Archive for May 21st, 2017

Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 4

2017/05/21

(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

It’s generally believed that Romeo and Juliet could easily be a comedy IF ONLY Mercutio and Tybalt hadn’t died, and that their duel is what turns the entire play from a comedy into a tragedy. However, it can effectively be argued that this is the scene that really removes any hope of a happy ending. And it’s ALL CAPULET’S FAULT. …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 4

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Cassini’s ‘Grand Finale’ Saturn portrait

2017/05/21

(Planetary) – In the early hours of April 13, 2017, Cassini captured this breathtaking and unique visage of the Saturnian system as it coasted through space in the shadow of the gas giant.

All components of the main ring system are visible, seen here illuminated from behind: a vantage point technically known as a ‘high-phase angle’. In this geometry, a peculiar reversal happens: the thinner and more translucent rings shine out brightly, while the more opaque and thicker regions are relatively dark.

Only two moons — Janus and Mimas — can be picked out in this uncalibrated and compressed data, in addition to a red-giant star in the constellation of Gemini: Tejat (μ Gem). …

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Cassini's 'Grand Finale' Saturn portrait (April 13, 2017)