(NASA)  Neptune has spots. The Solar System’s outermost gas giant shows a nearly uniform blue hue created by small amounts of methane drifting in a thick atmosphere of nearly colorless hydrogen and helium. Dark spots do appear, however, that are anti-cyclones: large high-pressure systems that swirl in Neptune’s cold cloud tops. Two dark spots are visible in the above picture taken by the robot Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989: an Earth-sized Great Dark Spot located on the far left, and Dark Spot 2 located near bottom. A bright cloud dubbed Scooter accompanies the Great Dark Spot. Recent computer simulations indicate that scooters are methane clouds that might commonly be found near dark spots. Subsequent images of Neptune by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994 indicated that both of these dark spots had dissipated, but another had been created.

Laotian American Poetry Announcement: "Dance Among Elephants"

Krysada Binly Panusith Phounsiri is a San Diego based, Laotian American artist who will be releasing a poetry collection, “Dance Among Elephant” due at the end of 2014. This poetry collection will express him and his family’s experiences and struggles in a post-Vietnam War era.

Binly was born in Houay Xai, Laos. He immigrated as a refugee in the United States when he was two and was raised in Southeast San Diego. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and double majored in Physics & Astrophysica and minored in Creative Writing. He also happened to be SASC Anthology Chair, a reason why The Green Papaya exists today! In addition to his poetry, he is an internationally acclaimed dancer (Check out The Calamities Crew!) and an avid photographer.

Pre-orders for “Dance Among Elephants” is set to release towards the end of 2014 and will be available for pre-orders soon. To find out more, stay tune by following his publishers' Sahtu Press

Big-ups from The Green Papaya and SASC Anthology Binly! 

(NASA)  Edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 3079 is a mere 50 million light-years away toward the constellation Ursa Major. Shown in this stunning false-color Hubble Space Telescope image, the galaxy’s disk - composed of spectacular star clusters in winding spiral arms and dramatic dark lanes of dust - spans some 70,000 light-years. Still, NGC 3079’s most eye-catching features are the pillars of gas which tower above a swirling cosmic cauldron of activity at the galaxy’s center. Seen in the close-up inset at lower right, the pillars rise to a height of about 2,000 light-years and seem to lie on the surface of an immense bubble rising from the galactic core. Measurements indicate that the gaseous pillars are streaming away from the core at 6 million kilometers per hour. What makes this galaxy's cauldron bubbleAstronomers are exploring the possibility that the superbubble is formed by winds from massive stars. If so, these massive stars were likely born all at once as the galactic center underwent a sudden burst of star formation.