Inner Coffin of Djed MutEgyptianDate: circa 715-525 B.C.E.North Carolina Museum of Art
NEW SPECIE: WALKING SHARK DESCRIBED FROM INDONESIA
A new ‘walking’ bamboo shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera, has been discovered at Weda Resort at Halmahere, Lembeh. is the newest species of elasmobranch to be described.
Aww yiss new species always make me happy!
These fins were made for walking
And that’s just what they’ll do
What will become of these galaxies?
Spiral galaxies NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are passing dangerously close to each other, but each is likely to survive this collision. Typically when galaxies collide, a large galaxy eats a much smaller galaxy. In this case, however, the two galaxies are quite similar, each being a sprawling spiral with expansive arms and a compact core.
As the galaxies advance over the next tens of millions of years, their component stars are unlikely to collide, although new stars will form in the bunching of gas caused by gravitational tides. Close inspection of the above image taken by the 8-meter Gemini-South Telescope in Chile shows a bridge of material momentarily connecting the two giants.
Known collectively as Arp 271, the interacting pair spans about 130,000 light years and lies about 90 million light-years away toward the constellation of Virgo. Recent predictions hold that our Milky Way Galaxy will undergo a similar collision with the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years.
Terrifying. In principle there seems to be nothing extraordinary in this photo, but if you go to the original source (click the image), you’ll reach to the freakish original resolution of 70,000 x 30,000 pixels. Then you can enlarge… and you’ll be able to distinguish every single face in the crowd. Creepy huh?
Vincent van Gogh, The Langlois Bridge at Arles with Women Washing, 1888.
Eroticism (Part 1)
Glimpses of the famed erotic sculptures of Khajuraho temples, India.
Halebid Hoysaleswara Temple.
Landscapes after Ancient Masters (1674 - 1677) - Wang Hui and Wang Shimin
The Dance at Furuichi for the Hisakataya Group
Japanese (c. 1786-1868)
Weatherspoon Art Museum
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
12th century AD, Chola Dynasty
Place of Origin: Tamil Nadu
This massive statue cast in bronze, an uncompromising hard alloy not easily yielding such large sizes, represents the Shiva as passionately engaged in ecstatic dance, a form of his image known as Nataraja in iconographic tradition, and the dance, as ‘Ananda-tandava’. ‘Tandava’ is the dance that Shiva performs to dissolve but destruction being the forerunner of creation Shiva performs it with delight, and hence, the ‘Ananda-Tandava’. The Shiva’s dance ‘Tandava’ is venerated in the tradition as the most outstanding expression of the divine rhythm, ecstasy, energy and cosmic balance and harmony. As contends metaphysical tradition, ‘Tandava’ represents ‘panchakrityas’ - five essential acts that Shiva performs: ‘Srishti’ - creation, ‘Sthiti’ - preservation, ‘Samhara’ - destruction, ‘Tirobhava’ - veiling, and ‘Anugraha’ - grace, and it is this cosmic activity that constitutes the central motif of Shiva’s ‘Tandava’.
National Museum, India
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