I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Okay, so this woman with bright red hair just happened to be standing in front of the red awnings of the Westway Diner on Ninth Avenue reading a book called Book of Dissent that happened to have a bright red jacket and -- I don't know. I feel as though she must have been posing for someone; it was all a little too perfect. Or maybe she was meeting a blind date and the book was how she was going to be recognized?
Anyway, she ended up posing for me.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
I've seen a lot of galaxies, but I have to admit that this image just made my jaw drop. How lucky are we to live in such a splendid universe?
This is UGC 1810, which is in the process of colliding with a galactic neighbor. All the brouhaha has resulted in that striking ring of hot young blue stars around the more traditional spiral form; in another billion years or so, UGC 1810 will pull the kids into line, they'll cool down a little, and the galaxy will look more like a typical spiral.
I'm on jury duty, in Federal Court, so no electronic devices of any kind are allowed. I don't mind having to read a dead-tree book rather than my Kindle, but I do wish I could bring my camera or even my phone. The weather has been gorgeous, if windy, and I could have taken a hundred pictures of the skyline yesterday.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Processing and Copyright: Domingo Pestana
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding. -- John Updike
Much as I love New York, there are other places, many of them, where I could live and be happy. But for the Updikeans among us, here's a whimsical tribute reflected in the windshield of a tour bus.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Well, this made me smile.
The big fuzzy white lights in the center of the picture, and the smaller, similar ones encircling it, are the Abell 370 galaxy cluster.
And the tiny bluish lights, some of them smashed flat or pulled into arcs, are galaxies behind Abell 370, so far away they wouldn't otherwise be seen. But the galaxy cluster acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying and distorting whatever's on the other side.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Jennifer Lotz and the HFF Team (STScI)
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
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