Category Archives: Astronomy

Does dark matter exist? | Aeon

Ramin Skibba is an astrophysicist turned science writer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic,Slate, Scientific American and Naturemagazine, among others. He is based in San Diego. 3,200 words Edited by Pam Weintraub   In 1969, the … Continue reading

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Is the colour in space images “real”?

Are you fascinated by beautiful pictures of objects in space but always left wondering whether the colour shown is “real”? This video is all about how astronomers use colour in images to best highlight the physics that is going on … Continue reading

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Explore 30 Years of Arresting Photographs Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in a New Book

It’s the 30th anniversary of the first launch of the Hubble Space Telescope—the first major instrument to be placed in outer space and arguably one of the greatest inventions in the history of scientific discovery. The newly released book, Expanding … Continue reading

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Scientists Just Fit Our Universe in a Box…Wait What

Dark matter, supermassive black holes, galaxies, stars, magnetic fields—The Next Generation’s project, called Illustris or IllustrisTNG, has managed to fit the entire universe into a cube. This impressive feat is the most advanced simulation of the universe and its evolution … Continue reading

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Hubble’s Collection of Anniversary Images

Each year, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope dedicates a small portion of its precious observing time to taking a special anniversary image, showcasing particularly beautiful and meaningful objects. These images continue to challenge scientists with exciting new surprises and to … Continue reading

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30 Years of Science with the Hubble Space Telescope

On 24 April 1990 the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was sent into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery, the first space telescope of its kind. It offered a new view of the Universe and has, for 30 years, reached and … Continue reading

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COVID-19 is pretty nasty but maybe this is taking social distancing too far? Universe may not be expanding equally in all directions – The Register

Alternative headline: Here’s a bug report for cosmology By Katyanna Quach 9 Apr 2020 at 05:12   The universe may not be expanding at the same rate in all directions according to a study backed by the European Space Agency – a possibility that … Continue reading

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Astronomers spot ‘missing link’ black hole – not too big and not too small

A star being torn apart by an intermediate-mass black hole, surrounded by an accretion disc is seen in an artist’s impression obtained by Reuters April 2, 2020. This thin, rotating disc of material consists of the leftovers of a star … Continue reading

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Explore Curiosity’s New 1.8-Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars

  While many Americans were enjoying a few days off of work for the Thanksgiving holiday, Curiosity Mars Rover (previously) was busy taking more than 1,000 photographs of the Red Planet. Capturing the Glen Torridon region on the side of … Continue reading

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Frightening Animation Compares the Size of Asteroids in the Solar System to New York City

A new animation created by Alvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudio provides a terrifying look at the exceptional asteroids currently in the solar system. The video begins by comparing a human to one of the minor planets before revealing their enormity … Continue reading

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