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#241 driverwedge

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 12:05 PM

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 01:26 PM

On the other end of the stellular spectrum, it was reported this week that the Hubble telescope detected a vanishing supermassive star approximately 22 million light-years from Earth. The phenomenon has never before been witnessed, but it's likely to be an unnova, the direct collapse of a large star into a black hole without the supernova explosion. Now you see it. Now you don't.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 11:07 AM

Talk about feeling tiny. IC 1101 is the largest galaxy in the observable universe. The supergiant elliptical galaxy is 1.04 billion light years from Earth, and measures a whopping 6 million light years across. It contains an estimated 100 trillion stars. By comparison, the Milky Way is a measly 100,000 light-years across, and contains ~100 to 400 billion stars.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 01:09 PM

The European Southern Observatory has photographed a region in the Milky Way that is 7000 light years away. The very large (3 gigapixel) image shows three nebulas, Eagle (center), Sharpless 2-54 (right), and Omega (left). The image was created by stitching together dozens of photographs taken by the VLT Survey Telescope in Chile. The Eagle contains the infamous Pillars of Creation.

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 09:51 AM

The universe is comprised of hundreds of billions of galaxies. Rather than being randomly distributed through space, the galaxies form clusters. Clusters are grouped into larger structures called superclusters. Superclusters are gravitationally linked into walls (a subtype of filament). A filament is the largest know cosmic structure, taking the form of a thread that weaves itself between large voids in space. In the standard model of the evolution of the universe, filaments form along and follow strings of dark matter. Basically, the structure looks like a giant sponge.

The largest wall identified to date (2016) is the BOSS Great Wall, which is comprised of 830 galaxies spread across 1+ billion light years. It contains approximately 10,000 times the mass of the Milky Way, and is located ~5 billion light years from the Milky Way.

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:42 AM

Turns out Mars is covered in toxic chemicals, so not too dissimilar to earth.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:35 AM

Jupiter taken by Juno on its 7th Jovian flyby (7/10/2017 10:12 am EDT, 10,274 miles).

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 05:25 PM

Would it surprise anyone on this forum to learn that the Taff has a Masters in Astrophysics?

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

ISS photobombs solar eclipse. Lol.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:42 AM

Cassini's grand finale is fast approaching, when it will be plunged into Saturn and destroyed. The images and information it has gathered from the Saturn moon, Titan are just astounding:

https://saturn.jpl.n...o-a-true-titan/



Interestingly the rivers on Titan are not composed of water, but rather methane. I had a river of methane in my underpants once, when teeing off in a local competition in front of about 50 people.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 11:11 AM

I guess less of a space question, but would it be possible to view a total eclipse, and then, because it now dark for a few minutes, experience aurora borealis/northern lights?
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:02 PM

 PixlPutterman, on 25 August 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

I guess less of a space question, but would it be possible to view a total eclipse, and then, because it now dark for a few minutes, experience aurora borealis/northern lights?

In theory yes, but the odds would be astronomical.  In the U.S., the highest latitude of totality was ~45 degrees north. While the lights have been visible as far south as 21 degrees north, they generally stay 50 degrees north or higher.

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 06:22 PM

 Argonne69, on 25 August 2017 - 12:02 PM, said:

 PixlPutterman, on 25 August 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

I guess less of a space question, but would it be possible to view a total eclipse, and then, because it now dark for a few minutes, experience aurora borealis/northern lights?

In theory yes, but the odds would be astronomical.  In the U.S., the highest latitude of totality was ~45 degrees north. While the lights have been visible as far south as 21 degrees north, they generally stay 50 degrees north or higher.

I only ask as there is a totality path in like 2045 or something that comes down from Canada. Gotta plan a head :)

I was wondering you would still see the "lights" since they are feed by the suns energy, and thought the eclipse would prevent the feed of that energy.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:31 AM

Cassini passes through the gap between Saturn and its rings, taking 21 photos within 4 minutes (August 20, 2017).

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 05:04 AM

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 03:24 PM

Happy 40th, Voyager 1.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:20 PM

Image sequence from ESA’s billion-star surveyor taken on February 7, 2017 – Gaia – looks toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy and captures some 2.8 million stars. The stellar density here is an amazing 4.6 million stars per square degree. Imagine if the 2.7 million residents of Chicago got together for a group photo. We'd still be short 100,000 people.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:19 AM

More fantastic pics from Cassini. Highest resolution ones to date.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:06 PM

Solar flare from September 6th.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:12 PM

Saw this enhanced colored image of Jupiter from NASA's FB page and thought it was worth sharing here. The detail of each layer is incredible.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:37 AM

So long, Cassini. You'll be missed.

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Impact site: Cassini's final image:

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 01:24 PM

Some cool images in this gallery

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 11:21 AM

An Einstein ring taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy in the foreground is bending and magnifying the light from a more distant galaxy behind it.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 11:26 AM

The Antennae galaxies, a pair of merging galaxies 45 million light years away that started colliding a few hundred million years ago.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:13 PM

If you love space, check out the 3D model moon night lights that are out there. I bought this one off Amazon for my son's 4th birthday and it's really cool.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 09:14 AM

The Sombrero galaxy (M104). It's 50,000 light years across, and 28 million light-years from Earth.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:21 PM

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Happy 40th, Voyager 1.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:44 AM

The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51. Located ~25 million light-years away.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:57 AM

The Helix Nebula, a planetary nebula located 690 light years away.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:26 PM

Good news - more than half the missing atoms in the universe have been located. Unfortunately this does not include the atoms that serve to make up my car keys.

https://www.theguard...in-the-universe

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