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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope offers an impressive view of the centre of globular cluster NGC 6362. The image of this spherical collection of stars takes a deeper look at the core of the globular cluster, which contains a high concentration of stars with different colours. Tightly bound by gravity, globular clusters are composed of old stars, which, at around 10 billion years old, are much older than the Sun. These clusters are fairly common, with more than 150 currently known in our galaxy, the Milky Way, and more which have been spotted in other galaxies. Globular clusters are among the oldest structures in the Universe that are accessible to direct observational investigation, making them living fossils from the early years of the cosmos. Astronomers infer important properties of globular clusters by looking at the light from their constituent stars.
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Longing to become an astrophotographer but unsure how it's done and what equipment you need? Already taking pictures of the night sky but looking for some tips and advice? On these pages you’ll find videos from some of the winners of the competition explaining how they got their shot, as well as step-by-step guides from members of our Astronomy Photographer of the Year Flickr group on how to get great results, from getting the right gear through to processing. Download the guides as PDFs: aurora | comets | deep space | the Moon | star trails Download our schools guide to observing and photographing the night sky
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Universal Big Questions ?
Earlier this month, NASA announced the discovery of bacteria living in arsenic in a California lake. Now they have uncovered ET amino-acids in meteorite fragments that landed in northern Sudan. The meteorite was a fragment of a parent asteroid measuring 13-feet-wide (4m), and weighing 59-tons. Scientists were given the first opportunity to observe a celestial object before it entered our atmosphere in October 2008 after a collision about 15 million years ago sent the asteroid closer to Earth. During expeditions in the Sudanese desert, scientists later recovered nearly 600 meteorite fragments from the meteor shower. Just a few weeks ago, the bacteria living in arsenic finding presented by NASA, was preceded by media speculation about the possibility that the space agency would announce that it had found life in outer space.
NASA finds extra-terrestrial amino-acids in Sudan meteorites
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The Planet's Most Powerful Digital Camera Captures Its First Images of the Universe - Megan Garber
The device could help astronomers figure out why the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the center of the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, which lies about 17,000 light years from Earth (Dark Energy Survey Collaboration) The Dark Energy Camera is the world's most powerful digital camera .
Supersymmetry, Extra Dimensions and the Origin of Mass
The Universe is Alive – Starts With A Bang
“Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery When you look out into the Universe, what is it that you typically think of? Do you think of reliable, fixed stars and constellations?
The Physics Factbook ™ Edited by Glenn Elert -- Written by his students An educational, Fair Use website topic index | author index | special index As we all know, a galaxy is a massive ensemble of hundreds of millions of stars.The galaxy where we live in today is called the Milky Way.
Speed of the Milky Way in Space
"The Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy are approaching each other with a speed of 300,000 miles per hour." or 130 km/s As we all know, a galaxy is a massive ensemble of hundreds of millions of stars. The galaxy where we live in today is called the Milky Way. The name itself came from the ancient Greek galaxies kyklos, or ring of milk, due to its faint milky appearance.
How fast is our galaxy moving through space
I like the planck length (as it relates to two photons of light traveling across the universe, and neither being delayed--smooth). by Mar 25
I love this and showed it to my dad and he thought it was pretty neat. I love the pillars of creations and horsehead nebula. by Mar 24
The Elegant Universe: Part 3 PBS Airdate: November 4, 2003 NARRATOR: Now, on NOVA, take a thrill ride into a world stranger than science fiction, where you play the game by breaking some rules, where a new view of the universe pushes you beyond the limits of your wildest imagination.
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When Will Time End?
Is the Universe Infinite?
How Large is the Universe?
Interactive panoramic photo: Inside the Large Hadron Collider