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kavaeric:

I look up — many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big — but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity.

That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you.

That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…


- Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson [ x ]

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Land Rover’s Galactic Discovery Competition Could Launch You and Three Friends to Space

itsfullofstars:

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…right?

s-c-i-guy:

Space Shuttle Photography by Dan Winters

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afro-dominicano:

Earth’s Siblings: Inside The Planets

Click each for a neat and informative view of the neighboring planets in our Solar System.

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pappubahry:

Wonderfully smooth wagon-wheel effect from Saturn’s polar hexagon.  Photographed by Cassini, 22 March 2014.

"Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe — among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope. This study, which includes ultraviolet light, provides the missing link in star formation."

Read more at http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/27/ and http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/hubble-team-unveils-telescopes-most-colorful-cosmic-view-n121556

Introducing Chariklo, the first asteroid-like object discovered with rings.

This is the first time any object besides a Solar System gas giant—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune—has been found to have rings. Chariklo is technically a centaur, one of many centaurs that orbit between Jupiter and Neptune and have both asteroid-like and comet-like properties, which makes them a bit of a mystery. Asteroids and comets are distinguished by where they were formed and what they are made of; Chariklo, the largest of the centaurs, happens to be is more asteroid-like.

More details at http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/first-asteroid-object-discovered-rings.

A wormhole? A GIANT spaceship? An intergalactic disco? None, actually.

This is, believe it or not, a real photo taken by the Chandra x-ray observatory. The central object is a quasar, RX J1131-1231 (RX J1131 for short), located about 6 billion light years from Earth.

According to Chandra, "Gravitational lensing by an intervening elliptical galaxy has created four different images of the quasar, shown by the Chandra data in pink.”

It’s certainly one of the clearest images of this effect we’ve seen in a while, and one of the sparkliest!

More info at http://chandra.si.edu/photo/2014/rxj1131/

jtotheizzoe:

Sky Tapestry, by Cordella Lackey

A tapestry jewelled hangs over the night;
Have you looked up to see where it gleams?
There are rubies and sapphires and diamonds white
Interwoven with mists of lost dreams.

This tapestry ancient was hung up for you
Before Time tried to reckon with Space;
And for ages to come it will hang in the blue,
Starry jewels each one in its place.

Each star has a story, each mist is alight;
If you seek to know each priceless fold
You will treasure this tapestry hung up at night
By the Weaver of tapestries old.

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