Densely populated galaxy clusters hold the key to seeing the impossible through the warping of space.
Two galaxies, each the size of our own, are smashing into one another. With explosive results.
The 100 Year Starship project is determined to get us excited about moving humanity into the stars with a new virtual tour of the galaxy.
To say that the newly discovered Phoenix Cluster of galaxies is "big" would be an understatement. In its entirety, the Phoenix Cluster is estimated to weigh twenty-five hundred thousand million times more than our sun, with a black hole at the center that's eating a sun a week, and Phoenix is pumping out baby stars like nobody's business.
An international team of astronomers has just made a rare find. They've spotted a rectangular-shaped galaxy that resembles an emerald-cut diamond. Named LEDA 074886, the dwarf galaxy is located 70 million light years away within a group of approximately 250 other galaxies.
All black holes have several things in common: besides being black, and holes, they're all insatiably hungry, all the time. The more you feed them, the bigger and hungrier they get. One particular monster at the center of our galaxy is about to scarf down a big gas cloud, and for the first time, we're going to be watching it happen.
Oh that Milky Way, all up there in the sky being galaxy-y. Let's blast it with a frikkin' laser, that'll teach it to look so pretty! YEAH!
You probably didn't know that the universe runs on gas. You also probably didn't know that the universe is rapidly running out of gas, and galaxies have been slowly dimming like spent flashlights. Should you panic? Yeah, I'd say so.
NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope, launched back in December 14th of '09, has been tasked with piecing together the grand vista of space a little bit at a time. "We've got a candy store of images coming...