An artist’s concept of two colliding black holes, in the process of merging. Image Credit: Credit: NASA / CXC / A. Hobart.
“Dancing: A series of movements involving two partners, where speed and rhythm match harmoniously with music.”
— The Computer, explaining the meaning of ‘Dancing’ to the Ship’s Captain – ‘Wall-E’ (2008).
A comparison of planetary system KOI-351 with our own Solar System. Image Credit: German Aerospace Center.
“Second star to the right, and straight on ’till morning.”
— Captain James T. Kirk, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991).
It is unclear which types of planets did the fictional Enterprise crew discover around the [...]
The leftovers of comet ISON are fading from view very quickly as the debris races away from the Sun. Photo Credit: NASA / ESA / SOHO
Comet ISON—or whatever is left of it—is fading fast, and the latest images from the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) LASCO-C3 camera may be showing [...]
ISON appears as a white smear heading up and away from the Sun. ISON was not visible during its closest approach to the Sun, so many scientists thought it had disintegrated, but images like this one from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory suggest that a small nucleus may be intact. Image/Caption Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO/GSFC
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory Lab under the Aurora Australis. Its Neutrino Detector found evidence of very high-energy neutrinos, coming from outside of the Solar System. Image Credit: Keith Vanderlinde. IceCube/NSF.
To most people the idea of burying a telescope in the ice would not be the best of ways at looking at the Universe. [...]
VIDEO: Comet ISON moves ever closer to the Sun in this movie from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, captured in the early hours of Nov. 27, 2013. A coronal mass ejection explodes off the Sun; it is unlikely to damage ISON even if they cross paths. Image Credit/Caption: ESA/NASA/SOHO
An enchanting image of Europa hanging above Jupiter’s limb, as seen by the New Horizons probe in 2007, on its way to Pluto. When will we return there and answer one of the most important questions ever asked: Is there life beyond Earth? Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
An image of galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the Bullet Cluster. It is a composite image made from observations in visible light from the Hubble Telescope and the Magellan ground-based Telescopes (the main cluster image) and in x-ray wavelengths from the Chandra Space Observatory (pink areas). Additional studies of gravitational lensing from [...]
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took this natural-color portrait on July 19, 2013, which is the first image to show Saturn, its moons, and rings, plus Earth, Venus, and Mars, all together. Image and Caption Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
For nearly 10 years NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been delivering a wealth of valuable science about Saturn, exploring the [...]
Artist’s concept of Gaia and the deep-space survey work it will conduct during its 5 years of baseline operations. Image Credit: ESA
Last week, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it will delay the launch of its ambitious Gaia mission to observe and catalog around 1 billion astronomical objects—or approximately 1 percent [...]