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NASA is keeping a watchful eye on Jeff Bezos and other billionaires competing in the space race, according to the agency's chief

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson. Patrick Pleul/Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images; Hollis Johnson/Insider NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said he is keeping an eye on Jeff Bezos' space plans. Space won't be the Wild West for billionaires, Nelson suggested in a FoxBusiness interview. His message addresses a rise in commercial space travel fuelled by the ultra-wealthy. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's only weeks until Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos blasts off...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Branson, Nelson, Blue Origin


Discovery Channel's reality show 'Who Wants to Be An Astronaut?' will send the winner to the ISS. Producers hope it will show that space travel can be made accessible to ordinary people.

The winner will journey to the ISS in 2022. Reuters Discovery Channel recently announced a new reality show that will send its winner to the ISS. The mission is expected to take place in 2022. Contestants will be expected to undergo "extreme" challenges based on real astronaut training. See more stories on Insider's business page. There's no shortage of companies offering to blast tourists into space. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Trends, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Discovery Channel, Branson, Bezos, Peterson, International Space Station ISS


Discovery Channel's reality show 'Who Wants to Be An Astronaut?' will send the winner to the ISS. Its producers hope it will show that space travel can be made accessible to ordinary people.

The winner will journey to the ISS in 2022. Reuters Discovery Channel recently announced a new reality show that will send its winner to the ISS. The mission is expected to take place in 2022. Contestants will be expected to undergo "extreme" challenges based on real astronaut training. See more stories on Insider's business page. There's no shortage of companies offering to blast tourists into space. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Trends, Earth, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Branson, Bezos, Peterson, Ricci


Unconfirmed report suggests Branson may try to beat Bezos into space - and Virgin Galactic didn't deny it

Jeff Bezos (left) and Richard Branson (right) may be in a very tight space race. Alex Wong/Getty Images; Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson may try to beat Jeff Bezos to space next month, an industry blog suggests. Virgin Galactic did not deny the claim when asked by Insider, saying that Branson is expected to fly in the summer. An outside expert says the rumored July 4 weekend launch date is "very doable." See more stories on Insider's business page....
Tags: Transportation, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Faa, Rocket Launch, Branson, Billionaire, Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Origin, Elon


A mesmerizing photo shows powerful magnetic fields swirling around a black hole

A view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarized light. EHT Collaboration Scientists recently captured a black hole's powerful magnetic fields on camera. The image shows that these magnetic fields are strong enough to keep some matter from falling in. Matter that doesn't get sucked in gets launched back into space in the form of jets. See more stories on Insider's business page. When scientists published the first photo of a black hole in 2019, the image looked more like ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Black Hole, Galaxy, Messier, Aria Bendix, Eht, Andrew Chael, Chael, Messier 87, Earth Most, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science


See a Black Hole's Magnetic Fields in New Image From the Event Horizon Telescope

In April 2019, the world was spellbound, if only for a moment, by an ominous void encircled by a half-halo of light. It was the first direct image of a black hole; more specifically, a supermassive gravitational abyss at the core of Messier 87, a galaxy in the constellation Virgo some 54 million light-years from…Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Black Hole, Black Holes, Event Horizon Telescope, Dorothy, Wizard Of Oz, Galaxies, Astrophysics, Messier, Physical Sciences, Magnetism, Natural Sciences, Supermassive Black Hole, Maciek Wielgus, Technology Internet


Gorgeous New Image Shows a Pinwheel Galaxy in Exquisite Detail

An observatory in northern Chile has captured a stunning view of Messier 83, also known as the Spiral of the Southern Pinwheel.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Chile, Galaxies, Ursa Major, Gorgeous, Messier, Dark Energy Survey, Pinwheel Galaxy, Spiral Galaxy, Astronomical Objects, Technology Internet, Intermediate Spiral Galaxies, Starburst Galaxies, Messier 83, Centaurus Am83 Group


Astronomers have discovered the earliest known supermassive black hole at the center of an ancient, faraway galaxy

An artist's impression of quasar J0313-1806. NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva Astronomers have discovered the earliest known supermassive black hole at the center of a bright, active galaxy called a quasar, 13 billion light-years away. The quasar is unexpectedly well-developed for how soon it appears after the Big Bang. The supermassive black hole at its center is far older and more massive than scientists thought possible, suggesting a new way that black holes could form. Visit Business I...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chile, Universe, University Of Arizona, Black Holes, Galaxies, Big Bang, Michelle Starr, Wang, Alma, Messier


Hubble spies curious galaxy moving a little closer

This Hubble image stars Messier 90, a beautiful spiral galaxy located roughly 60 million light-years from the Milky Way in the constellation of Virgo (the Virgin). The galaxy is part of the Virgo Cluster, a gathering of galaxies that is over 1,200 strong. Messier 90 is remarkable; it is one of the few galaxies seen to be traveling toward the Milky Way, not away from it.
Tags: Science, Virgo, Messier


There's a Tiny, Bright Magnetar Photobombing Our Galaxy's Supermassive Black Hole

There's a bright magnetar photobombing the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, frustrating astronomers' efforts to study the black hole -- called Sagittarius A* -- using X-ray telescopes.SagA* is the nearest known supermassive black hole to Earth. And while it's far smaller, quieter and dimmer than the recently imaged black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 87, it still represents one of the best opportunities astronomers have for understanding how black ho...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Manhattan, Stephen Hawking, Montreal, McGill University, Chandra, Haggard, Chandra X Ray Observatory, Messier, Astrophysical Journal, Chandra X ray, Supermassive Black Hole, Swift X Ray, Daryl Haggard


The most beautiful cosmic bauble of all

Hubble's image of Messier 3 reveals what astronomers say is one of the prettiest "globular clusters" in the universe.
Tags: Science, News, Messier


Hubble peers at cosmic blue bauble

Messier 3: containing an incredible half-million stars, this 8-billion-year-old cosmic bauble is one of the largest and brightest globular clusters ever discovered.
Tags: Science, Messier


Why didn’t scientists photograph the black hole at the center of the Milky Way?

After years of work and a whole lot of hype, researchers working with the Event Horizon Telescope project finally unveiled the very first image ever captured of an actual black hole this week. The relatively low-res image was nonetheless fantastic, and the fact that scientists were able to capture an image of the black hole from a distance of approximately 55 million light-years away is absolutely mind-boggling.But wait, we live in the Milky Way galaxy, and at the center of it is what scientist ...
Tags: Science, Earth, Event Horizon Telescope, Messier


What's actually going on in that cryptic black hole photo?

"We have now seen the unseeable." These are the words spoken by astrophysicist Avery Broderick on Wednesday morning, one of some 200 scientists of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration who captured humanity's first image of a black hole — a zone of space so gravitationally powerful that whatever light falls in can't possibly escape. "Black holes are gravity run amok," said Broderick. Yet, we now have a picture of "the unseeable." More precisely, we can see a prominent ring of super...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Albert Einstein, Milky Way, Mars, Event Horizon Telescope, Einstein, North Pole, Virgo, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Science Foundation, Lai, Broderick, MacDonald, Georgia State University


Scientists Photograph Black Hole for the First Time Ever

Event Horizon TelescopeA team of 200 scientists unveiled the first-ever picture of a black hole Wednesday morning—a remarkable leap in astrophysics that provides an unprecedented glimpse into the depths of the universe’s abyss. “We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” Shep Doeleman, the director of the Event Horizon Telescope project, said at a press conference Wednesday morning. “We have taken a picture of a black hole.” The photo of a glowing, irregular orange ring surrounding a small bla...
Tags: Science, Hawaii, Antarctica, University Of Arizona, Event Horizon Telescope, Einstein, Sxsw, Messier, Shep Doeleman, Doeleman, Dimitrios Psaltis, Dan Marrone, Chile Antarctica


Here’s the first image of a black hole

Say hello to the black hole deep inside the Messier 87, a galaxy located in the Virgo cluster some 55 million light years away. It may seem underwhelming at first, but it’s one of four images of the supermassive spacetime deforming structure — marking the first time such an object has been photographed. The shots were captured using combination of eight radio observatories spread out along four continents, creating what MIT refers to as a “virtual, Earth-sized telescope.” There’s light surroundi...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Bbc, Mit, Netherlands, Black Hole, Neptune, Radboud University, Messier, Haystack Observatory, Blackhole, Heino Falcke, Geoffrey Crew


Remarkable photo of black hole released in astrophysics breakthrough

The team's observations of the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster, lend strong support to the theory of general relativity put forward in 1915 by physicist Albert Einstein to explain the laws of gravity and their relation to other natural forces. The research was conducted by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, an international collaboration begun in 2012 to try to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole using a ...
Tags: Science, Albert Einstein, Event Horizon Telescope, Virgo, Messier, Event Horizon Telescope EHT, Sheperd Doeleman


Here's the stunning first recorded image of a massive black hole

On Wednesday morning, the National Science Foundation and the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration released what they say is the first recorded image of a massive black hole. And it is stunning. Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun pic.twitter.com/AymX...
Tags: Science, India, Nasa, Earth, Virgo, National Science Foundation, Messier, Jim Bridenstine, Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration


Hubble Telescope Reveals What 200 Billion Stars Look Like

Two incredible new images from the Hubble Space Telescope show galaxies in all their shining glory.The first photograph, of a galaxy called Messier 49, includes some 200 billion stars, although there's no way to pick out most of the individual pinpricks of light within the image.Most of the stars within this elliptical galaxy are about 6 billion years old, and those within its 6,000-odd globular star clusters are even older. And then there's the supermassive black hole at the heart of Me...
Tags: Science, Earth, Hubble Space Telescope, Messier, Charles Messier, Meghan Bartels, ESA Hubble NASA


The Strange Case of Kaspersky Lab Just Got Messier

Products by the security software company Kaspersky Lab were banned from use by the United States government last year over security concerns, and its reputation has been badly damaged. In a surprising twist, Kaspersky personnel were reportedly the source of crucial information that led investigators to a former NSA…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nsa, Cybersecurity, United States, Kaspersky, Kaspersky Lab, Messier, Harold Martin


Night sky – October 2018: how to spot X and V on the Moon's 'terminator'

In a month where the stars are led across the sky by tricky-to-spot Pegasus, something that isn’t hard to see is the Moon. On the evening of Oct 16 a lighting effect will create the illusion of the letters ‘X’ and ‘V’ appearing along the terminator; the line dividing lunar night and day. The effects occur when certain features are obliquely lit near the terminator. In the case of the X, it’s early illumination of parts of the rims of craters La Caille, Purbach and Blanchinus working together to ...
Tags: UK, Science, Pegasus, Koi, BST, Messier, Eros, Baham, Great Square, Enif, PETE LAWRENCE, La Caille Purbach, Blanchinus, PETE LAWRENCE Pegasus, Great Square Uranus


12 Incredible New Images of Galaxies and Nebulae from the Hubble Telescope

Look up to the sky with the unaided eye and you’ll see lots of specks and globs that look mostly like stars. On closer inspection, though, some of those dots refuse to resolve, smeared out on the night sky.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Hubble, Galaxies, HST, Messier, Andromeda, The Milky Way, Messier Objects


Night Sky – March 2018: two full Moons, and the Plough explained

As was the case in January, there are two full Moons in March, one on the 2nd and one on the 31st. The second full Moon in a month has popularly become known as a Blue Moon even though this is not the original definition. That stated a Blue Moon was the third full Moon in a season which contained four full Moons. The occurrence of two full Moons in January followed by two in March takes place approximately four times every century. Venus over the Solent in December 2016. Tis month, it will be jo...
Tags: UK, Science, Moon, Charles, Venus, Mercury, Blue Moon, Messier, Dubhe, Alcor, Mizar, Merak, Phecda, Alkaid, PETE LAWRENCE, Great Wagon


Hubble's Celestial Snow Globe

It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in this Hubble Space Telescope image of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe. The stars are residents of the globular star cluster Messier 79 (also known as M79 or NGC 1904), located 41,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Lepus.
Tags: Science, Earth, NGC, Messier, Celestial Snow Globe


Dazzling spiral with an active heart

ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxy's beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes -- but it fails to betray Messier 77's turbulent nature.
Tags: Science, Messier, VLT


New dwarf satellite galaxy of Messier 83 found

(Phys.org)—Astronomers have found a new dwarf satellite of Messier 83 (M83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy) located some 85,000 light years from its host. This satellite galaxy was designated dw1335-29 and could be an irregular or a transition dwarf. The findings were presented in a paper published Nov. 30 on arXiv.org.
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Messier



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