Aimless In Space

My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
--J.B.S. Haldane--

Rachael - Detroit - WSU

Mad Scientist-in-Training

Clastrophysicist (Classics/Astronomy/Physics)

This is my super spectacular (mostly) space blog!! I also blog cats, science, math, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Howl's Moving Castle, Samurai Champloo, Legend of Zelda, Rurouni Kenshin, jellyfish, Detroit, Futurama, and whatever else happens to delight me!
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Barnard’s Loop with NGC 2170
Credit: Bucksnort Observatory


I just want you to know, there are worlds out there, safe in the sky because of her. That there are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble. A thousand, million light years away. They will never forget her — while she can never remember. … But for one moment… one shining moment… she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe.

(via doctorwho)


The “Eye of Sauron Nebula”

(via classicallyforbiddenregions)


Fig. 4. Chladni’s figures of vibrating plates. 1872.


circumhorizontal arcs photographed by (click pic) david england, andy cripe, del zane, todd sackmann and brandon rios. this atmospheric phenomenon, otherwise known as a fire rainbow, is created when light from a sun that is at least 58 degrees above the horizon passes through the hexagonal ice crystals that form cirrus clouds which, because of quick cloud formation, have become horizontally aligned. (see also: previous cloud posts)


barsoom: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 31st December 2005.

Image runs from 62°S 125°E to 77°S 115°E; about 910 km. The 6th image shows the east rim of Burroughs Crater (with a smaller crater superposed on it). The 8th image shows the west side of Rayleigh Crater.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) wrote a series of novels set on a fantasy version of Mars, and also invented the character of Tarzan.

John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842-1919) was a physicist, and who discovered Rayleigh scattering - which is, amongst other things, why the sky is blue.

Composite produced from visible light images, but colours are not balanced naturalistically. 

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.




Messier 9 - Globular Cluster in Ophiuchus

Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, M9 is a large globular cluster located near the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Globular Clusters are some of the oldest objects of the galaxy, providing clues about it’s evolution and structure. There are also several dark clouds of interstellar dust nearby, which are featured in the first image above. While M9 can be seen with decent binoculars, it is only with large telescopes that the cluster comes into full view.

Top: Wide-Field - Siggi Kohlert

Bottom: Close-Up - NASA/ESA



Image Credit: Patrick Hochleitner