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!

anonymous asked:

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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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.

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Stars Outside the Window
NerdyHoller

Finally alone on the Tempest, the realities of Andromeda and being the Pathfinder hit Ryder. Spoilers for the opening mission.

Stars Outside the Window

You could sit in the backyard on Earth, look up and see stars. If you drove far enough out of the city, you’d see even more. They were other systems and galaxies, some home to their own life, others barren or unexplored. All distant in the sky.

The same was true on other planets. The stars may have moved, but they were still there. Tiny specks of light. A constant reminder of the vastness of the universe.

Now Ryder stood in her room on the Tempest and looked out into space. Not the idea of space as some far away thing in the sky, but real space. A crack in the glass and there would be nothing between her and death in the vacuum. It was right there. Inches away.

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This scene: Happens

Me: SAY NO TO THIS

Sherlock and Mary: I have no idea this is happening but DON’T TALK TO HER JOHN

The Sherlock Fandom: STAY FAR, FAR AWAY

The World: NO NO NO NO 

Echoes from Distant Galaxies: *John Watson you are making a mistake!*

John: Yeah this is a terrible idea why would I text this strange woman.

John: *does anyways*

anonymous asked:

Hey Master Îmwe, so I had a vision of the future. In the distant future in a galaxy far far away there will be a planet called Earth. And this planet will have 7.5 billion people on it, but some powerful people on this planet will be short sighted, greedy and destructive. They won't care about others and will cause the planet a lot of damage and as a consequence future generations suffering and unsafe future. If you could send a message to the people on this planet, what would you say to them?

Have hope. Spread peace. Change starts with you.

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.

NASA’s Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy through cosmic magnifying glass

Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy – one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away.

This galaxy offers a peek back to the very early formative years of the universe and may just be the tip of the iceberg.

“This galaxy is an example of what is suspected to be an abundant, underlying population of extremely small, faint objects that existed about 500 million years after the big bang, the beginning of the universe,” explained study leader Adi Zitrin of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. “The discovery is telling us galaxies as faint as this one exist, and we should continue looking for them and even fainter objects, so that we can understand how galaxies and the universe have evolved over time.”

The galaxy was detected by the Frontier Fields program, an ambitious three-year effort that teams Hubble with NASA’s other great observatories – the Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory – to probe the early universe by studying large galaxy clusters. These clusters are so massive their gravity deflects light passing through them, magnifying, brightening, and distorting background objects in a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. These powerful lenses allow astronomers to find many dim, distant structures that otherwise might be too faint to see.

The discovery was made using the lensing power of the mammoth galaxy cluster Abell 2744, nicknamed Pandora’s Cluster, which produced three magnified images of the same, faint galaxy. Each magnified image makes the galaxy appear 10 times larger and brighter than it would look without the zooming qualities of the cluster.

The galaxy measures merely 850 light-years across – 500 times smaller than our Milky Way galaxy– and is estimated to have a mass of only 40 million suns. The Milky Way, in comparison, has a stellar mass of a few hundred billion suns. And the galaxy forms about one star every three years, whereas the Milky Way galaxy forms roughly one star per year. However, given its small size and low mass, Zitrin said the tiny galaxy actually is rapidly evolving and efficiently forming stars.

The astronomers believe galaxies such as this one are probably small clumps of matter that started to form stars and shine, but do not yet have a defined structure. It is possible Hubble is only detecting one bright clump magnified due to the lensing. This would explain why the object is smaller than typical field galaxies of that time.

Zitrin’s team spotted the galaxy’s gravitationally multiplied images using near-infrared and visible-light photos of the galaxy cluster taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. But they needed to measure how far away it was from Earth.

Usually, astronomers can determine an object’s distance based on how far its light has been stretched as the universe slowly expands. Astronomers can precisely measure this effect through spectroscopy, which characterizes an object’s light. But the gravitationally-lensed galaxy and other objects found at this early time period are too far away and too dim for spectroscopy, so astronomers use an object’s color to estimate its distance. The universe’s expansion reddens an object’s color in predictable ways, which scientists can measure.

Zitrin’s team performed the color-analysis technique and took advantage of the multiple images produced by the gravitational lens to independently confirm the group’s distance estimate. The astronomers measured the angular separation between the three magnified images of the galaxy in the Hubble photos. The greater the angular separation due to lensing, the farther away the object is from Earth.

To test this concept, the astronomers compared the three magnified images with the locations of several other closer, multiply-imaged background objects captured in Hubble images of Pandora’s cluster. The angular distance between the magnified images of the closer galaxies was smaller.

“These measurements imply that, given the large angular separation between the three images of our background galaxy, the object must lie very far away,” Zitrin explained. “It also matches the distance estimate we calculated, based on the color-analysis technique. So we are about 95 percent confident this object is at a remote distance, at redshift 10, a measure of the stretching of space since the big bang. The lensing takes away any doubt that this might be a heavily reddened, nearby object masquerading as a far more distant object.”

Astronomers have long debated whether such early galaxies could have provided enough radiation to warm the hydrogen that cooled soon after the big bang. This process, called reionization, is thought to have occurred 200 million to 1 billion years after the birth of the universe. Reionization made the universe transparent to light, allowing astronomers to look far back into time without running into a “fog” of cold hydrogen.

Image credit:  NASA, J. Lotz, (STScI)

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
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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.