How Big is Space?

From The Resonance Project:

It’s a challenge to even perceive how big “big” really is. Hopefully this meme helps you to realize how large our local environment is. The galaxy may seem huge, but its only a speck in Laniakea, our local supercluster of galaxies…



As Above, So Below!

From The Mind Unleashed:

* And to think that the ancients discovered all this without the aid of modern technology. *


“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.” ―Neil deGrasse Tyson

Physicists find evidence that there’s more of a similarity between the very small and the very large than first appearances suggest:

A lonely planet without a star.


n international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star.

This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago—a newborn in planet lifetimes.

It was identified from its faint and unique heat signature by the Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) wide-field survey telescope on Haleakala, Maui. Follow-up observations using other telescopes in Hawaii show that it has properties similar to those of gas-giant planets found orbiting around young stars. And yet PSO J318.5-22 is all by itself, without a host star.

Artist’s conception of PSO J318.5-22. Image credit: MPIA/V. Ch. Quetz

Artist’s conception of PSO J318.5-22. Image credit: MPIA/V. Ch. Quetz

“We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that that looks like this. It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone,” explained team leader Dr. Michael Liu of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do.”

During the past decade, extrasolar planets have been discovered at an incredible pace, with about a thousand found by indirect methods such as wobbling or dimming of their host stars induced by the planet. However, only a handful of planets have been directly imaged, all of which are around young stars (less than 200 million years old). PSO J318.5-22 is one of the lowest-mass free-floating objects known, perhaps the very lowest. But its most unique aspect is its similar mass, color, and energy output to directly imaged planets.

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Astronomers Witness Birth of Milky Way’s Most Massive Star

An artist's impression of the forming massive star. (Credit: David A. Hardy/

An artist’s impression of the forming massive star. (Credit: David A. Hardy/


July 10, 2013 — Scientists have observed in unprecedented detail the birth of a massive star within a dark cloud core about 10,000 light years from Earth.

The team used the new ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) telescope in Chile — the most powerful radio telescope in the world — to view the stellar womb which, at 500 times the mass of the Sun and many times more luminous, is the largest ever seen in our galaxy.

The researchers say their observations — to be published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics — reveal how matter is being dragged into the centre of the huge gaseous cloud by the gravitational pull of the forming star — or stars — along a number of dense threads or filaments.

“The remarkable observations from ALMA allowed us to get the first really in-depth look at what was going on within this cloud,” said lead author Dr Nicolas Peretto, from Cardiff University. “We wanted to see how monster stars form and grow, and we certainly achieved our aim. One of the sources we have found is an absolute giant — the largest protostellar core ever spotted in the Milky Way!

“Even though we already believed that the region was a good candidate for being a massive star-forming cloud, we were not expecting to find such a massive embryonic star at its centre. This cloud is expected to form at least one star 100 times more massive than the Sun and up to a million times brighter. Only about one in 10,000 of all the stars in the Milky Way reach that kind of mass.”

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Embrace the Moon!

From Gypsy Spirit Wind:

“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
―    Tahereh Mafi,    Shatter Me



English: Lunar libration. see below for more d...

Lunar libration.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A full Moon tearing at my innards.

Mad wolves howling in my brain.

This ebb and flow of change…?

Dizzy, I wonder where is North?

Tidal waves of ferocious hope

crash against my fragile sanity.

A plethora of new prospects

spreads like rampant wildfire.

Drawn and quartered by indecision:

a collision of conflicting needs,

disintegrating and dispersing

on a searing wind of passion.

Destination: that alluring unknown,

Mistress of my dubious fate,

spins out of control

and cackles with irreverent glee

at the outcome only she can see.





Planets of the Solar System

Planets of the Solar System (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Man, born of stars:

his own galaxy.

Essence of four

birthed by the Moon.

Three times seven

reflecting the Matrix.

That illusive mirror

was always within.

Breathe sunlight


your progeny

is infinity.


The Helix



Experience Worldwide Telescope!

An image of the WorldWide Telescope viewing th...

An image of the WorldWide Telescope viewing the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Immerse yourself in a seamless beautiful environment.

From web to desktop to full dome planetarium, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigation. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky. You can research and import your own data and visualize it, then create a tour to share with others.
Should you want to download the software, go to their site by <Clicking here!> By the way, this is freeware.
If you would like to see some examples, go visit Paul’s blog.

That Fabulous Orion Nebula!

Look at those colours… From

And what about all those stars? There could be little Joes or Janes living anywhere in there!!! Or Glurckles, maybe Strontles?

My neighbour John just remarked that Orion may actually not be a nebula. He’s lying, because it’s been a while since I last cleaned my glasses and if I say it’s a nebula, then we are unanimous about that, dangit!

funny science news experiments memes - That Nebulous Orion
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Present from Lieven 23.

The Drunken Silenus

Image via Wikipedia

Lieven Grillaert

  • Sweet serene sky-like flower,
    Haste to adorn her bower;
    From thy long cloudy bed
    Shoot forth thy damask head!

    New-startled blush of Flora,
    The grief of pale Aurora,
    Who will contest no more,
    Haste, haste to strew her floor!

    Vermilion ball that’s given
    From lip to lip in heaven,
    Love’s couch’s coverlet,
    Haste, haste to make her bed!

    Dear offspring of pleased Venus
    And jolly plump Silenus,
    Haste, haste to deck the hair
    Of the only sweetly fair!

    See! rosy is her bower,
    Her floor is all this flower;
    Her bed a rosy nest
    By a bed of roses pressed.

    But early as she dresses,
    Why fly you her bright tresses?
    Ah! I have found, I fear,—
    Because her cheeks are near.

Incorrect Starsign???

Precession of the equinoxes as seen from insid...

Image via Wikipedia

I just read an article in “The News” (publ.07-09-2011), which is a free newspaper, that we get here in the South of Spain. According to Mr. Ken Campbell, their resident astronomer(not astrologer!), what everyone thinks is their star sign, is “almost certainly NOT the constellation where the sun was on the day they were born”!!! This is due to a phenomenon called precession.(->)

*From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


In astronomy, precession refers to any of several gravity-induced, slow and continuous changes in an astronomical body’s rotational axis or orbital path.*

If  anyone would like to know their TRUE  star sign, email him at You can also visit to learn more.(see link up!)