Tag: astronomy

Jupiter cloud belt missing (but it keeps running away and coming home)

So Jupiter’s cloud belts come and go like wayward children. Still, no one knows why.

Australian astronomers reveal image of a cosmic “blue whale”

Centaurus A, a vast galaxy 14 million light-years distant, holding a gigantic black hole in its center 50 million times larger than the Sun, is emitting a radio glow that covers an area of the sky 200 times larger than the Moon. And not a single part of it is visible to the eye – …

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Huge impact crater discovered on Mercury

A giant crater, named Rembrandt basin, was photographed by the MESSENGER spacecraft on a mission to Mercury, so large that “…if formed on the east coast of the United States would span the distance between Washington, D.C., and Boston.” Let’s hope that never happens here.  

Cosmic blast sets distance mark

…the most distant single object ever detected by telescopes… BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Cosmic blast sets distance mark

Most massive cosmic pileup ever seen

Four galaxy collision. 

A green goddess: Two-tailed comet snapped streaking past Earth

If there IS life on Mars, this is where it lives

Mystery roar from faraway space detected

…one team of astronomers has found a strange cosmic noise that booms six times louder than expected. via Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected | Space.com.

Something is out there….

…astronomers working on the Supernova Cosmology Project report finding a new kind of something that they cannot make any sense of. via Hubble Finds a Mystery Object – News Blog – SkyandTelescope.com.

Discovery of most recent supernova in our galaxy

We usually see supernovas only in other galaxies. Statistically they should occur about 3 times in every century in the Milky Way, too. But they are often very far away and hidden by dust, so only X-ray and radio telescopes can “see” them. This one turns out to have just happened.    

“The Wonderful”: a new kind of star

It’s a star. It’s a comet. It’s a 30,000-year-old supernova shedding itself all over the place.