we can’t stop watching this…
we can’t stop watching this…
From National Geographic, to start your week off:
Seven hundred and fifty light-years from Earth, a young, sunlike star has been found with jets that blast epic quantities of water into interstellar space, shooting out droplets that move faster than a speeding bullet.
The discovery suggests that protostars may be seeding the universe with water…What’s really exciting about the discovery is that it appears to be a stellar rite of passage, the researchers say, which may shed new light on the earliest stages of our own sun’s life—and how water fits into that picture.
The water-jet phenomenon seen in Perseus is “probably a short-lived phase all protostars go through,” Kristensen said.
“But if we have enough of these sprinklers going off throughout the galaxy—this starts to become interesting on many levels.”
Indeed. More here.
Distraction of the day: http://zizhu.tumblr.com/
All gifs, all the time. The tumblr mainly covers film, but is also tagged by body part (huge plus).
The best is the archive page. Hundreds of gifs all at once.
Some of our favorites:
The Fifth Element
Death Becomes Her
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Today is the first day of the Vedic New Year named “Khara”, which is marked by the conjunction of the Moon and the Sun, of equal degrees in Pisces.
Vedic astrology is founded on the bahndu of the Vedic scriptures. As bahndu is Sanskrit for “the inner and outer worlds”, the ancient Hindu astrology derives from the connection between microcosm and macrocosm. Vedic astrology differs from Western astrology primarily in its focus on the Sidereal Zodiac, rather than the Tropical Zodiac. Both systems chart the ecliptic (the path that the sun traces throughout the year) according signs named after constellations (Cancer, Pisces, etc…). The Sidereal Zodiac charts the ecliptic and signs according to the position of fixed stars, while the Tropical Zodiac is determined by the position of the vernal equinox (the intersection of the ecliptic and celestial equator). The difference between the two systems has been marked by 1.4 arc degrees per century.
(image: Vedic, or Jyotiṣa, South Indian birth chart)
Quite heavy for a Monday afternoon. If you’re interested, you can read more about the 2011-2012 Vedic New Year, written by the Vedic astrologer, Chakrapani Ullal. If you’re dying to know more about the upcoming year, we will happily direct you to Chakrapani’s full, lengthy prediction for the Vedic Year “Khara” after it’s posted next week!
Shukla Paksha Pratipada! Happy New Year!
Blame it on our fascination with the grotesque; blame it on the hypnotic editing and asynchronous movement; blame it on whatever you’d like-we can’t stop watching this. However, our friends over at Quit Mumbling can be blamed for showing us the video.
We’ve begun our official investigation of the Finnish director, Miika Lommi. We like what we see. Stay tuned for more.