Hi - I'm Melissa
so good of you to join me
as we journey together
into the cosmos


Drifting Under the Keel by geckzilla on Flickr.

IC443 - IC444. The Jellyfish Nebula, Supernova Remnant in Gemini

The Jellyfish nebula (IC443) in Gemini is a supernova remnant that is from 8000 years ago (3.000 - 30.000). Although it shares some characteristics with other supernova remnants like the Crab nebula, in this case, the gas threads do hot show a regular outward expansion.  The nebular area on the bottom of the image is IC444. The more prominent stars are Mu and Eta Geminorum.

Credit: Antonio Perez Astronomia

Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia)
Also known as the Bornean cat, or Bornean marbled cat, the bay cat is a species of wild cat (Felinae) which is endemic to the island of Borneo, where it is relatively rare. Like many other cat species, bay cats are nocturnal and secretive. Due to this not much is known about bay cat biology and ecology, however they are known to feed on medium sized vertebrates. 
Currently Pardofelis badia is listed as endangered on the IUCN red list as it faces threats from deforestation and habitat destruction.
Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Feliformia-Felidae-Felinae-Pardofelis-P. badia
Image: Jim Sanderson

Keep talking by Pink Floyd

tarshish: Weather on Mars, photographed by Mars Global Surveyor, spring 2001.
Clouds appear to swirl around the highground atop the largest of the Tharsis region’s extinct volcanos. At top, Alba Mons. At left, Olympus Mons. In a diagonal line across the lower half of the image, the Tharsis Montes: (left-to-right) Arsia, Pavonis, and Ascraeus Mons.
10 images, about a week between each, 1st February-20th April 2001. corresponding to Ls 111° to 140° on mars, around the middle of the northern Summer.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/MGS/MSSS. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.

100 Planetary Nebulas by geckzilla on Flickr.

"Inspired by insect illustration posters, this is a large collage of planetary nebulas I put together bit by bit as I processed them. All are presented north up and at apparent size relative to one another—I did not rotate or resize them in order to satisfy compositional aesthetics (if you spot any errors, let me know). Colors are aesthetic choices, especially since most planetary nebulas are imaged with narrowband filters. How many of them can you identify?”

NGC 1316, After Galaxies Collide


The Shape of Ideas

(via bouncingdodecahedrons)