seahorse shaped

In commemoration of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope completing its 100,000th orbit in its 18th year of exploration and discovery, scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., have aimed Hubble to take a snapshot of a dazzling region of celestial birth and renewal.

Hubble peered into a small portion of the nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074 (upper, left). The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, perhaps triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. It lies about 170,000 light-years away near the Tarantula nebula, one of the most active star-forming regions in our Local Group of galaxies.

The three-dimensional-looking image reveals dramatic ridges and valleys of dust, serpent-head “pillars of creation,” and gaseous filaments glowing fiercely under torrential ultraviolet radiation. The region is on the edge of a dark molecular cloud that is an incubator for the birth of new stars.

The high-energy radiation blazing out from clusters of hot young stars already born in NGC 2074 is sculpting the wall of the nebula by slowly eroding it away. Another young cluster may be hidden beneath a circle of brilliant blue gas at center, bottom.

In this approximately 100-light-year-wide fantasy-like landscape, dark towers of dust rise above a glowing wall of gases on the surface of the molecular cloud. The seahorse-shaped pillar at lower, right is approximately 20 light-years long, roughly four times the distance between our Sun and the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.

The region is in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite of our Milky Way galaxy. It is a fascinating laboratory for observing star-formation regions and their evolution. Dwarf galaxies like the LMC are considered to be the primitive building blocks of larger galaxies.

This representative color image was taken on August 10, 2008, with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Red shows emission from sulfur atoms, green from glowing hydrogen, and blue from glowing oxygen.

For additional information, contact:

Ray Villard / Cheryl Gundy / Donna Weaver
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
410-338-4514 / 410-338-4707 / 410-338-4493 / /

Mario Livio
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.

Object Name: NGC 2074

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio (STScI)

Time And Space


got tired of fishing around in my sketchbook supply disaster-tray. scrubbed the inkstains out and, in addition to the things that are SUPPOSED to be there, found:

  • handful of alcohol markers (I have another box for those)
  • handful of coloured pencil-lead cases (I have another box for those too)
  • small pliers and wire-cutters
  • one small ribbon
  • hair-elastic (definitely not mine)
  • a clean and empty fountain-pen
  • too many erasers
  • a wooden pencil? with like, a point and an eraser?? what kind of nonsense…
  • one of those things that soaks up water and gets big (seahorse shape)
  • three small silicon keychain/charm things from the first guardians of the galaxy movie (????)
  • one stand for a barbie kinder-egg toy 

so, despite appearances, the final product is MUCH easier to navigate. mainly on account of the posca markers being contained. we’ll see how long it lasts.

Mouse hippocampus

The hippocampus is found deep in the brains of many mammals, including humans. It’s named for its seahorse shape (in Greek, hippokampos literally means “horse sea monster”).

It helps us form memories and navigate space. It contains special cells called “place cells” that create a mental map of our environment. The hippocampus is also one of the first structures to suffer in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, which is characterized by memory loss. The number of patients with Alzheimer’s is predicted to triple by 2050.

Scientists at Harvard Medical School were recently able to re-create Alzheimer’s disease from human cells in a culture dish. This will “revolutionize drug discovery in terms of speed, costs and [disease relevance],” according to a senior co-author on the study.

Image by Chris Henstridge/MTA-KOKI/Nikon Small World.

A branch of math called algebraic geometry is about shapes made by certain equations. This shape, the ‘seahorse’, has the equation (x² − y³)² = z³(x + y²).

anonymous asked:

Any oceanic spells or rituals recommended in order to bring more light and love into my life? :)

Hey sweetie! thank you for your message:)

Note: I particularily recommand a seahorse shaped object as it is a good talisman for luck and love, understanding, acceptance, emotional well being.