distorted arm

some Hunk Angst™ (featuring Pidge)

  • Hunk having these weird visions/mental images that pop up time to time, sometimes more often than he’d like them
    • the feeling of a stray hair turns into a hundred ants crawling up his leg
    • or just doing some everyday thing and he’ll just imagine something crawling up behind him but he wont react because he knows theres nothing there or he’s too focused on his thing
  • sometimes they get really vivid
    • he’ll think of doing something like going to scratch an itch but then he wont do it because a mental image of him digging out skin and meat from his leg so he just deals with the itch 
    • or he’ll lay in bed and “see” something emerge from the darkness and it’s very monstrous looking, like something with no face except for a mouth full of sharp teeth taking up half the head and its body is long and distorted with six arms that it uses to crawl through the halls
  • having grown up with this most of his life so by now it feels like nothing to him 
  • but on particularly bad emotional days it really hits him, especially when its when the mental image is mutilating his own body 
  • or there are really bad times he wants to reach out for help to help someone but then an image of their cut up/heavily injured body flashes through his mind and it feels like that would happen because of something he did so he sits back silently
  • Pidge goes through very similar things but for her its much more vivid and bloody and she’ll go into panic attacks over it
    • Only Hunk knows about it and the same for Pidge knowing about it for Hunk
      • Lance knows about Hunk a little but not to such a degree as pidge does since he doesn’t want to worry his friend with something he cant really help with
    • they’ll constantly go to each other for help or just some reassurance 
  • the night pidge saved the castle of lions and lost rover was a really bad night for her with the imagery so she spent just about the entire night trying to distract herself and didnt get any sleep and neither did hunk because he stayed up all night with her helping however he could

What this morning has taught me: most people on this website don’t seem to know where Harry’s rose is placed on his arm.

honestly ive considered getting a tattoo of the list of my cognitive distortions on my arm or something bc theyre so extreme and remembering thats what they are helps me think lucidly

This interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142. The pair contains the disturbed, star-forming spiral galaxy NGC 2936, along with its elliptical companion, NGC 2937 at lower left.

Once part of a flat, spiral disk, the orbits of the galaxy’s stars have become scrambled due to gravitational tidal interactions with the other galaxy. This warps the galaxy’s orderly spiral, and interstellar gas is strewn out into giant tails like stretched taffy.

Gas and dust drawn from the heart of NGC 2936 becomes compressed during the encounter, which in turn triggers star formation. These bluish knots are visible along the distorted arms that are closest to the companion elliptical. The reddish dust, once within the galaxy, has been thrown out of the galaxy’s plane and into dark veins that are silhouetted against the bright starlight from what is left of the nucleus and disk.

The companion elliptical, NGC 2937, is a puffball of stars with little gas or dust present. The stars contained within the galaxy are mostly old, as evidenced by their reddish color. There are no blue stars that would be evidence of recent star formation. While the orbits of this elliptical’s stars may be altered by the encounter, it’s not apparent that the gravitational pull by its neighboring galaxy is having much of an effect.

Above the pair, an unrelated, lone, bluish galaxy, inconsistently cataloged as UGC 5130, appears to be an elongated irregular or an edge-on spiral. Located 230 million light-years away, this galaxy is much closer to us than the colliding pair, and therefore is not interacting with them. It happens to lie along the same line of sight to foreground Milky Way stars caught in the image.

Arp 142 lies 326 million light-years away in the southern constellation Hydra. It is a member of the Arp catalog of peculiar galaxies observed by astronomer Halton C. Arp in the 1960s.

Object Names: Arp 142, NGC 2396/2397

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Time And Space

Spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (top) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. The picture spans 20 arc minutes, or about 400,000 light-years at the group’s estimated distance, and includes smaller, dimmer NGC 3165 at bottom right. NGC 3169 is also known to shine across the spectrum from radio to X-rays, harboring an active galactic nucleus that is likely the site of a supermassive black hole.

Image Credit & Copyright: Warren Keller, Steve Mazlin, Jack Harvey, Steve Menaker (SSRO/ UNC/PROMPT/ CTIO)