far far away in a distant galaxy

Celestial Valentine’s Day Cards

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day card? Here are some out-of-this-world options for you:

From our solar system…

To distant galaxies…

And worlds far, far away…

Share your Valentine’s Day love with these celestial cards.

To find even more options, visit:

XO Travel Bureau: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/galleries/exoplanet-travel-bureau/
Mars Valentine’s: http://mars.nasa.gov/free-holiday-ecard/love-valentine/
Space Place Valentine’s: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/valentines/en/
OSIRIS-REx Valentine’s: http://www.asteroidmission.org/galleries/#collectables

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Where is the cosmic microwave background?

“So the CMB isn’t the end of the Universe, but rather the limit of what we can see, both distance-wise (as far as we can go) and time-wise (as far back as we can go). Until we can directly detect the signatures of what was released earlier – the cosmic neutrino background, gravitational waves from inflation, etc. – the CMB will be our window into the earliest time we can observe: 380,000 years after the Big Bang.”

The farther away in space we look, the farther back in time we’re seeing. Light arriving from a star ten light years away is ten years old; light that took a billion-year journey from a distant galaxy is a billion years old. If we look out today at the most distant light we can see, we discover that it originates from the Big Bang itself: the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB. But this doesn’t mean the light has never interacted with anything since the birth of the observable Universe. In fact, many arose from matter/antimatter annihilations, all of them have scattered off of charged particles, and the CMB photons we detect today were all released when the Universe was a few hundred thousand years old. Because of the way the Big Bang works, the particles are literally everywhere, all at once, including right here.

Come get the full story on where the CMB actually is, and what it means when we state its age and distance!

The butcher’s knife is sheathed

here be spoilers for Star Trek Discovery. 

Michael Burnham is no one’s butcher’s knife. Also, no way in hell is Philippa Georgiou’s final resting place going to be the bellies of Klingons.

@kc749​ - maybe a bit relevant to your interests. :)

Hmm. I may post this to AO3 too. It’s patchy, but I think it holds together okay.

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Lotor hits on Lance. Keith doesn't take it well

A Cuban, an alien prince, and a human-alien hybrid are all stuck in a ditch…

Someone is throwing mud. Big, thick globs of it. The closest one lands half an inch away from his boot, which he spent a good twenty minutes shining. Not that it matters much now, considering how he’s got his ass kissing up a nice warm spot at the bottom of a muddy trench.

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Hempen Jig - Short Story

“The storm will ne'er die, the winds’ll blow us all to home. The sharks shall feast and the ladies cry, when the sailors all to hell are blown…”

Mariska flicked her fins, creating a current that made her hair ripple forward. She pressed her hand against the glass in front of her.

It was dirty and warped. Or maybe it was the water she was floating in. There was certainly something muddling the faces of the humans beyond, turning them into grotesque creatures that Mariska couldn’t recognize.

I thought I understood what kind of creatures you are, Mariska thought darkly.

She could be fairly certain that they thought they knew what sort of creature she was too. Mariska had seen the offhandedness with which sailors treated a woman’s mind and sensitivities. She had seen how they treated animals, as though they had no abilities of comprehension at all. Even other men, just like them save in appearance.

So perhaps it was not so shocking that Draper had locked her up in a tank to be shown off in the port towns like some plucked and plumed prostitute. Mariska was a mermaid, and what better creature was there to abuse?

Even as she thought the words, she could hear the venomous derision in them.

A man walked up to the tank and flicked it, nails loud against the glass. Once, Mariska might have flinched back and deflated in. But now there was something in Mariska that pressed against her insides, seething to get out. She felt as though she might explode. Instead of shrinking away, Mariska looked up into the face of the sailor. Two dark, dead eyes met, like sharks passing in the sea.

Mariska offered a smile, but only she could see the rows of teeth hiding invisibly behind hers.

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anonymous asked:

I need help finding this one specific fic. It was a star wars AU where in the beginning Levi is Erwins padiwan and they travel to a sith planet where they find Eren and Mikasa and take them back to train to be jedis. (I don't want to spoil so i'll stop there) it was a great fic on AO3 and i'd appreciate the help finding it again. Please and thank you! :)

I’m gonna go out on a very small line and say that this is probably the fic you’re looking for. I’m not interested in Star Wars, so I haven’t read it, but the summary seems pretty accurate compared to your ask!

Rule of Two
Summary: In a distant galaxy far, far away, the interstellar Galactic Empire, created from the ruins of the Republic, faces a new threat. Civil war and rebellion have broken across the galaxies and in an attempt to reveal the identity of the true enemy, the Jedi Order has sent Jedi Master, Erwin Smith, and his apprentice, Levi Ackerman, on a secret mission to desolate planet Korriban of the Outer Rim. A fateful encounter sweeps up a young hunter and his sister from their provincial life into a chaotic war of politics, love, and the eternal struggle between the light and dark side of the Force.


Star Wars Episode 8 end credits scene
  • General: Emperor Snoke, I have disturbing news.
  • Snoke: Proceed.
  • General: We have intercepted a beacon from deep space, a resistance transmission unit. Coordinates have been deciphered from its inner components, it corresponds to an uncharted section of a distant galaxy.
  • Snoke: How far is this galaxy?
  • General: Far, far away...
  • *shows Voyager 1 spacecraft being dissected by The First Order scientists*
  • Snoke: Leave no stone unturned.
The Stars // Luke x Reader

Hi! Can you write one where the galaxy far far away has just found out about Earth and Luke is sent to find out more where he meets the reader(who loves the stars) and learns about earth from her then takes her star gazing far out in the galaxy where all you can see are stars? Thanks xoxo

Earth. Even the name sounded strange.

Luke was sent to investigate the new found planet in the distant galaxy. It was a risky mission, but he was down for the challenge. That night, he hopped into his ship with a quick goodbye to his sister and companions before leaving all that was familiar.

Soon enough, he was in the galaxy that contained this new planet. From space, the planet was blue splotched with green and white. Intrigued, the Jedi lands on the planet.

The area was isolated. It was a grassy, woody area, similar to the woods on Alderaan. He stepped off the ship, his boots coming in contact with the grassy grounds. The ground was firm and the air smelt crisp and fresh.

Looking around, he inspects the area. It didn’t look suspicious.

“Can I help you with something?” a voice says behind him. Turning around, reveals you. Your smile was kind and friendly, your demeanor sweet.

“Um, well. I suppose so. I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m not from…here,” Luke struggles to find the words. “I came here to investigate your planet if you will.”

You were confused by his words, but he had an aura that was trustworthy. Smiling, you speak, “I can help you if you would like?”

Luke smiles back. “That would be great.”

For the rest of the day, you talk to him about the geography of the Earth and how it interacted with the solar system. It was like reeducating a child. He listened intently while sometimes stopping to ask you relevant and hard pressing questions.

At the end of the day, the evening rolled around. “Well, I guess that’s all you need to know about the Earth,” you shrug.

“Thank you, (Y/N) for all of your help. Now, I still have another question,” Luke tells you.

You nod your head. “Yeah, sure. What’s up?”

“I haven’t learned anything about you besides your name and where on Earth you live. I want to learn more about my so-called tour guide,” Luke smiles, nudging you slightly. “What are your passions and goals in life? I’m curious to know about you.”

Lightly laughing, you speak, “Well there isn’t much to my life. It’s pretty average for a normal person here. But, my passions and goals?” You smile. “I love the stars. They never fail to amaze me. Knowing that there is something shining that bright for such a long period of time and inspiring so many people is incredible.”

Luke watches your face as you speak of them. “Go on.”

“I want to see them. Not just look up at night and watch them. I want to go to space like an astronaut would and see them up close and personal,” you reveals as an idea pops into the Jedi’s head.

The man announces, “I can make that happen.”

You furrow your eyebrows. “How?”

Luke stands up and holds out his hand, “Follow me.” You hesitantly grab his hand as he pulls you to his ship. “I’m going to show you something amazing.”

Startled, you are frightened by the strange ship starting as it rises from the Earth’s surface. It soars into the sky as you yelp in amazement. Luke chuckles at your reaction.

And soon enough, you are in space. Thousands and thousands of star surrounding you. You gasp in the beauty of them and look at Luke, “This is simply incredible. Seriously. How did you do this? Is this like a simulator?”

He shakes his head. “We are currently floating through space. Take this as a thank you for teaching me about your planet. Now, I can teach you about the stars.”

So he did. You sat on the floor of his ship as he explained the wonders of space.

Galaxy Of Deception

Astronomers have studied galactic evolution for decades, gradually improving our knowledge of how galaxies have changed over cosmic history. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has played a big part in this, allowing astronomers to see further into the distance, and hence further back in time, than any telescope before it — capturing light that has taken billions of years to reach us.

 Looking further into the very distant past to observe younger and younger galaxies is very valuable, but it is not without its problems for astronomers. All newly-born galaxies lie very far away from us and appear very small and faint in the images. On the contrary, all the galaxies near to us appear to be old ones.

 DDO 68, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, was one of the best candidates so far discovered for a newly-formed galaxy in our cosmic neighbourhood. The galaxy lies around 39 million light-years away from us; although this distance may seem huge, it is in fact roughly 50 times closer than the usual distances to such galaxies, which are on the order of several billions of light years.

 By studying galaxies of various ages, astronomers have found that those early in their lives are fundamentally different from those that are older. DDO 68 looks to be relatively youthful based on its structure, appearance, and composition. However, without more detailed modelling astronomers cannot be sure and they think it may be older than it lets on.

 Elderly galaxies tend to be larger thanks to collisions and mergers with other galaxies that have bulked them out, and are populated with a variety of different types of stars — including old, young, large, and small ones. Their chemical makeup is different too. Newly-formed galaxies have a similar composition to the primordial matter created in the Big Bang (hydrogen, helium and a little lithium), while older galaxies are enriched with heavier elements forged in stellar furnaces over multiple generations of stars.

 DDO 68 is the best representation yet of a primordial galaxy in the local Universe as it appears at first glance to be very low in heavier elements — whose presence would be a sign of the existence of previous generations of stars.

 Hubble observations were carried out in order to study the properties of the galaxy’s light, and to confirm whether or not there are any older stars in DDO 68. If there are, which there seem to be, this would disprove the hypothesis that it is entirely made up of young stars. If not, it would confirm the unique nature of this galaxy. More complex modelling is needed before we can know for sure but Hubble’s picture certainly gives us a beautiful view of this unusual object.

 The image is made up of exposures in visible and infrared light taken with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys.

 Caption: NASA/ESA

I always used to think that “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away” was kind of an arbitrary statement just to give some exposition but the more I think about it the more that I buy these are truly, to some distant galaxy, set in the past?

Like even in the force awakens you have droids that SEEM rickety, outdated for their time, and everybody except cool kids on the block Han and Poe dress in old timey robe clothes

You get a little modern w Leia’s pants in empire but like esp stretching back to the prequels if you ignore the tech and space operayness they’re LITERALLY wearing robes and shit and we all know that half this stuff was inspired by medieval shit so like

No I no longer think “a long time ago” was an arbitrary line I truly believe it was on purpose and the Star Wars universe is a story being told to a child of the present in a galaxy far far away, some kid with sick, smooth hologram tech, some kid who wears the equivalent of yoga pants and uggs, man, y'all, Star Wars is a bed time story a myth or a legend set in what would be to us, vaguely, the 13th century

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Count Dooku was never beheaded by Anakin Skywalker. Instead, he replicated himself, sent his clone off to be killed, and transported his real self to the distant past on Earth; to be specific, to a place often referred to as “Middle Earth”, where he eventually adopted a new name.