Image Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS & SPIRE Consortium, O. Krause, HSC, H. Linz
Explanation: This infrared view from the Herschel Space Observatory explores the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest large spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way. Only 2.5 million light-years distant, the famous island universe is also known to astronomers as M31. Andromeda spans over 200,000 light-years making it more than twice the size of the Milky Way. Shown in false color, the image data reveal the cool dust lanes and clouds that still shine in the infrared but are otherwise dark and opaque at visual wavelengths. Red hues near the galaxy’s outskirts represent the glow of dust heated by starlight to a few tens of degrees above absolute zero. Blue colors correspond to hotter dust warmed by stars in the more crowded central core. Also a tracer of molecular gas, the dust highlights Andromeda’s prodigious reservoir of raw material for future star formation.
10:15 am • 1 August 2014 • 569 notes
IS THIS A FUCKING RAINBOW CHEESECAKE?????
I AM FUCKING MAKING THIS.
Original Video: How to Make Rainbow Cheesecake
Reblogging for future reference.
I made a rainbow cake for my first college party. I covered it in black frosting and dusted it with white sprinkles so it would be very dramatic when it was cut into. The cake was thrown onto a table with a bunch of other desserts and kind of forgotten about; the host had taken it from me with a look of ‘I can’t believe this idiot freshman made a fucking black cake.’
Cue two hours later when someone cut into it and screamed, “JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, COME AND SEE THIS CAKE.”
After that, I had more friends than I knew what to do with.
1:30 pm • 31 July 2014 • 627,729 notes
“When people say ‘I hate math’ what you’re really saying is, ‘I hate the way mathematics was taught to me.’ Imagine an art class, in which, they teach you only how to paint a fence or wall, but never show you the paintings of the great masters. Then, of course, years later you would say, ‘I hate art.’ What you would really be saying is ‘I hate painting the fence.’ And so it is with math. When people say ‘I hate math’ what they are really saying is ‘I hate painting the fence.’”
— UC Berkeley math professor Edward Frenkel (via ryanandmath)
4:45 pm • 30 July 2014 • 14,362 notes
u r a garden but like. a community garden. and i am the garden of versailles.
10:15 am • 30 July 2014 • 8,679 notes
my girlfriend just woke up from a nap and the first thing she said was “i forgot i still have chicken nuggets” and ate cold nuggets and went back to sleep and i don’t think i’ve ever loved someone this much
4:45 pm • 29 July 2014 • 240,465 notes
We hope tonight you will stay off tumblr long enough to catch the entirely new Camelopardalids meteor shower, which promises be a good one. Comet dust from 209P/LINEAR, sloughed off 200 years ago in its orbit around the sun is due to enter our atmosphere and provide us a remarkable show. That is provided you find somewhere with clear skies away from sources of light.
Sidereus Nuncius, sometimes called Starry Messenger, is a short work by Galileo Galilei in 1610—or almost 200 years before 209P/LINEAR laid the groundwork for tonight’s show. Above is the verso of Galileo’s drawings of the Pleiades star cluster, which makes an exceptional background for our shooting stars. The edition is available for view online in our Heralds of Science collection, a set of books donated to the Smithsonian Libraries by noted book collector and founder of the Burndy Library, Bern Dibner. Our Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology is named in his honor.
Make Galileo proud.
1:30 pm • 28 July 2014 • 3,733 notes
“It’s like art class! All we do is talk about color and draw!”
— High Energy Particle Physics Student
1:30 pm • 27 July 2014 • 102 notes