I'm Michelle and I'm 24,
I believe the creativity of shows like Star Trek and other iconic works of science fiction is not only a beautiful escape from real life, but also the start to making life changing scientific discoveries.
I believe in helping those around you even when it isn't convenient to yourself.
I believe the desire to love and be loved blinds most people into being with someone they aren't compatible with.
I believe that music can drastically change your mood.
I believe it is important to be honest with the people in your life even if it is painful.
I believe friendship is beautiful and to find one that can stand the test of time is beyond amazing.
I believe it is important to never be ashamed of the things you love. If somebody looks down on you for enjoying anything from getting your nails done to watching Stargate then they aren't worth your time.
I believe that there is something out in the stars that we aren't expecting.
I believe in expressing your thoughts and feelings as much as you can.
I believe that life is beautiful and we should not squander it away because of fear (I am working on this one).
Made cookies at work today with Luke (6). I let him decorate all but two of them.
Hahahaha!!! Gotta love George Takei
Tokyo Subway Handrails Get Lightsaberfied
Sure, the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray has some unnecessary revisions, but at least Tokyo’s commuter trains got these swanky handrails. Does this make up for the crappy re-editing decisions of Mr. George Lucas? Hells no! But is it awesome? Damn skippy it is.
Real talk: someone just sell the Lightsaber slip cover thingies used on these handrails so kids can just put them on whatever. Sticks, baseball bats, lead pipes… eff safety. Imagination forever!!!
NASA: “We’ve Discovered the First Tatooine-Like Planet”
One of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars was of the two setting suns over Tatooine’s dusty plains. Now, after years of searching, we’ve discovered that such a vista could exist outside science fiction. Scientists at NASA today announced the discovery of what they’re describing as the very first confirmed, unambiguous example of a “circumbinary planet,” orbiting not one, but two stars — just like Tatooine.
Meet Kepler-16b (K-16b). In the image up top, it’s the darkest, smallest, and closest of the three spheres. See the two blazing balls of gas in the distance? Those are K-16b’s twin suns. The larger of the two is roughly 69% the mass of our Sun, while the smaller, red star is closer to 20% of our Sun’s mass.
The trio was recently discovered going about its business some 200 light years away by NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope. According to astronomer Laurance Doyle, who led the Kepler team that first observed the planetary system, the planet is half rock and half gas; comparable to Saturn in both size and mass; and experiences temperatures in the range of -100 to -150 F, “kind of like a nippy day on Mars.”
“We don’t expect anything like Luke Skywalker to be living on K-16b,” quipped Nick Gautier, a Kepler project scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, during a press conference held earlier this afternoon. “But if you were to visit you would see two suns just like Luke did.”
And the planet’s twin suns would be quite a sight to behold. Kepler-16b orbits its parent stars every 229 days, but the stars themselves orbit one another every 41 days. The astronomers don’t know anything about K-16b’s rotation period, so they’re not sure about the frequency of the planet’s sunrises and sunsets, but they do know that the irregularity of the system’s multiple orbits probably makes for some absolutely jaw-dropping sights.
“Sometimes the red sun would set first, sometimes they’d set touching each other, sometimes they’d set at the same time; it’s a very dynamic sunset — no two would be the same,” explained Doyle. “You’d have, of course, two shadows — but If you wanted to tell the time by them, you’d probably need calculus.”