If you ever feel like I hate you just remember that I only hate myself
A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.
If you had a “Gods-Eye View” of the cosmos, and you zoomed out and out and out… you’d notice that the universe - at such a small scale -looks like a complex series of filaments. Webs. Veins. Wires.
These are stars and galaxies. We know now that matter (stars and galaxies etc.) seem to all line up next to each other in such a way that when you zoom out far enough, they seem to just blend together and all clearly become a part of a larger structure.
These structures are called galactic filaments and we know they exist. Our best methods to map the universe have resulted in this knowledge.
Well. The answer, we think, is dark matter.
To explain I need an analogy. If you’re at the beach and there’s a wave coming towards you, just stand there and watch.
What happens? The water, more or less evenly washes over the sand then recedes.
Now with your finger draw a little line in the sand. Draw a webby shape like the top row of images. Now as the water washes over the sand, some is left behind caught in the line you drew.
It’s entirely possible that the universe’s filament “webby” shape is because this is the way dark matter is spread throughout the universe. The gravitational attraction of the dark matter draws regular matter into it, sticking to that part of space like the water got stuck in the lines, or like dust to a spider web.
There are SO MANY MYSTERIES still.
I want to end this post with another thought, another analogy.
Before you watch the water on the beach wash into the lines you draw in the sand do another thing.
Notice the place where two filaments of web connect. Take your finger and carve out a little hole deeper in the sand. As the wave washes over it you’ll notice the water swirling into the hole.
The place where two branches of filament connect, this is where one finds huge populations of star clusters and… whirlpool galaxies. Galaxies that spin and swirl around almost like water down a drain.
Each of these universes does have a hole it spins around - a black hole. Another great mystery.
The vast and enigmatic mystique of our cosmos totally encompasses even the sharpest and most trained minds we have. Slowly we reverse engineer the world around us and I’m so excited to find out what’s going on out there
Do you ever think about your OTP having muffled, rough sex against a wall
Because I do
Sherlock AU - Remember
└ By some miracle Jim Moriarty survives the shot to the head. He wakes up in hospital only to suffer from amnesia. In the care of Sebastian Moran, Jim’s memory begins to return but will he want to go back to being Moriarty again?seen onrebloggy.com/sherlock
#this has so much potential #/will he want to?/ #the moriarty that he was before is the one who pulled the trigger #so would he be fated to repeat it? #please sebastian dont let him #but there is no stopping jim moriarty (via justanyotherperson)
if you want to understand the psyche of our generation take a good look at the stories we tell ourselves about the future
because it isn’t flying cars or robot dogs, it’s faceless government surveillance and worldwide pandemics and militarized police brutality and the last dregs of humanity struggling to survive
our generation isn’t self-centered, or lazy, or whatever else they wanna say about us. we are young, and we are here, and we are deeply, deeply afraid.