The Sombrero Galaxy is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 28 million light-years from Earth. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk.
Distance to Earth: 29,350,000 light years
It will never cease to amaze us that we can “see” this. We’re still awestruck by such images.
[This photo has no caption because it was taken before Columbus discovered America.]
Four healthy bison bulls getting ready for winter!
Wonderful editorial by Frank J. Sulloway of Smithsonian Magazine on the geographical hardships Darwin faced while venturing around the Galapagos Islands.
As I was reading, I couldn’t help but recall the overwhelming feelings I first experienced when reading ‘Voyage of the Beagle’, which I chose to read before ‘On The Origin Of Species’ in order to have a more chronological understanding of Darwin’s life.
It’s incredibly discouraging to me that the public school system highlights such a man as Christopher Columbus, yet, there’s no mention of Charles Darwin and his literal and figurative struggle for existence amidst the HMS Beagle expedition.
The rampant religious fundamentalism that continues to taint Darwin’s name and belittle his achievements without understanding his life at all, are maddeningly disrespectful.
It truly is amazing that Darwin even made it back alive from his expedition. So to toss the foundation of life science out simply because it doesn’t agree with Biblical scripture….it vexes me.
It vexes everyone with a brain.
In honor of Autumn coming soon, here are some happy dogs that love the fall weather are aren’t afraid to show it. Have a great day everyone.
Our day is so much better now!
"Women Crack Science" — Photo by William E. McCullough for the Valley Times, June 27, 1960: “Mrs. Gerry (Marcia) Neugebauer, left, points out object of interest to Mrs. Peter (Phyllis) Buwalda on global coordinate system often used by space scientists. Both women are in research and experimentation fields at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Altadena. In center of globe is the earth.” (Los Angeles Public Library)
And this was a year of great achievements by women, first woman pilot for Blue Angels, first woman to win the Fields Prize, the Nobel Prize of Mathematics, first female Chair of the Federal Reserve. First shut-out pitched at the Little League World Series by a woman. Thanks to all of you! You’ve made the world a better place for girls to grow up.