This gorgeous long exposure photo shows the flight path of the spaceflyers’ Soyuz TMA-12M rocket.
The rocket, headed for the International Space Station, launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. On board was NASA astronaut Steven Swanson as well as two Russian cosmonauts: Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. The trio will spend the next 6 months working in space.
Archie Andrews — the freckly, lovelorn comic book star — is going to die in an upcoming issue of theLife With Archie series, which shows Archie’s life as an adult.
"Archie dies as he lived — heroically," Archie Comics CEOJon Goldwater told the New York Post.”He dies saving the life of a friend, and does it in his usual selfless way. Archie has always been a representation of us — the best of us. Our strengths and our faults.”
Writer Paul Kupperberg added, “This isn’t a random one-off or ‘what-if’ story that we’re doing as a gag. This is the story that we mapped out carefully and with much thought.”
But do not despair, dear readers: Archie will live on in his teenage incarnation. ThePost says that “Archie — much to the relief of Jughead, Betty and Veronica — remains alive in comics set in the present.” He’ll even be given the Lena Dunham treatment (by which we mean she will write an Archie storyline, not that he will have a series of uncomfortable sexual experiences on camera.)
used to read archie all the time as a kid.. ;( (to both his death and Lena Dunham. blegh)
a spring thaw in the north atlantic combined with winds, ocean currents and the coastal landscape result in intricate swirling sea ice pattens. though seemingly wispy, these glacial flows are actually made up of thousands of ice chunks a few metres across — large enough to make maritime navigation difficult.
the photos (click pics for sources and location) were captured by the m.o.d.i.s. instruments aboard nasa’s terra and aqua satellites, save third and eight pictures, which were taken by astronauts aboard the international space station.
as phil plait put it, “i am awed and moved when i see images like the one above. its beauty is transcendent, and was made possible by our curiosity, our desire to learn more about the world we live in — an urge so strong we invented science, and engineering, and then built satellites that can look back at us from space and show us how surpassingly beautiful our world is, and how we need to take care of it.”
the past several years have seen sea ice in the arctic below the 1979-2000 average, with this past september displaying the lowest volumes yet recorded. these photos speak to the effects of climate change, as warmer winter temperatures result in thinner ice, which creates more free drifting sea ice in the spring and summer.
Floating at the centre of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as [SBW2007] 1 but sometimes nicknamed SBW1, is a nebula with a giant star at its centre. The star was originally twenty times more massive than our Sun, and is now encased in a swirling ring of purple gas, the remains of the distant era when it cast off its outer layers via violent pulsations and winds.
But the star is not just any star; scientists say that it is destined to go supernova! 26 years ago, another star with striking similarities went supernova — SN 1987A. Early Hubble images of SN 1987A show eerie similarities to SBW1. Both stars had identical rings of the same size and age, which were travelling at similar speeds; both were located in similar HII regions; and they had the same brightness. In this way SBW1 is a snapshot of SN1987a’s appearance before it exploded, and unsurprisingly, astronomers love studying them together.
At a distance of more than 20 000 light-years it will be safe to watch when the supernova goes off. If we are very lucky it may happen in our own lifetimes…
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; acknowledgement: Nick Rose