beyond neptune

Do you know?
  1. A day on Venus is longer than a year.
  2. 33 light years away there is an exoplanet completely covered in burning ice.
  3. About 275 million new stars are born everyday.
  4. According to astronauts, space smells like seared steak, hot metal, and welding fumes.
  5. Each year the moon moves 3.8 cm further from the Earth.
  6. Earth has over 8,000 pieces of space junk orbiting around it.
  7. Earth’s rotation is slowing at a rate of about 17 milliseconds a century.
  8. Far beyond Neptune, there may be an object the size of Earth orbiting the sun.
  9. If you could compress the Earth down to the size of a marble, it would collapse on itself and become a black hole.
  10. One spoonful of matter from a neutron star would weigh about a billion tons.
  11. There’s a gas cloud in the constellation of Aquila that contains enough alcohol to make 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.

mercury symbolizes androgyny and indeterminate gender, but neptune ascends beyond this recognition to a place where experience is indefinable omnipresence. the pathway to neptune sovereignty however, is confusing and psychotic at best. on crystal heels the hall is frozen, cracking, and promising redemption but threatening madness. we so badly want to believe the deception. although neptune emerges to remind us that truth and lie are wrapped in each other, that life does not exist without death, and that you cannot be saved without falling

when will you know if a star’s burned out

Summary: Steven and Lars are gone.

Their family and friends struggle to fill the hole they left behind.

[a collection of 100-word drabbles about loss.]

( also on AO3. co-written with @elexuscal )

2. Connie

Science lessons are about the solar system that day.

It’s hard to concentrate when you know there’s more out there, beyond the moon, beyond Neptune, beyond the farthest dwarf planet and definitely far beyond your reach. You know there is life out there.

–that he is out there.

Ms. Sanches keeps talking, but your attention drifts. You stare out the window, at the cloudless sky, wondering where he is right now. Is he scared? Is he safe? Is he okay?

Is he even still alive?

You don’t know, and it scares you.

But you can’t do anything to help.

Carl Sagan suggested to NASA the idea to turn the Voyager 1 camera back towards Earth, when the spacecraft went beyond Neptune for one last look at what he called « the Pale Blue Dot »

“And whilst I suppose it has a very limited scientific value, for me, this tiny point of light is the most powerful and profound demonstration of perhaps the most human of qualities : our unique ability to reflect on the universe’s existence and our place within it.” — Prof. Brian Cox

Neptune - Through the Loony Looking Glass

if you drink much from a bottle marked poison… its bound to disagree with you sooner or later                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

We are all strong until we hear the Neptune song. Idealisation and dream is always more powerful than reality. The seduction of symphony and dance and art can be impossible to resist, especially for people with emphasised Neptune, Pisces, and the 12th house in the birth chart. Tumbling down the void with Alice, Neptune is ascension and destruction. There is a loss of identity as we confront unusual experiences, colours rising from the unconscious, the collective family, waves of delirium and intoxication. And when we try to explain the experience we are lost for words or labeled as nonsense, it can only really be transmuted in art or poetry or sex. Neptune is gazing through the looking glass of a thousand dreams glossed in godly vision, creative genius, and enticing chaos. It is stillness that is only momentary, but worth sacrificing everything for, and to some, the lure is too captivating, and so there is addiction, or lethargy, or poisonous relationships. In mythology, Neptune was assigned to the ocean. Neptune’s gender is evasive, it symbolizes a oneness, the muse playing orchestras from the clouds. Neptune is the higher octave of feminine Venus, but Neptune is the brother of Jupiter and Pluto, and descended from Poseidon and his son, Triden. Mercury symbolizes androgyny and indeterminate gender, but Neptune ascends beyond this recognition to a place where experience is indefinable omnipresence. But the pathway to Neptune sovereignty is confusing and psychotic at best. On crystal heels the hall is frozen, cracking, and promising redemption but threatening madness. We so badly want to believe the deception. Although Neptune emerges to remind us that truth and lie are wrapped in each other, that life does not exist without death, and that you cannot be saved without falling



Some miscellaneous cosplays throughout the weekend I absolutely loved~

I didn’t take many pictures this year mainly due to the fact I couldn’t even see if the pictures were coming out in focus or not, but I’m glad these ones at least turned out okay~

Please let me know if you want me to tag you in this if you see your cosplay!

Tulio - fangasmicfandoms

Situ - ghostlycorvid

Baymax’s creator - creme13rulee

Full Moon in Capricorn (7/19/16)

There will be a Full Moon on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 6:57pm EDT. This is a Full Moon in Capricorn, leading us to the end of Cancer season. This past month we dived into our emotions, we swam about in security, the soul, and the home. As the Moon shines bright in Capricorn, we are pulled back into the World, into the public. With the soul and the home as our launching pads, we are ready to reach up to the Midheaven, and fulfill our missions. Questions about career and purpose may arise at this time, as Capricorn pushes us up the mountain. We know we are capable of much more, and we are only wondering what to persevere towards.

Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, will finish its retrograde movement on August 13, 2016. Underneath us Saturn has been digging deep. In the sign of Sagittarius, it’s the arrow being pulled backwards, so that we may fly through the air towards our destination. We are getting the details in order, as we see the bigger picture. We desire more freedom, more meaning in our lives, and once Saturn goes direct, we will have the tools to craft our own life, to build something lasting. Saturn is pushing through our own internal blocks and restrictions against freedom, things from long ago that have held us back. In Sagittarius, we are reflecting on our journey, and where we will go next. As we make plans with the help of Capricorn, the universe helps ready us, changing our energy field so that we can align with our next step in life.

Mars went direct last month on June 29. We were pulled to cleanse our lives of anything unnecessary - to shed all that we no longer need. I think we are still feeling the last hiccups of this, as we are in the shadow period and will leave the Rx zone on August 22. While Mars is now moving direct through Scorpio, we are still shedding, but we have more momentum now, our futures are becoming clear in our mind’s eye, we know where we want to put our energy, we just have to remove the last obstacles so that the path is clear. On August 2nd, Mars will move into Sagittarius, and perhaps then the shedding cycle will conclude, as we are reunited with the optimistic energy of Sagittarius. We will become more adventurous, we will want to explore, and we will grow.

Today (July 18), as I’m writing this, the waxing Moon is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This can have the feel of Moon in Scorpio - so if any dark emotions are rising at this time, allow them to be released. Pluto is still retrograde and will be until September 26, 2016. He has been doing his work in the underworld, carving tunnels within us, clearing the path, restoring our power. Shadow material is arising so that we can recognize it and move forward, from a place of love, acceptance, and strength.

Uranus will square the Sun in Cancer and the Full Moon in Capricorn. It might feel like some outside energy calling us to change, to revolutionize, despite our desire to stay in the comfort of our homes, and despite the desire to go along with what society wants us to do. Uranus calls us to be the divine rebel, to release ourselves from expectation, so that we can fulfill our divine plan. In Aries, this is a fire-y call to self-manifestation.

Beyond these, retrograde Neptune is opposite Jupiter conjunct North Node. Jupiter has been hanging out around the North Node, like a lighthouse in the distance, reminding us of our destiny. Opposite Neptune, there seems to be a fog in the way, we are unclear at times, although there are moments of clarity. Retrograde Neptune is filling our insides up with the spiritual waters of our origins. We must have faith at this time - even when things are foggy. We are being renewed.

On the personal level, Venus is conjunct Mercury in Leo. Our love-lives have moved through the emotional, soulful nature of Cancer, and now we are bursting from the heart. Our relationships are filled with warmth, with conversation, and pride.

Evidence of a real ninth planet discovered

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun.

The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet’s existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations but have not yet observed the object directly.

“This would be a real ninth planet,” says Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy. “There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It’s a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that’s still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting.”

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The astronomer whose work helped kick Pluto out of the pantheon of planets says he has good reason to believe there’s an undiscovered planet bigger than Earth lurking in the distant reaches of our solar system.

That’s quite a claim, because Mike Brown of Caltech is no stranger to this part of our cosmic neighborhood. After all, he discovered Eris, an icy world more massive than Pluto that proved our old friend wasn’t special enough to be considered a full-fledged planet. He also introduced the world to Sedna, a first-of-its-kind dwarf planet that’s so far out there, its region of space was long thought to be an empty no man’s land.

Now Brown has teamed up with Caltech colleague Konstantin Batygin to do a new analysis of oddities in the orbits of small, icy bodies out beyond Neptune. In their report published Wednesday in The Astronomical Journal, the researchers say it looks like the orbits are all being affected by the presence of an unseen planet that’s about 10 times more massive than Earth (though still much smaller than Uranus or Neptune) — the size astronomers refer to as a super-Earth.

Scientists Find Hints Of A Giant, Hidden Planet In Our Solar System

Image: The imagined view from Planet Nine back toward the sun. Astronomers think the huge, distant planet is likely gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune.

Solar System: 5 Things To Know This Week

Our solar system is huge, so let us break it down for you. Here are 5 things you should know this week: 

1. From Pluto, with Love

Last Valentine’s Day, no one had even seen Pluto’s most famous feature, the heart-shaped Sputnik Planum. These days, the New Horizons spacecraft is sending more and more pictures back to Earth from its Pluto flyby last July. We received new ones almost on a weekly basis. For the latest love from the outer solar system, go HERE.

2. Saturn’s Rings: More (and Less) than Meets the Eye

The Cassini spacecraft is executing a series of maneuvers to raise its orbit above the plane of Saturn’s famous rings. This will offer some breathtaking views that you won’t want to miss. Meanwhile, Cassini scientists are learning surprising things, such as the fact that the most opaque sections of the rings are not necessarily the thickest.

3. Stay on Target

The Juno spacecraft recently completed a course correction maneuver to fine-tune its approach to Jupiter. After years of flight and millions of miles crossed, arrival time is now set to the minute: July 4th at 11:18 p.m. EST. See why we’re going to jupiter HERE.

4. The Many Lives of “Planet X”

The announcement of a potential new planet beyond Neptune creates an opportunity to look back at the ongoing search for new worlds in the unmapped reaches of our own solar system. Review what we’ve found so far, and what else might be out there HERE.

5. Answering the Call of Europa

There are a few places more intriguing that Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, home to an underground ocean with all the ingredients necessary for potential life. We’re undertaking a new mission to investigate, and the project’s top manager and scientist will be giving a live lecture to detail their plans. Join Barry Goldstein and Bob Pappalardo on Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. EST for a live lecture series on Ustream.

Want to learn more? Read our full list of the 10 things to know this week HERE.

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We now know the actual size of pluto & its largest moons, charon, hydra & Nix.

NASA’s New Horizons mission has answered one of the most basic questions about Pluto - its size.

Mission scientists have found Pluto to be 1,473 miles (2,370 kilometers) in diameter, somewhat larger than many prior estimates. This result confirms what was already suspected: Pluto is larger than all other known solar system objects beyond the orbit of Neptune. “The size of Pluto has been debated since its discovery in 1930. We are excited to finally lay this question to rest,” said mission scientist Bill McKinnon. Pluto’s newly estimated size means that its density is slightly lower than previously thought, and the fraction of ice in its interior is slightly higher. Also, the lowest layer of Pluto’s atmosphere, called the troposphere, is shallower than previously believed.

Measuring Pluto’s size has been a decades-long challenge due to complicating factors from its atmosphere. Its largest moon Charon lacks a substantial atmosphere, and its diameter was easier to determine using ground-based telescopes. New Horizons observations of Charon confirm previous estimates of 751 miles (1208 km) kilometers) across

LORRI has also zoomed in on two of Pluto’s smaller moons, Nix and Hydra.

Nix and Hydra were discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope in 2005. Now, the latest LORRI images show the two diminutive satellites not as pinpoints, but as moons seen well enough to measure their sizes. Nix is estimated to be about 20 miles (about 35 kilometers) across, while Hydra is roughly 30 miles (roughly 45 kilometers) across. These sizes lead mission scientists to conclude that their surfaces are quite bright, possibly due to the presence of ice.

What about Pluto’s two smallest moons, Kerberos and Styx? Smaller and fainter than Nix and Hydra, they are harder to measure. Mission scientists should be able to determine their sizes with observations New Horizons will make during the flyby and will transmit to Earth at a later date.


i present to you: mike brown, the guy who killed pluto

to all you chanting “viva la pluto,” guess again. this guy, who has a phd in astrophysics i believe and is a professor at THE caltech, has basically just disproved your little celebration, and don’t take this lightly. the guy discovered eris, a celestial body beyond neptune that’s bigger than pluto along with bunches of other pluto-like objects

bask in the glory that is actual science, not random people coming together and saying pluto’s a planet. i could get together with my colleagues and say 2+2=5 tonight but it doesn’t make it true. same goes for pluto!

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Our solar system is huge, so let us break it down for you. Here are a few things you should know this week:

1. Science at the Edge

As the New Horizons spacecraft speeds away at more than 31,000 miles per hour (14 km/s) it continues to explore the Kuiper Belt, the region of icy bodies beyond Neptune. New Horizons has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile-wide object orbiting more than 3 billion miles from the sun.

2. A Spaceship, Refined

This artist’s rendering shows our Europa mission spacecraft, which is being developed for a launch sometime in the 2020s. The mission will place a spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter to explore the giant planet’s moon Europa. This updated concept image shows tow large solar arrays extending from the sides of the spacecraft, to which the mission’s ice-penetrating radar antennas are attached. A saucer-shaped high-gain antenna is also side mounted with a magnetometer boom placed next to it. Find out more about the spacecraft HERE.

3. Sojourn at Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft is hard at work this week, orbiting Saturn to study the planet and its rings. The recent pictures are spectacular, take a look at them HERE.

4. Talking Juno

Our Juno mission arrives at Jupiter on July 4, and that presents a unique opportunity for educators, science communicators and anyone interested in space exploration. We are providing a growing set of Juno-related information resources. Take a look at them HERE.

5. Now THAT’S a Long Distance Call

How do explorers on Earth talk to astronauts and robotic spacecraft flung across the far reaches of space? They use the remarkable technology deployed by our Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program Office. This month, SCaN is celebrating its 10th anniversary of managing the ultimate network. Find out how it works HERE.

Want to learn more? Read our full list of the 10 things to know this week about the solar system HERE.

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Scientists have discovered a mysterious object beyond Neptune

There’s a strange object floating around the outer edge of our solar system, and it’s breaking all kinds of rules. Scientists have nicknamed it Niku, after the Chinese adjective for rebellious. Niku isa trans-Neptunian object, which are small rocky bodies that orbit out beyond Neptune. This TNO doesn’t act like the thousands of others in our solar system though.

For starters, Niku is orbiting the sun on a different plane than the planets and other TNOs. Its path is tilted about 110 degrees from the disc that the planets orbit on. It’s also got a a retrograde orbit.

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tiny break from pokemon as I consider who to draw next: tex, tucker, or sharkface

have a neptune

ahaha no i lied I wanted to draw TOP

but Neptune was based on TOP so…

wait who am I drawing again

i haven’t even watched RWBY season 2 yet haha ha OTL


For a long time scientists thought Pluto was a lonely planet out beyond Neptune… But as technology got better we discovered that there were over 70,000 objects over 100 KM in width in the Kuiper belt, along with a number of Dwarf Planets. 

Planets by definition are lonely objects, - that is they have to have cleared away most of the other objects in their orbit, but Pluto has tens of thousands of other objects traveling in the same orbit as it.

Sorry... Again

K I promise this is the last one I’m going to do. I really really really promise.

Please like/reblog if you post one or any of these and I’ll probably follow you

  • KnK
  • Sailor Moon
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Harry Potter
  • Frozen (Elsanna included)
  • Disney 
  • Swan Queen
  • RWBY
  • Vocaloid
  • Avatar/ Korra
  • Musicals (esp Wicked)
  • Naruto
  • Pitch Perfect