It’s May the 4th: Are Star Wars Planets Real?

Look at what we’ve found so far.

Is your favorite Star Wars planet a desert world or an ice planet or a jungle moon?

It’s possible that your favorite planet exists right here in our galaxy. Astronomers have found over 3,400 planets around other stars, called “exoplanets.”

Some of these alien worlds could be very similar to arid Tatooine, watery Scarif and even frozen Hoth, according to NASA scientists.

Find out if your planet exists in a galaxy far, far away or all around you. And May the Fourth be with you!

Planets With Two Suns

From Luke Skywalker’s home world Tatooine, you can stand in the orange glow of a double sunset. The same could said for Kepler-16b, a cold gas giant roughly the size of Saturn, that orbits two stars. Kepler-16b was the Kepler telescopes’s first discovery of a planet in a “circumbinary” orbit (that is, circling both stars, as opposed to just one, in a double star system). 

The best part is that Tatooine aka Kepler-16b was just the first. It has family. A LOT of family. Half the stars in our galaxy are pairs, rather than single stars like our sun. If every star has at least one planet, that’s billions of worlds with two suns. Billions! Maybe waiting for life to be found on them.

Desert Worlds

Mars is a cold desert planet in our solar system, and we have plenty of examples of scorching hot planets in our galaxy (like Kepler-10b), which orbits its star in less than a day)! Scientists think that if there are other habitable planets in the galaxy, they’re more likely to be desert planets than ocean worlds. That’s because ocean worlds freeze when they’re too far from their star, or boil off their water if they’re too close, potentially making them unlivable. Perhaps, it’s not so weird that both Luke Skywalker and Rey grew up on planets that look a lot alike.

Ice Planets

An icy super-Earth named OGLE-200-BLG-390Lb reminded scientists so much of the frozen Rebel base they nicknamed it “Hoth,” after its frozen temperature of minus 364 degrees Fahrenheit. Another Hoth-like planet was discovered last month; an Earth-mass icy world orbiting its star at the same distance as Earth orbits the sun. But its star is so faint, the surface of OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb is probably colder than Pluto.

Forest worlds

Both the forest moon of Endor and Takodana, the home of Han Solo’s favorite cantina in “Force Awakens,” are green like our home planet. But astrobiologists think that plant life on other worlds could be red, black, or even rainbow-colored!

In February 2017, the Spitzer Space Telescope discovered seven Earth-sized planets in the same system, orbiting the tiny red star TRAPPIST-1.

The light from a red star, also known as an M dwarf, is dim and mostly in the infrared spectrum (as opposed to the visible spectrum we see with our sun). And that could mean plants with wildly different colors than what we’re used to seeing on Earth. Or, it could mean animals that see in the near-infrared.

What About Moons?

In Star Wars, Endor, the planet with the cute Ewoks, is actually a habitable moon of a gas giant. Now, we’re looking for life on the moons of our own gas giants. Saturn’s moon Enceladus or Jupiter’s moon Europa are ocean worlds that may well support life. Our Cassini spacecraft has explored the Saturn system and its moons. Watch the video and learn more about the missions’s findings.

And Beyond

The next few years will see the launch of a new generation of spacecraft to search for planets around other stars. TESS and the James Webb Telescope are slated to launch in 2018, and WFIRST in the mid-2020s. That’s one step closer to finding life.

You might want to take our ‘Star Wars: Fact or Fiction?’ quiz. Try it! Based on your score you may obtain the title of Padawan, Jedi Knight, or even Jedi Master! 

You don’t need to visit a galaxy far, far away to find wondrous worlds. Just visit this one … there’s plenty to see.

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You matched my insanities and filled my gaps, you saw a rainbow where I couldn’t even see colors and infinity when all I saw was closed doors. And now that I am no longer in your arms, I feel like a wanderer in the desert looking for some water.
—  giulswrites
Painting Class - A Feysand Fic

Headcanon created by @her-misplaced-wings in one late night conversation and was posted: here

AO3: here

Fic Masterlist: here

Summary: Years after the events of ACOWAR, Feyre opens up a painting shop/studio on the Rainbow and gives painting classes to citizens, free of charge, while Rhys offers to cover their official duties for the night.

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You matched my insanities and filled my gaps, you saw a rainbow where I couldn’t even see colors and infinity when all I saw was closed doors. And now that I am no longer in your arms, I feel like a wanderer in the desert looking for some water.
—  giulswrites
Dye For You

Pairing: Daveed Diggs x Reader

Word Count: 2101

Warnings: Language

Summary: Soulmate AU where your hair color is identical to your soulmates. If Person A dyes their hair blue, Person B wakes up with blue hair. You wake up to a rainbow of colors.

A/N: Whenever I can’t think of a good title I just make bad puns. Hah. Enjoy! Requests are open!


“How long do you think it’s gonna take Oak to get shit-faced tonight?” Anthony asked, looking towards Daveed, who sat at the bar stool next to his own.

The guys of the cast had set up shop at a bar after not getting together for a while, and Oak was definitely drinking enough for the entire group.

“It depends. Under two hours. At least,” Daveed replied, gesturing down the bar where Oak sat, flirting with a bartender under the prospect of getting free drinks. Lin stood next to him, watching on.

“Nah. I think he’ll last. Over 2 hours.” Anthony countered, sipping his beer.

“Really? I don’t believe you.” Daveed narrowed his eyes. “Have you seen him? I’m sure he’s already tipsy.”

“Wanna bet?”

“Depends, what are the terms and what happens if I lose?” Daveed replied, drinking out of his own beer.

“He usually ends up hitting on literally anyone when he’s drunk. As soon as he does, we check the time. If it’s past,” Anthony glanced at his phone. “-11 o’clock, I win. If I do, you dye your hair. Temporary, of course. We have a show tomorrow. At least through rehearsal and the Ham4Ham show. I’m thinking pure rainbow. ROYGBIV. It’ll be perfect.”

“That’s harsh. I haven’t met my soulmate, I imagine this would make them hate me. Hopefully, they won’t care. Whatever. I’ll win. And when I do, you have to dye your hair. Deal?” Daveed asked, offering his hand. He was willing to risk a lot for a simple bet, but it was just who he was. Even if it meant risking his soulmate’s hair.

It was a weird quirk of society. Soulmates had the same color of hair. Whatever changes were made to one party’s hair happened to the other’s. For example, if one person died their hair blue, their soulmate’s hair would change blue as well. This made dying your hair very frowned upon, along with any drastic changes to body appearance.

Anthony stopped, thinking for a minute. “You’re on. Deal.” He reached out, shaking Daveed’s hand. The two turned to watch the storm go down. Oak was taking shots; Daveed was confident he would win.

“I’m going to fucking kill my soulmate when I meet them, I swear. My interview’s today! I’m never gonna get the job now, Sara.” You vented into the phone to your best friend, fingers clawing through your hair. You had woken up to find rainbow colored hair covering your head on the day of a very important interview.

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here's how i think it will roll

> radiohead announces reissue of OK Computer
> fans all over the world cry with joy
> they say “it will have special content”
> at this point even putin stops to pay attention
> they sell it thru W.A.S.T.E. only
> we all buy it cuz hell fukin yes
> it arrives at every single house in the world at the same time
> it’s a big big box, like the in rainbows one
> it even has some light shimmer and it looks like a beacon of hope
> unpack it
> realise it’s weirdly light
> open and there is only a small paper with some writing
> read it
> “u wll nvr lstn 2 lft fll vrsn - thm”
> still rated 10/10 and best new release by pitchfork

The Yellow Power Ranger

Ok so, I’ve seen a lot about this and I wanted to give my thoughts on the scene.

This scene kind of got blown up by the media and I got sucked into it before seeing the movie but having finally seen the movie…

The scene goes as follows:

Power rangers are each spilling personal details about themselves and Trini is being quiet until she says that she prefers moving a lot cause it prevents her parents from getting involved in her relationships.

Zack jokes “boyfriend problems?”

Trini responds “yeah…BOYFRIEND problems…”

Zack looks around wide eyed before asking “girlfriend problems?”

And she diverts the conversation about how perfect her family is, too perfect, and how she can’t tell them she’s not like them. That she doesn’t want to act how they want her to, or dress how they want her to.

Ok, so there’s no moment of her saying she’s queer, but as someone who has spent their life not talking, this scene was very spot on.

It was honest and very well performed. It’s easy to look over if you’re not queer, or if you are naturally an open person who had no problem admitting who you are to yourself, let alone everyone else, but this scene was very relatable. She’s a teenager who knows she’s not like the girly straight girl her parents want her to be, and she knows her parents won’t listen to her no matter what she says. There’s even a scene where she tells her parents she’s a power ranger and her mother makes her take a drug test. She guards herself by holding back info and speaking through sarcasm and its sold as humor but I don’t think I’ve related with a character more.

So, if you’re expecting a flying rainbow flag or even some wlw action, you’re going to be disappointed. But representation matters in all its forms and this is pretty darn relatable. Not to mention the movie was just fantastic. It defies stereotypes with the exception of the white dude who’s just so tired of being popular… I love the backstory it gave, stuff the series ignored and it was so fleshed out. I recommend everyone watch it

Title: Together With You, We’ll Relearn the World 

Pairing: sidlink

Rating: Everyone 

Tags: fluff, sweet, a little bit of sad but not a lot 

A/N: Thank you for the request! This was so super cute and I had SO much fun writing it! Hope you like it! 

Also posted on my AO3 if you’d prefer to read it there! Prompt requests are still open so send ‘em my way if you got ‘em! Comments, reblogs and kudos are much appreciated, thanks! 

Not smiling was proving to be harder than he had originally thought.

Climbing up the steep, grassy incline, the ground slippery underneath his feet, heading towards the small camp they had set up at the base of the hill, Sidon tried to focus on anything other than the small Hylian on his back. This was proving to be a challenge as the slightest glance to his right allowed him a full view of his little Hylian’s face, which just strengthened the urge to beam idiotically.

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every time someone calls Julia Wicker selfish I like to remind them of the fact that she stepped in between Kady and the GOD who just murdered four of her friends and yelled at him not to fucking touch her. Twice.

And then told Kady to run when he was in the process of raping her. 

She has just survived a serious trauma. She is trying to kill/banish said god so he stops killing people left and right. She is not always rational. She is not always selfless. She is not the full range of fucking rainbow emotions or maybe even likable to you at the moment. She is dealing with a trauma that is still happening to her. She is doing the best she can.

She did not force Quentin, Alice and the others to go after The Beast. She warned them that she would try to stop them if she did. She just so happens to rate saving the lives of the countless women Reynard has been killing and will go on to kill as more important than saving magic and Fillory. Her priorities are different. And that she wants revenge is pretty fucking understandable.

She did not force Marina to help her. That she died (and I am really fucking heartbroken over this) is no one’s fault but Reynard’s.

Yes Julia has made mistakes. Everyone does. unfortunately, she has paid the price for hers more than most people ever will. 

anonymous asked:

What exactly is considered "chuckle-voodoos"?

going by just looking at Gamzee, it can be hard to tell due to the characters naturally capricious and ragey nature and what is or isn’t influence from Lil Cal (since we really don’t even know what lil cal can canonly do to people since hes only ever seen doing whatever it is he does to Gamzee)

but thankfully we also have Kurloz as an example for them who uses them explicitly in no uncertain terms on Meulin, regularly using them on her to make her an unknowing pawn for his religion and he’s never encountered lil cal so there’s no interloping unknown influence in the way

when he does this, her eyes turn his shade of purple, she speaks and does whatever Kurloz wants her to do, and once its over Meulin remembers nothing

so it’s pretty much just a variant of Vriska’s Mind Control Psychics, except for Kurloz/Gamzee’s whoever it’s used upon has no recollection of it happening

lots of the special powers of the troll caste’s all seem to be variants and different types of “Psychic Mind Control” 

Maroon uses it to control objects from afar, Brown uses it for animal communion, Serket Blue for direct troll mind control and suggestion (but it can be resisted), Purple Chucklevoodoo flavor is the same but seems to be stronger, less able to resisted, and leaves an amnesiac effect afterwards, as well as Serket Blue seems to only be able to control Minds, Purple seems to be implied to be able to control Mind and Body as well

you could even spin Equius’ Super Strength as a variant of a psychic power as like his Mind psychically forcing his body to be on 100% all the time always fully adrenalized and constantly using 100% of his own strength

and while Sollux’s eye lazers can be thought of as merely an eye related mutation, canonly the Psiionic was used as a Helmsman, controlling and entire ship to move anyway they pilot it, using only their mental powers while hooked up physically to the ship, you can spin both as being “Psychic Energy Generation” both for Sollux’s eye lazers and the Helmsman Powering the ship as well as piloting it

Heck even Jade rainbow drinker powers is just, the body reanimating somehow after death, meaning specifically their Minds are somehow able to be preserved after death, and going by the natural pattern, it’s probably happening Psychically as well, both the mental preservation and the body moving around (but likely unconsciously and uncontrollably as in Equius’s case)

even the rarely spoken of Lime Bloods were seen as a threat for some reason in order to be killed off like that, it’s likely that caste had a significant psychic power up their sleeve as well

Rain (A Baekhyun Drabble)

Summary: Sometimes rainbows appear even before the rain stops.

**This was a Drabble Game request: Baekhyun + “Rain”

Drabble Game: Send me an EXO member and a word (any one word) and I’ll write a short little thing about it!

NOTE: Do yourself a favor and listen to [this] while you read. It’s what I was listening to, and it really adds to the mood :3 // If you don’t want to click on the link and get redirected, just go to YouTube and search “dream baekhyun piano” and click on the video with the rainbow piano. 

Originally posted by exoturnback

You awake to the sound of rain. Pattering softly against the window, gently pulling you from the tendrils of sleep and out of bed. Your ghost across the carpet, out of the bedroom, out of the house, and onto the porch, the paneled wood hard under your bare feet. It’s summer rain, the warm kind that saturates the green in the grass and makes the world smell like fresh soil. You cross the porch to lean against the railing and smile as droplets find your face, the sensation inevitably taking you back to a different time, another wet day.

You hurried down the sidewalk, by all accounts a walking catastrophe. Your jacket was half on, half sliding off your shoulder and exposing your bare skin to the downpour – not to mention that you were wearing a skirt too. Above, the gray skies were merciless in their pursuit to drench you, and you impatiently tugged your bag higher, raking a hand through your soaking hair as you made your way to the bus stop. Your heels clacked against the pavement. Your feet were slipping in your shoes too – and damn, these were expensive pumps. Why on earth couldn’t you have chosen a job where you could wear jeans and sneakers to work? Why on earth couldn’t you have just checked the damn weather before you left the house?

The bus stop was nearing though, and the bus was there, waiting. Thank god, you thought, walking faster with renewed energy. But no – fuck – it was leaving. It was leaving!

“Wait” you shouted and started to run. “Wait, stop!” But it was pulling away, picking up speed, and unless Usain Bolt suddenly appeared to piggyback you, you just weren’t going to make it.

He didn’t appear. And a moment later, the bus was gone.

You let out a high-pitched noise of despair and kicked off your shoes in frustration. They were ruined anyway, and your feet were already wet. Might as well make your drowning as comfortable as possible.

In retrospect, you knew that being caught in the rain really wasn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But it just felt like a metaphor for your whole life lately, and there didn’t seem to be any rainbows waiting for you at the end of the storm.

And that’s when the rain stopped. Or…no, it was still coming down – but there was something shielding you from it. An umbrella. But you hadn’t brought an umbrella.

The boy standing next to you did though. You looked up at him with wide eyes, watching his hair slowly get darker as water plastered it to his head, and his clothes began to cling to him. He wasn’t looking at you, simply staring straight ahead as he casually held his own umbrella over you.

“Thanks,” you laughed, and he finally glanced down at you with a smile. The world might have been dark and gloomy at the moment, but his eyes were as bright as the sun.

“No problem.”

“Are you waiting for the bus too?” you asked him. You’ve been to all the buildings on the block surrounding your workplace, and you’ve never seen the likes of him before.

“No,” he said, and you raised a brow. “My car is actually parked down the street, but I saw you chasing after the bus and felt bad when it left you behind. So I thought I’d wait with you and help you stay dry – although maybe that’s a lost cause,” he added, taking in your damp outfit and shoeless feet with a chuckle.

He was laughing but your heart skipped a beat, and instead of replying with something witty or funny, all you could manage was, “But…now you’re getting wet too.”

The boy cocked his head with amusement and nodded. “True. Maybe we can fix that.” And then, keeping his eyes on you in case you showed signs of unease, he stepped closer so that now the two of you were under the umbrella. “Better?”

You looked up at his now-shadowed face only inches from yours and said softly, “Better.” And from that day on, you no longer minded the rain.

Arms wrap around your waist and pull you against a warm chest, and you lean back with a happy sigh.

“It’s a Sunday morning,” Baekhyun murmurs sleepily, his chin on your shoulder. “What are you doing up so early, baby? Even the kids are still asleep.”

“It’s raining again,” you say, and you don’t even have to look to know that he’s smiling.

“It’s raining again,” he agrees. “I’ll go get my umbrella.”