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This Upgraded Nikon Chills The Sensor For Clearer Shots Of The Stars

Those long exposure photos of the night sky that capture details of our galaxy invisible to the naked eye come at a cost. The longer a camera’s sensor is active, the warmer it gets, adding unwanted electronic noise to an image. You can go shoot in the freezing temperatures of the arctic to solve the problem, or grab this custom sensor-cooled Nikon D5500.

The Largest 3D Map Of The Galaxy Contains Over A Billion Stars

Some may call it excessive, unreasonable, exhibitionist. What kind of masochist wants to stare at a billion pinpricks of light all at once, anyway? Why, the scientifically inclined one, of course. The astronomer who’s hellbent on picking apart the universe and reducing your life to a clump of dust needs absurdly detailed star charts in order to do so.

Astronomers Just Witnessed A Rare Stellar Rebirth For The First Time

At the heart of the Stingray Nebula some 2700 light years from Earth lies a small, ageing star known as SAO 244567. Astronomers have been observing it on and off for decades, and they can now confirm they have witnessed something amazing: A never-before-seen stellar rebirth.

Check Out How The Different Levels Of Light Pollution Screws Us From Seeing Stars

Video: It’s obvious to anyone with eyeballs that there ain’t no damn stars in the city, while there are about a gazillion and one out in the countryside. But what do the various gradations of light pollution actually look like? Sriram Murali pointed his camera to the night sky to show you the progression of light pollution and when it starts screwing us from seeing stars.

A Zombie Star Just Went Thermonuclear

In 2009, a binary star that had been flaring up for years suddenly exploded, growing millions of times brighter in a cosmic blink. Now, after carefully studying the lead up to and aftermath of the extraordinary event, a team of Polish astronomers describes what happened in a new scientific paper. Basically, a zombie star charged up and went thermonuclear — and it could happen again.

Awesome Video Compares The Size Of Different Planets And Stars In The Universe

Video: If you want to feel small and get a sense for the awesomely overwhelming scale of the universe and all of its planets and stars and empty space, watch this star size comparison video. It starts with our Moon and then sizes up to planets in our solar system in a line up while also looping in other rocky planets and bright stars to show us how we compare (we don’t).

The Terrifying Reason This Star Flickers Every Two Minutes

Some 380 light years away in the constellation Scorpius lies a star that has puzzled astronomers for over 40 years. Called AR Scorpii, the star flashes brightly and fades again every couple minutes, like a lightbulb on a dimmer switch. Now, astronomers have identified the cause of the flickering, and it’s a reminder that the cosmos is still rife with terrifying secrets.

Astronomers Recorded This Eerie Music From A 13-Billion-Year-Old Star

Space is not the soundless vacuum movies would have us believe. In fact, judging by these eerie recordings of the music being thrown off by the oldest stars in the Milky Way, space actually sounds like a bit of a party.

An Optical Illusion Fooled Astronomers Into Thinking There Was An Extra Nebula Here For Almost A Decade

How many nebulas do you think are in this photo? Careful, the answer is not quite what it seems.

This Ribbon Of Dust And Gas Will Become A Series Of Stunning Stars

Image Cache: It may not look much, but this fine filament of matter will soon blossom into something bright and spectacular, as its constituent gases begin to burn as a new set of stars.

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