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The planet Earth, July 1969.


The fact that the more one expands their mind through experimentation, education, and exploration causes one to realize that they know absolutely nothing, in the larger scheme of things, is one of my favourite things about learning, much less life itself because it keeps us humble, but wanting more. 

Do yourself the favour of expanding your mind every day, in any and every way you can, because the greatest gift you can give yourself is the gift of knowledge. Specifically the knowledge that even after decades of acquiring facts and information, you will still know nothing of our grandiose universe. It is within the mortality of our knowledge, and of our conscious existence where we find the tragic beauty of our shared experience through our limitless endeavour to better ourselves that spans over all of humanity. 

Let yourself be overwhelmed by the universe and everything in life, let yourself be overwhelmed by the curiosity burning within your mind, forever asking questions. Let yourself be brave enough to ask those questions, but humble enough to continue learning daily, and to better yourself until your dying day. Because in the end this is merely a learning process, a magnificently universal experiment. Do yourself a favour and forever stay eager. 

Image Credits: Gif made by Erin Mae Dul of The Science of Reality. Youtube video via InsaneFilmReel via NASA, Johnson Space Center, Earth Observatory, & ISS Crew Earth Observations. Original video editing by Bruce W. Berry.

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Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy performed a six-hour spacewalk on Monday (27 Jan.) in support of assembly and maintenance on the International Space Station.

Tethys in sunlight

Tethys, like many moons in the solar system, keeps one face pointed towards the planet around which it orbits. Tethys’ anti-Saturn face is seen here, fully illuminated, basking in sunlight. On the right side of the moon in this image is the huge crater Odysseus. The Odysseus crater is 280 miles (450 kilometers) across while Tethys is 660 miles (1,062 kilometers) across.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Problems of gravity
Albert Einstein is an icon and for good reason. His general theory of relativity, which describes the force of gravity, was an intellectual tour de force. Not only were his ideas entirely new, they have also stood the test of time. Despite this success, some physicists are doing what many would consider sacrilege: they are tinkering with the theory, producing modified versions of it. But why?
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WISE Reveals a Hidden Star Cluster

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has seen a cluster of newborn stars enclosed in a cocoon of dust and gas in the constellation Camelopardalis. The cluster, AFGL 490, is hidden from view in visible light by the cloud. But WISE’s infrared vision sees the glow of the dust itself, and penetrates this dust to see the infant stars within.
Not much is known about this stealthy star cluster. Its distance from Earth is estimated to be about 2,300 light-years. The portion of the star-forming nebula captured in this view stretches across about 62 light-years of space.
All four infrared detectors aboard WISE were used to make this mosaic. Color is representational: blue and cyan represent infrared light at wavelengths of 3.4 and 4.6 microns, which is dominated by light from stars. Green and red represent light at 12 and 22 microns, which is mostly light from warm dust.

Okavango Delta, Botswana (NASA, International Space Station, 06/06/14) by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr.
Tramite Flickr: Okavango inland delta in northern Botswana is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member on the International Space Station. The great Okavango delta in the Kalahari Desert is illuminated in the sun’s reflection point in this panorama. Using this sun glint technique, crew members can image fine detail of water bodies. Here the bright line of the Okavango River shows the annual summer flood advancing from the well-watered Angolan Highlands (upper margin) to the delta. Then the flood water slowly seeps across the 150 kilometer-long delta, supplying forests and wetlands, finally reaching the fault-bounded lower margin of the delta in the middle of winter. Most of the water of this large river is used up by the forests, or evaporates in the dry air. Only two percent of the river’s water actually exits the delta. The wetland supports high biodiversity in the middle of the otherwise semiarid Kalahari Desert, and is now one of the most famous tourist sites in Africa. This view also shows the small quantity of water in the Boteti River. Okavango water only reaches the dry lake floors (lower right) in the wettest years. Part of one of the station’s solar arrays is visible at right. Image credit: NASA

Skylab, 1973-1979 by NASA on The Commons on Flickr.
Tramite Flickr: Image Credit: NASA Skylab from above. Launched on March 14, 1973 Skylab was America’s first experimental space station. Orbiting the Earth from 1973 to 1979 Skylab contained solar arrays, an observatory, laboratory, workshop and other systems. Skylab allowed humans to remain in orbit for longer than ever before and numerous studies of the sun and Earth’s atmosphere were conducted from there.

Brane theory of multiple dimensions

"Be proud of your place in the Cosmos. It is small, and yet, it is."

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We named awesome NGC 4921…the “Snow White” Galaxy because it belongs to an unusual class of galaxies in which star formation is nearly absent, giving it a haunting translucency. Also dubbed the “anemic” galaxy due the low rate of new star formation, it is located in the Coma Cluster in the constellation Coma Berenices about 320 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy has a nucleus with a bar structure that is surrounded by a distinct ring of dust that contains recently formed, hot blue stars. The outer part consists of unusually smooth, poorly distinguished spiral arms. In May 4, 1959, a supernova explosion was observed “quite far from the center” of the galaxy.