Southern Pinwheel Galaxy: Messier 83
Messier 83, nicknamed the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy located about 15 million light years away.
In this image, reddish white areas indicate areas of intense star formation. The galaxy is most visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
Image from National Geographic, information from Messier.SEDS.org, National Geographic, and NASA.
The Porpoise Galaxy from Hubble
What’s happening to this spiral galaxy? Just a few hundred million years ago, NGC 2936, the upper of the two large galaxies shown, was likely a normal spiral galaxy — spinning, creating stars — and minding its own business. But then it got too close to the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 2937 below and took a dive. Dubbed the Porpoise Galaxy for its iconic shape, NGC 2936 is not only being deflected but also being distorted by the close gravitational interaction. A burst of young blue stars forms the nose of the porpoise toward the left of the upper galaxy, while the center of the spiral appears as an eye. Alternatively, the galaxy pair, together known as Arp 142, look to some like a penguin protecting an egg. Either way, intricate dark dust lanes and bright blue star streams trail the troubled galaxy to the lower right. The above recently-released image showing Arp 142 in unprecedented detail was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope last year. Arp 142 lies about 300 million light years away toward the constellation, coincidently, of the Water Snake (Hydra). In a billion years or so the two galaxies will likely merge into one larger galaxy.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci/AURA)
Last summer, photographer Ben Lamberty took a spontaneous photo of a couple kissing and the photo turned out to be, in his words, “so cool” that he decided he needed to make a series out of it. He asked his friends—some of whom were actual couples—to model for him, resulting in this passionate series of chemistry and attraction.
I’ve been seeing a lot on the internet about how misandric feminism is, about how equality for women cannot be achieved out of hatred for men, about how women should love and respect everyone if they are to demand love and respect. Not to say that I’m not sympathetic towards the cause of men’s equal treatment or anything, but please tell me how this “oppression” truly effects your daily lives, how misandry is ingrained in the structure of society, about how much it sucks to have people who feel that they’ve been wronged by the domineering patriarchy feel inescapable hostility towards it (and you as an emblem of it). I think feminists should be allowed a little freedom to say “men suck” every now and then.
Isaac is an adorable model. :)