astronomy

The signs in space
  • Aries:Doing some no gravity parkour
  • Taurus:Getting a tan literally right next to the sun
  • Gemini:Just floating through space and time, nothing out of the ordinary
  • Cancer:Somehow found a way to make it to the death star
  • Leo:Riding a space rover on the moon
  • Virgo:Relaxing on the ISS
  • Libra:Became the queen of an alien planet
  • Scorpio:Got caught in a meteor shower
  • Sagittarius:Taking space selfies.....that is if they get reception from up there
  • Capricorn:Tries to spot where they live from thousands of kilometres above
  • Aquarius:Has seen too many movies about problems in space and they think any second their oxygen tank will brake
  • Pisces:Looking for their toothbrush that floated away

The Flame Nebula in Infrared 

What lights up the Flame Nebula? Fifteen hundred light years away towards the constellation of Orion lies a nebula which, from its glow and dark dust lanes, appears, on the left, like a billowing fire. But fire, the rapid acquisition of oxygen, is not what makes this Flame glow. Rather the bright star Alnitak, the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion visible just above the nebula, shines energetic light into the Flame that knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine. 

Credit:  ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA; Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit
Source: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100112.html

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The Harmonia Macrocosmica of Andreas Cellarius

3.ORBIUM PLANETARUM TERRAM COMPLECTENTIUM SCENOGRAPHIA - Scenography of the planetary orbits encompassing the Earth.    

5.SCENOGRAPHIA SYSTEMATIS COPERNICANI - Scenography of the Copernican world system.   

10.CORPORUM COELESTIUM MAGNITUDINES - The sizes of the celestial bodies [in some copies the terrestrial sphere has the continents drawn in by hand].   

15. TYPUS ASPECTUUM, OPPOSITIONUM ET CONIUNCTIONUM ETZ IN PLANETIS - The (astrological) aspects, such as opposition, conjunction, etc., among the planets.    

16. THEORIA SOLIS PER ECCENTRICUM SINE EPICYCLO - Representation of the Sun in an eccentric orbit without epicycles.    

18. THEORIA LUNÆ, EIUS MOTUM PER ECCENTRICVM ET EPICYCLVM DEMONSTRANS - Representation of the Moon showing its motion in an eccentric orbit with epicycles.    

19. TYPUS SELENOGRAPHICUS LUNÆ PHASES ET ASPECTUS VARIOS ADUMBRANS [some copies from the 1660 edition have the nonsensical reading ‘… OS ADVARIUMBRANS’] - Selenographic diagram depicting the varying phases and appearances of the Moon by (means of) shading.

source: Theological Institute, University of Utrecht

The signs when they're sick...

Aries: will find them in their dark bedroom covered in tissues watching Netflix
Taurus: won’t stop thinking about how they possibly got sick. Will feel sorry for themselves and expect everyone else to as well. Won’t stop them from going out tho, bc they have shit to do. Not hungry for once, which freaks them out. Like they want food but can’t keep it down ya feel
Gemini: won’t stop complaining about how sick they are. They will let everyone around them know how sick they are. The world is basically ending.
Cancer: cuddled up in bed with a book and won’t leave until they feel better. Very moody, don’t speak to them during these dark days.
Leo: wondering why the fuck no one has delivered them soup to their bedside and asking God why such a terrible ailment occurred within their glorious bodies.
Virgo: will probably be on their death bed whispering “this is the end” to themselves.
Libra: someone will be catering to their needs, whether it’s mom, dad or significant other. Will probably have a cool, damp cloth over their forehead. Worried about how this will affect their social life.
Scorpio: no one will even be able to tell that they’re sick because they’re sure as hell not taking off work or letting it slow them down.
Sagittarius: mad because they can’t go out, but then realize that this is a good excuse to stay in for once.
Capricorn: still cooking, cleaning, taking care of duties. Responsibilities always come first no matter how shitty they feel.
Aquarius: wrapped in a blanket playing video games for days straight.
Pisces: probably the laziest sign while sick. Tea, tea, and more tea. Not different than most days bc they are usually inside doing nothing anyway but it’s nice to finally have an excuse to be lazy. Will probably be working on some type of artistic ability.

This is the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s astonishing view of a dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away. It has an irregular form because it’s undergoing what is known as a starburst. Despite being almost ten times smaller than the Milky Way it is creating stars at about the same rate, with the equivalent of one star the size of the Sun being created per year. This is clearly visible in the image, which shows the galaxy illuminated by bright, blue-white, young stars.

Galaxies like NGC 1140 — containing large amounts of primordial gas with way fewer elements heavier than hydrogen and helium than present in our Sun — are of particular interest to astronomers. Their composition makes them similar to the intensely star-forming galaxies in the early Universe. And these early Universe galaxies were the building blocks of present-day large galaxies like our galaxy, the Milky Way. But, as they are so far away these early Universe galaxies are harder to study so these closer starbursting galaxies are a good substitute for learning more about galaxy evolution.

credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula

In this Spitzer’s infrared view of the Helix nebula, the eye looks more like that of a green monster’s. Infrared light from the outer gaseous layers is represented in blues and greens. The white dwarf is visible as a tiny white dot in the center of the picture. The red color in the middle of the eye denotes the final layers of gas blown out when the star died. 

The brighter red circle in the very center is the glow of a dusty disk circling the white dwarf (the disk itself is too small to be resolved). This dust, discovered by Spitzer’s infrared heat-seeking vision, was most likely kicked up by comets that survived the death of their star.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ.of Ariz.
Source: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA09178