Star-forming areas are marked by the pinkish knots along its sprawling arms, and lanes of dark dust wind out from its bright center, but this cosmic coquette is dimmed by the galactic equator of our own Milky Way. Though its face-on appearance is a boon to researchers, IC 342 prefers to hide its beauty behind a veil of dust, gas, and stars.
Also known as Caldwell 5, this galaxy is located in the constellation of Camelopardis, but its distance is hard to pin down. Estimates range from 7 million to 11 million light-years. Once thought to be part of our Local Group, it is now known to be a resident of our closest neighborhood—the IC 342/Maffei group.
IC 342 is close in size to many other large spiral galaxies in the region, but unlike galaxies such as Andromeda, it does not appear tilted from our perspective. Deep telescope views that manage to punch through the obscuring dust can thus provide valuable information about star formation and astrochemistry.
Image: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF
An interesting article highlighting the rising cost of cancer drugs. As a research scientist i will say that it takes time and money to develop these drugs but maybe there is price point at which the companies can profit without putting as immense a burden on patients.
The GIF above is an animation of a fractal tree, one of the simplest fractals! (simple meaning you can actually draw it without computer aid)
The basis of a fractal is a pattern repeating itself. Sometimes looking exactly the same no matter how close you zoom in on a chosen area. The most popular example of this being the Mandelbrot Fractal. (look up a video of the fractal, you can stare at it for hours — it’ll still be the same)
"Beautiful, damn hard, increasingly useful, thats fractals." - Pierre Mandelbrot
I had no idea. Being born relatively recently I never knew that currency was ever not in decimal format. That is 100 pennies to the dollar or 100 pence to the Pound. It turns out that Great Britain had a fractional currency, with crowns, florins, shillings, and more up until 1971. There was even a huge national debate over whether to change the currency. Most other countries either began with a decimal currency as in the United States or converted in the 19th century.
I visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History today, and one of their current exhibits is Glass Flowers, a truly astounding collection of glass plant models created by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886 to 1936. They created nearly 4,400 models by hand out of glass with wire reinforcement. I could barely wrap my head around the time and skill that went into the collection. The models range across plant families and feature both actual size models as well as larger anatomical pieces.
If you live in the Boston area, definitely check out the museum and this exhibit.
Lucky! omg. I need to visit :((
It was a cool little museum. Check out the Dodo skeleton two rooms over.
I highly recommend reading the short story anthology “Blood child and other stories” by Octavia Butler. I’ve read a lot of science fiction, most of it being escapist pulp. The stories written here are much more intriguing and have a depth that I haven’t encountered in the genre in a while. A lot has been written about the title short story, but I’ll just comment that I read it as an imprisonment story, despite the author saying that’s not what she intended. Two other stories “Amnesty” and “The evening the morning and the night” both stand out as interesting reflections on the capacity of current technology and what people will do to survive. A very well put together and though provoking book.