Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,
The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.
It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…
It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying
That’s a folk etymology, at best:
IC 410: Stellar Tadpoles by Steve Coates
IC 410 an emission nebula about 12,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Auriga.
Near the center of the nebulous region is a star cluster ( NGC 1893) and just to the bottom right of this cluster lies two structures that resemble tadpoles.
These structures are made of leftover hydrogen and dust from the formation of the star cluster and the “tails” are from the solar wind coming from the stars of NGC 1893.
Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning
Image Credit & Copyright: Antti Kemppainen
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