Shhhh, Night Vale. Goodnight.
This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast. But the meat of the story is not only what this cosmic caterpillar eats for lunch, but also what’s eating it. Harsh winds from extremely bright stars located 15 light-years away from the knot towards the right edge of the image, are blasting ultraviolet radiation at this “wanna-be” star and sculpting the gas and dust into its long shape.
The caterpillar-shaped knot, called IRAS 20324+4057, is a protostar in a very early evolutionary stage. It is still in the process of collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and IPHAS
Graffite Attack on Flickr.
Will . Japs . Fejão . Ofe
Sentimentos que eternizamos na pele.
Caraguatatuba (obrigada Razuchi e Thin!)
Mauá - SP
Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as we do—seven.
Caltrain, San Francisco.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Durand. I’ve been following Aaron’s beautiful photography on Tumblr for some time and discovered that he also works at Twitter. So last night we went out with my friend Nick Bilton (who introduced us and is also an awesome photographer). Aaron taught me how to take photographs of trains at night with long exposures like this one (24 seconds). It was really cool to learn something new, in a fun environment while making new friends along the way.
Discórdia @ Afonso Vergueiro - Sorocaba/SP
Discórdia @ Sorocaba/SP