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New Theory of Beginning of Universe Suggest Not a Big Bang but a Black Hole

By on Sep 26, 2013 in Breaking News | 0 comments

A New Theory Suggest that the Birth of the Universe May Have Been from a 4-D Black Hole     A new journal published by astronomers at the University of Waterloo suggest that the birth of the universe didn’t happen from the Big Bang but a 4 dimensional black hole. If your brain hurts then just bear with me because this article is going to get rough. Let’s say that of course nobody actually knows how the universe was born without understanding what happened in the planck era, which deserves another write up but for now you can read this if you are interested.   Before we move on it is my duty to explain that this paper is only raising questions and not exactly answering them. Furthermore, these ideas are not entirely new to the scientific community and have been kicking around for about 20 years.   So before we had the stars, planets and galaxies we had a...

First Images from New APEX Camera

By on Sep 25, 2013 in Breaking News | 0 comments

New Images from Apex Camera   Credit: ESO   This is a brand new image of star formation region called NGC 6334 or called the Cat Paw nebula, taken by the new Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) camera. Actually APEX isn’t new but a camera called ArTeMiS, a new wide-field submillimetre-wavelength camera, was installed and can bring more in depth details to the images. The telescope is a 12 meter diameter telescope located high in the Atacama Desert. It operates at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths which is between infrared light and radio waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. The camera completed the tests and will now take a trip to Saclay in France in order to install the additional detectors in the instrument. According to the ESO (European Southern Observatory),”The new generation detector array of ArTeMIS acts more like a CCD camera than the previous...

Hubble Finds Densest Nearby Galaxy

By on Sep 24, 2013 in Breaking News | 0 comments

Hubble Finds Densest Nearby Galaxy     Hubble finds new evidence for densest galaxy in nearby galaxy. Well nearby in astronomical terms which is 54 million light years away from Earth. The galaxy M60-UCD1 is located near a massive elliptical galaxy known as NGC 4649 or M60. The galaxy weighs more than 200 million times the mass of our own sun or if you took all the matter within 80 light years of us it would equal that much weight. The density of the stars in that region weigh 15,000 times more than found in the Milky Way neighborhood. They describe this galaxy as an ultra compact dwarf galaxy. The stars are also 25 times closer than typical stars in a galaxy so you can start to see a sense of how close the stars are. With further observations astronomers found an interesting x-ray emitting energy source at its center. Finding it at the center wasn’t the interesting...

Young Stars are Born in the Prawn Nebula

By on Sep 23, 2013 in Breaking News | 0 comments

Young Stars are Born in the Prawn Nebula     This image is one of the latest news releases from the VLT or Very Large Telescope which is operated by the European Southern observatory. This is the Prawn Nebula located 6,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius. This is a star forming region with heavy amounts of gas and dust that are being condensed into new stars as well as planets. What causes these clouds to glow is the ultraviolet light that is given off from the stars. The radiation strips the electrons from the hydrogen atoms, then later recombines and emits the bright light you see here. The Prawn nebula is 250 light years across or 4 times the size of a full moon in our sky. The Prawn Nebula is also located within our Milky Way. The VLT is supported by 15 countries and has been focusing on studying nebula’s within the Milky Way. The Prawn...

It’s Official Voyager 1 has Finally Reached Interstellar Space

By on Sep 12, 2013 in Breaking News | 0 comments

It’s Official Voyager 1 has Finally Reached Interstellar Space!     For a long time now there has been quite the debate over whether Voyager 1 had reached interstellar space. It’s clearly out of the solar system and the last barrier is the heliopause before Voyager 1 is truly in interstellar space. Here’s a breakdown of the voyage.     The 36 year old spacecraft is approximately 19 billion kilometers (12 billion miles) from our sun. Interestingly Voyager 1 has shown data that it has been traveling through plasma or ionized gas which is present between stars. This is quite the historic event for mankind to have a working spacecraft reach interstellar space. Voyager 1 first felt the increased pressure when it reached the heliosphere. What was shocking was when the plasma was analyzed they found that the spacecraft was bathed in plasma 40 times denser...

Astronomers Find Super-Earth 40 Light Years Away to Likely Have Water-Rich Atmosphere

By on Sep 4, 2013 in Breaking News | 3 comments

Astronomers Find Super-Earth to Likely Have Water-Rich Atmosphere     Located 40 light years away from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus lies a super-Earth called GJ 1214 b. A group of japanese astronomers have been studying it to find out what kind of atmospheric properties it has. The research team used Subara Telescope’s two optical cameras with a blue transmission filter to observe the transit of the super-Earth. The observation would help them discern whether the planet had an atmosphere rich in hydrogen or water. Astronomers found that sky of GJ 1214 b did not show a strong Rayleigh scattering feature, which planets with cloudless hydrogen dominated atmospheres would predict. When combined with the other observations in other colors it led the team to believe that this planet had a water-rich atmosphere.   Planetary transits help astronomers investigate...