Oh my gosh, want.
Hubble has spotted an ancient galaxy that shouldn’t exist
This galaxy is so large, so fully-formed, astronomers say it shouldn’t exist at all. It’s called a “grand-design” spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. Like, really, really old. According to a new study conducted by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, it dates back roughly 10.7-billion years — and that makes it the most ancient spiral galaxy we’ve ever discovered.
"The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks," said UCLA astrophysicist Alice Shapley in a press release. "Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?"
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The Universe knows no bound. This should do well to humble humanity.
From The Eye I Love
This is The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol, 1969). I’m in the middle of a Czech New Wave binge, “New Wave” being used for any change in a nation’s cinema. Many long essays have been written about this period (1960s), I just want to publicize a few gems, starting with The Cremator.
The lead is the manager of a crematorium, and as creepy as he is, he has a hint of humanity- to start. It takes place in Czechoslovakia in 1938/9, and he changes with the times, which is one of my favorite subjects for fiction. I found myself thinking of The Shining- completely different plot, similar feel and fear for the characters.
It is a much better story of the origins of the Holocaust than any other movie I’ve seen because that element slips into the story so quietly and effortlessly. Ten minutes in and you can see it coming, but the arrival is no less shocking. This is not a preachy documentary about evil. It is a spine tingling horror movie, and the best horror movies let the viewer make connections in their minds instead of using laughable gore. The one thing I didn’t like was that the lead was a little too crazy. A quibble. He also has an amazing combover- worth a look even if my review doesn’t appeal.
This is also one of the few movies where I could see the director’s work. With exceptions like Hitchcock and Anderson who have an easily identifiable style, I’m never sure where the writing ends and direction starts. Beautiful, creepy-then-horrifying movie. I watched it on Hulu Plus- signed up for the free week to watch one movie, figured I’d binge before they charge my card.