the signs as good feelings

Aries: stepping out of a car after a long ride and breathing in fresh air

Taurus: sipping on lemonade in the summer time

Gemini: waking up and feeling the sun hit your face

Cancer: laying on clean sheets after a warm shower

Leo: waking up thinking you’re late for school and realizing it’s saturday

Virgo: seeing an old friend after missing them for months

Libra: walking outside on the first sunny day after winter

Scorpio: listening to music while watching rain pour outside your window

Sagittarius: laying on fresh cut grass and watching the sunset

Capricorn: diving into a pool during extremely hot weather and feeling the water touch your skin

Aquarius: craving your favorite food and then finally getting to eat it

Pisces: feeling your lover bite your neck and play with your hair

May The 4th Be With You! 

We’re celebrating Star Wars Day with this mesmerizing photo from Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. Natural Bridges has one of the darkest night skies in the U.S. – it’s possible to see up to 15,000 stars throughout the night. Pictured here is the Milky Way above Owachomo Bridge (one of the park’s three natural bridges) by Manish Mamtani, www.sharetheexperience.org.

A young star takes centre stage

With its helical appearance resembling a snail’s shell, this reflection nebula seems to spiral out from a luminous central star in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image.

The star in the centre, known as V1331 Cyg and located in the dark cloud LDN 981 — or, more commonly, Lynds 981 — had previously been defined as a T Tauri star. A T Tauri is a young star — or Young Stellar Object — that is starting to contract to become a main sequence star similar to the Sun.

What makes V1331Cyg special is the fact that we look almost exactly at one of its poles. Usually, the view of a young star is obscured by the dust from the circumstellar disc and the envelope that surround it. However, with V1331Cyg we are actually looking in the exact direction of a jet driven by the star that is clearing the dust and giving us this magnificent view.

Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, Karl Stapelfeldt (GSFC), B. Stecklum and A. Choudhary (Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Germany)
Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1509a/

New ‘Super Earth’ Exoplanets Spotted Around Nearby Star

By Mike Wall

Astronomers have discovered two new alien worlds a bit larger than Earth circling a nearby star.

The newfound exoplanets, known as HD 7924c and HD 7924d, are “super Earths” with masses about 7.9 and 6.4 times greater, respectively, than that of our home planet, researchers said. The planets orbit the star HD 7924, which lies just 54 light-years from the sun — a mere stone’s throw considering the size of the Milky Way, which is on the order of 100,000 light-years wide.

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ESO 498-G5

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of the spiral galaxy known as ESO 498-G5. One interesting feature of this galaxy is that its spiral arms wind all the way into the centre, so that ESO 498-G5’s core looks like a bit like a miniature spiral galaxy. This sort of structure is in contrast to the elliptical star-filled centres (or bulges) of many other spiral galaxies, which instead appear as glowing masses, as in the case of NGC 6384.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

This incredible image shows the true size of the Valles Marineris canyon on Mars. From space it looks as if Mars has been cracked open!

It’s 4000 km long and at points 7 km deep. That’s five times longer and seven times deeper than the deepest parts of the Grand Canyon.

(Image credit: ISRO)