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Here's What Flying Through The Universe Would Look Like (Warp Drive!)

If you want to feel like you’re on the USS Enterprise, watch this simulation of a fly through of our universe. It comes from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly catalogue and shows the positions of galaxies as they would look as you zipped by (they’re bigger for visual purposes). It kind of looks like snow flakes, dirty rain, bird poop and insects hitting your car windshield.


The Largest Yellow Star Ever Could Almost Devour The Whole Solar System

A team of astronomers peering through Chile’s Very Large Telescope just realised that HR 5171 A, a massive star in the Centaurus constellation, is actually twice as big as previously thought. They already thought it was pretty big — but it’s actually the biggest yellow star they have ever seen.


How Big Is The Universe Explained In A Way You Will Easily Understand

The Royal Observatory of Greenwich, England, has crafted three simple animations to explain three very complex things: What’s inside a black hole, how do we know the age of the sun — did you know the Sun weighs 4,000 trillion trillion hippopotamuses? — and how big is the Universe.


Red Giant Offers Subscription To Its Video Filters, Tools And Effects

If you do a lot of video editing, you may be familiar with Red Giant, maker of many useful post-production tools and plugins. Now you can access its offerings through a new subscription service called Universe, mirroring what Adobe did with Creative Cloud.


Higgs Boson Bubbles Filled The Early Universe With Thunder

When the universe came into being, it was a kind of hot soup of elementary particles. Now, scientists believe it could have been rumbling with thunder caused by Higgs boson bubbles.


Here Are The Three Ways That The Universe Will Be Destroyed

Nothing lives forever, not even our universe. Eventually it’ll go kaput and be destroyed… but how? Smart people have wrapped their heads around the universe’s destruction and have come upwith three different theories. The Big Rip, Heat Death (or the Big Freeze) and the Big Crunch and Big Bounce. They all sound like they’re going to hurt.


Scientists Discover Water In Stardust And It Suggests We're Not Alone

Stardust sounds magical enough as it is. But now scientists have observed for the first time that it contains water — which, in turn, could suggest that life is universal.


The Universe Can Now Be Measured To 1% Accuracy

The Universe is so big that it can be difficult to accurately measure the huge distances between things in it. But, no longer, because now a team of researchers working on the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey can measure distances between galaxies with 1 per cent accuracy.


What If The Rest Of The Alien Universe Was Terrified Of Humans?

In almost every sci-fi movie worth re-watching, it seems that us humans are always less technologically advanced, dumber and only serve as a mere speed bump into an alien race eliminating humans to take over our planet and suck Earth dry of its resources. We’re always the weaker ones in alien wars. Well, what if we’re not? Tom Scott imagined a scenario where everyone else in the universe was afraid of humans. It’s fantastic.


This Is What The Universe Would Look Like If It Were A Tiny Model

The observable Universe is a 92-billion-light-year sphere — a place so big that it’s impossible to imagine its dimensions. But what if the Universe were as small as a scale model train? Then the Horsehead Nebula would look something like the above.