strangebiology

What to call a group of birds

strangebiology:

Starlings: Murmuration
Crows: Murder
Eagles: Convocation
Jays: Party
Larks: Exaltation or Ascension
Owls: Parliament
Peafowl (like peacocks): Ostentation
Ravens: Unkindness, Storytelling
Doves: Pitying
Flamingo: Flamboyance
Gulls: Screech
Guinea Fowl: Confusion
Hawks: Boil
Parrots: Pandemonium
Thrush: Mutation

First question is how can I get the job of naming animal groups and second of course is does anyone really use these words in real life?


dailycosmos
brightestofcentaurus:

IC 4603
IC 4603 is a reflection nebula located about 500 light years away towards the constellation Ophiuchus, and can be seen near the star Antares. Buried in the dust is SAO 184376, a bright star.
This star illuminates nearby dust clouds, which are thin enough that rather than being opaque, they reflect the blue starlight. Dust often gathers initially in the atmospheres of cool, older stars, then disperses as the star dies. It mixes with other material and grows to impressive nebulae. Nebular gas emissions are another source of color in space, glowing a characteristic red.
Image and information from NASA.

brightestofcentaurus:

IC 4603

IC 4603 is a reflection nebula located about 500 light years away towards the constellation Ophiuchus, and can be seen near the star Antares. Buried in the dust is SAO 184376, a bright star.

This star illuminates nearby dust clouds, which are thin enough that rather than being opaque, they reflect the blue starlight. Dust often gathers initially in the atmospheres of cool, older stars, then disperses as the star dies. It mixes with other material and grows to impressive nebulae. Nebular gas emissions are another source of color in space, glowing a characteristic red.

Image and information from NASA.

dailycosmos
geraldokerenzau:

The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year.
M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067, and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light. Image Credit: NASA
#astronomy #outerspace #universe #galaxy #nebula #science

geraldokerenzau:

The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year.

M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067, and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.
Image Credit: NASA

#astronomy #outerspace #universe #galaxy #nebula #science

realmonstrosities

chalkandwater:

Mantis shrimp have divided into two distinct groups based on weaponry. Smashers have developed hard clubs that they use to crack open hard-shelled prey, while Spearers have long and sharp spines at the tip of their claws for spearing their prey. Both use their weapons with lightning speed, showing that their nickname, “thumb splitters”, is well-earned.

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thephysicsteacher

fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

Saturday morning Japan’s Mount Ontake erupted unexpectedly, sending a pyroclastic flow streaming down the mountain. Many, though sadly not all, of the volcano’s hikers and visitors survived the eruption. Pyroclastic flows are fast-moving turbulent and often super-heated clouds filled with ash and poisonous gases. They can reach speeds of 700 kph and temperatures of 1000 degrees C. The usual gases released in a pyroclastic flow are denser than air, causing the cloud to remain near the ground. This is problematic for those trying to escape because the poisonous gases can fill the same low-lying areas in which survivors shelter. Heavy ashfall from the flow can destroy buildings or cause mudslides, and the fine volcanic glass particles in the ash are dangerous to inhale. The sheer power and scale of these geophysical flows is stunning to behold. Those who have witnessed it firsthand and survived are incredibly fortunate. For more on the science and history of Mount Ontake, see this detailed write-up at io9. (Image credits: A. Shimbun, source video; K. Terutoshi, source video; via io9)