Fuck Yeah Stars & Shit

"We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/20/14 - New Look at the Eyes

This stunning image was captured in astounding quality using  the FORS2 instrument on the ESO’s “Very Large Telescope.” It gives us an opportunity to look deeper into the processes impacting two interacting galaxies — NGC 4438 and NGC 4435  — that comprise Arp 120 or the Eyes (from afar, we see that the galaxies resemble a percentage sign) Both can be found approximately 50 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Virgo.

 The deeper look shows us that one member of the pair — NGC 4438, the one pictured near the top — was once a spiral galaxy by designation. At least it use to be until something cataclysmic happened many millions of years ago.  the galaxy so thoroughly, it essentially made it unrecognizable. The changes are likely the result of a nearby gravitational encounter, The tidal tails that  extend between the two galaxies and ultimately bridge them support that notion.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1nKuGxa

Image Credit: ESO
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Cassini Continues to Amaze After a Decade of Exploring Saturn July 1st marked ten years since the Cassini spacecraft inserted itself into orbit around Saturn and it has been beaming back images and data of the ringed planet and its moons ever since. Cassini’s carefully planned orbit puts it on the opposite side of Saturn’s rings as us here on Earth — this is called “occultation”. The image we see here is the first radio occultation observation of the ring system, taken on May 3, 2005 by Cassini. Three different radio signals (0.94, 3.6, and 13 cm wavelength of Ka-, X-, and S-bands respectively) were simultaneously sent through the rings to us here on Earth. Scientists were able to observe any change of each signal as Cassini moved behind the rings, highlighting the distribution of ring material as a function of distance from Saturn, or an optical depth profile.The image seen here was created from these optical depth profiles and shows the ring structure at 6 miles (10 kilometers) in resolution. The colors tell us about the rings and the particles that comprise them, including particle size variations in different areas thanks to the three radio signals measured effects. In the image, the purple regions have low concentrations of particles under 2 inches/5 centimeters in size. The green and blue areas contain particles smaller than 2 inches (5 centimeters) and smaller than 1/3 of an inch (1 centimeter). The wide white band near the center of the B ring is incredibly dense and even blocked two of the three radio signals, thus hindering us from receiving accurate data about this band. Other radio observations show all areas contain a wide range of particle sizes, even particles as large as boulders! (several meters across)-ALTCredit: NASA/JPL
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Science and Art

This is an interesting article written by Jonathan Jones at the Guardian – A British news service. He makes an interesting argument that science is more beautiful than art. Whether you are an artist or scientist, give this article a read and let us know what you think. Has science replaced art?

Read the article here: http://bit.ly/1lT05gp

Image Credit: Assorted NASA and ESA images
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Titan’s Building Blocks May Be Older Than Saturn

New evidence suggests that Titan didn’t form around Saturn. In fact, Titan may have been on the production line long before the planet itself.  So. Where did Titan come from…? 

Find out at:http://bit.ly/TiWb9F

Image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2439968/Plastic-space-Cassini-finds-propylene-Saturns-moon-Titan-time-discovered-world.html
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