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Your coolest high school science project probably involved some baking soda and a paper mâché volcano, right? A little chemical reaction and a big mess? Well, kids these days are smarter than you. They’re building satellites and sending them to space.
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), launched in 1995, stares mostly at…you guessed it: the Sun. But when its instruments are trying to image other things near the Sun, all that light gets kind of overwhelming. So sometimes instruments on the SOHO just block the Sun out and turn their attention to other things. Like this sungrazer comet.
Nothing is ever as tranquil as it seems. This image is pretty and has lots of fun, trippy colours. But all of that variation is being produced by gas, dust and other matter as whole galaxies fall into a supermassive black hole. Created from Hubble data, the image shows the cosmic tug-of-war going on in the Perseus Cluster of Galaxies 230 million light years away.
Even if the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s 33-year-old Very Large Array doesn’t sound familiar, it probably looks familiar: It was the backdrop to Jodie Foster’s work in Contact. Wonderfully, Foster serves as the narrator of this awesome mini-doc about the VLA, which was recently rebuilt from the inside out in a massive reconstruction project.
That top image is pretty, but the only way to see this incredible combination of dust and gas is to take in the whole image below. Holy crap, right? This picture, which was created in 2005 using Hubble data and digitally assigned colours, shows the Eagle Nebula surrounded by and intertwined with dust pillars that are slowly being shaped by light and cosmic wind.
Now this is fun. Kurzgesagt made a fantastic animation video detailing our solar system.