In 2012, the Voyager 1 probe left our solar system. In 2018, Voyager 2 followed suit, and with it's instruments in better shape than Voyager 1's, scientists were able to track the probe's transition into interstellar space. Now, Voyager 2 has sent back it's first message from interstellar space. This is big.
A supermassive black hole in another galaxy 375 million light years away just tore apart and swallowed a star, and amazingly, a satellite captured pictures of it happening. Although black holes are known for doing crazy things, this is next level: it only happens once every 10, 000 to 100,000 years. In other words, it's a once in a lifetime event, and you can see it happening right here on the interweb.
Ever since the first ever image of a black hole was taken, we've had a thing for them. Unfortunately, the famous image of the black hole is pretty low res (although it wasn't exactly an easy photo to take so we're not blaming anyone). However, NASA recently published a visualization of a black hole to help us imagine what a detailed photo of a black hole might look like when we're able to take more high res photos of it. The result is pretty incredible and our minds are bending - a lot. Check it out for yourself.
The winners of the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition have been announced, and these photographs are out of this world (literally). We gathered the winning photos for each section so you didn't have to search for them, and they are A M A Z I N G. From insane details of the sun to long exposure photos of the stars moving in the sky, these photos are the best of the best when it comes to astrophotography. Look in awe and enjoy the beautiful universe and the incredible skill of these photographers. I tip my hat to them (especially the 11 year old photographer!).
In the past few decades, technology has allowed us to live a reality that seemed like magic not so long ago. Talking to people on the other side of the planet? Easy. Flying in the air? Done. Man on the moon? Pfft. We did that in the sixties. Since science is getting more confident, and maybe a little egotistical, scientists have thought up a new scheme that sounds quite fantastical to us (although I guess that's what people thought before the internet existed). Scientists want to build an elevator that goes to the moon. Who knows, at the rate of technological advancement today, maybe it isn't so crazy. Lets wait a few years and see what happens.
Colonization of the moon isn't too far off: plans for permanent lunar bases are already in motion, and the equipment for cheaply transporting people to the moon is in it's first stages of conception. But once we get there, humans will have to live inside buildings (or whatever the moon-equivalent will be called). So, in consideration of this, astronomers on the ISS mixed cement to see what zero-gravity cement would turn out like.
It's easy to forget that the universe isn't a smattering of tiny white lights in the sky, but actually a crazy place full of exploding stars, black holes and probably, aliens. As technology brings us closer to the predictions in science fiction classics, exploration (and eventually colonization) of the moon is becoming a reality. The moon has been getting some coverage in the media recently, and we're here to remind you that it's actually more than a sliver in the sky; the moon is the closest astronomical body to Earth and it's really beautiful. Here are fifteen photos and bits of information to remind you how cool the moon is.
The European Space Agency (ESA) just released their satellite Gaia's "First Sky Map" showing our entire Milky Way Galaxy in one single image, the first of it's kind, from long-awaited space science technology.
According to Digg, "when Gaia completes its mission, humanity will have the most accurate and complete catalog of celestial bodies in the Milky Way."
Here's a strange view of the Hercules A galaxy and its massive plasma jets stretching over one million light years , combined from a visible light image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and a radio image take by the Very Large Array (VLA) of radio telescopes in New Mexico, USA. While the physics behind the shape of the jets remain unanswered, NASA says it is likely related to a supermassive black hole at the dead center of the image, which is estimated to be nearly 1,000 times more massive than the black hole at our Milky Way's center.
This stunning panoramic image from the Hubble Legacy Archive shows the Tadpole Galaxy (Arp 188), which is 420 million lights-years away toward the northern constellation Draco with a visually striking tail that stretches more than 280 thousand light-years in length and features brilliantly shining blue star clusters.
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