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When Galaxies Collide: Antennae Galaxy

By on Sep 19, 2013 in Pictures | 0 comments

When Galaxies Collide: Antennae Galaxy     The Antennae galaxy is located 45 million light years away from Earth in the constellation Corvus. The image above shows a zoomed out shot of the galaxies interacting with each other. The story goes that about 1.2 billion years ago there were two galaxies known as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039. The two galaxies that have collided with each other and it get’s its name Antennae from the two streaks of gas and stars resulted from the galactic collision. The nuclei of the two galaxies has merged together to create one giant galaxy. Interestingly astronomers say that it’s not the stars that collide together but the gas and molecular clouds that collide and have ferocious formations of stars. The view above spans over 500,000 light years....

Gorgeous Image of the Tadpole Galaxy

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Pictures | 0 comments

The Tadpole Galaxy     The Tadpole galaxy is a disrupted barred galaxy located 400 million light years from Earth in the northern constellation Draco. Tadpole galaxies tail of stars is one of the most striking features. It stretches across 280,000 light years whereas our Milky Way is about 100,000 to 120,000 light years across. The main body or galaxy itself is about 300,000 light years behind the tail. The Tadpole galaxy will likely lose its tail as it gets older. Now as you can see that the galaxy is disrupted and there is a theory of how that may have happened. The story goes that a smaller galaxy collided with the Tadpole galaxy from left to right in this view. It was then slung around behind the Tadpole galaxy by their gravitational attraction. During this event the interaction drew out the spiral galaxies stars and the intruder itself can be seen 300,000 light years...

Frog has Last Laugh with Epic Photobomb During LADEE Launch

By on Sep 12, 2013 in Pictures | 0 comments

Frog Photobombs LADEE’s Launch     On Friday September 6 the NASA mission LADEE or  Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer was launched into space to study the moon and get a more detailed look at the Moon’s atmosphere. Well LADEE wasn’t the only thing in the spotlight. A frog was caught in the middle of the launch (unfortunately) and is now immortalized in this photo. However why was the frog there in the first place? Was it by accident or did he just hop along to find what the fuss was all about? Well as it turns out the launchpad at the Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport actually has a high-volume water deluge system which is basically a pool that activates during the launch to protect the launch pad from damage. For more information check out Universe Today’s...

The Best Mars Landscapes You Haven’t Seen

By on Sep 2, 2013 in Pictures | 0 comments

You’ve Never Seen Beautiful Mars Landscapes Like this Before! Here are the Best Mars Landscapes   Mars is an incredibly interesting planet and with the help of science fiction as well as space exploration efforts from NASA, ESA, and others we gain some remarkable information. To some Mars has a reputation for being a red desert with nothing exciting to look at. I am here to tell you otherwise. Hopefully by the end of this post you will gain a little excitement about the odd and beautiful landscapes of Mars. Let’s jump right into it!   The south pole of Mars. A permanent ice cap that has frozen water and carbon dioxide that is 3 km thick.   This is a picture of Mars landscape that looks like swiss cheese! Well this actually frozen carbon dioxide that can be found on the southern pole of the Mars ice caps.   Dark sand streaks on Mars. One of the mysteries...

Young Stars Forming in NGC 602

By on Jul 30, 2013 in Pictures | 0 comments

NGC 602 is a young bright cluster of stars located in the Small Magellanic Clouds. For those of you who don’t know the Small Magellanic Cloud is a dwarf galaxy that is 7000 light years wide (compared to our 400,000 light year width of the Milky Way). Fun fact is that this dwarf galaxy had the unfortunate run in with our beast of a galaxy and transformed into an irregular shape galaxy. It is also 200,000 light years away but it’s one of the closest neighbours to our own galaxy. In the image you can see that the radiation and shock wave from the star forming area in the center pushed away all the gas and lighter elements. It’s a gorgeous photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope....

Where Have Meteors Fallen on Earth and What Are the Differences?

By on Feb 18, 2013 in Pictures | 0 comments

 A very common question we all ask is where have meteors fallen on Earth? Also how big are these rocks or how heavy are they? These are good questions to ask to know the real danger of these space travellers. Well I took this first image from a cool facebook page called The Earth Story, check them out if you have time.   VERY KNOWN METEORITE FALL ON EARTH This map shows every meteorite fall on Earth that we know about; where scientists have found either meteorites or impact craters. Some of these craters and meteorite fragments date as far back as the year 2,300 BCE. The data for the image is from the US Meteorological Society and does not show places where meteorites might have fallen but no trace has yet been found.To view the interactive map, where you can click on each meteorite spot to learn more, go here: http://bit.ly/Xmuvy5   The data used for the image is available...