NGC 7318 (also known as UGC 12099/UGC 12100 or HCG 92d/b) are a pair of collidinggalaxies about 300 million light-years away in the Constellation Pegasus. They are members of the famous Stephan’s Quintet.
NGC 7318B has two optical arms emanating from the eastern part of the main body. Since these arms are similar morphologically to the tidal tails of merging galaxies such as NGC 4038/9, it is considered that NGC 7318B itself is a major merger with a retrograde orbit. In order to study the emission-line activity in the tidal arms of NGC 7318B, scientists took CCD narrow-band (Ha ON and OFF) images and then found a large-scale arc in Ha emission which traces closely the arms.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
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Buddhist monks created this sand mandala in December 2010 at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. In keeping with Buddhist tradition the monks painstakingly drew the mandala with colored sand over five days as a blessing to the earth and, when it was completed, destroyed it to signify the impermanence of all things.
Geminid Meteor Shower
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
I’ll probably go to this show by myself. :)
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Workspace of MZA Planning based in London.
Urban Planners office MZA Planning Features iMac’s, desks from Ikea, Scansnap scanners, laminate wood flooring completes the minimalist effect.
Have some space backgrounds! Resolution: 700x1050px (which should be large enough for most phones)
All images from NASA’s Hubble website (x) and edited by me