Sami reindeer herders prepare to leave for a winter fair in Sweden. The Sami’s homeland spreads across northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Herders follow the migrations of the reindeer as they move from winter grazing grounds to cooler areas during the summer months.
Photograph by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom, National Geographic
If you visit HH 24, don’t go near the particle beam jet. This potential future travel advisory might be issued because the powerful jet likely contains electrons and protons moving hundreds of kilometers per second.
The above image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in infrared light in order to better understand turbulent star forming regions known as Young Stellar Objects (YSOs). Frequently when a star forms, a disk of dust and gas circles the YSO causing a powerful central jets to appear. In this case, the energetic jets are creating, at each end, Herbig-Haro object 24 (HH 24), as they slam into the surrounding interstellar gas. The entire star forming region lies about 1,500 light years distant in the Orion B molecular cloud complex. Due to their rarity, jets like that forming HH 24 are estimated to last only a few thousand years.
The most long lived tortoise ever recorded (and the most long lived animal ever recorded) is Tu’i Malila (“king Malila”), a radiated tortoise (Geochelone radiata) from Madagascar. This tortoise was given as a gift to the royal family of Tonga by the famous English explorer Captain James Cook in 1777, who had bought it from a Dutch merchant in Cape Town, South Africa. It died May 19, 1966.
The turtle is preserved at the Tonga National Center.
About 40,000 light-years across, spiral galaxy M83, or the Thousand-Ruby Galaxy, lies a mere twelve million light-years away, near the southeastern tip of the very long constellation Hydra.
Captured via Hubble, along with ground based data from the European Southern Observatory’s very large telescope units, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan’s Subaru telescope, and Australian Astronomical Observatory photographic data by D. Malin.