the frames are off

The Witch Head Nebula : Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble . maybe Macbeth should have consulted the Witch Head Nebula. A frighteningly shaped reflection nebula, this cosmic crone is about 800 light-years away though. Its malevolent visage seems to glare toward nearby bright star Rigel in Orion, just off the right edge of this frame. More formally known as IC 2118, the interstellar cloud of dust and gas is nearly 70 light-years across, its dust grains reflecting Rigels starlight. In this composite portrait, the nebulas color is caused not only by the stars intense bluish light but because the dust grains scatter blue light more efficiently than red. The same physical process causes Earths daytime sky to appear blue, although the scatterers in planet Earths atmosphere are molecules of nitrogen and oxygen. via NASA

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Prankin’ with the Marauders

I really enjoyed how much Steven and Lars trusted each other in this episode. Steven listened to Lars and considered the things he said (including his initial misgivings about the Rutile twins), even though as a gem, Steven was the “expert” in their situation. And Lars, though uncomfortable on many occasions, was willing to let Steven take the lead as well. He was afraid, hungry, aching, and he probably wanted to complain even a little. But he didn’t because he trusted Steven. It says a lot about what kind of leader Steven is though. I really like it.

The Rutile Twins: Joined at the hip. Literally. It’s a cool play on the expression if only because they don’t have the stereotypical portrayal of really close twins who are almost in unison. There are two clear individuals with different mannerisms and expressions. This despite being conjoined.