a map to the stars

I realized why the idea of constellations has always swayed me. constellations are so very human.

our wonder of the stars is bone-sunk; we’ve been thinking and dreaming and watching and watching and watching since the beginning of time, and we looked for so long that we started making connections. 

we played a celestial game of connect-the-dots; trying to find order in something so vast and trying to show that the stars are in everything and everything is in the stars.

we plucked pictures out of the infinite; there’s a dog, there’s a bear, there’s a lion, see? look, right there; the stars hold and mirror back everything. 

but then it went a step further. instead of everyday things, we stopped picking out the cups and the bears, and instead we saw stories. 

look, there’s Andromeda, chained to a rock and waiting to be devoured by Cetus. there’s Orion, and Hercules, and do you see Orpheus’ lyre? Zeus sent an eagle to retrieve it after Orpheus’ death and he placed it in the sky. 

we did the most human thing imaginable: we wrote our stories into the stars. we filled the night sky; previously so vast, so unknowable; with our history. we forged connections to the stars and made it so our children will always know where they come from. 

The year Harry was born
  • Peter: GUYS STAR WARS COMES OUT THIS YEAR!
  • Sirius: WHAT?!
  • James: OH MY GOSH I AM SOOO EXCITED!
  • Lily: ahem
  • James: OH YEAH LILY YOU CAN COME TOO
  • Lily: *narrows eyes*
  • James: wut
  • Remus: oh you know just the birth of your child is happening this year and you seem to be more excited about Star Wars.
  • Sirius:
  • Peter:
  • James:
  • James: WOOO BABY
  • peter: BABY BABY BABY
  • Sirius: YESSS GO LILY YOU CARRY THAT BABY YOU GO!
  • James: WOOO please don't make me sleep outside WOOO
  • Lily: mhmm.

anonymous asked:

I'm trying to finish my holiday shopping early for my family. Anyone have suggestions?

I’ve seen these star maps floating around my dash and they look like pretty good presents. You can add a custom date/time and they send you a constellation map.

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My favorite AU is back on my dash and I was inspired, so here’s an Altean!Lance and Galra!Keith icon, and both combined as a header. Please like/reblog if you’re going to use them, credit not needed but appreciated

Imagine aliens finding out about constellations...

Alien astronomer: “So a few million years ago [their planet orbits its sun at a higher speed than ours does] we mapped out all the stars in our sky and split the sections of sky into what you’d call elevenths.

Human astronomer: "Why elevenths?”

Alien astronomer: “It’s silly really, but at the time eleven was considered to be a holy number. I know, it’s stupid and every alien I’ve met has always made fun of us for being so superstitious. So, how did you split up your sky?”

Human astronomer: “Er… animal shapes.”

‪God can I just talk about the neutron star collision real quick. It’s just… when I was born there were only like 3 exoplanets. The discovery of GRB Afterglow is less than a month older than I. We hadn’t observed the effects of the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy. We didn’t know what Pluto looked like. We didn’t have the ISS yet. ‬

‪In twenty years we’ve learned so much. In twenty years we put rovers on Mars. We found water on Mars! Liquid water! We’ve found thousands of exoplanets. We got to see what Pluto looked like with New Horizons. We’ve mapped the stars in the center of our galaxy and we’ve proved that there’s a supermassive black hole there.

‪But god, the most incredible thing was gravitational waves. In 2015 LIGO recorded the first one, just a small little blip lasting a fraction of a second. But that’s all that was needed. We proved Einstein right nearly 100 years later. And then the one that just came out. I can’t even describe how incredible it is. For over 100 seconds we recorded these waves, massive waves. We were able to triangulate the source. ‬

‪We saw it. In a moment of planetwide esprit de corps we saw it. We saw the gamma ray burst. We saw the afterglow. Two neutron stars, no bigger than manhattan, colliding at nearly the speed of light some 130 million years ago. And we saw it. We took pictures of it. ‬

And look at all the papers that’ll be coming out of this. Some 3,500 people were involved with this. 3,500 people, from over 70 observatories and detectors all over the world, using hundreds of instruments, made this happen. Yesterday 40 papers were published, along with a flurry of press conferences and jovial announcements.

‪In a moment, our species graduated from electromagnetic observing to being able to detect ripples in the very fabric of spacetime. ‬

‪In twenty years, in a cosmic moment, we’ve stretched our legs and are beginning to take our first clumsy footsteps into the universe around us. ‬

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Admiral Konstantine, deploy your fleet to these coordinates

We will join you shortly

  • Lance: k im gonna go to bed night guys!
  • Team Voltron: goodnight!
  • Keith: *pops up a map a star map* ok heres the plan we fly in to lotor's ship and kick him and his generals in the ass
  • Team Voltron: why?
  • Keith: bc lance is gone and he's about 93% of impulse control without him i will destroy cities