Saturday, November 30, 2013

Colorful Aurora Borealis in Iceland. Found at http://buff.ly/1fUBOsK



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On Top of Eiger Peak, Berner Alpen, Switzerland. Found at http://buff.ly/1fUBH0j



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This sharp, wide-field view features infrared light from the spiral Andromeda Galaxy (M31). Dust heated by Andromeda’s young stars is shown in yellow and red, while its older population of stars appears as a bluish haze. The false-color skyscape is a mosaic of images from NASA’s new Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite. With over twice the diameter of our Milky Way, Andromeda is the largest galaxy in the local group. Andromeda’s own satellite galaxies M110 (below) and M32 (above) are also included in the combined fields. Launched in December 2009, WISE began a six month long infrared survey of the entire sky on January 14. Expected to discover near-Earth asteroids as well as explore the distant universe, its sensitive infrared detectors are cooled by frozen hydrogen. Found at http://buff.ly/1fUBHNP



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Eta Carinae is a stellar system in the constellation Carina, about 7,500 to 8,000 light-years from the Sun. The system contains at least two stars, one of which is a luminous blue variable (LBV), which during the early stages of its life had a mass of around 150 solar masses, of which it has lost at least 30 since. It is thought that a hot supergiant of approximately 30 solar masses exists in orb…it around its larger companion star, although an enormous thick red nebula surrounding Eta Carinae makes it impossible to see optically. Eta Carinae is enclosed in the Homunculus Nebula, itself part of the much larger Carina Nebula. Its combined luminosity is about five million times that of the Sun and has an estimated system mass in excess of 100 solar masses. It is not visible north of latitude 30°N and is circumpolar south of latitude 30°S. Because of its mass and the stage of life, it is expected to explode in a supernova or even hypernova in the astronomically near future. Image credit: R. Jay GaBany Found at http://buff.ly/1cGmZF2



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Ring nebula by Hubble Found at http://buff.ly/184ea8e



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Waterfall Island, Alto Parana, Paraguay Found at http://buff.ly/1eKAFRl



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Earthrise viewed from lunar orbit prior to landing Found at http://buff.ly/18R0yhm



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Gudvangen, Norway Found at http://buff.ly/1eKAC80



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The Sombrero Galaxy, also known as Messier 104 (M104), is a famous unbarred spiral galaxy located in the southern skies, in the direction of Virgo constellation. It lies at a distance of 29.3 million light years from Earth. The galaxy’s designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 4594. The Sombrero Galaxy is known for its appearance, similar to that of a Mexican hat, with a bright white core surrounded by thick lanes of dust and a halo of globular clusters and stars, appearing almost edge-on when observed from Earth. Messier 104 has an exceptionally large and prominent central bulge, which contains billions of very old stars that are responsible for the glow of the galaxy’s central region. The dust lanes contain a number of younger, brighter stars. M104 is believed to contain a large black hole at its centre. The central region is quite bright across the electromagnetic spectrum. With an apparent visual magnitude of 8.98, the galaxy can’t be seen without binoculars, but it can easily be found in smaller telescopes. The Sombrero Galaxy can be seen in 7×35 binoculars or a 4-inch telescope. The galaxy’s central bulge can be made out in a medium-sized telescope, and the dust lane is visible in larger telescopes, starting from 10-inch and 12-inch telescopes. To distinguish the galaxy’s bulge from the disk, one needs at least an 8-inch telescope. Images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed that Messier 104 has a significantly larger and more massive halo surrounding it than previously believed, which suggests that it might really be a giant elliptical galaxy. In 2012, infrared images from Spitzer indicated that the Sombrero Galaxy is really two galaxies in one: a large elliptical galaxy with a thin disk galaxy embedded within. The galaxy’s halo, seen glowing in visible light images, was revealed to be the right mass and size for a large elliptical galaxy. The discovery raised questions over the galaxy’s formation because what would usually be the most likely scenario – the giant elliptical galaxy swallowing the smaller spiral galaxy – does not make sense here because the smaller galaxy’s disk would most likely not have survived the collision. Another theory suggests that a cloud of dust was drawn in by the gravity of the elliptical galaxy, and formed a spinning disk around the galaxy’s centre. The Sombrero Galaxy is believed to be similar to Centaurus A, another elliptical galaxy with an embedded disk inside it, located in Centaurus constellation. Found at http://buff.ly/18R0sq4



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Helix nebula by Jeff Johnson http://buff.ly/18R0q1c Found at http://buff.ly/18R0nT8



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The Great Barrier Reef, Australia Found at http://buff.ly/1im5fWs



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The Cure - Lovesong (Official Video) by RhinoEntertainment



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Star Trek star George Takei reviews a cable http://buff.ly/1cEtV5q Found at http://buff.ly/1cEtW9y



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As Darkness Falls by Colin H. Sillerud Found at http://buff.ly/1ilPkas



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Billy Joel - We Didn’t Start The Fire by billyjoelVEVO



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Genesis - Land Of Confusion [Official Music Video] by MrPhil46



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Carl Jung Found at http://buff.ly/1ilPMph



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Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii - Directors Cut - Full Length! - 720p HD by GilmourTrueHD



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Rumi Found at http://buff.ly/1cEi33E



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Dead Can Dance - Toward the Within (1995) (by Андрей Максимов)



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Chief Seattle Found at http://buff.ly/1ilQAul



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ESA/Hubble Flashback: The Cat’s Eye Nebula. Found at http://buff.ly/1ilNvul



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Wow. Thanks to Occupy Democrats for the image. Found at http://buff.ly/1cEgeDz



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Pink Progressives Found at http://buff.ly/18uaOhC



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huntingtonlibrary: The fish living in our Japanese Garden wanted to be GIFed. They also star in a video. Happy Friday, fish. And a happy Friday to you, tumblr friends.



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ESO Flashback: How to Become a Star. Found at http://buff.ly/1829rUo



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Messier 43 (also known as M43, De Mairan’s Nebula, and NGC 1982) is an H II region in the Orion constellation. It was discovered by Jean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan before 1731. The De Mairan’s Nebula is part of the Orion Nebula, separated from the main nebula by a lane of dust. It is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. Found at http://buff.ly/1cEe2My



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our-amazing-world: Tivoli Gardens Amazing World



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our-amazing-world: Waterfall castle in Amazing World



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Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

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The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

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black-and-white-gifs: Adirondack Mountains, New York (Paul Frederick)



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Don’t



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Michael Jackson BAD 25 - Live at Wembley July 16,1988 HD [FULL] (by MrAppleheadMJ)



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NGC 1300 is a barred spiral galaxy about 61 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. The galaxy is about 110,000 light-years across; just slightly larger than our own galaxy, the Milky Way. It may be part of the Eridanus Cluster. Found at http://buff.ly/1cEekmt



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Baraka - Dead Can Dance - The Host Of Seraphim [HD - 1080p] by hilakku



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Expecting Rain



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"Go Outside and Play" by Kevin Van Aelst



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stvdy: Yum! (Janet)



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vodka-tonic-please: untitled by Astrid Prasetianti on Flickr.



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labellefilleart: Armenian Girl, William James Glackens



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jon-berg: Ambush



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bialykots: 30” x 40 ” // acrylic and ink // happy fun time painting day~



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Michael Jackson - Thriller by michaeljacksonVEVO



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Tea Garden near Mt. Fuji, Japan Found at http://buff.ly/1cGq8op



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Dalai Lama Found at http://buff.ly/1ilPGy2



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gl0vving: Double explosion by Mauro La Malva



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Wowza



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mitlas: (by elias.and.theresa.carlson)



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Wave



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hazy-minded: Chess reimagined



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trynottodrown: Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) Taxonomy: The Vampyroteuthis infernalis, literally translates to “vampire squid from hell” was first described in 1903 and was thought to be an octopus with eight arms. Subsequent sightings of it showed two additional arms were discovered tucking into pockets. It is currently, the only animal in the order Vampyromorphida, an order “in between” octopus and squid, mainly due to the addition of sensory filaments believed to be used for finding food in the deep sea. Characteristics: V. infernalis is most commonly known for its jet-black skin, the “cape” webbed skin between the arms and eyes that appear blood red at times. It has excellent predator avoidance behavior, including the ability to invert itself, exposing suckers and cirri, making it look as though it is covered in spines. V. infernalis also has light organs on the tip of each arm and at the base of its fins. The animal will begin to glow and wiggle about while also expelling mucus containing “thousands of glowing spheres of blue bioluminescent light.” While this mucus is being expelled, the vampire squid escapes. Size: Average size for V. infernalis is between 25 – 30 cm (9-12 inches). For its size, the vampire squid has the largest eyes of any animal in the world; approximately the size of a wolf or full-grown dog. Distribution and habitat: V. infernalis lives in the oxygen minimum layer (600-800 m depth) because it is highly effective at removing oxygen from the water due to a pigment that easily binds oxygen (hemocyanin). It also has a very low metabolic rate and high gill surface areas. Specimens have been collected from tropical and subtopical waters worldwide. Photos: (1,2)



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Galaxy NGC 1808 is a barred spiral galaxy located some 40 million light years away toward the constellation Columba. The galaxy is undergoing an episode of intense star formation near its very center, perhaps triggered by rotation of the bar or by material transported inward along the bar. In this image, the yellow light is produced by old, low-mass stars, and the blue light is produced by glowing hydrogen powered by young, high-mass stars. The new star formation is organized into clusters of between 10 and 100 light years in diameter, and filaments of dark, obscuring dust are mixed in with the gas and stars. The image shows a region that is about 3000 light years across. Found at http://buff.ly/184e0h3



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Friday, November 29, 2013

This Pope is causing some problems for the Right Found at http://buff.ly/1829D67



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Andromeda Galaxy Found at http://buff.ly/1gpHKr5



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