Image credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1968
M13: A great globular cluster of stars
M13 is one of the most prominent and best known globular clusters. Visible with binoculars in the constellation of Hercules, M13 is frequently one of the first objects found by curious sky gazers seeking celestials wonders beyond normal human vision. M13 is a colossal home to over 100,000 stars, spans over 150 light years across, lies over 20,000 light years distant, and is over 12 billion years old. At the 1974 dedication of Arecibo Observatory, a radio message about Earth was sent in the direction of M13. The reason for the low abundance of unusual blue straggler stars in M13 remains unknown.
Image credit: Danny Lee Russell
And what a beautiful cluster it is. By far my favorite; and due to the visibility in my area, the most easily locatable. The first time I found this in my telescope I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
Microscopy by Francis Prior
Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees
“The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would look like. The University Heights, Rhode Island store removed all foods that are reliant upon the important pollinators, and it leaves a pretty slim selection; 52% of the produce department’s offerings would be pulled from shelves without bees around to help.”
ISS Transit Over the Moon [1131 x 1500]
Hanging Gardens of Babylon art.
Albert Einstein (via sagansense)