“This broad image of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star
formation in the southern skies, was taken in infrared light using the
HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Many previously hidden
features, scattered across a spectacular celestial landscape of gas,
dust and young stars, have emerged.”
This spidery nebula, known as the Tarantula Nebula, is seen in the top center of this cosmic image. If you look to the lower right of the Great Nebula, a web of filaments contain the famous supernova SN
1987A - with its remnants now illuminating these regions. Many other reddish nebulae are visible in the image, as well as a
cluster of young stars on the left, known as NGC 2100.
Here, within the stellar nursery IC 2944, we see a group of thick clouds of dust known
as the Thackeray globules (a more specific Bok Globule) silhouetted against the pale pink glowing gas
of the nebula. These globules are under fierce bombardment from the
ultraviolet radiation from nearby hot young stars within the surrounding emission-type nebula. They are both being
eroded away and also fragmenting, rather like lumps of butter dropped
onto a hot frying pan. Due to this process, it is likely that Thackeray’s globules will be
destroyed before they can collapse and form new stars.
M’aiq the Liar is a very odd character that first appeared in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. He has appeared in every game since–Oblivion, Skyrim, and ESO. He is called M’aiq the Liar because in Morrowind, every line he said was a lie: except the one truth he told that related to the Boethiah’s Quest. The other things M’aiq says are references to the game itself.
Most of M’aiq’s dialogue addresses features of the game that were controversial and, in a playful tone, backs up the designers decisions in making the game. Other lines simply reference the game, like many of those in ESO.
“Wood Elves aren’t made of wood. Sea Elves aren’t made of water. M'aiq still wonders about High Elves.” (ESO)
“M'aiq does not remember his childhood, perhaps he never had one.“ (Skyrim, reference to the lack of Khajiit children in the game)
"M'aiq prefers to adventure alone. Others just get in the way. And they talk, talk, talk.” (Oblivion, reference to the lack of multiplayer)
“Dragons? Oh, they’re everywhere! You must fly very high to see most of them, though. The ones nearer the ground are very hard to see, being invisible.” (Morrowind, on the lack of dragons)
“Dragons were never gone. They were just invisible, and very very quiet." (Skyrim, referencing the quote above from Morrowind)
"M'aiq’s father was also called M'aiq. As was M'aiq’s father’s father. At least, that’s what his father said." (Skyrim, M’aiq explaining his appearance in three games that span hundreds of years)
Altmer:We are the best because we are the original. We have preserved thousands of years of Elvan culture, knowledge, and civility. All other races shrink in comparison.
Dunmer:We are the most magically superior. Our ancestors are held in such high regard that we can summon them if needed. We have defeated and enslaved other races, and the great houses of Morrowind rule with an iron fist. Our Tribunal is fierce and terrible.
Orsimer:We are intimidating and strong. Our honor comes from the great Malacath from who the gods spurned. We are masters in battle and blood lust, never relenting until our dying breath.
Bosmer:*sweats nervously and hides "I love nature" sign.*