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.

First Ever 360-Degree Timelapse Bends Space And Mind

I’ve never seen anything like this stunning 360-degree time-lapse videos by photographer Vincent Brady. I think it’s the first one ever. He made them using a multiple camera 360-degree timelapse panorama after years spent experimenting and customising his kit. Incredible.

Dying Sun-Like Stars Contain Molecules Vital For Making Water

New observations by the European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory have revealed that the burning embers of sun-like stars at the end of their lives actually contain molecules vital for the creation of water.

No, This Isn't The Eye Of Sauron

Briefly: It’s an amazing image of the ringed star HR 4796A, captured by the new Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research (SPHERE) instrument at the Very Large Telescope atop Cerro Paranal in Chile. The newly installed SPHERE filters out light to acquire exceptionally sharp images like these — unlike any telescope before it. [ESO via New Scientist]

These Are The Most Complete Pictures Yet Of The Sun's Atmosphere

You’re looking at the most complete photograph yet taken of the sun’s atmosphere — and it reveals complex patterns of expanding bubbles and mushrooms of matter, which are thought to cause the solar winds that the star spits out toward the rest of the solar system.