Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Planets, Expanded: The Oort Cloud

Are you ready for SCIENCE?! Ok probably not...I mean, it is early. Go get some coffee and come right back. This science-lite infused bit of nail art will still be waiting for you. That's right, The Planets series is back. 

The Planets, Expanded: The Oort Cloud

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Colors Used
Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Sunken Baubles
Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Ink or Swim
Blue-Eyed Girl Love Makes You Do The Wacky

The Planets, Expanded: The Oort Cloud

The Oort Cloud is a "theoretical" cloud of tiny, icy planets and comets that surrounds our little corner of the galaxy. It was named for the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort, who is pretty much the heavy-weight when it comes to understanding our galaxy. It is thought to be incredibly immense and stretch out beyond 100,000 AU, or nearly a quarter of the way to Proxima Centauri (our nearest neighbor). To put that into some kind of perspective, our happy little globe sits 1 AU from our sun. I can't even with that distance.

It boggles my mind that we don't even know for certain that it is out there, because it is just so far away. Some astronomers think that it is the source of all of our long-period comets, like the Hale-Bop comet which is the current record holder for naked-eye visibility. There was some talk about making a probe to see if it really exists like we think it does...but you know NASA these days. Maybe Voyager will tell us something someday?

the Oort Cloud. Probably.
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The Planets, Expanded: The Oort Cloud

The Planets, Expanded: The Oort Cloud


I think this was a great way to bring The Planets back to life. I always wanted to keep that series around, but I couldn't think of a way to make it make sense. Well, every day our universe gets a bit bigger...why can't my nail art?




If you want to do some light learnin' you can check out these links!








23 comments:

  1. Thanks for the science lesson! Pretty sure there's so much out there.
    Love your mani, too!

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  2. Your nail art is gorgeous, and the science lesson was fun! Really appreciate you linking out to some resources in your post, although, its dangerous..I tend to get lost when I stumble onto Wiki lol ;)

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  3. Such an amazing blog post! I love how you are both entertaining on the eyes AND learning me something ;-).

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  4. I can't even tell you how much I love this! What a brilliant idea!

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  5. I love this! As a polish addict and a space buff, this is basically my favorite thing.

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  6. This is gorgeous! I'm kind of obsessed with space, so I'm obviously a huge fan.

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  7. Love the polishes, the nail art and the astronomy focus! Brilliant!

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  8. OMG!!! I love this!!! Anything space them is bound to be awesome but you really took this over the top! <3

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  9. Fascinating information - thank you for being my "learn something new each day" source for today. Love the mani! I can totally imagine what an Oort cloud must look like.

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  10. Ohh, these nails are stunning! I love the idea of this series too!

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  11. Love this and all the nerd knowledge included (as an engineer I appreciate it!). The mani is gorgeous!

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  12. I love your (not so) inner nerd. Gorgeous mani!

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  13. Beautiful polish and design plus an interesting post.

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  14. Yay! So happy to see the planets series back! This one is just as lovely and creative as the others!

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  15. Yay! So happy to see the planets series back! This one is just as lovely and creative as the others!

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  16. Looooooove this post! As a former scientist, it made me smile...gorgeous nail art too :)

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  17. Such a great post! Taught me something, and I got to drool over your gorgeous nails!

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  18. I love this new part on your blog! It's so interesting and I love the nail art to go with it.

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  19. This is seriously awesome!!!!

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