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Dear tumblr,

During the last two weeks, though less so recently, I’ve been posting about this trip that I’m taking in one month. I set up an IndieGoGo to raise money for a rental car. My car is 11 years old and runs fine to get me to school, but likely wouldn’t survive this 2,600 mile round trip. I’m working to raise money to get a rental car for the 18 days I’ll be driving. I have less than 10 days left to raise over $3,500. I haven’t even hit 10% in the first 20 days. It’s been hard to keep my hopes up as it’s in my nature to believe in my own failure over success. I’m reaching a point of desperation.

This is all happening in the first place because of a research grant I received from my school. The grant limit was never enough to fit a rental car into the budget. It does cover everything else I need, however. But, to even use that money, I’m going to need a car that can actually take me to all of these places. If I don’t complete the project as stated in my proposal, I have to give all of the money back.

I know I’m not struggling to make ends meet, but I’m an artist trying to make a large scale project happen while still in school. I can’t work a job over the summer because I work at school during the semester and it’s a job that is very relevant to my studies and helps me a lot. Between being gone for almost 3 weeks and only being able to work for at most 2 months, I am not a desirable summer hire. Had I worked full time this summer, I wouldn’t have made enough to cover the costs.

Even if you can’t donate, maybe you know someone who can. There’s even something in it for you if you do donate. You can get awesome photographic prints, even photo books. You could even be an executive producer to the final video. 

Here are all the links: Facebook | IndieGoGo | My website

I’ll even follow you if you donate??? pls halp

Peering deep into the heart of the Milky Way, this image shows a region of the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius. The two knots of stars you see are the globular clusters NGC 6522 (upper right) and NGC 6528 (lower left). There are over 200,000 stars in this image alone which covers a patch of sky just two-thirds as wide as the full moon.

The vastness of the cosmos is staggering.

Photo by Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Info Credit: Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy

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For myself, I like a universe that, includes much that is unknown and, at the same time, much that is knowable. A universe in which everything is known would be static and dull, as boring as the heaven of some weak-minded theologians. A universe that is unknowable is no fit place for a thinking being. The ideal universe for us is one very much like the universe we inhabit. And I would guess that this is not really much of a coincidence.
Carl Sagan  - Can We know the Universe?’ in M. Gardner (ed.), T

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Galactic Center of Our Milky Way

The Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory – collaborated to produce an unprecedented image of the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.

Observations using infrared light and X-ray light see through the obscuring dust and reveal the intense activity near the galactic core. The center of the galaxy is located within the bright white region in the upper portion of the image. The entire image covers about one-half a degree, about the same angular width as the full moon.

Each telescope’s contribution is presented in a different color:

  • Yellow represents the near-infrared observations of Hubble. They outline the energetic regions where stars are being born as well as reveal hundreds of thousands of stars.
  • Red represents the infrared observations of Spitzer. The radiation and winds from stars create glowing dust clouds that exhibit complex structures from compact, spherical globules to long, stringy filaments.
  • Blue and violet represents the X-ray observations of Chandra. X-rays are emitted by gas heated to millions of degrees by stellar explosions and by outflows from the supermassive black hole in the galaxy’s center. The bright blue blob toward the bottom of the full field image is emission from a double star system containing either a neutron star or a black hole.
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“Probably no stars will physically hit each other. There’s just so much space between the stars, but when Andromeda collides with us it’ll have a huge impact on the Milky Way. Some things will get thrown into the black hole in the middle, some stars will get ripped off and thrown away into space, so it’ll be dramatic. And the entire night sky will change.” - The Universe S1E9 Alien Galaxies

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Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile have released a breathtaking new photograph showing the central area of our Milky Way galaxy. The photograph shows a whopping 84 million stars in an image measuring 108500×81500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels.

Crops of the zoomable version.

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“We inhabit a universe where atoms are made in the centers of stars; where each second a thousand suns are born; where life is sparked by sunlight and lightning in the airs and waters of youthful planets; where the raw material for biological evolution is sometimes made by the explosion of a star halfway across the Milky Way; where a thing as beautiful as a galaxy is formed a hundred billion times - a Cosmos of quasars and quarks, snowflakes and fireflies, where there may be black holes and other universe and extraterrestrial civilizations whose radio messages are at this moment reaching the Earth.”

                                                                    Carl Sagan, Cosmos