like this was possible and put measures into place to make sure that if they ever got mindwiped, the installation wouldn’t give them answers unless they matched Revan’s un-brainwashed point of view.


So…I’ve been a bit obsessed with mapping Robert’s star chart recently (entirely blaming @dingleautomotives gorgeous post) and while it’s not perfect since: 

a) Robert isn’t a real person and therefore was not born under the stars and
b) Emmerdale isn’t a real place and can’t be mapped exactly

a lot of the details are a bit tricky BUT I did find that his Moon [aka your emotional state where your needs, mood, and habits form] and his Venus [aka love, pleasure, desires, and relationships both romantic and platonic] had strong ties to Robert’s actual character

Note: Since we know that Robert was born sometime between 7:40 PM and 8:10 PM on April 22, 1986, I’ve used 7:50/8:00 PM as an average of the times (both times mapped the same way so there wasn’t a shift as Robert isn’t on any cusp) and used a general location in the Yorkshire Dales as a map for Emmerdale

Robert’s Moon lands in Libra

Moon in Libra people have a strong need for partnership. Without someone to share their lives with, they feel utterly incomplete… Both men and women with this position are often quite charming. They can be very attractive to be around, and are often given to flirtatiousness… When [they] argue with their long-standing partners, they rarely let up until they win. And, winning an argument is a Libran specialty – in fact, they may not even believe what they are saying, but will adopt all kinds of ideas just to get the last word… They love their family and home, though it may not be openly apparent to all. They are affectionate and encouraging to those around them. They seem to attract more than their share of good and bad situations with legal matters, life-changing decisions and partners.

I’ve put in bold key terms that caught my eye the most. As we know, Robert has all but mastered the art of “conceal, don’t feel” to those who are not privy to the inner workings of his mind (and heart). Robert’s biggest fear is being alone, which is interesting in itself when it comes to Robert’s Venus, which plays on his need to project and put up a screen which separates himself and others, which in turn allows him to isolate himself so that others cannot make the decision for him. Robert thrives when he is in control of a situation, even if it means ultimately self-destructing.

Robert’s Venus lands in Taurus

Love for Venus in Taurus centers on the physical world and creature comforts — they revel in sensual surroundings. These people project themselves as solid and comfortable. In fact, something about their manner promises they will be satisfying lovers and partners… Pleasing Venus in Taurus involves emphasizing your loyalty, and their worth to you… These lovers, however, are stingy with emotions and possessive because they fear losing control. They fear emotional vulnerability. They just don’t operate well on the emotional or mental wave-length. These are physical, material, earthy creatures who care about money and security, not feelings or abstract ideas. You may have to pry hard to get them to talk about their feelings, but it will do them good because they have an underlying need for emotional security.

Robert is naturally alluring to others, especially those without preconceived ideas about him (and often even to those who know exactly what he is capable of), which only aides his ability to control others. This does not necessarily have the negative connotations that the word “control” typically has. Robert projects himself through his perceived stability, needing to always seem above the influence of his own emotions when others are relying on him. He is able to “control” others’ emotions by providing support and comfort, even when he himself may be faltering.

It is interesting to note that Robert is also a Libra Ascendant, and combined with his Venus in Taurus presents complications in how he deals with his relationships, both romantic and platonic.

Their relationships are often characterized by bickering or competitiveness until they learn to drop their sweet image once in a while and to stop blaming their partners for everything that goes wrong.

Robert’s need for control and need to have the last word, often without regard for how scathing those words can be, combined with his unending devotion and loyalty to the few people he allows himself to love, creates a war within himself so as not to once again put up that emotional screen that the stars themselves created for him and that he has spent his entire life reinforcing. 

…[emphasize] your loyalty, and their worth to you…

Robert’s Moon and Venus essentially rely on knowing that their relationships and vulnerability are not for naught. 

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.