1. astronomicalwonders:

    New Structures found in the Milky Way - A Black Hole’s Eruption

    NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy.

    “What we see are two gamma-ray-emitting bubbles that extend 25,000 light-years north and south of the galactic center,” said Doug Finkbeiner, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., who first recognized the feature. “We don’t fully understand their nature or origin.”

    The structure spans more than half of the visible sky, from the constellation Virgo to the constellation Grus, and it may be millions of years old. A paper about the findings has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.

    Finkbeiner and his team discovered the bubbles by processing publicly available data from Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT). The LAT is the most sensitive and highest-resolution gamma-ray detector ever launched. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light.

    From end to end, the newly discovered gamma-ray bubbles extend 50,000 light-years, or roughly half of the Milky Way’s diameter, as shown in this illustration. Hints of the bubbles’ edges were first observed in X-rays (blue) by ROSAT, a Germany-led mission operating in the 1990s. The gamma rays mapped by Fermi (magenta) extend much farther from the galaxy’s plane.

    Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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  2. secretmantra:

    What th’ hell? What th’ hellll is that thang?

    (from Moon Knight #4, Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey’s latest)

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  4. zerostatereflex:

    Zoom Into a Microchip

    It is absolutely crazy how tiny we can make things today.

    What we’re seeing here is a standard microchip, older though in principle the same as modern cell phone chip.

    At the micro level we’re dealing with this comparison:

    "A micron is 1 millionth of a meter, 10-6 or 10-3 of a millimeter. Very tiny. It is abbreviated with the greek letter for M, or the mu."

    It takes 100,000 Microns to equal about 4 inches and toward the end of the set we’re in the 1 micron range.

  6. likeafieldmouse:

    J. M. W. Turner - The Wilson Sketchbooks (1795-7)

    (via comicsworkbook)

  7. hyper-graf:

    found some old Moebius Heavy Metal scans from my now now defunct flickr account

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  10. embrace-your-earth:

    What a wonderful explanation omg this spoke to me.

    (Source: reddit.com, via zerostatereflex)