M7: Open Star Cluster in Scorpius : M7 is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars on the sky. The cluster, dominated by bright blue stars, can be seen with the naked eye in a dark sky in the tail of the constellation of the Scorpion . M7 contains about 100 stars in total, is about 200 million years old, spans 25 light-years across, and lies about 1000 light-years away. The featured wide-angle image was taken near the city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil. The M7 star cluster has been known since ancient times, being noted by Ptolemy in the year 130 AD. Also visible are a dark dust cloud on the lower right, and, in the background, literally millions of unrelated stars towards the Galactic center. via NASA

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Powerful magnetic forces above an active region on the Sun twisted and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space (Mar. 26, 2014). The resultant swirling presented its own kind of graceful, almost ballet-like bends and sweeps. To offer some kind of size perspective that blob, before it broke away, was easily larger than several Earths. The event was observed in extreme ultraviolet light over about 5.5 hours. 

Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA

Close Encounters of the Jovian Kind

Yesterday NASA’s Juno mission swept close to the clouds of Jupiter and we just got a first look at the flyby. When this image was taken the spacecraft was 437,000 miles over the clouds… Yesterday it dropped to a distance of 2,600. This will be the closest any man made object will have ever gotten to the giant planet.

The next batch of images will be stunning.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)

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NASA HATS AND DIRTY CHUCKS

Yeah, I know. Why? Why dirty?

Dirt is aesthetic.” lol sike, I’m just kidding. Reason is, dirt shows ownership and use? and dirty chucks, and worn hats look… better? They are both unisex.

Hats come in 2 swatches, red and blue. Shoes come in 4 swatches: Black, Red, Blue, White.

ORIGINAL TEXTURE WAS YOUNZOEY, BUT I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY WENT, but I remember they allowed edits.

NEED THIS: http://simblrryuffy.tumblr.com/post/134535967537/ryuffy-cap-mf-sims-4-3-positions-10

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"Aliens" are not aliens. They are Life.

Why do we call aliens, aliens? They’re the intelligent life of a star system different than ours. Why do we call them aliens?

Look around you. You see dogs. Cats. Birds. Lizards. Fish. Whales. Insects. Fungi. Plants. Bacteria. Microbes. Octopi. Squid. All of them are different species than us humans. But they are not aliens. Yes, we share DNA, and we’re all different evolutionary strands of a single, original life form, but that doesn’t mean much to most people. Most people don’t even KNOW how closely related every life form on Earth is.

So why would we call fantastic creatures from another world aliens? Aren’t they just other form of life in the universe? They have their own common ancestors, their own evolutionary strands. Aliens are not aliens. They are life. We are life. Everything around us is life. We are no different except for our molecular compounds.

Yet we call aliens “aliens” because that word separates them from us. It reminds us that they are not of Earth. That they do not share our evolutionary lineage. That they are, simply, different.

In the movies and books, aliens are usually hostile toward humans, or vice versa. And many people say that that’s what would happen, that it’s what we did to ourselves, so why wouldn’t they do it to us? Why wouldn’t “aliens” come here and try to kill us all and harvest our resources and be as apathetic toward other “aliens” as possible? “That’s what would happen,” these people say.

I disagree. To me, aliens are life forms. We share this universe, and we are all out there looking for other glimpses of other life around other stars. No intelligent species that has the capability of interstellar flight and communication will be coming here to destroy us. Not a single one. Because any intelligent species who makes that journey has made sacrifices most people cannot imagine. In science, in the pursuit of developing a multiplanetary species and eventual contact with other life forms in the universe, mass-hostility will die. Mass-prejudice will die. Mass-bigotry will die. War will fade. The universe is huge, but in these pursuits, there is no room for anti-intellectualism and special genocide. To become multiplanetary, to become interstellar, only the best, the most dedicated, the least-intolerant will continue the species.

Aliens are not aliens. There is only life. And if intelligent life is out there, looking for other intelligent life, it will not be–cannot be–the worst of our species who answer its call.

Didd you know that there is a satellite that orbits our planet and is set to crash-land on Earth in 8 million years? Its mission may surprise you. 

NASA has created satellites called LAGEOS, which are basically scientific satellites that study our planet. The LAGEOS satellite orbits our planet so that it can be seen from several ground stations around the world. LAGEOS design is beautiful, it is composed of an aluminum-covered brass sphere, the satellite is covered with 426 cube-corner retroreflectors which makes the Satellite look literally like a giant golf ball. Its primary mission isn’t that of carrying a message to the future inhabitants of our planet, but rather studying and monitoring its development. The main goal of the satellites is to accurately measure Earth’s shape and study the tectonic movements which are associated with continental drift.

So what makes this satellite so important? Well, the satellite is set to crash-land on our planet in 8 million years, carrying a special message to anyone that will inhabit our planet in the distant future. The message carried by LAGEOS are three different maps of Earth: One that is 268 million years old, one showing how Earth looks today and another map will show how the planet will look in the future. But who will inhabit our planet in 8 million years? Humans? Aliens? Or will life cease to exist on planet Earth?

Imagine that life “reboots” on our planet as it is believed to have happened millions of years ago. Primitive humans are inhabiting the planet and a weird sphere crash-lands on the planet. What would these “future” beings think the device is? Would they associate the LAGEOS satellite to celestial deities and gods? Perhaps like our ancestors did thousands of years ago?. If we have placed such a device into orbit around our planet, would it be weird if another species had done the same? And is it possible that there is written evidence of such devices in ancient texts and depictions found around the world. The LAGEOS satellite immediately makes me think of the famous black knight satellite!!!

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Visions of the Future

“Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.”

At Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s site you can click on any of the thumbnails above to learn more and download a free poster sized image.

The star closest to the Sun has a planet similar to the Earth. As announced a couple of days ago, recent observations confirmed that this planet not only exists but inhabits a zone where its surface temperature could allow liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. It is not yet known if this planet, Proxima b, has any life. Even if not, its potential ability to sustain liquid water might make it a good first hop for humanity’s future trips out into the Milky Way Galaxy. Although the planet’s parent star, Proxima Centauri, is cooler and redder than our Sun, one of the other two stars in the Alpha Centauri star system is very similar to our Sun. The featured image shows the sky location of Proxima Centauri in southern skies behind the telescope that made many of the discovery observations: ESO’s 3.6-meter telescope in La Silla, Chile. The discovered planet orbits close in – so close one year there takes only 11 days on Earth. The planet was discovered by the ESO’s Pale Red Dot collaboration. Although seemingly unlikely, if Proxima b does have intelligent life, at 4.25 light years distance it is close enough to Earth for two-way communication.

Object Names: Proxima B

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: Y. Beletsky (LCO), ESO, Red Dot Team

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