Starfall painted by Anselm Kiefer, 1995
The stars are like letters which inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other; as has been said: “Everything breathes together.” — Plotinus
Photographs like this just blow my mind.
Dark energy is here to stay. This year’s Nobel Prize in Physicswas given to a trio of astronomers who made an extraordinary discovery in 1998: that the universe not only is expanding, but it’s doing so at an accelerated rate. Nobel Prize winner physicist Frank Wilczek called this ”the most fundamentally mysterious thing in basic science.” It’s an understatement to say that when the accelerated universe was first announced, the physics and astronomy community were completely baffled. To a large extent, we still are, 13 years later. I’d like to use the blog today to put their discovery into context, exploring why dark energy is so bizarre.
—Marcelo Gleiser in 13.7: Cosmos And Culture
The Butterfly or IC1318, the diffuse emission nebula surrounding Sadr or Gamma Cygni. Sadr lies in the center of Cygnus’s cross. One of the surrounding nebulous regions; others include the Crescent Nebula. It contains many dark nebulae in addition to the emission diffuse nebulae.
Copyright: Jean-Baptiste Gordien