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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 04/16/14 – The Flame Nebula

Image Credit: Robert Gendler, Jan-Erik Ovaldsen In this image, ultraviolet radiation emitted from baby stars power a cosmic nebula, called the Flame nebula (I believe it more closely resembles blood pumping throughout a human heart), which can be found some 1,300 light-years from Earth (in the constellation of Orion).

Does the Universe Have a Center?

Image via NASA The Big Bang was the explosion that started it all. Explosions have centers. Therefore our universe has a center, right?

The Netherlands Installs Amazing Glow-in-the-Dark Road:

Image via Studio Roosegaarde Many individuals have a hard time seeing road lines in the dark, even in the best of conditions.

Physical Consequences of Light-speed Travel:

Question: “If we were able to build a spaceship that could travel at the speed of light, what would be the physical consequences?

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 04/15/14 – Heart of the Tarantula Nebula

Image Credit: NASA/ESA This is an up-close look at the Tarantula nebula (also known as 30 Doradus or NGC 2070): a large celestial region that is located more than 170,000 light-years away.

Sir Roger Penrose: An Alternate Theory of the Big Bang?

Image of the history of the big bang According to the current widely-accepted theory dealing with the inception of our universe, at some point, some (roughly) 13.7 billion years ago, everything that is, was, and will ever be, was packed into a tight little package.

How & Where to Watch Tonight’s “Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse:

Image via NASA Tonight, those of us in North America will have front seats to one of the most amazing views that Earth has to offer—A total Lunar eclipse.

Meet the Milky Way’s Youngest Black Hole:

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/L.Lopez et al; Infrared: Palomar; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA (via NASA) Our galaxy is filled with a number of strange and unique objects: hypergiant stars so large that it would take 70 quadrillion Earths to fill them, supermassive black holes that swallow entire star systems, a plethora of massive gas giants (hot-Jupiters) that can have orbital periods measured in hours, as opposed to days or years.

What Earth Objects are Visible from Space?

Earth via NASA It’s a myth that has persisted for years: the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object that you can see from the Moon without assistance. Even if you haven’t heard this myth, I’m sure you’ve often wondered what the Earth looks like from a distance.

Black Holes and Revelations: Could the Star Trek Wormhole Really Exist?

Black hole (image via NASA/Joe Bergeron) The great artists of science fiction have always possessed a pretty impressive capacity to dream about the world that we *could* live in.

Napping Linked to Increased Risk of Death:

Image via Alamy We all like a good nap; however, a recent study has linked daytime napping to increased risk of death.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 04/13/14 – G306.3-0.9

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Michigan/M. Reynolds et al; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: CSIRO/ATNF/ATCA In today’s glance at the intricately woven canvas of the interstellar medium, we come to a baby supernova remnant that can be seen in the constellation of Centaurus, more than 26,000 light-years from Earth.

Trends in Star Formation: When Will the Universe Run Out of Fuel For Stars?

The Pillars of Creation are one of the most famous star forming regions in our galaxy. (Credit: NASA) Last year, an international team of astronomers, led by David Sobral from Leinden University of the Netherlands, used three telescopes located across the globe to study the trends in star formation, from the earliest stars that made up the first galaxies in the universe, up until now.

Scientists Combine Bacteria and Gold to Produce “Living Material”

Image via MIT Scientists have spliced all kinds of material in order to produce new organisms and conduct experiments.

Real or Fake? Take a Guess…

Image Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss This is a very fake picture of a very real cosmic phenomenon formally called the “Black Widow” pulsar, which lies some 5,000 light-years away in the constellation known as Sagitta (not Sagittarius).

How We Can Create Artificial Daylight at Night?

(Artwork by tobaal on deviantart) What would it take for us to make daylight at night on the Earth? What would we need to eliminate “night” altogether?

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The Most Important Exoplanet Ever Found?

Image Credit: Axel Mellinger Whenever a new exoplanet discovery is announced, some of the excitement is marred by the true fact that space is so incredibly large, it’s very unlikely that we’ll ever be able to venture to any of these far-away, exotic worlds.


Image Credit: Space Plasma “Earth-shine” is a phrase that is used every now-and-again, especially among amateur astronomers, bu what is it?

Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet?

Image Credit: Minor Planet Center (MPC) A planet must meet a minimum size requirement in order to be classified as such.