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Image 1 - Scientists Reveal How First Supernova Ever Recorded Occurred
2011-10-24 11:57:48

NASA said on Monday that its Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have revealed how the first supernova ever recorded occurred. The space agency said that the new findings show that the explosion took place in a hollowed-out cavity, allowing material expelled by the star to travel much faster and father. "This supernova remnant got really big, really fast," Brian J. Williams, an astronomer at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, said in a press...

Spitzer Detects Signs Of Ice Bodies In Alien Solar System
2011-10-19 12:16:49

NASA said on Wednesday that its Spitzer Space Telescope has detected signs of icy bodies raining down in an alien solar system. The telescope spotted a band of dust around a nearby bright star in the northern sky called Eta Corvi that matches the contents of an obliterated giant comet. The space agency said the dust is located close enough to Eta Corvi that Earth-like worlds could exist, which suggest a collision took place between a planet and one or more comets. The Eta Corvi...

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2011-08-12 05:40:00

VV 340, also known as Arp 302, provides a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North and the face-on galaxy at the bottom of the image is VV 340 South. Millions of years later these two spirals will merge -- much like the Milky Way and Andromeda will likely do billions of years from now. Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple) are shown here along with optical data from the...

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2011-08-11 10:06:22

If this were an inkblot test, you might see a bow tie or a butterfly depending on your personality. An astronomer would likely see the remains of a dying star scattered about space -- precisely what this is. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this infrared view of what's called a planetary nebula, which is a cloud of material expelled by a burnt out star, called a white dwarf. This object is named the Dumbbell nebula after its resemblance to the exercise equipment in visible-light...

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2011-07-21 08:27:51

Those aren't insects trapped in a spider's web -- they're stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, lying between us and another spiral galaxy called IC 342. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture in infrared light, revealing the galaxy's bright patterns of dust. At a distance of about 10 million light-years from Earth, IC 342 is relatively close by galaxy standards. However, our vantage point places it directly behind the disk of our own Milky Way. The intervening dust makes it...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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