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NASA locates most distant galaxy ever found

The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed a galaxy that is 13.3 billion light years away. The discovery ( designated MACSO647-JD ) is believed to be…

Planet Lollipops

It’s like looking into a telescope or a snowglobe. Etsy seller Vintage Confections made beautiful lollipops that look like all eight planets in our solar system. (Sorry, Pluto.) The backside of each lollipop is flecked with edible glitter to show each planet in a star-filled background. Link -via Foodiggity

What Is a Blue Moon, and How Rare Is It?

Stockbyte/John Foxx Before Curiosity landed on Mars, the main topic of discussion among amateur astronomers was the blue Moon that is scheduled to make an appearance on August 31. The widely accepted definition of a blue Moon is a full Moon that appears twice within a calendar month. But that description is actually based on an [...]

Auroras Seen on Uranus

Yes, really. The Hubble telescope captured the images last November, but as with all things astronomical, the data had to be properly crunched and an analysis made before the news is released to the public. The two aurorae observed were as large as the Earth, although they look small against the gas giant Uranus. Read [...]

LIBRETTO: The Bacterial Opera

Words: Marc Abrahams Music: Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, and Arthur Sullivan (And thanks to Mary Ellen Davey, Harriet Provine, Dany Adams, and Carl Zimmer for bacteriological insights, and Robert Csillag, DDS, and his staff for inspiration on microbial matters.) The Bacterial Opera premiered as part of the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theater, Harvard [...]

Hubble Space Telescope Sees a Gravitationally Lensed Quasar

Photo: NASA, ESA and J.A. Muñoz (University of Valencia) You’re looking at a picture of a quasar that’s beeing sucked into a black hole, taken by the Hubble Space telescope. ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope [...]

SETI back in business – the search goes on

SETI have managed to raise enough money to restart the telescope needed to continue searching for ET. Back in April SETI were forced to halt the proje…

Mind Expanding Photos of The Universe

The Hubble Space Telescope has brought us some truly amazing images of the universe. To appreciate these vast objects check out the gallery at the link. Who knows what unimaginable mysteries they truly hold? The just-turned-21 Hubble Space Telescope has spent its entire life taking photographs of such enormous, otherworldly things that words stop working. And [...]

Telescope to pick up gravitational waves

The new underground Einstein telescope could allow scientists to directly see a black hole. Gravitational waves have never been directly detected befo…

Space Shuttle Docking with Space Station as Seen from Earth

Sure, we’ve all seen pictures of a space shuttle docking. But this one was taken from Earth using a fairly ordinary telescope guided by hand: This remarkable picture was taken by Rob Bullen on Saturday February 26 from the UK, using an 8.5? telescope. I’ll note that’s relatively small as telescopes go! But the ISS is [...]