astronomicalwonders:

Planet Neptune and its largest Moon Triton

Neptune is the outer most planet in our solar system; it orbits the sun with a radius of 2,798,000,000 miles. Neptune is the 4th largest planet by diameter, 3rd largest planet by mass and densest of all the gas giants. Neptune has a great dark spot similar to that of Jupiter. Both spots are Anticyclonic storms, meaning the winds around the storm flow opposite to the direction dictated by the Coriolis effect. However, unlike Jupiter’s spots, Neptune’s dark spots appear to only last a few years (as opposed to a few hundred) and have relatively calm and cloudless centers. Observations have shown that Neptune spends about the same amount of time with and without its largest dark spot. The storms activity seems to cyclical.

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Neptune has 14 moons, Triton is the largest and composes more than 99.5% of all the mass that orbits the planet. Triton is roughly the same size as our moon: (Neptune’s Triton vs Earth’s moon)

imageTriton has a retrograde orbit around Neptune, meaning that it orbits in the opposite of the planet’s rotation.

These images were taken by the Voyager 2 space probe and the Hubble space telescope, with the exception of the last image being an artists impression of Neptune seen from its moon Triton.

Credit: NASA/Hubble/JPL/wikipedia

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The Model 1880 Montenegrin Gasser Revolver,

The Model 1880 Montenegrin Gasser revolver was an improvement of the earlier Montenegrin Model 1870 Gasser revolver.  Made in Austria, the M1880 was said to have design elements suggested by King Nicholas of Montenegro himself.  Among the most important design change was a break open system for loading.  A star shaped extractor also automatically ejected spent cartridge casings when the cylinder was opened. This was markedly different from the older M1870 Gasser which used a loading port through which cartridges were loaded or unloaded one at a time. The M1880 still used the large 11.3x36Rmm cartridge which fired a 300 grain bullet, a powerful cartridge compared to most European revolvers of the day. 

Montenegro is a tiny country located in the Balkans that was often pushed around by its larger neighbors.  The Montenegrin King Nicholas I made a decree that every Montenegrin man own a Gasser Revolver citing, “Every male citizen of Montenegro is a member of the Militia, and therefore not only justified but also obliged to possess at least one Gasser Pattern revolver.”   Its also interesting that King Nicholas was a stockholder in the Leopold Gasser Company.

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ancientpeoples:

Gold hormos with medallion 
A hormos was a collar that could be worn on clothes. This hormos is made from gold and the medallion in the middle shows the god Dionysus. It is from the south of Italy, the Terentine culture. 
Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, 4th or 3rd century BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum 

ancientpeoples:

Gold hormos with medallion 

A hormos was a collar that could be worn on clothes. This hormos is made from gold and the medallion in the middle shows the god Dionysus. It is from the south of Italy, the Terentine culture. 

Greek, Early Hellenistic Period, 4th or 3rd century BC.

Source: Metropolitan Museum 

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expressions-of-nature:

Saturn Moon Harbors Ocean, Raising Possibility of Life (by Marc Kaufman via National Geographic) :

An ocean detected on Saturn’s moon Enceladus lies between ice and rock about 25 to 30 miles (40 to 48 kilometers) below the surface. A substantial ocean most likely exists beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s diminutive moon Enceladus, raising the possibility that primitive forms of extraterrestrial life exist in its briny depths. 

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Saturn Moon Harbors Ocean, Raising Possibility of Life (by Marc Kaufman via National Geographic) :

An ocean detected on Saturn’s moon Enceladus lies between ice and rock about 25 to 30 miles (40 to 48 kilometers) below the surface. A substantial ocean most likely exists beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s diminutive moon Enceladus, raising the possibility that primitive forms of extraterrestrial life exist in its briny depths.

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thenewenlightenmentage:

Mystery Signal from Center of Milky Way —Does It Come from Dark Matter Sources?
Our galactic center teems with gamma-ray sources, from interacting binary systems and isolated pulsars to supernova remnants and particles colliding with interstellar gas. It’s also where astronomers expect to find the galaxy’s highest density of dark matter, which only affects normal matter and radiation through its gravity. Large amounts of dark matter attract normal matter, forming a foundation upon which visible structures, like galaxies, are built.
No one knows the true nature of dark matter, but WIMPs, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, represent a leading class of candidates. Theorists have envisioned a wide range of WIMP types, some of which may either mutually annihilate or produce an intermediate, quickly decaying particle when they collide. Both of these pathways end with the production of gamma rays — the most energetic form of light — at energies within the detection range of Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT).
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thenewenlightenmentage:

Mystery Signal from Center of Milky Way —Does It Come from Dark Matter Sources?

Our galactic center teems with gamma-ray sources, from interacting binary systems and isolated pulsars to supernova remnants and particles colliding with interstellar gas. It’s also where astronomers expect to find the galaxy’s highest density of dark matter, which only affects normal matter and radiation through its gravity. Large amounts of dark matter attract normal matter, forming a foundation upon which visible structures, like galaxies, are built.

No one knows the true nature of dark matter, but WIMPs, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, represent a leading class of candidates. Theorists have envisioned a wide range of WIMP types, some of which may either mutually annihilate or produce an intermediate, quickly decaying particle when they collide. Both of these pathways end with the production of gamma rays — the most energetic form of light — at energies within the detection range of Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT).

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scienceisbeauty:

From the hand of  Andrew Pontzen (@apontzen) and Tom Whyntie (@twhyntie) TED Ed bring us a divulgative introduction (the first in a series) about ‘The Fundamentals of Space-Time’. Very basic but pretty funny. Animation by Giant Animation Studios.

h/t Laughing Squid: TED Animation ‘The Fundamentals of Space-Time’ Breaks Down Complex Physics Concepts in Flipbook Form.

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gildedgravestones:

Vintage Porcelain Covered With Hand-Painted Ants

This would stress me out

It already stressed me out, I’m gonna go lie down

who would want this????

I would!

I feel physically ill looking at this.
SO OBVIOUSLY I NEED IT ON MY BLOG!

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guy:

rare photo of a cock on a pussy on a bitch on an ass

am I reblogging for the photo or the comment ?

house-of-gnar:

guy:

rare photo of a cock on a pussy on a bitch on an ass

am I reblogging for the photo or the comment ?

discoverynews:

BREAKING: Small World Discovered Beyond Pluto
After a decade of searching, astronomers have found a second dwarf-like planet far beyond Pluto and its Kuiper Belt cousins, a presumed no-man’s land that may turn out to be anything but. Read more

discoverynews:

BREAKING: Small World Discovered Beyond Pluto

After a decade of searching, astronomers have found a second dwarf-like planet far beyond Pluto and its Kuiper Belt cousins, a presumed no-man’s land that may turn out to be anything but. Read more

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earth-song:

painted bat (Kerivoula picta) is a species ofvesper bat in the Vespertilionidae family.

It is found in Brunei, China, India, Indonesia,Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. It is found in arid woodland.

The body and tail are the same length. The body length is 3 to 5.5 cm. The tail length is 3 to 5.5 cm as well. The wingspan is 18–30 cm in length.

Small groups of these animals are often found in the most unlikely roosts such as in the suspended nests of weaver finches and sunbirds or under the eaves of African huts. Doubtless the bright and broken coloration of these bats is a form of camouflage to protect them while they roost in vulnerable sites. Although nothing is known of their reproductive habits, Painted bats have nuclear family units -that is, a mother, a father, and young. Hunting flights last around 1-2 hours.

Besides the coloring it is otherwise a fairly normal microbat that uses sonar to catch insects at night.

They live in Southern and eastern India to southern China. They are rare and live in groups of only 2–6.

Colors for Kerivoula picta are bright orange or scarlet, with black wings and orange along the fingers. As in other forms of Kerivoula, K. picta possesses long, wooly, rather curly hair, a small, fragile form, large funnel-shaped ears and 38 teeth.

Bat, pre-Halloween colored for your convenience.

::starts humming This Is Halloween::

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crazyredcoat:

Diary of 18th century sailor

Diary of 18th century sailor provides fascinating insight into life below decks in Nelson’s navy. The diary of George Hodge shows the “below decks” view of life at sea during a crucial time for Britain’s senior service.
The self-educated seaman begins the journal with the words: “George Hodge, his Book Consisting of Different ports & ships that I have sailed in since the year 1790. Aged 13 years.”
He recorded the ladies of leisure with whom he associated, painted stunning pictures of ships and flags as well as a self portrait.
Images of ordinary seamen from the time of Nelson’s navy are very rare.
Hodge lists one or two skirmishes, but many entries cover the mundane activities of life on board vessels from this era. There are also words to sea shanties that the men sang.
The journal is about 500 pages long and includes lists of ships and how many guns they have, lists of crew, and a list of flag formations that number 192.
These include: “1. An enemy is in sight. 2. Prepare for battle. 3. Sail by divisions… 5. Engage the enemy (If red penant shown engage more closely) … 10. Enemy retreating at full speed.” It also shows that danger was ever present for crews, even when the ships were not in battle.
On December 26, 1812, an entry reads: “A fresh breeze a strange sail in sight. Empl painting quarterdeck. Fell from the for top mast Mathew Donelson and was drownded.”
Another entry reads: “July 19 light breeze at 5am picked up body of John Carter and buried him on the Isle of White.”
On Christmas Day in 1806 he writes: “Employ’d in wartering ship and seting up the riger … fish for dinner.”
He began his career at sea as a cabin boy in coaling vessels between Northumberland and London.
In 1794 he travelled to a Russian Baltic port and on the way back was captured by the French, but was then sent home in a cartel sloop.
He was captured again in 1797, but was returned home and then spent months on the run from press gangs.
But in 1798 he was caught and joined HMS Lancaster, which had 64 guns. For the next nine years he served mainly along the west African coast. But he also went to Ceylon and the East Indies.
In 1808 he joined HMS Marlborough, 74 guns, and spent the years until 1812 mostly on blockade duty around Europe.
At Cadiz in 1812 news of the war with America reached his ship and she sailed to Bermuda. The Lancaster then served in the blockade of the Chesapeake and raided several towns.
Hodge was then sent to serve on the lakes in north America and was assigned to a gunboat.
In 1814 he took part in raids on Oswego, New York and blockaded the US Naval base at Sackets Harbour.
Finally, in 1815 he returned to Britain and at Greenwich was paid for 17 years, four months, two weeks and two days service with the Royal Navy.
After that he rejoined the merchant navy where he had started and finally ended his career at sea in 1833.
An addition made after his death shows that he did have children.
Hodge writes that he was born “In the Parish of Tinmouth in the County of Northumberland” and that his career began under “Capt Edger” who commanded the “brig Margerey.”

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norwegianmaria:

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Part 1

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