Nature was then, this now"
Luke I am your father!?-Darth Vader
Luke: NOOOO! All this time and no child supports
Teddy Roosevelt’s diary entry from the day his wife died. He never spoke of her death again.
Quite possibly my favorite post on tumblr.
Instant reblog, favourite post, easily
its on valentines day </3 aww :(
that’s well cute
“The thing I love about you (ok, it’s one thing. one stone in a rock yard of things) is that you have this dream and you don’t let it deflate and stagnate like I do. You don’t lift your skirt and step over it to the petty, self-inflated demands of the day, like I do. You don’t keep it precious and shelved and preserved, like I do. Your thing is smoothed out in front of you, constantly, like a map of the battles you intend to wage by night. And win by daybreak.
We are here, because you are fearless. Because you consider nothing impossible. Because you show up, and work and stay the course and steady the ship and keep watch on the horizon, unsleeping. And whether dry land appears or not, you prepare for it as if it lies under the next swell. Because one day, it will lie under the next swell.”
A man holds up the horn of a white rhino, which has been removed by a vet, to help protect the animal by poachers. Despite the fact that rhinoceros horn is illegal worldwide, demand is rising steeply as a newly wealthy Asian middle class is able to afford the prized substance, previously the province of the rich. Authorities are often bribed, or turn a blind eye to illegal trade in, and use of rhino horn. Ground rhino horn is used primarily as an anti-fever and anti-toxin medication, in practices that go back centuries. In Vietnam, where a senior government minister has claimed that rhino horn cured his cancer, it sells for €1,865 per 100g to local customers, and for over €6,340 to foreign buyers. With rhinoceros horn worth more than gold, the animals are the target of poachers. South Africa alone lost over 400 rhinos to illegal poaching in 2011. It is estimated there are only 16,000 rhinos left in the world, and the animal faces extinction.
Nope, but I did make one just for you! [Well really for all my readers, but you made it happen, my little anon!]
Meteor showers that have already occurred in 2013:
You can learn more about the exact times to view each of the upcoming meteor showers, and where they are visible from Earth here.
Also check out some useful stargazing tips below:
Enjoy, and happy skywatching to all!
From IFLS/FB: Happy birthday to the Very Large Telescope! The VLT is fifteen years old this month. This collage shows one image for each year since it started surveying the universe.
Data gathered from the VLT has led to an average of one peer reviewed scientific paper every DAY. In 2007, almost 500 papers were published based on data from the VLT. Scientific studies from the VLT include:
- Imaging an extrasolar planet for the first time
- Tracking individual stars moving around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way
- Observing the afterglow of the furthest known gamma-ray burst.
- The detection of carbon monoxide molecules i…n a galaxy located almost 11 billion light-years away for the first time, a feat that had remained elusive for 25 years.
- Study of the violent flares from the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.
- Measuring the age of the oldest star known in our galaxy.
- Analysing the atmosphere around a super-Earth exoplanet for the first time using the VLT.
Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi.
Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi.
But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi.
Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction!
This is called the Transformation of Things.
Burton Watson  translation