galaxy stage

  • Me: watches infinity war trailer
  • Me: is shaking
  • Me: is hyperventilating
  • Me: literally cannot breathe
  • Me: sees peter hurt on the ground saying sorry to tony
  • Me: crying on the ground in fetal position dying a little on the inside trying to control breathing but can't wants to cry and can't wait another year for this shit to come out
  • Captain America: PATIENCE

It turns out that I was mistaken and that it was Otabek who came up with most of the ‘YURI ON DARKNESS/GALAXY/TIGER’ show names (okay, Yurio definitely came up with YURI ON TIGER), and I am once again reminded that the dude who kidnapped Yuri and told him he had beautiful eyes is every bit as extra as the tiny punk.



A recently discovered dwarf galaxy in the constellation Lynx may serve well as a proxy for better understanding the developing chemistry of the early universe, according to a research team that includes University of Virginia astronomers.

Their new finding, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, shows that the oxygen level in the little galaxy is the lowest yet discovered in any star-forming galaxy, likely resembling early nascent galaxies.

Astronomers know that the first galaxies during their forming stages were chemically simple – primarily made up of hydrogen and helium, elements made in the Big Bang during the first three minutes of the universe’s existence. Oxygen came later, as massive stars formed and made heavier and more complex elements by nuclear fusion in their interiors and also in their explosive deaths, ultimately creating a universe of countless oxygen-rich galaxies like our Milky Way.

The earliest oxygen-deficient galaxies are so far away and so faint as to be nearly undetectable, but relatively close-by star-forming dwarf galaxies, with very little oxygen like early galaxies, may be easier to detect and offer the same clues. Unfortunately, these nearby tiny galaxies with little oxygen, which currently produce many massive blue stars, are very rare. But if detected, they can offer valuable insights to how the first galaxies formed some 13 billion years ago, and therefore to the evolution of the early universe.

The star-forming dwarf galaxy in the new study was found during an ongoing, large-scale inventory of the heavens, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which revealed it as a possible point of interest. Astronomers then targeted it for further scrutiny using the powerful Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona. Data from the that telescope revealed that the tiny star-forming galaxy, dubbed J0811+4730, is a record-breaker: It has 9 percent less oxygen – a sign of simplicity – than any other so far discovered.

“We found that a considerable fraction of the stellar mass of the galaxy was formed only a few million years ago, making this one of the best counterparts we’ve found of primordial galaxies,” said UVA astronomer Trinh Thuan, one of the study’s authors. “Because of its extremely low oxygen level, this galaxy serves as an accessible proxy for star-forming galaxies that came together within one to two billion years after the Big Bang, the early period of our nearly 14-billion-year-old universe.”

The dwarf galaxy also is of interest because it provides clues to how the early simple universe became re-ionized by early star formation, moving it from the so-called cosmic Dark Ages of neutral gases to the development of the complexly structured universe now in existence, where the gas between galaxies is ionized.

Thuan said the data indicates that the tiny galaxy is rapidly producing new stars at a quarter of the rate of the Milky Way – yet its mass in stars is 30,000 times smaller. Eighty percent of its stellar mass has formed in just the past few million years, marking this as an exceptionally young galaxy, producing copious amounts of ionizing radiation.

TOP IMAGE….The tiny star-forming galaxy, dubbed J0811+4730, is a proxy for primordial galaxies.

LOWER IMAGE….The faint Lynx constellation requires the eye of a lynx to see.

So I don’t know if they showed this on the stream because it was before the panel technically started, but in the leadup to the Heroines of Star Wars panels the DJ was playing a bunch of girl power music, starting with Shania Twain “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” and the Galaxy Stage emcee (the website is telling me it’s Amanda Wirtz) had all the cosplayers dressed up as female characters parade around the hall to Beyonce – “Run the World (Girls),” of course.

First of all, it’s the only time this weekend I’ve heard non-Star Wars music, and secondly, things the emcee said that I took notes on:

“This panel is all about the heroines of Star Wars, and IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!”

“I love Disney, but I was never a princess until I saw Star Wars and Leia.”

“This ain’t no model runway, these are STORMTROOPER GIRLS.”

And the (male) DJ saying, thrilled, “Can you believe how many men came out to see a panel on Star Wars heroines?”

A picture I did of Synyster Gates’ guitar, based kinda on the stage album cover. done using fineliner, inks, gel pen and charcoal, Hope you like it, a friend gave it to him at a meet and greet and he seemed to appreciate it, so all is good ~ Kit x

“Life wouldn’t be so precious dear, if it didn’t have an end…” A7X Acid Rain


“Seeing the Beginning of Time” takes viewers on a visually compelling journey through deep space and time. The 50-minute, 4K science documentary was co-produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Thomas Lucas Productions as part of a National Science Foundation supported project called CADENS (Centrality of Advanced Digitally Enabled Science). Donna Cox, director of NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL), leads the CADENS project to help raise public awareness about computational scientific discovery.

“The AVL team members developed state-of-the-art technologies and used NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer to create cinematic production-quality data visualizations showcasing hundreds of millions of years of galactic evolution,” says Donna Cox. “We collaborated with numerous science teams and were deeply involved in the co-production of the film.”

The documentary features NCSA Research Scientist and Astronomy Research Professor Felipe Menanteau and his colleagues from the Dark Energy Survey (DES), an international collaboration dedicated to charting the expansion of our universe. The NCSA, along with Fermilab and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, are the founding institutions for the Dark Energy Survey. Menanteau and colleagues are using light from distant galaxies to study the distribution of matter in the universe. “When we are looking deep into space, we are essentially looking back in time. We are using the light of distant galaxies to trace the influence of mysterious unseen forces such as dark matter and dark energy to look for clues to what they are,” said Menanteau.

Watch the trailer video:

The NCSA leads data management for the DES project, receiving large volumes of observations over high-speed networks from the telescope in Chile and using the Blue Waters supercomputer and Illinois Campus Cluster Program (ICCP) to review, process and release the data products, with the first public release scheduled for December 2017. The DES project is a pathfinder for the next generation of surveys, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, or LSST.

“Astronomers are forging giant new lenses and mirrors, while marshaling vast computational power,” says Thomas Lucas, veteran science producer and CADENS co-investigator. “These technologies are at the center of a historic quest: to peer into the deep recesses of time, to find out how the universe set the stage for galaxies and worlds like ours in an era known as the Cosmic Dawn.” Currently under construction in Chile, the LSST will rapidly survey the entire night sky every two weeks with a field of view almost 40 times the size of the full Moon. These large-scale cosmic surveys can be shared across the world and will revolutionize astronomy.

“Seeing the Beginning of Time” illuminates the groundbreaking connection between computational big data science and contemporary astronomy.


the gaurdians of the galaxy are literally the five stages of grief.

Starlord: Denial, his mom dies and he leaves earth and doesn’t open her present because he doesn’t want to face the fact that she is dead

Drax the Deystroyer: Anger, his species is naturally angry and since they can’t take things figuratively they are more prone to fighting

Gamora: Bargaining, she bargains with Starlord and the rest of the gaurdians that they can split the profit from the infinity stone

Rocket the Raccoon: Depression, he has many moments in the movie where he shows his true feelings like during the bar fight scene with Drax and Groot

Groot: Acceptance, he is mellow, calm and collected through out the entire movie because he knows his fate and he gladly accepts his death to save the other gaurdians 

Just after the Big Bang: Galaxies created stars a hundred times faster now

A team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Eduardo Bañados and led by Roberto Decarli of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has discovered a new kind of galaxy which, although extremely old – formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang – creates stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way.

Their findings are published by Nature.

The team’s discovery could help solve a cosmic puzzle – a mysterious population of surprisingly massive galaxies from when the universe was only about 10 percent of its current age.

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