On Thursday, May 4, Hubble dropped a "cute" press release comparing a new image of a galaxy cluster to the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. It was a timely yet mega-dad corny way to make the image of the galaxy cluster Abell 370 seem relevant. While there's literally no connection between the James Gunn movie and the galaxy cluster, located roughly four billion light years away, that didn't stop literally everyone from trying to make this A Thing.
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It doesn't take much to amp up a room's ambiance — at least not when you have the power of the cosmos at your disposal. Small but mighty, this Star Projector can bring the brilliance of a thousand stars straight to your living space (and it's on sale, too).
When it comes to cool space pictures, supernovae get all the credit. After all, who doesn't love a good star death? But new images from the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile reveal a stunning star birth that gives those supernova snaps a run for their money. It looks just like a firework, and now I have that godforsaken song stuck in my head, because the internet has rotted my brain.
The marital feuds of strangers have long intrigued our degenerate species. It's a timeless topic that keeps several magazines afloat, even if literally none of the details are true. But what most don't know is that celebrities (and commoners) aren't the only ones who get divorced — sometimes, actual stars do, too.
Don't get me wrong, black holes are cool, but they're also giant voids of terror: These gravitational abysses have been known to snack on stars in occurrences called Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs). It's always the same horror story — an unsuspecting star wanders too close to a black hole, only to get ripped apart by the black hole's gravity. Isn't space pleasant?
Calling all space cadets: Today, a group of researchers led by the Carnegie Institute of Science released an impressive database containing 61,000 so-called Doppler velocity measurements of 1600 nearby stars. The team is graciously inviting you to use their data to find the next exoplanet. Go forth and become drunk with power.
Perishing alone in space — in a gaseous cloud of stench — ranks pretty highly on the list of Terrible Ways to Die. Sadly, that was the fate of one unfortunate star trapped in the Calabash Nebula, nicknamed the "Rotten Egg Nebula" due to its high sulphur content. If you've ever smelled sulphur — or dog farts — you already understand the name.
A long time ago in two galaxies far, far away, there was quite the kerfuffle. New research suggests that about 200 million years ago, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located 160,000 lightyears from Earth, got into an intergalactic altercation with its younger sibling, the Small Magellanic Cloud. But the best part is what came after.
A new paper from Columbia University suggests that Tabby's star — the celestial object voted most likely to host an alien megastructure — is acting weirdly because it recently annihilated an entire planet, and the shattered remains of that planet are now producing strange flickering effects. It's probably the best theory we've heard so far.
It's not often that a new body appears in the night sky — aside from meteors and the occasionally comet, things tend to look pretty much the same. Now, astronomers predict that a pair of stars so close they're basically touching will collide and create a so-called red nova, resulting in a bright explosion visible to the naked eye.
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.
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.