Today’s #WednesdayintheWild post comes from Alice via twitter. She bought this great galaxy dress from Luminia on etsy. Alice is a moderator for Galaxy Zoo forums so maybe her startorialism isn’t entirely unexpected, but it’s still fabulous!

The image is NGC 346 in the Small Magellanic Cloud imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. We’ve also seen this image on sweatshirts, leggings, and even a nightlight!

Luminia has several more galaxy dresses here.


Mixing it up today and doing “Tie Tuesday” instead! boingboing posted about these nerdily fantastic bow ties from the Speicher Tie Company over the weekend and they were too good not to share. I’m actually trying to figure out if I could rock one…

I think I totally could.

- Summer


For today’s #MondayMisc I’ve found a handy way to learn the constellations: while you’re in the bathroom!

Top: Urban Outfitters
This looks the most accurate, with details like individual star names, both proper (like Polaris) and Greek letters for their Bayer designations. The markings around the outside are from a Planisphere so the map is best for a range of northern hemisphere latitudes at a certain time of year and night, but I haven’t had enough coffee to figure out exactly when & where yet.

Middle: Anthropologie
While the individual constellations looks reasonably accurate – with larger symbols for brighter stars even! – don’t use this to navigate. Somehow the northern constellations of Ursa Major and Minor ended up near the southern zodiacal constellations of Sagittarius and Scorpius. Huh. I like the aqua color, though.

Bottom: The Brain Store
This one looks decently accurate, but it suffers from the projection of a spherical 3D surface onto a square 2D surface so the constellations on the top and bottom are distorted. But you could learn astrological symbols from this if you really wanted to. Odd that this one is from the Brain Store.

Does anyone out there have a celestial-themed bathroom already? I am seriously considering it…


The middle shower curtain is also available (and on sale!) ay modcloth!

Lunar surface sneakers from #nike for #Apollo45! One small step… #Repost from @nikelab with @repostapp —- Innovation to the infinite. The Air Max Lunar90 makes its Lunarlon landing 45 years after one small step for man changed the world.
Landing July 20th on and selected #NikeLab locations.

For #TshirtTuesday during #MoonWeek here’s a lunar surface tee from shadowplaynyc! Mine is in the mail, much* like Neil, Buzz, and Michael were on their way to the Moon 45 years ago tomorrow!

Shadowplay NYC offers size options for women and men and other great shirts as well.


*not at all


Jewelry by jerseymaids

The entire Galaxy Collection is gorgeous - rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, pins, key chains, cuff links, wine stoppers, night lights, wall hangings, and more!

Plus - 10% of the profits from every galaxy line sale go to the Planetary Society to help fund space exploration and research.

(via amazingcosmos24)

Galaxy bear has friends! And Itsuko sent me pictures of the fabric so I can confirm it is the Carina Nebula! The circled star in the gif above is eta Carina, and the darker region next to it is the Keyhole Nebula (which I only finally figured out just now). The gif is the fabric, and the bottom is from ESO.

Rumor has it Itsuko is looking for more fabric to make these gorgeous animal friends… I for one would love to see Solar System bears!



Celine Semaan Vernon of Slow Factory has designed a line of beautiful silk scarves based on the open-sourced images from the NASA Hubble Telescope.

So gorgeous!

(via staceythinx)


Cassini recently celebrated a decade in orbit around Saturn. We have learned more about the complex ring structure and many moons of the ringed gas giant than ever expected. 

Keep up the great work Cassini! Be on the lookout for more detailed information on these photos as well as the individual moons. 


Purple rings, purple rings

I only wanted 2 see u laughing, and the purple rings

I’ve had more than one person admit to me that they’re afraid of the cosmos, and I don’t blame them. The vastness of it all, the and sheer emptiness of most of it, really makes you feel your frailty and insignificance. I’ve felt the same way, too. But I comfort myself with the thought that we can understand so much about the Universe – we can see distant stars and galaxies, infer the presence of thousands of planets around other stars, and map invisible, as-yet-unknown forms of matter and energy and measure their influence almost all the way to the beginning of the Universe itself. Even if we don’t know everything about the Universe, it makes me feel less insignificant here in our tiny corner of it.

If that doesn’t help, maybe this galaxy-print teddy bear will! It’s from Australia-based etsy shop Moon Room Kids.

Itsuko and I haven’t been able to track down the astronomical image. It looks like the print might be the Carina Nebula in visible light, although perhaps that is because I’m seeing Carina everywhere now

Reach for the stars, Teddy!

Via Owlice