“Discover, fight, and tame indigenous alien creatures”
- some new Steam game in the ‘space survival/colonisation’ genre, called Osiris: New Dawn
“Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way, where players lead the fight for a new home in hostile territory - where WE are the aliens - opposed by a deadly indigenous race bent on stopping us” - early promotional material for Mass Effect: Andromeda
hey fellow white scifi fans, there’s got to be a way to handle ‘humans go to live on another planet with an independently evolved ecosystem’ without making it a big old metaphor for the genocidal colonisation of what we now call the Americas but we’re not even fucking trying are we?
or is the whole idea of going to live on other planets just inherently fucked
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the sharpest and biggest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy — a whopping 69,536 x 22,230 pixels. The enormous image is the biggest Hubble image ever released and shows over 100 million stars and thousands of star clusters embedded in a section of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disc stretching across over 40,000 light-years.
The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or NGC 224, is a spiral galaxy that is approximately 2.5 million light-years away in the Andromeda constellation. The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, but not the nearest galaxy overall. The Andromeda Galaxy is also the largest galaxy of the Local Group, which also contains the Milky Way, the Triangulum Galaxy, and about 44 other smaller galaxies. Our Milky Way and the Andromeda are expected to collide in around 3.75 billion years, eventually merging to form a giant elliptical or large disk galaxy. The collision will not effect most matter in the galaxies, because space is so large most matter will only interact gravitationally. However, The Gas clouds of the the two galaxies will collide and begin to form new stars.
This image of the Andromeda galaxy in infrared is the sharpest image ever taken of the dust in another spiral galaxy when it was taken. This image reveals the delicate tracings of spiral arms
that reach into the very center of the galaxy. The fiery plumes of red contain millions of stars trapped within the dust that creates them.
Galaxy NGC 891, or Caldwell 23, is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It was discovered by William Herschel on October 6, 1784. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 1023 group of galaxies in the Local Supercluster.
NGC 891 looks as we think the Milky Way would look like when viewed edge-on (some astronomers have even noted how similar to NGC 891 our galaxy looks as seen from the Southern Hemisphere) and in fact both galaxies are considered very similar in terms of luminosity and size; studies of the dynamics of its molecular hydrogen have also proven the likely presence of a central bar. Despite this, recent high-resolution images of its dusty disk show unusual filamentary patterns. These patterns are extending into the halo of the galaxy, away from its galactic disk. Scientists presume that supernova explosions caused this interstellar dust to be thrown out of the galactic disk toward the halo.