The Universe is a Colorful and Amazing Place

The Universe is a Colorful and Amazing Place

If you seek awe-inspiring, colorful and vibrant images, look no further than the night's sky. The eye of telescope transforms these meager points of light we're used to seeing into a fantastic castles of twinkling radiance in all the colors of the rainbow. Nebula, galaxies, suns and planets together create an amazing tapestry of shape and…

What makes one Earth-like planet more habitable than another?

What makes one Earth-like planet more habitable than another?

When it comes to finding the right kind of planet to target in the search for life elsewhere in the universe, the size of the planet matters. All planets are believed to form by a process of competitive cannibalism, in a disk of material around a nascent star. Small pieces of dust collide and grow,…

Enormous Ocean Discovered On Jupiter’s Moon

Enormous Ocean Discovered On Jupiter’s Moon

Photo credit: Artist's concept of the moon Ganymede as it orbits the giant planet Jupiter. Two auroral ovals can be seen over northern and southern mid-latitudes / NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)   Space Enormous Ocean Discovered On Jupiter's Moon March 13, 2015 | by Janet Fang Photo credit: Artist's concept of the moon…

Check Out The 3D-Printing Technology That Will Build A Base On The Moon

Check Out The 3D-Printing Technology That Will Build A Base On The Moon

  Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon? In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was…

A Grand Extravaganza of New Stars

A Grand Extravaganza of New Stars

This dramatic landscape in the southern constellation of Ara (The Altar) is a treasure trove of celestial objects. Star clusters, emission nebulae and active star-forming regions are just some of the riches observed in this region lying some 4000 light-years from Earth. This beautiful new image is the most detailed view of this part of…

Riding Light: How long it takes to get from the Sun to Jupiter

Riding Light: How long it takes to get from the Sun to Jupiter

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion…

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