Voyager 1 Saturn by NASA on The Commons
Voyager 1 image of Saturn and its ring taken four days after closest approach to Saturn, from a distance of 5,300, 000 km (3,300,000 miles). This viewing geometry, which shows Saturn as a crescent, is never achieved from Earth. The black strip within the rings is the Cassini Division, which contains much less orbiting ring material than elsewhere in the rings. Image #: PIA00335 Date: November 16, 1980

anonymous asked:

Hi! Could you post the passage from Voyager when Fergus thinks that Claire killed the man outside the brothel? I love that part and when Jamie makes her take a bath and then gets distracted. Lol. It's so sweet! I can't wait for Season 3! And I hope they don't mess it up! Thank you!

This is a great part, plus Jamie is perfect at the end:

“I havena been afraid for a verra long time, Sassenach,” he whispered. “But now I think I am. For there is something to be lost, now.”

It gets a bit long, so I’ll put most under the cut. 

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The December Calendar, December 6th, 2016: Voyager spacecraft

Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars. –Carl Sagan

Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque paints on black canvas, free-hand from reference pictures. Follow for daily pantheist ornaments throughout December.

anonymous asked:

The way Jamie and Laoghaire's sex life is portrayed has always bothered me a little. He says she wasn't into it at all and yet he sleeps with her anyway? So.. what? Did he force her?

Yeah, it bothers me a little too, but I don’t think Jamie ever forced her. Laoghaire’s second husband was abusive and the emotional damage he did to her made her almost afraid of intimacy though.

So while I don’t think Jamie ever forced her to have sex, she textually never enjoyed it which is where I get a little uncomfortable because she seems to be consenting only because she thinks she has to because she’s his wife, not because she wants to. Which isn’t really consenting? I think Jamie recognizes this and it’s part of the reason why he left.

I’ll throw some of the book stuff from Voyager and ABOSAA about this under the cut. (Just whistle past the fact that Simon was Marsali’s father and she wasn’t born yet when Laoghaire was married to Hugh…)

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Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Learn about the science of photonics to create space communications, get updates on Juno, mining data from Voyager for new discoveries and more.

1. Carried on a Beam of Light

One of our major priorities  is to make space communications more efficient. While our communications systems have matured over the decades, they still use the same radio-frequency system developed in the earliest days of the agency. After more than 50 years, we’re investing in new ways to increase data rates while also finding more efficient communications systems. Photonics–generating, detecting and manipulating particles of light–may provide the solution.

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2. It’s No Joke: Two New Moons for the Seventh Planet

Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Uranus 30 years ago, but researchers are still making discoveries using the data it gathered. A new study led by University of Idaho researchers suggests there could be two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets orbiting near two of the planet’s rings.

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3. Vortex of Mystery

As southern winter solstice approaches in the Saturn system, our Cassini spacecraft has revealed dramatic seasonal changes in the atmospheric temperature and composition of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Winter is taking a grip on Titan’s southern hemisphere, and a strong, whirling vortex has intensified in the upper atmosphere over the south pole.

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4. The Spiders of Mars

Ten thousand volunteers viewing images of Martian south polar regions have helped identify targets for closer inspection, yielding new insights about seasonal slabs of frozen carbon dioxide and erosional features known as “spiders.” From the comfort of home, the volunteers have been exploring the surface of Mars by reviewing images from the Context Camera on our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and identifying certain types of seasonal terrains near Mars’ south pole.

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5. Better Safe Than Sorry

On Oct. 18, when Juno’s onboard computer entered safe mode, early indications were a software performance monitor induced a reboot of the spacecraft’s onboard computer, turning off instruments and a few non-critical spacecraft components, and it confirmed the spacecraft was pointed toward the sun to ensure the solar arrays received power. On Oct. 24, the spacecraft   left safe mode and has successfully completed a minor burn of its thruster engines in preparation for its next close flyby of Jupiter. The team is still investigating the cause of the reboot and assessing two main engine check valves. The burn, which lasted just over 31 minutes, changed Juno’s orbital velocity by about 5.8 mph (2.6 meters per second) and consumed about 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of propellant. Juno will perform its next science flyby of Jupiter on Dec. 11, with time of closest approach to the gas giant occurring at 12:03 p.m. EDT. The complete suite of Juno’s science instruments, as well as the JunoCam imager, will be collecting data during the upcoming flyby.

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Discover the full list of 10 things to know about our solar system this week HERE.

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