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Just look at this majestic image of light and dark in our Universe.

18 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Just look at this majestic image of light and dark in our Universe. The latest image from the Hubble Space Telescope, it shows young stellar objects, a number of bright stars and a reflection of the nebula known as [B77] 63. Ain't it pretty. [ ESA ] Read more...

Balloon rise over fort sumner

In a few days, a balloon-borne telescope sensitive to the polarization of high-energy “hard” X rays will ascend to the edge of the atmosphere above Fort Sumner, N.M., to stare fixedly at black holes and other exotic astronomical objects. Show More Summary

Now Hear This: "Hello Phone" Telescopic Ear Trumpet Sounds Good, Looks Silly

Having solved all other problems, Japan has re-invented the ear trumpet. The so-called “Hello Phone” from Konna Shop is actually a rebooted Speaking Tube, enabling those hard of hearing to carry on conversations in an otherwise normal manner.

NASA's Spitzer scopes out huge asteroid smashup. And just misses it.

When Spitzer Space Telescope captured the billowing aftermath of a colossal asteroid smashup 1,200 light-years away, scientists realized they were watching a scene much like the one that played out billions of years ago in our own solar system.

Cosmic "magnifying glass" used to identify distant colliding galaxies

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

An international team of astronomers has used a range of telescopes including the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to observe a pair of galaxies colliding at a time when the universe was just half its current age.Show More Summary

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope witnesses asteroid smashup

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

Astronomy: Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades

A worldwide network of radio telescopes measured the distance to the famous star cluster the Pleiades to an accuracy within 1 percent. The result resolved a controversy raised by a satellite's measurement that now is shown to be wrong. The incorrect measurement had challenged standard models of star formation and evolution.

Back on the Rails with OSETI

The Planetary Society sponsored all-sky optical SETI search at Harvard University went off the rails, telescope roof rails that is, but it is back on track and hunting the sky for ET.

MC2 wants to be 8 bikes in 1

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Well, another day, and another oddball transforming bicycle from Eurobike 2014. Yesterday, we took a look at the telescoping lever-drive Hank from Korea’s Bygen. Today, it’s the MC2 from Singapore-based IDSG Engineering and Trading.Show More Summary

'We finally found it': Scientists get first look at 'monster' galaxy forming

Yale astronomers have discovered a new look at the formation of "the Universe's monster galaxies," Phys.org reports, and the results are fascinating. The Yale researchers used data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Show More Summary

Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades

Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster -- a controversy that posed a potential challenge to scientists' basic understanding of how stars form and evolve. The new work shows that the measurement made by a cosmic-mapping research satellite was wrong. read more

NASA telescopes study giant galaxy – provide a glimpse at star creation in the early universe

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer telescopes have been used to examine a distant elliptical galaxy known as Sparky. The observations represent the first glimpse at the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction, shedding light on an area...Show More Summary

Vast Streams of Gravel Detected in Orion Molecular Cloud -- "A Long and Winding Road in Space Essential for Planet Formation"

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles -- planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust...

NASA telescopes uncover early construction of giant galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed "Sparky," is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming...Show More Summary

Watch: Galaxies collide in deep space

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Animation released by the European Space Agency, including images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes in space and on the ground, shows the collision of two distant galaxies. Light from the collision would beShow More Summary

One Perfect Thing, Ctd

by Dish Staff Inspired by Bill McKibben’s musings on his beloved solo canoe, readers share stories of their prized possessions: I’ll pony up one: my Dad’s old 6? Criterion Dynascope telescope. He bought it shortly after I was born and took it out all through my childhood. About the time he moved out of the […]

This Is What's Left Behind When a Supernova Explodes

A violent star explosion long ago has left behind an eye-catching supernova remnant, an ethereal grave marker in space that has been seen like never before by scientists using three space telescopes. When supersized stars reach the end...Show More Summary

A great view of colliding galaxies, thanks to magnifying glasses in the sky

6 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Remember "lensing galaxies"?  They're so big that they bend the light around them, serving as a natural magnifier of smaller galaxies lurking behind. With the help of several telescopes (including the Hubble) and an international team of astronomers, one of these gravitational lenses has revealed our best ever view of an ancient galactic collision. Show More Summary

Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe

The famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes used a magnifying lens to reveal barely visible but important evidence. Astronomers are now combining the power of many telescopes on Earth and in space [1] with a vastly larger form of cosmic lens to study a case of vigorous star formation in the early Universe. read more

Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe

An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) -- among other telescopes -- has obtained the best view yet of a collision between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age. read more

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