It’s always a joy to see new views of the cosmos through a new telescope or instrument… and this is no exception — these are submillimeter-wavelength emissions from cool lanes of dust inside the Cat’s Paw Nebula, showing the locations of baby stars sparking to life. Read more about the new APEX instrument that is allowing astronomers to see deeper into the Cosmos than ever before.
WHAT IF other planetary bodies orbited our world at the same distance as the moon? (x)
Of course, if Jupiter were out there where our moon is, our crust would be ripped, wobbled and cracked to such an extreme degree that we’d be living on an earthquake-riddled, flood-tide, volcano-Earth.
But think of the night sky!!
Everyone buy this, let’s all have a party, no chaperones*
*Okay maybe one or two chaperones, because I can’t be responsible for what happens**
**Also, can we have it at your house? Don’t think my place would hold everyone.
Voyager’s prolonged journey into interstellar space took another dramatic turn when the intrepid space probe last summer passed into a bizarre and unanticipated cosmic hallway between the bubble of space under the sun’s influence and whatever lies beyond. Read more
worth scrolling all the way up to reblog
This went to a very different place then I though it would.
This is awesome/funny on one level and blows my mind on another
Pulling from 20 years of research since the first discoveries of planets beyond our solar system, scientists have concluded that Earth and its sibling worlds comprise what appears to be a relatively rare breed in a diverse cosmic zoo that includes a huge variety of planet sizes, orbits and parent stars. Read more
Holy hell … that’s gorgeous (and false-colored, sadly).
An important reminder that the universe has three spatial dimensions and is best appreciated with all three engaged*.
*engage fourth as needed for EXTREME MODE
...the aftermath of a cometary collision would be a scientific smorgasbord. If we ever needed to be “pushed” to send a manned mission to the surface of Mars, I can think of no better time than in the years after a massive comet strike.