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Picture of the Day: Messier 9 Star Cluster

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken this incredible picture of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located near the center of our galaxy. The cluster, located some 25,000 light years away, is too faint to be seen with the naked eye, but Hubble has captured more than 250,000 individual stars there. Globular clusters are believed to have emerged when the galaxy was quite young, and the stars that make up Messier 9 are calculated to be around twice as old as our sun.

theatlantic:

Picture of the Day: Messier 9 Star Cluster

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken this incredible picture of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located near the center of our galaxy. The cluster, located some 25,000 light years away, is too faint to be seen with the naked eye, but Hubble has captured more than 250,000 individual stars there. Globular clusters are believed to have emerged when the galaxy was quite young, and the stars that make up Messier 9 are calculated to be around twice as old as our sun.

(via npr)

seaofgreen:

2012 International Women’s Day Heroes: Just a few of the thousands of courageous Iranian women activists, artists, lawyers, journalists who are detained, jailed, exiled, black-listed, and harassed. From left to right:

artist Bahar Sabzevari

photographer & filmmaker Tahmineh Monzavi

actress Pegah Ahangarani

Haleh Esfandiari, author of My Prison, My Home: One Woman’s Story of Captivity in Iran

journalist Nazanin Khosravani 

activist & documentary filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi

human rights activist and journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari

writer, attorney, & activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, presently serving an 11-year sentence

journalist and human rights activist Zhila Baniyaghoub

(via kateoplis)

To thoroughly understand the world, to explain it, to despise it, may be the thing great thinkers do. But I’m only interested in being able to love the world, not to despise it, not to hate it and me, to be able to look upon it and me and all beings with love and admiration and great respect.

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse  (via knowapower)

(Source: blackcommunist, via greenandyellowlemondrops)

poeticislam:

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi. 
Taken by Beno Saradzic.

poeticislam:

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.

Taken by Beno Saradzic.

Power resides only where men believe it resides. It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.

—George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings (via soupsoup)