A moment of your time, please

I wouldn’t be running off so early but I promised my little fuzzy butt a trip outside to play. Before we do go, I have a concern or two and I want your opinion about the matter. So that no one would know who anybody was, I put it in poll form. It is also easier to hit a button and run, especially if your in a hurry. Please take a moment and let me know your honest thoughts, we would deeply appreciate it.

 

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – Polar Ring Galaxy

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2017 February 17

Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660
Image Credit & Copyright: CHART32 Team, Processing – Johannes Schedler

 

Explanation: NGC 660 is featured in this cosmic snapshot. Over 40 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660’s peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings strongly tilted from the plane of the galactic disk. The bizarre-looking configuration could have been caused by the chance capture of material from a passing galaxy by a disk galaxy, with the captured debris eventually strung out in a rotating ring. The violent gravitational interaction would account for the myriad pinkish star forming regions scattered along NGC 660’s ring. The polar ring component can also be used to explore the shape of the galaxy’s otherwise unseen dark matter halo by calculating the dark matter’s gravitational influence on the rotation of the ring and disk. Broader than the disk, NGC 660’s ring spans over 50,000 light-years.

Earth Sky News for February 17th: Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

Bottom line: Use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, the North Star.

 

 

Your Charm for February 17th is Scorpio the Scorpion

Your Charm for Today

Today’s Meaning:
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is determined, forceful, emotional, intuitive, powerful, passionate, exciting and magnetic. This person is probably an acquaintance you made at work.

General Description:
Eighth sign of the Zodiac, Oct. 24th to Nov. 23rd. Ruling by the planet Mars; correct metal, Iron. Those born under Scorpio were believed to be energetic, strongly determined, persistent, and thorough in their undertakings, with inflexible will-power, of magnetic personality, affable, just, affectionate, and powerful convicting speakers. The Scorpio gems aare the Aquamarine and Beryl. The Aquamarine has always been reverenced in the East as all emblem of purity, and was given at marriage for increasing mutual love. In Rome worn for cheerfulness, curing distempers and internal complaints; by mariners to protect them from sickness and danger at sea.