Monthly Archives: March 2015
Far away from Earth, the ongoing collision of dense galaxy clusters is creating a stunning show of radio waves. In the region, where clusters of hundreds of galaxies are colliding, these variety of objects are visible only to radio telescopes. Scientists created a ‘true colour’ image of the region to reveal what it would look like if humans could see radio waves, rather than just visible light.
Our universe is pretty big and so are the secrets which it is wrapping around. One such interesting part of our big universe is Milky Way Galaxy. There are so many hidden secrets about it which you would certainly be surprised to hear.
As Hubble enters its 25th year in orbit, with celebrations planned around the world for its anniversary on 24 April 2015, this video “celebrates” the relationship that the telescope will have with its future colleague, the James Webb Space Telescope.
In a galaxy near our Milky Way, in a hot dusty cloud filled with molecular gases, young stars are being born. This is another proof that the universe is still expanding, and possibilities of life beyond our galaxy is yet to be discovered.
It seems that despite the fact that humanity has had orbiters in the sky and landers on the Martian surface since the 1970s, the Red Planet is still full of surprises. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has caught sight of something quite unexpected in the Martian atmosphere. High above the surface is a massive dust cloud, and a glowing aurora not unlike the Northern Lights on Earth.
According to Danish and Australian researchers who used an improved version of a 250-year old theory (The Titius-Bode law), there are billions of the stars in the Milky Way located in the “habitable zone”, where liquid water might exist, and with it, life as we know it.
Earlier, only four entities in our solar system were known to possess rings; all of them are planets. Saturn is obviously the most prominent name in the list; it is joined by three other planets Neptune, Uranus and Jupiter, each of which has rings made up of dust and gas encircling them.
There’s no denying it—volcanoes are pretty awesome. As you gaze upon these looming mountains spewing forth fire so hot it causes the ground itself to melt into a gooey pool, you get a sense of just how destructive and chaotic Mother Nature can be. But what’s even cooler than the inspiration for Mount Doom? Space volcanoes. And they’re way more explosive, awe-inspiring, and destructive than anything you’ll find on Earth.
With the help of the Dark Energy Survey, which includes mapping the southern sky, the astronomers from the University of Cambridge have identified nine dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way making it the largest number ever discovered at once. The latest finding is the first discovery of dwarf galaxies in the last ten years, after dozens of them were found in 2005 and 2006 in the skies above the northern hemisphere.
A powerful solar flare that erupted on the Sun on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, and reached us here on Friday was large enough to effect radio signals all over the western hemisphere. The X-class solar flare was also captured on video by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
The world’s most powerful sub-atomic particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Geneva – has been given the go-ahead to re-start after being closed for two years of maintenance, now LHC is ready to explain one of the biggest mysteries of the Universe – the nature of dark matter.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It first started up on 10 September 2008, and remains the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex. Here’s some interesting facts about Large Hadron Collider (LHC).