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Try Your Luck at Watching the Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight, but actually spotting a meteor could be tough going for lots of observers.Read more...
Tags: Meteors, Science, Astronomy, Meteor Showers, Look At The Stars, Look At The Moon

Was Oumuamua an alien spaceship? No. Here’s what it is.

Oumuamua, a quarter-mile long asteroid tumbling through space, is Hawaiian for "scout", or "the first of many".It was given this name because it came from another solar system. Some claimed Oumuamua was an alien technology, but there's no actual evidence for that.
Tags: Nasa, Cosmos, Chemistry, Extraterrestrial life, Physics, Space, Universe, Michelle thaller, Astronomy

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

How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole: Watch the 2017 Ted Talk by Katie Bouman, the MIT Grad Student Who Helped Take the Groundbreaking Photo

What triggered the worst impulses of the Internet last week? The world's first photo of a black hole, which proved the presence of troll life here on earth, and confirms that female scientists, through no fault of their own, have a much longer way to go, baby. If you want a taste, sort the comments on the two year old TED Talk, above, so they're ordered  "newest first." Katie Bouman, soon-to-be assistant professor of computing and mathematical sciences at the California Institute of Tech...
Tags: Google, Gender, Astronomy, College, New York City, Data, Earth, Mit, Mick Jagger, Cern, The New York Times, Computer Science, Richard Feynman, Judy, California Institute of Technology, Facebook Twitter

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

They say there's a black hole out in space, but what about the black hole of your mind?

1) If this is the worst problem brilliant young women face, hallelujah 2) Several people have pointed out the comment comes from a woman. Yet here's this tweet a day last, unchanged— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) April 12, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Astronomy, Math, Law, Stupid, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Naomi Wolf, Cathy Young

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

Seeing the unseeable: Astronomers capture historic first image of a black hole

For the first time ever, astronomers have captured an image of a black hole. The image represents a historic achievement in imaging of one of the most extreme and hard-to-observe phenomena in our universe. The post Seeing the unseeable: Astronomers capture historic first image of a black hole appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Astronomy, News, Trends, Black Hole, Emerging Tech, National Science Foundation, Telescope Array

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

This is the first ever image of a supermassive black hole

For the first time ever, we can see a photo of a supermassive black hole. National Science Foundation and Event Horizon Telescope captured the gigantic black hole and its shadow at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87. And today, they shared their impressive image with the world. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is made […] The post This is the first ever image of a supermassive black hole appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Astronomy, Space, News, Space Exploration, Black Hole, Event Horizon Telescope, Space Photography, Messier, 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 theory explains Jupiter’s perplexing origin

Astronomers have wondered how a gas giant like Jupiter could sit in the middle of our solar system's planets. Also unexplained has been the pair of asteroid clusters in front of and behind Jupiter in its orbit. Putting the two questions together revealed the answer to both. None Jupiter's long been a puzzler to astronomers. Planet formation theory holds that a gas giant forms far away from its star then moves inward over time until it's in a tight orbit around the sun. Jupiter, though, sits ri...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Nasa, Discovery, Innovation, Sun, Universe, Planets, Mars, Asteroid, Jupiter, Lucy, Neptune, Lund University, Trojans, Simona Pirani

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