Artist rendering of an artificial gravity wheel (Credit: SPL via: BBC Future) As humans have ventured out into the great unknown, we’ve had to make some serious technological advancements.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Cal-tech (Source) This week, we’ve had several neat asteroid-centered stories First, an Apollo-class asteroid made an appearance as it passed between Earth and the Moon.
Astronaut Bruce McCandless II via NASA In this haunting image, we see a solitary astronaut, Bruce McCandless II, hovering in the inky darkness of space.
Image credit: NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage team, Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/108386/bright-new-supernova-blows-up-in-nearby-m82-the-cigar-galaxy/#ixzz2vHCU2VGk Supernovae are amazing phenomenon; they are also unfortunately rare.
Image Credit: Ignacio de la Cueva Torregrosa (Capturandoeluniverso, A.A.E.) There is so much pictured in this fantastically composed image, I don’t know where to begin.
Image credit: Ludovic Celle Located approximately 5,800 miles (9,400 km) from the center of Mars, or about 3,700 miles (6,000 km) above the Martian surface, Phobos - one of the two the natural satellites of Mars – orbits its parent planet from a distance shorter of that of any other known moon in our solar system.
Via VisualNews We often talk about how humans are unique—how we are special, how we are separate from all other species—and in a lot of ways, we are different.
Please, take a seat. kick back with a cold one (or add a little extra cordial in your orange juice). And let me melt your mind.
It’s because of women like her that we can (Image: Pleiades by NASA/ESA/AURA/Caltech, Valentina silhouette by Openclipart.org , Vostok 1 rendering by Bisbos) Today (March 6th) is the birthday of the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova (1937-).
Image via ESA / SPIRE / HerMES This picture is arguable one of Herschel’s most profound images. If you are tired of seeing the same old sky day after day, take some time to gaze at this beauty.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL (via: Wikipedia Commons) The sun was born 4.5 billion years ago from a vast cloud of cold hydrogen and dust left behind following the death of more massive stars. At that time, the particles were so far from each other, that gravitational forces were still too weak for gravitational attraction to occur.
This is a methane ice worm Hesiocaeca methanicola. (Image Credit: NOAA) When we talk about the search for life, we use a lot of phrases containing the adjective “Earth-like.” We look for “Earth-like” planets in “Earth-like” solar systems with “Earth-like” condition on its surface that could potentially be home to “Earth-like” life.
Tonight, 2014 DX110 will grace skywatchers with its presence. The near-Earth asteroid, which is approximately the size of three double-decker buses, will come within 217,000 miles (350,000 km) of Earth; essentially meaning it will be closer to Earth than the moon is (it will come about 9/10th’s of the distance separating the Moon and Earth) The relatively close distance, along with the fact that it crosses into orbit between the Earth and Moon, technically make the asteroid belong to the Apollo class of Near-Earth objects.
Image Credit NASA/JPL “So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You’d better rearrange your beliefs, then.
Image Credit: European Space Observatory/J. Emerson/VISTA This is a fabulous image taken in infrared of an extraordinary starcape filled with a mixture of young stars, hot gas and dark clouds of interstellar dust — all contained within Monoceros R2, a region that can be found in the constellation of Monoceros (the unicorn) about 2,700 light-years from Earth.
Vulcan: From Star Trek (Image Credit: vanderghast on deviantart) We all know that science fiction is often based on science fact.
Whenever someone asks how quantum computers work, the first thing I do is point out that your regular computers are already working due to quantum effects.
(Credit: Ron Miller via the International Space Art Network) Throughout most of human history, we only knew about the existence of the five classical planets from antiquity – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (aside from Earth, of course).
Source: Google Maps The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Friday that they’re putting the brakes on the Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska.
Image Credit: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum Astronomia), Hawaiian Starlight Located approximately 2,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Monoceros – just north of the Cone Nebula — the Fox Fur nebula is a beautiful sight to behold.