Nonconformist isn’t an insult either. I’m proud of being one.
from-dust-of-stars: Fucking yeah!
When you find a friend you can act stupid with:
from-dust-of-stars: We all need friends like this…
If you don’t think space is the tightest shit then you’re wrong
from-dust-of-stars: Space never ceases to amaze in its infinite shades of beauty.
Wow, 3D printers have really come a long way.
from-dust-of-stars: I want this version of a 3-d printer
Leonard Nemoy… now & as Spock in the 2nd pilot episode.
from-dust-of-stars: Live long and prosper! One of the greatest characters, Spock, and one of the finest actors, Leonard Nimoy.
from-dust-of-stars: Fight the urge to shout FIRE, she is that hot!
Reblog this and I will draw a picture of what I think you look like based off of your posts. You have until march 10th to reblog.
from-dust-of-stars: Fucking cool, hope to get a reply / picture based on my blog posts… Damn, I wish I’d come up with this idea.. Course my version might be stick figures :D. LOL
from-dust-of-stars: Fucking free n open society… The dream of all, still a work in progress! JFK had some awesome speeches.
Throwback post in lieu of the disheartening events unfolding before us. Ukraine, Russia, America, all nations, countries and parliaments…we can do better than this. Put down your arms, stereotypes, prejudices, arrogances, and ignorances. Let’s go to space together. We are one planet. We speak for the Earth.
If there were ever an appropriate time to reblog this, well…in the wake of the trouble to come with what these fanatics are going to do to the government and the world….now would be a good time to listen to this, read the words and wake up.
“An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it… The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment…
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence—on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations… Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed….
….Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed—and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment—the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution—not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”—but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mould, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion. This means greater coverage and analysis of international news—for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security… And so it is to the printing press—to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news—that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.”
– President John F Kennedy, “President and the Press" address, 1961.
from-dust-of-stars: fucking Science geek drool-worthy. Awesome gifs about exoplanets.. So fucking cool!|
Incredible, beautiful visual resources for exploring the ever-growing family of exoplanets.
In addition to the great tools linked above, I’d recommend The New York Times' interactive feature on the Kepler Tally of exoplanets, which I’ve featured before.
Want more exoplanet goodness? I did a two-part video series for It’s Okay To Be Smart on YouTube:
from-dust-of-stars: Fuck yeah, Tie me down n have your way with me! Damn, this is hot. I wish I could find a woman I could love n trust enough to try this… N maybe the blindfold also… Damn !
from-dust-of-stars: Flipping awesome cat, water, n clean-up… LOL… Cats so totally rock!
from-dust-of-stars: Flipping ultimate, cool question to ponder… Perhaps the meaning of everything?! I’ve puzzled these questions from childhood…
What is Space?
by Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com Contributor | February 28, 2014 08:34pm ET
Pic above: The galaxy MACS0647-JD (inset) appears very young and is only a fraction of the size of our own Milky Way. The galaxy is about 13.3 billion light-years from Earth, the farthest galaxy yet known, and formed 420 million years after the Big Bang. Image taken by Hubble Space Telescope on Nov. 29, 2011, and released Nov. 15, 2012. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Postman and D. Coe (STScI) and CLASH Team
From the perspective of an Earthling, outer space is a zone that occurs about 100 kilometers (60 miles) above the planet, where there is no appreciable air to breathe or to scatter light. In that area, blue gives way to black because oxygen molecules are not in enough abundance to make the sky blue.
Further, space is a vacuum, meaning that sound cannot carry because molecules are not close enough together to transmit sound between them. That’s not to say that space is empty, however. Gas, dust and other bits of matter float around “emptier” areas of the universe, while more crowded regions can host planets, stars and galaxies.
No one knows exactly how big space is. The difficulty arises because of what we can see in our detectors. We measure long distances in space in “light-years,” representing the distance it takes for light to travel in a year (roughly 5.8 trillion miles, or 9.3 trillion kilometers).
From light that is visible in our telescopes, we have charted galaxies reaching almost as far back as the Big Bang, which is thought to have started our universe 13.7 billion years ago. This means we can “see” into space at a distance of almost 13.7 billion light-years. However, astronomers are not sure if our universe is the only universe that exists. This means that space could be a lot bigger than it appears to us.
Radiation invisible to human eyes
Most of space is relatively empty, meaning that there are just stray bits of dust and gas inside of it. This means that when humans send a satellite to a distant planet, the object will not encounter “drag” in the same way that an airplane does as it sails through space.
The vacuum environment in space and on the moon, for example, is one reason that the lunar lander of the Apollo program looks so odd-shaped — like a spider, one crew said. Because the spacecraft was designed to work in a zone with no atmosphere, there was no need for smooth edges or an aerodynamic shape.
While space may look empty to human eyes, research has shown that there are forms of radiation emanating through the cosmos. In our own solar system, the solar wind — made up of plasma and other particles from the sun — permeates past the planets and occasionally causes aurora near the Earth’s poles. Cosmic rays also fly through the neighborhood, emanating from supernovas outside of the solar system.
In fact, the universe is permeated with the cosmic microwave background, which can be understood as the leftovers of the immense explosion that formed our cosmos (usually called the Big Bang). The CMB, which is best seen in microwaves, shows the earliest radiation that our instruments can detect. [Infographic: Cosmic Microwave Background Explained]
One large feature of space that is poorly seen or understood is the supposed presence of dark matter and dark energy, which are essentially forms of matter and energy that can only be detected through their effects on other objects. Since the universe is expanding and accelerating in that expansion, that is seen as one key piece of evidence for dark matter. Another is gravitational lensing that occurs when light “bends” around a star from a distant background object.
Stars, planets, asteroids and comets
Radiation is one feature of space, but the universe is also full of objects that we can see. The most familiar objects to humans are planets and stars.
Stars (like our own sun) are immense balls of gas that produce their own radiation. They can range from red supergiants to cooling white dwarfs that are the leftovers of supernovas, or star explosions that occur when a big one runs out of gas to burn. These explosions spread elements throughout the universe and are the reason that elements such as iron exist. Star explosions can also give rise to incredibly dense objects called neutron stars. If these neutron stars send out pulses of radiation, they are called pulsar stars.
Planets are objects whose definition came under scrutiny in 2006, when astronomers were debating whether Pluto could be considered a planet or not. At the time, the International Astronomical Union (the governing body on Earth for these decisions) ruled that a planet is a celestial body that orbits the sun, is massive enough to have a nearly round shape, and has cleared its orbit of debris. Under this designation, Pluto and similar small objects are considered “dwarf planets.”
The definition of extrasolar planets, or planets outside the solar system, is still not firmed up by the IAU, but essentially astronomers understand it to mean objects that behave like planets in our neighborhood. The first such planet was found in 1992 (in the constellation Pegasus) and since that time, hundreds of alien planets have been confirmed — with thousands more suspected.
Asteroids are rocks that are not quite big enough to be dwarf planets. In our own solar system, they are often considered to be leftovers from when our neighborhood was forming, and are most concentrated in a belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter. Younger solar systems also have collections of asteroids, but if planets are not there yet, astronomers can sometimes use the term “protoplanets” to indicate planets in formation.
In our solar system, comets (sometimes called dirty snowballs) are objects believed to originate from a vast collection of icy bodies called the Oort Cloud. As a comet approaches the sun, the heat of our star causes ices to melt and stream away from the comet. The ancients often associated comets with destruction or some sort of immense change on Earth, but the discovery of Halley’s Comet and related “periodic” or returning comets showed that they were ordinary solar system phenomena.
Galaxies and black holes
One of the biggest cosmic structures we can see are galaxies, which essentially are vast collections of stars. Our own galaxy is called the Milky Way, and is considered a “barred spiral” shape. There are several types of galaxies, ranging from spiral to elliptical to irregular, and they can change as they come close to other objects or as stars within them age.
Often galaxies have supermassive black holes embedded in the center of their galaxies, which are only visible through the radiation that each black hole emanates as well as through its gravitational interactions with other objects. If the black hole is particularly active, with a lot of material falling into it, it produces immense amounts of radiation. This kind of a galactic object is called a quasar (just one of several types of similar objects.)
Smaller black holes can also form from the gravitational collapse of a gigantic star, which forms a singularity from which nothing can escape — not even light, hence the name of the object. Once believed to be theoretical objects, scientists have found evidence of black holes in the universe. No one is quite sure what lies within a black hole, or what would happen to a person or object who fell into it.
Large groups of galaxies can form in clusters that are groups as large as hundreds or thousands of galaxies bound together gravitationally. Scientists consider these the largest structures in the universe.
from-dust-of-stars: Fucking truth behind the satire… Read and think about it… Maybe not so far from fact! Regardless, is fun to ponder.
Humans To Go To Other Earth-Like Planets
Written by Keith Shirey. Thursday, 27 February 2014
Topics: Global Warming, Earth, Planets
WON’T BE BLUE FOR LONG
NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered 715 more planets in the Milky Way that could be a suitable to sustain human life. Since the first such discovery, in 1995, this brings the total to about 1,700.
"This is very good news indeed," said Biology Professor Carl Sagan of Pasadena CA.’s Cal Tech.
"We’ve just about trashed the earth. The rapid deterioration of our environment is leading toward a dead planet. So we have to escape the earth. I would say we must leave within the next 90 years or so."
His colleague B.F. Skinner-Brown of the Eco-Psychology Department echoed his gloomy assessment.
"Humans are necro-parasitic by nature. They have sought the complete subjugation of our planet and all species on it. The blowback is obvious."
Skinner-Brown continued, ‘We are pushing the ecosystems of the world out of the environment in which they evolved, They will all die. We have to leave the earth.”
Cal Tech, M.I.T, J.P.L, N.A.S.A. and D.A.R.P.A. have formed a consortium, backed by Pentagon funding, to study the most efficient ways of leaving the planet for other Milky Way habitats similar to earth.
Physicist Carl Sagan of M.I.T. said that the group would include in its study ways to eventually escape the new planet because “humans are sure to trash it too.”
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from-dust-of-stars: Mind Fucking blowing photo-real finger painting. Fucking amazing artist and art! Damn, wow!
Realistic Finger Paintings
February 28th, 2014 | Inspiration |
New York based artist Zaria Forman uses her fingers as a paintbrush and creates realistic artworks of beautiful landscapes, icebergs, and waves.