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Hubble Telescope Turns 29, Shares Incredible Photo of Southern Crab Nebula to Celebrate

Hubble scientists like to honor the telescope’s birthday with an annual release of 4/20-worthy space porn, and this year’s pic is as stunning as ever. The image, in full below, offers an updated view of the Southern Crab Nebula.
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Esa, Hubble, Hubble Space Telescope


Most ancient type of molecule in universe detected in space

Helium hydride is thought to have played starring role in early universeThe most ancient type of molecule in our universe has been detected in space, scientists have revealed, backing up theories of how the early chemistry of the universe developed after the big bang.The positively charged molecule known as helium hydride is believed to have played a starring role in the early universe, forming when a helium atom shared its electrons with a hydrogen nucleus, or proton. Not only is it thought to ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Chemistry, Physics, Particle physics


Piece of a Comet Found Tucked Inside Meteorite

Scientists have found a cometary building block in an unexpected place: deep inside a meteorite, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Comets, Asteroids, Astrophysics, Astrochemistry


Why the Parker Solar Probe is NASA's most exciting mission

The Parker Solar Probe is set to uncover a mystery about the sun: Why is it's corona hotter than its surface?NASA's ability to fly a probe so close to the sun is a marvel of engineering. Michelle Thaller, an astronomer at NASA, explains why the Parker Solar Probe is so hot right now.
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Physics, Engineering, Innovation, Sun, Solar Energy, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Parker Solar Probe, Ask an astronomer


Amazon's Oil Addiction, Black Holes, and Tiny Ancient Humans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Wow, it’s finally here: The last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres tonight. In a matter of mere minutes, viewers will have the chance to re-experience the magical world of Westeros, spending a final few episodes in the company of fan favorites like Dragon Owner, The Explosion Doer, Grizzled Conscience Man, …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Energy, Facebook, Astronomy, Hbo, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Review, Video Games, Climate Change, Oil, Marvel, Conservation


Gravitational Wave Detectors Spot Two Potential Black Hole Collisions in a Week

Less than two weeks after the gravitational wave detectors turned back on, they’ve already seen evidence of two pairs of colliding black holes.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Virgo, Astrophysics, Ligo


This newsletter was not written by a robot*

Bots are becoming an inevitable part of newsgathering. Two women are determined to prevent them becoming an inevitable part of warfare*although it’s a bit stilted in placesIn a week in which robot journalists won new customers and admirers in Britain, you’ll be reassured to note that the Guardian is still relying on human beings, for the Upside series at least.And very busy they were, investigating hopeful stories that all involved David-and-Goliath struggles, albeit in very different fields. Co...
Tags: Food, Astronomy, Space, Science, Media, UK News, World news, Newspapers, Work & careers, David, Britain, Ireland, Robots, Switzerland, The far right, Access to water


What We Learned From the First Black Hole Image

Today, scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope released a picture that will go down in scientific history: the first-ever image of a black hole. But there’s more to science than pretty pictures. Alongside the release, scientists dropped six papers documenting how they created the image and what they’ve already…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope, Astrophysics, National Science Foundation, NSF


Why Doesn't the Black Hole Image Look Like the One From Interstellar?

No one knew what a black hole looked like before today. Sure, we thought we knew, thanks to simulations and the now-famous black hole featured in the movie Interstellar.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Christopher Nolan, Interstellar, Science, Physics, Kip Thorne, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope


First-Ever Photo of a Supermassive Black Hole

Truly a quantum leap, astronomers have “seen the unseeable” and captured an image of a supermassive black hole—a “smoke ring framing a one-way portal to eternity,” Dennis Overbye writes for the New York Times. A planet-sized network of eight radio telescopes—called the Event Horizon Telescope—peered through interstellar dust and gas to reveal the black hole, located in a galaxy called Messier 87, which exists some …
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Design, Tech, New York Times, Linkaboutit, Telescopes, Dennis Overbye, Supermassive Black Hole


Black hole picture captured for first time in space ‘breakthrough’

A network of eight radio telescopes around the world helped to record the imageAstronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most enigmatic objects.The picture shows a halo of dust and gas, tracing the outline of a colossal black hole, at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy, 55 million light years from Earth. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Black Holes


Gaze Into the Abyss: The First-Ever Image of a Black Hole

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here: Scientists have presented the first-ever image of a black hole.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope, Astrophysics, Eht


Gaze Into the Abyss: The First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here: Scientists have presented the first-ever image of a black hole.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope, Astrophysics, Eht


Misogyny at Microsoft, Farscape, and the New Airpods: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s April 2019—and perhaps the month that will later be known as the dawn of the Age of Fungus. A concerning report in the New York Times this weekend detailed how multiple strains of Candida auris, a drug-resistant species of pathogenic fungus, have quietly spread across the globe. The Centers for Disease Control…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Transportation, Facebook, Science Fiction, Astronomy, Space, Japan, New York, Science, Technology, Movies, Microsoft, Labor, Climate Change, Drugs


Always dreamed of flying? On these moons, you can.

Both the moon and Mars have a weaker surface gravity than the Earth does. The result? You don't weigh as much on either celestial body as you do here. On a moon called Titan that orbits Saturn, the gravity isn't as strong as Earth's, but the atmosphere is much thicker. In this world, it would be possible to strap wings to your arms and fly around. On a low-gravity moon called Miranda, just off the space coast of Uranus, there are cliffs that are many miles high. It would be possible to jump off ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Adventure, Sports, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Physics, Innovation, Extreme Sports, Gravity, Exploration, Mars, Cosmos


Huge Lava Lamp-Like Blobs Spotted in 40-Year-Old Observations of the Sun

Scientists have found lava lamp-like blobs up to 500 times larger than the Earth in the solar wind, in data from a pair of spacecraft that launched in the 1970s.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, The Sun, Parker Solar Probe, Solar Physics


We May Get the First Close-Up Image of a Black Hole Next Week

The Event Horizon Telescope, a network of telescopes on mission to observe supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, is set to release its first results in a public press conference next week.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope, Astrophysics, NSF, Eht


The Gravitational Wave Detectors Are Turning Back On and We're Psyched

The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors are set to resume their hunt for gravitational waves on April 1. This go-around, they’ll be even more sensitive thanks to a set of upgrades to their lasers, mirrors, and other components. This next run will be a big deal—for different reasons than the first two…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Virgo, Astrophysics, Ligo, General Relativity


Wildly Spinning Asteroid Caught In the Throes of Self-Destruction

With its long, bright tail, this object bears an uncanny resemblance to a comet, but it’s actually an active asteroid. New observations suggest the asteroid is spinning so quickly that it’s starting to break down and crumble, in what is a relatively rare cosmological phenomenon.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Asteroids Incapable Of Keeping It Together


Saturn's Ravioli-Shaped 'Ring Moons' May Have Formed From a Giant Impact

During the final days of the legendary Cassini mission, the NASA spacecraft performed a series of ring-skimming orbits around Saturn, snapping unprecedented images of the gas giant’s enigmatic ring moons. These photos and other data have now been analyzed by astronomers, shedding new light on these elusive objects and…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Saturn, Cassini, Planetary Science, Moons, Saturnian Moons, Orbital Rings


Vice President Pence Gives NASA Five Years to Put Americans Back on the Moon—or Else

Speaking on behalf of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to put American astronauts on the moon “within the next five years” at the fifth meeting of the National Space Council on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Donald Trump, Space Race, Mike Pence, National Space Council, Space Policy, Human Spacelight


A New List of Stars Shows Us Where to Look for Earth-Like Planets

Astronomers have created a catalog of 1,822 nearby stars around which the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission might spot planets receiving Earth-like levels of starlight. This is a crucial step in humanity’s search for an Earth-like, potentially habitable exoplanet.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Exoplanets, Tess, Potentially Habitable Planets, Earth Like Planets


Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time

Late last year, astronomers detected the sixth known dark vortex on Neptune. This time, however, scientists were able to chronicle the formation of this swirling storm over the course of several years, offering new insights into these enigmatic and ephemeral weather features.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Neptune, Planetary Science, Ice Giants, Dark Vortex


Kazakh Meteorite Reveals Signs of Ancient Solar 'Superflare'

Scientists have found evidence of an ancient solar “superflare” hidden in a meteorite that was first found in Kazakhstan in 1962, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, The Sun, Meteorites, Asteroids, Kazakhstan, Solar Flares, Cosmochemistry, Protoplanetary Disks, Solar Physics, Ancient Solar System


Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe. Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and dow...
Tags: Space, Cosmos, Universe, Gravity, Science, Astronomy, Planets, Ask an astronomer, Nasa


The 'Oumuamua Mystery May Not Be So Mysterious After All

The first interstellar object to visit the Solar System “defied expectations” in 2017, according to a new study, and brought about lots of questions, including whether it was a comet or an asteroid (or, as some people wanted to believe, an alien spaceship). Though some studies have determined it was an asteroid, new…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Oumuamua, Interstellar Objects


Rare super worm moon will loom large as it coincides with equinox

Phenomenon last occurred in spring 1905 and won’t happen again until the year 2144Those gazing up into the sky on Wednesday night are set to witness an unusual event: a super worm moon that coincides with the equinox.It will be the third time this year a full moon has occurred near to the moon’s closest approach to the Earth – making it a supermoon – and will be the last such event in 2019. Those venturing out can expect to see the moon looming larger than usual in the night sky. Continue readin...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, UK News, Earth, Moon, The moon


Collecting Samples From Asteroid Bennu May Be Harder Than NASA Realized, New Findings Suggest 

NASA scientists have released a boatload of data from OSIRIS-REx, the spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Bennu. There are lots of interesting results—and some potential unforeseen challenges when it comes to collecting a sample.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Asteroids, Asteroid, Astrophysics, Bennu, Osiris Rex


New Horizons Team Shares Amazing New Details About Kuiper Belt Object MU69

Scientists with the New Horizons mission gathered together in Texas yesterday to discuss the latest findings about MU69. This distant Kuiper Belt object—which bears a striking resemblance to a flattened snowman—is turning out to be even weirder than we imagined.
Tags: Astronomy, Texas, Science, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt Objects, Ultima Thule, Mu69, Contact Binaries


The Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu Just Dropped Its First Scientific Results

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 mission has released its first batch of scientific results on asteroid Ryugu—and it’s revealed a bunch of surprises about the small, spinning rock.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, Ryugu, Hayabusa2



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