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This Timelapse Of The Sun Is Just Jaw Dropping

Michael König’s Sun is a spectacular timelapse compilation of our star from the Solar Dynamics Observatory from 2011 to 2015. It includes fantastic clips of solar activity, coronal rain, plasma eruptions, planet flybys, eclipses and more in jaw dropping clarity that you feel like it’s alive, in an omnipotent God-like burning orb sort of way.


US Marines Helicopter Looks Like Its Powered By The Stars

Here’s a really neat photo that shows a US Marines CH-53E helicopter during a training exercise at night that makes it look like the blades of the military chopper have been replaced with star-powered flight. It’s like a helicopter of the cosmos that has the ability to create portals into another universe.


This Is What The First Growth Spurt Of A Star Looks Like

A team of astronomers has pieced together data from orbiting observatories to create this image of a star undergoing a huge growth spurt during the earliest phase of its development.


These Are The Twisted Shockwaves Produced By An Exploding Star

Looking more like a wisp of stellar smoke than anything else, these shockwaves are anything but gentle. The twisted mass is part of the Veil Nebula, the remnants of a star that now tears through space.


Add Extra Stars For Better Gmail Sorting

Stars are a time-honoured way of flagging and highlighting emails, but you can supercharge their functionality in Gmail by adding up to 11 alternatives on top of the original. From searches to quick links, these extra stars can give you more control over your inbox and how it’s organised. Here’s how to get them added and use them with your messages.


Awesome Timelapse Shows The Earth Turning And Not The Stars

This is so cool. Usually, timelapses show the night sky of stars moving around Earth but we know that’s not true, it’s Earth that’s moving and rotating and turning. Photographer Lance Page made this time lapse to represent our Earth turning by making the camera move along with the North Star. That way we see our world move while the stars stay still.


You Can Discover New Planets With A DSLR 

Wouldn’t it be cool to discover a planet circling a lonely star light years away from Earth? Maybe you’d even get to name it. Actually exploring deep space is hard, but as IEEE Spectrum’s David Schneider points out, detecting exoplanets is pretty simple, simple enough that a basic DSLR and a telephoto lens can do it.


Why Are Stars Star-Shaped?

Our sun is spherical, so why is it that other stars look… star-shaped in the night sky? Actually, it’s all down to the quirks of light and your (imperfect) eyes.


Astronomers Discover Farthest Stars In The Mysterious Milky Way Halo

A team of astronomers led by John Bochanski has found the farthest stars in our galaxy in the mysterious Milky Way halo, a rare discovery that may change our understanding of the formation of our galactic home. They’re so far away that, if you took a photo of the Milky Way from their orbit, it would look like the image above.


The Brightest Star In The Sky As You've Never Seen It Before

It might look like a drunken rainbow, but you’re actually looking at a view of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, as its light gets refracted by our atmosphere. Usually when you gaze upwards, the stars in the sky appear to twinkle. In fact, that’s a results of the light passing through our skies, which causes the rays to be refracted and change colour subtly by the time we see them.