This is the Tadpole Galaxy in all its glory. It’s located 420 million light years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Draco. It’s most prominent feature and it’s claim to fame is its tail that stretches 280,000 light years long. It was caused when a smaller galaxy passed by. Just like an actual tadpole, it will loose its tail as it gets older.

NGC 1097 in Fornax

NGC 1097 (also known as Arp 77) is a Seyfert-type barred spiral galaxy spanning about 125 thousand light-years across, located about 45 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Fornax.  At its center is a huge supermassive black hole approximately 100 million times the mass of our Sun.

Credit: David M. Jurasevich


VST image of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster ESO on Flickr

More Humans are Space Orcs

So I really enjoyed writing short piece Of Humans are Space Orcs Fiction So I have decided to write some more the two aliens are the same as my last piece of fiction, they have names now The Hanar is Maknor and the SubHanar is Darni they are Akamari and they serve aboard the Akamari Warship Blade-of-Joy.

“My Hanar I have more questions about the Humans?”

My Subhanar the Database should have any information you would need to know them"

“yes my Hanar It does but I am confused about their actions they are……Contradictory. The young Subhanar says with confused on their face

"That my young Subhanar, like the Great Bird of the Galaxy, and were the legendary Ganal Race vanished to, is one of the great mysteries of the Galaxy, why Humans are Humans! You know, of course, they out trade most Species in the Galaxy bar the Dorgoa and yet nobody has Clue as were there Homeworld is and yet from what they tell us it would Hold a Zakana-nundo Classification, it is a Violent world from all accounts, which no species would want to claim in their right mind.

They have been known to fight one another and yet as many a boka has found out in a Drinkhouse brawl, attack one human their fellows will more than likely come to their aid and. As you have learnt my young Subhanar the Xerti Empire Found this out there cost when they attacked the Human states, it was like they had kicked over a nest of Dokoran Death Bats, to use the word Violent to describe the human defence and later counter attack would do that word a grave understatement. But their War vessels are more than able to be emissaries of peace, as well as bringers of war, I find that that is something you should remember Subhanar never take a human as you see them they are like their War Vessels they are capable of more than one task.

Now be about your tasks Subhanar we have to take Provisions aboard soon”

The Andromeda constellation is one of the 88 modern constellations and should not be confused with our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy. The Andromeda constellation is home to the pictured galaxy known as NGC 7640.

Many different classifications are used to identify galaxies by shape and structure — NGC 7640 is a barred spiral type. These are recognizable by their spiral arms, which fan out not from a circular core, but from an elongated bar cutting through the galaxy’s center. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is also a barred spiral galaxy. NGC 7640 might not look much like a spiral in this image, but this is due to the orientation of the galaxy with respect to Earth — or to Hubble, which acted as photographer in this case! We often do not see galaxies face on, which can make features such as spiral arms less obvious.

There is evidence that NGC 7640 has experienced some kind of interaction in its past. Galaxies contain vast amounts of mass, and therefore affect one another via gravity. Sometimes these interactions can be mild, and sometimes hugely dramatic, with two or more colliding and merging into a new, bigger galaxy. Understanding the history of a galaxy, and what interactions it has experienced, helps astronomers to improve their understanding of how galaxies — and the stars within them — form.

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Text credit: European Space Agency

Time And Space

Hubble Spies the Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 4394 : Shown in this Hubble Space Telescope image, NGC 4394 is the archetypal barred spiral galaxy, with bright spiral arms emerging from the ends of a bar that cuts through the galaxys central bulge. These arms are peppered with young blue stars, dark filaments of cosmic dust, and bright, fuzzy regions of active star formation.


A new image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red in this view, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light. The stars in the central area produce shorter-wavelength infrared light than that seen in the ring, and are colored blue. This central area is where older stars live, having long ago gobbled up the available gas supply, or fuel, for making new stars.
The galaxy is about 12 billion years old and is located in the Eridanus constellation. It is known as a barred galaxy because a central bar of stars (which looks like a blue “S” in this view) dominates its center.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NGC 5078 and Friends : This sharp telescopic field of view holds two bright galaxies. Barred spiral NGC 5101 and nearly edge-on system NGC 5078 are separated on the sky by about 0.5 degrees or about the apparent width of a full moon. Found within the boundaries of the serpentine constellation Hydra, both are estimated to be around 90 million light-years away and similar in size to our own large Milky Way galaxy. In fact, if they both lie at the same distance their projected separation would be only 800,000 light-years or so. Thats easily less than half the distance between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy. NGC 5078 is interacting with a smaller companion galaxy, cataloged as IC 879, seen just left of the larger galaxys bright core. Even more distant background galaxies are scattered around the colorful field. Some are even visible right through the face-on disk of NGC 5101. But the prominent spiky stars are in the foreground, well within our own Milky Way. via NASA

Coming Home (Alt. Post-2x15, Alex gets tossed across the galaxy)

Based on these headcanons –

It didn’t matter that she’d blown out her powers trying to save the ship, trying to save her sister.

The only reason she ever felt at home on this planet.

It didn’t matter.

It still took James, J’onn, Winn, and Maggie combined to keep Kara on the regeneration bed in the DEO, under the red-sun lamp when she woke up, screaming.

Screaming for Alex.

Maggie’s eyes were red and her hands were shaking. 

She never said anything as she stayed at Kara’s bedside, and Kara didn’t say anything to her. They made eye contact infrequently; blue meeting brown was too painful for now, too raw, too… Alex.

The loss shuttled between them like the worst kind of drug.

They only spoke when, days later, Kara narrowed her eyes, and the familiar charging sound accompanied the golden glow of her gaze.

Her powers were back.

She turned to Maggie. She nodded. Maggie nodded back.

They snuck out of the DEO and into Cadmus before anyone noticed they were gone.

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What can I get you? (Yondu x reader request)

You worked at what was probably the nicest Ravager bar in any galaxy. Ravagers from everywhere came to have a drink and relax. No one came more that the Centurion Ravager Yondu Udonta. He and his crew were there every few months and he always requested you as his server.
Yondu walked into the bar he liked to frequent the most a grin on his face. He sat in his usual booth waiting for you to walk over. He watched you walk across the room his eyes tracing you. You’re weren’t like everyone else that had caught his eye. You never did give in.
“What can I get you Udonta?” You asked your hands on your hips.
“I’ll take the same as usual. Although maybe this time you could come with it?” He asked a wide grin showing off his jagged teeth.
“Only in your dreams.” You answered turning around to walk away.
“You’re always in my dreams (y/n).” He called after you watching you walk away intently.
You got his drinks for him giving a small sigh before walking back over to his table. You put the drinks down on the table before standing up again. “You ever seen the inside of a Ravager ship?” He questioned watching you with those red eyes. “I haven’t but I have a feeling that you only want to show me one room.” You answered walking away again to deal with other Ravagers. Yondu watched you a small grin on his face. He didn’t know why he expected anything else from you. You weren’t someone he could charm with two words and leave. You were someone he had to fight for and he liked it. He didn’t just want you one night he wanted you for good and he had to prove it. The next time you came over to his table he was ready. “I’m goin back out. What do you say you come with me?” He asked standing in front of you. “Ask me again next time.” You gave your own grin as you leaned up kissed his cheek and walked away.