IF YOU DONT GET EXCITED OVER NATURE THEN WHAT DO YOU EVEN GET EXCITED ABOUT
What looks like a celestial hummingbird in this stunning space wallpaper is really the result of a collision between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy at a whopping 326 million light- years away.
The flat disk of the spiral NGC 2936 is warped into the profile of a bird by the gravitational tug of the companion NGC 2937.
The object was first cataloged as a “peculiar galaxy” by Halton Arp in the 1960s. This interacting galaxy duo is collectively called Arp 142.
I wanted to live to see the day when our galaxy did this with Andromeda…
One of those things that you really know, but that if you stop one moment to think about it are kind of frightful even if absolutely ok, the life goes on, nothing happened, bees are still working and jibba jabba whatever else.
Image: Quadruple moons transiting Saturn.
The giant orange moon Titan, at the top right is larger than the planet Mercury, and the second largest moon in the solar system after Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Titan is the only moon in our solar system known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only place other than Earth where stable bodies of surface liquid have been found.
Three icy moons are also visible, with Enceladus and Dione at the left and Mimas on the far right.
This picture was taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on 24 February 2009, when Saturn was at a distance of roughly 1.25 billion kilometres from Earth.
Ten-year project redraws the map of bird brains
Explorers need good maps, which they often end up drawing themselves.
Pursuing their interests in using the brains of birds as a model for the human brain, an international team of researchers led by Duke neuroscientist Erich Jarvis and his collaborators Chun-Chun Chen and Kazuhiro Wada have just completed a mapping of the bird brain based on a 10-year exploration of the tiny cerebrums of eight species of birds.
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