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This Is The Star That NASA Has Nicknamed The 'Nasty One'

While this star was discovered decades ago, it’s the first time researchers have seen it up close — and it’s brought with it some surprises. But none of that explains why NASA chooses to call it Nasty One.


This Image Of Stars Forming Looks Just Like Van Gogh's Starry Night

The European Space Agency brings us this new image based on data from the Planck satellite. My first reaction? It looks just like Van Gogh’s best-known masterpiece, The Starry Night. And you know what? Even Google agrees with me.


Beautiful Photo Shows White Dwarf Stars Moving Away From A Star Cluster

Like a celestial Rorschach test, I can see so many things when I stare at this wonderful photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s like static on a TV. Or like a crowded future city lit by buildings stacked on buildings. But what it really is is even cooler: it’s the first time pictures have been taken of white dwarf stars migrating from the centre of a star cluster to the outskirts.


Sydney Observatory's View Of The Sky Set To Be Blocked By New Skyscraper

For over 150 years, the Sydney Observatory has sat atop the city gazing at the stars in the hopes of telling us more about them. Its uninterrupted run of gazing upwards towards the stars above Sydney may be about to come to an end thanks to a new skyscraper project.


Video: Imagining How Beautiful Cities Would Look ithout Light Pollution

It’s easy to remember how big the universe is when you can just stare up at the night sky and find an uncountable number of stars and see every colour of the cosmos staring right back at you. But it’s not like that anymore. Now we’re surrounded by city lights of our own creation and hiding the rest of the universe with light pollution. It sucks.


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.