Monarch butterfly emerging from chrysalis. Image courtesy Sid Mosdell (SidPix)
NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula. A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the center of this fury. Image and caption courtesy NASA.
Arp 194. This interacting group contains several galaxies, along with a "cosmic fountain" of stars, gas, and dust that stretches over 100,000 light-years. Image and caption courtesy NASA.
Sharpless 2-106. A massive, young star, IRS 4 (Infrared Source 4), is responsible for the furious activity we see in the nebula. Image and caption courtesy NASA.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it is tied to everything else in the universe.
-John Muir (1838-1914) U. S. naturalist, explorer.
I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.
Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)
Chemical compound being drawn by an unidentified chemist. Image courtesy DARPA via Wikimedia Commons.
Aerogel cube & Peter Tsou, JPL Scientist, Stardust Deputy Principal Investigator. Image courtesy NASA via Wikimedia Commons.
If one is sufficiently lavish with time, everything possible happens.
Chlorion aerarium, Cumberland, Maryland, July 2012. Image courtesy USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory via Fotopedia.
This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Curiosity landed near the Martian equator about 10:31 p.m., Aug. 5 PDT (1:31 a.m. Aug. 6 EDT) In this picture, the rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover's arm, which extends about 7 feet (2 meters). Two instruments on the arm can study rocks up close. A drill can collect sample material from inside of rocks and a scoop can pick up samples of soil. The arm can sieve the samples and deliver fine powder to instruments inside the rover for thorough analysis. The mast, or rover's "head," rises to about 6.9 feet (2.1 meters) above ground level, about as tall as a basketball player. This mast supports two remote-sensing science instruments: the Mast Camera, or "eyes," for stereo color viewing of surrounding terrain and material collected by the arm; and, the Chemistry and Camera instrument, which uses a laser to vaporize a speck of material on rocks up to about 23 feet (7 meters) away and determines what elements the rocks are made of. Image and caption courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech via Wikimedia Commons.
“Rivers shift, oceans fall, and mountains drift.”
-R.E.M., “Feeling Gravity’s Pull”
We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.
-Maria Mitchell, Astronomer (1818-1889)
An estimated 10,000 galaxies are revealed in humankind's deepest portrait of the visible universe ever.
Imaging of the tonoplast intrinsic protein in Arabidopsis roots. Image courtesy S. Gattolin et al via Fotopedia.
If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.
-Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912), French mathematician.
The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standing still…. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go….