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The Two-faced Whirlpool Galaxy

These images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show off two dramatically different face-on views of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.

The image at left, taken in visible light, highlights the attributes of a typical spiral galaxy, including graceful, curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters.

In the image at right, most of the starlight has been removed, revealing the Whirlpool’s skeletal dust structure, as seen in near-infrared light. This new image is the sharpest view of the dense dust in M51. The narrow lanes of dust revealed by Hubble reflect the galaxy’s moniker, the Whirlpool Galaxy, as if they were swirling toward the galaxy’s core.

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NGC 1309: Spiral Galaxy and Friends 

A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309’s spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core.

Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309’s recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the expansion of the Universe. Still, after you get over this beautiful galaxy’s grand design, check out the array of more distant background galaxies also recorded in this sharp, reprocessed, Hubble Space Telescope view.

NGC 1309: Spiral Galaxy and Friends

(via APOD; Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA; Processing - Jeff Signorelli )

A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309’s spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309’s recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the expansion of the Universe. Still, after you get over this beautiful galaxy’s grand design, check out the array of more distant background galaxies also recorded in this sharp, reprocessed, Hubble Space Telescope view.

Beautiful island universe Messier 94 lies a mere 15 million light-years distant in the northern constellation of the hunting dogs, Canes Venatici. A popular target for earth-based astronomers, the face-on spiral galaxy is about 30,000 light-years across, with spiral arms sweeping through the outskirts of its broad disk. But this Hubble Space Telescope field of view spans about 7,000 light-years or so across M94’s central region. The sharp close-up examines the galaxy’s compact, bright nucleus and prominent inner dust lanes, surrounded by a remarkable bluish ring of young, massive stars. The massive stars in the ring are all likely less than 10 million years old, indicating the galaxy experienced a well-defined era of rapid star formation. As a result, while the small, bright nucleus is typical of the Seyfert class of active galaxies, M94 is also known as a starburst galaxy. Because M94 is relatively nearby, astronomers can explore in detail reasons for the galaxy’s burst of star formation.

Object Names: Southern Cross

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: ESA, NASA, HST

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A spiral snowflake

Spiral galaxies together with irregular galaxies make up approximately 60% of the galaxies in the local Universe. However, despite their prevalence, each spiral galaxy is unique — like snowflakes, no two are alike. This is demonstrated by the striking face-on spiral galaxy NGC 6814, whose luminous nucleus and spectacular sweeping arms, rippled with an intricate pattern of dark dust, are captured in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image.

NGC 6814 has an extremely bright nucleus, a telltale sign that the galaxy is a Seyfert galaxy. These galaxies have very active centres that can emit strong bursts of radiation. The luminous heart of NGC 6814 is a highly variable source of X-ray radiation, causing scientists to suspect that it hosts a supermassive black hole with a mass about 18 million times that of the Sun.

As NGC 6814 is a very active galaxy, many regions of ionised gas are studded along  its spiral arms. In these large clouds of gas, a burst of star formation has recently taken place, forging the brilliant blue stars that are visible scattered throughout the galaxy.

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

One of the most depressing moments in my anime watching history was while watching gurren lagann while they were facing the anti spiral and he sends them into that state of a thousand realities and when they start getting called back you see viral is in a reality with a family where he’s happy and loves and when he realizes it’s fake he just looks up and sighs and comments on how he knew it was too good to be true like come on man, don’t hurt me like that

Hubble Spots a Secluded Starburst Galaxy
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This image was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and shows a starburst galaxy named MCG+07-33-027. This galaxy lies some 300 million light-years away from us, and is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high rate of star formation — a starburst.

Normal galaxies produce only a couple of new stars per year, but starburst galaxies can produce a hundred times more than that. As MCG+07-33-027 is seen face-on, the galaxy’s spiral arms and the bright star-forming regions within them are clearly visible and easy for astronomers to study.

In order to form newborn stars, the parent galaxy has to hold a large reservoir of gas, which is slowly depleted to spawn stars over time. For galaxies in a state of starburst, this intense period of star formation has to be triggered somehow — often this happens due to a collision with another galaxy. MCG+07-33-027, however, is special; while many galaxies are located within a large cluster of galaxies, MCG+07-33-027 is a field galaxy, which means it is rather isolated. Thus, the triggering of the starburst was most likely not due to a collision with a neighboring or passing galaxy and astronomers are still speculating about the cause. The bright object to the right of the galaxy is a foreground star in our own galaxy.

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Image Credits: ESA/Hubble & NASA and N. Grogin (STScI)/Text Credits: European Space Agency/NASA/Ashley Morrow.

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A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309’s spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309’s recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the expansion of the Universe. Still, after you get over this beautiful galaxy’s grand design, check out the array of more distant background galaxies also recorded in this sharp, reprocessed, Hubble Space Telescope view.

Object Names: NGC 1309

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA

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It’s your girl. 

[stares at the clock] when you can’t sleep but you know that the second you try to be productive you’re going to get tired only to lay down and wake back up because you can’t sleep but you know that the second you try to be productive you’re going to get tired only to lay down and wake back up because you can’t sleep but you know that the second you try to be productive you’re going to get tired only to lay down and wake back up because you can’t sleep but you know that the second you try to be productive you’re going to get tired only to lay down and wake back up because you can’t sleep—— [5 minute fart sound]

         ❝ i swear to god if you don’t let me in to see her i will burn this entire hospital to the ground to get –––– DON’T TOUCH ME! ❞ the nurse had called security, she’d been standing at the nurses station yelling for at least thirty minutes getting the run around ( you’re not her spouse or family –– despite the fact that she was VERY much quinn’s family ). ❝ i don’t GIVE a damn about your rules, YOU CALLED ME! because i’m her emergency contact, because i’m her family. ❞ // @tractilis

anonymous asked:

you're pissed at her aren't you. I get it she fucked up.. she wanted to stay on good terms with Kanye and fit in but then it blew up in her face and completely spiralled out of control and she probably had no idea what to do so she tried to hide it as best as she could and now it's not just blown up in her face but all over the damn kitchen but she still does not deserve all this intense hate cause at the end of the day I bet the majority of the fandom and those haters have done much worse

i’m not pissed at her. disappointed, maybe. i understand her side but i also understand kanye’s and i think tay’s insta would’ve been better if she’d attempted to apologize for the way that she KNEW people took her quote. she could’ve apologized AND defended herself in one post but instead she just defended herself and made herself look even worse.

but no i’m not mad at her i just wish she would’ve handled this better