M64: The Evil Eye Galaxy

Who knows what evil lurks in the eyes of galaxies? The Hubble knows — or in the case of spiral galaxy M64 — is helping to find out. Messier 64, also known as the Evil Eye or Sleeping Beauty Galaxy, may seem to have evil in its eye because all of its stars rotate in the same direction as the interstellar gas in the galaxy’s central region, but in the opposite direction in the outer regions. Captured here in great detail by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, enormous dust clouds obscure the near-side of M64’s central region, which are laced with the telltale reddish glow of hydrogen associated with star formation. M64 lies about 17 million light years away, meaning that the light we see from it today left when the last common ancestor between humans and chimpanzees roamed the Earth. The dusty eye and bizarre rotation are likely the result of a billion-year-old merger of two different galaxies. via NASA https://ift.tt/3dd8fo0

Picture of the day for March 29, 2021

Wikipedia picture of the day on March 29, 2021: Total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017, seen outside Crowheart, Wyoming. The photograph uses exposure bracketing to show both the Sun’s corona and the surface features of the new moon, illuminated by earthshine. A few solar prominences are visible around the lunar limb. https://ift.tt/31sMkDW

Wikipedia article of the day for March 29, 2021

Wikipedia article of the day is Hannah Glasse. Check it out: https://ift.tt/1J8IKgm Summary: Hannah Glasse (1708–1770) was an English cookery writer. Her first book, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (page pictured), published in 1747, became a best-selling recipe book that century. It appeared in 20 editions in the 18th century, and continued to be published until well into the 19th century. She later wrote the less successful The Servants’ Directory (1760) and The Compleat Confectioner, which was probably published in 1760. Around a third of the recipes in The Art of Cookery were copied from other publications. Among her original recipes are the first known curry recipe written in English, as well as three recipes for pilau, an early reference to vanilla in English cuisine, the first recorded use of jelly in trifle, and an early recipe for ice cream. She was also the first to use the term “Yorkshire pudding” in print. The Art of Cookery has been admired by many English cooks, including Elizabeth David, Fanny Cradock and Clarissa Dickson Wright.