TITLE: The One That Got Away
ARTIST: The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars
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Death of Hypatia - William Mortensen 1930

Gustav Klimt, Die Tänzerin (The Dancer), 1916


Lucky is a very patient Guinea pig.


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.


Matterhorn, Italy | Ennio Pozzetti


Rene Magritte - L’Eclair