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 enjoy cats, science, math, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Howl's Moving Castle, Samurai Champloo, Rurouni Kenshin, jellyfish, Detroit, Futurama, and whatever else happens to delight me!
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NGC 3718 (at right) is a warped spiral galaxy embedded in the Ursa Major constellation. According to NASA, gravity exerted on NGC 3718 by its neighbor, NGC 3729 (at left), is probably responsible for the twisting and stretching of the galaxy’s arms.



APOD site pics of NGC 6357:

1) Star Forming Region NGC 6357 by Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble), ESA, ESO, NASA, FITS Liberator & Digitized Sky Survey 2    Dec. 20, 2006

2) Massive Stars in NGC 6357 by Johannes Schedler (Panther Observatory)    Oct. 9, 2008

3) A Massive Star in NGC 6357 by NASA,ESA, and J. M. Apellaniz (IAA, Spain)    Nov. 21, 2010

4) NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars by NASA, ESA, Jesus Maiz Apellaniz (IAA, Spain)   Nov 18, 2012


Eta Carinae

This new image of the luminous blue variable Eta Carinae was taken with the NACO near-infrared adaptive optics instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, yielding an incredible amount of detail. The images clearly shows a bipolar structure as well as the jets coming out from the central star. The image was obtained by the Paranal Science team and processed by Yuri Beletsky (ESO) and Hännes Heyer (ESO). It is based on data obtained through broad (J, H, and K; 90 second exposure time per filters) and narrow-bands (1.64, 2.12, and 2.17 microns; probing iron, molecular and atomic hydrogen, respectively; 4 min per filter).

Credit: ESO

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Estonian astrophotographer Raivo Hein captured Moon with Jupiter and its moons!

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Dust is pretty amazing stuff.

Check out more dusty science in this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart:

(Apologies for not including dusts of the pixie, angel, and bowl varieties in the video)


Reflection nebula around HD 87643

This image, centred on the B[e] star HD 87643, beautifully shows the extended nebula of gas and dust that reflects the light from the star. The central star’s wind appears to have shaped the nebula, leaving bright, ragged tendrils of gas and dust. A careful investigation of these features seems to indicate that there are regular ejections of matter from the star every 15 to 50 years. The image, taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla, is based on data obtained through different filters: B, V and R.

Image credit: ESO/F. Millour et al.