Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Michelle!!

You are fabulous and an inspiration to us all.

kai, thx, bai

Friday, January 16, 2009

Eeeeeep!! rare leopard cubs in Paris!!!

h/t to Plum P.
For a month and a half, the Jardin des Plantes in Paris has kept the birth of two Chinese panther babies under wraps "to confirm the health of the mother and cubs." But now the cat's out of the bag.

Your daily kittehs - caturday edition


We haven't had a pretty space picture lately. This absolutely stunning image was released by the Hubble peeps yesterday.
The unique planetary nebula NGC 2818 is nested inside the open star cluster NGC 2818A. Both the cluster and the nebula reside over 10,000 light-years away, in the southern constellation Pyxis (the Compass).

NGC 2818 is one of very few planetary nebulae in our galaxy located within an open cluster. Open clusters, in general, are loosely bound and they disperse over hundreds of millions of years. Stars that form planetary nebulae typically live for billions of years. Hence, it is rare that an open cluster survives long enough for one of its members to form a planetary nebula. This open cluster is particularly ancient, estimated to be nearly one billion years old.

The spectacular structure of NGC 2818 (also known as PLN 261+8.1) contains the outer layers of a sun-like star that were sent off into interstellar space during the star's final stages of life. These glowing gaseous shrouds were shed by the star after it ran out of fuel to sustain the nuclear reactions in its core.

Planetary nebulae can have extremely varied structures. NGC 2818 has a complex shape that is difficult to interpret. However, because of its location within the cluster, astronomers have access to information about the nebula, such as its age and distance, that might not otherwise be known.

Planetary nebulae fade away gradually over tens of thousands of years. The hot, remnant stellar core of NGC 2818 will eventually cool off for billions of years as a white dwarf. Our own sun will undergo a similar process, but not for another 5 billion years or so.

This Hubble image was taken in November 2008 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The colors in the image represent a range of emissions coming from the clouds of the nebula: red represents nitrogen, green represents hydrogen, and blue represents oxygen.

Link to Hubble page here. Please click on the image and enjoy the full resolution version - it's lovely.

And how happy for all of us that our new president actually believes in science? YAY!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


...buckeye... many shelter kittehs find wonderful forever homes and live happily evah after. Like our Ripley.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Iz HUMP dai...

U can haz NU pictures everydai of da week!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More noir kitteh

Maddie is still freaking...

Ripley, nos sTiL pink


I can be mysterious 2

and artsy!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Iz Monday

And we iz sTiL outrageously cute. Kai, thx, bai

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Exhibit A of why we doan play "laser pointer" very often. Maddie gets too worked up.

Finally, the girls get back to their skoool werk after a long holiday break.

Ripley sez, "I haz ALL DA TOYS!!"