The most distant gravitationally-lensing galaxy ever discovered has been announced by astronomers and it is showing us a galaxy almost 11 billion light-years away. This phenomenon occurs when a gravitational source in space bends the light of a more distant object, magnifying and distorting it for our eyes here on earth. You might ask how
Beautiful and complex Gamma Ray bubbles attached to our galaxy continue to defy explanation
Four years ago, scientists pouring through the data from the orbiting Fermi Gamma Ray telescope discovered these wonderful lobes of light emanating from our galactic core. They kinda look like twin bubble gum bubbles being blown up by our supermassive black hole.
Astronomers claim that the Milky Way is not as massive as we thought, especially when compared to our neighbor galaxy, Andromeda
Various methods that astronomers have used in the past to weigh galaxies have shown the Milky Way to be the heaviest member of our Local Group.
The Local Group is your home (broadly speaking of course). It is a collection of 35+ diverse galaxies that are gravitationally bound to each other. The standouts of this group (in terms of mass and beauty) are the Andromeda Galaxy and our very own Milky way.
The latest models of the moon show that it may have a liquid blanketing its core.
We’ve solved may interesting mysteries about the moon over the decades. We know it was probably created by a mars-sized planet that slammed into the young earth. We know much about its once hidden “dark” side. We know it’s not made of cheese
Scientists have come tantalizingly close to what some consider the holy grail of battery technology.
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are one of the workhorses for portable and rechargeable consumer electronics. They have a high energy density, a slow charge loss when not being used, and no memory effect. Your smartphone or tablet computer almost certainly has one these buggers. Still though, battery-life is one of the most common complaints about our beloved smartphones.
For decades scientists have been trying to create a lithium-ion battery that is more fully lithiumized (made-up word).
Earthlings have identified many potential methods for detecting extra-terrestrial life. Some recent ideas focus on examining the atmospheres of exoplanets to identify those tell-tale chemicals that life as we know it produces. Finding oxygen or methane would be clear evidence that some kind of life exists on the planet. The problem is, the planet could consist of just bacteria.
Ok, finding evidence of bacteria-like micro-organisms would be cool as hell. Just verifying once and for all that life, any life, exists elsewhere in the universe would be quite epic. The problem is…they’re alien bacteria.
Scientists are actually making progress scientifically determining whether we live in a bubble universe or not.
The idea of separate bubble universes, of which ours is only one among innumerable others, has always been notoriously both non-verifiable and fascinating as hell. How can we possibly learn anything about another universe that, by definition, is nowhere to be found in our reality. Still, some theories seemed to allow for its existence and the images depicting them are so cool aren’t they?
Tiny dwarf galaxies do not orbit their bigger cousins at all the way we expect they should.
Dwarf galaxies are as ubiquitous as they are tiny. This means that they are often found in multiples, orbiting much larger galaxies. Think about how that should look. You’d expect a bunch of these galaxies pretty much orbiting randomly right? Completely different orbits, orientations and velocities.
Pits on the Moon may prove to be a valuable resource to future astronauts if we ever get our asses to mars…I mean the moon, ever again.
Pits on the moon are not seeds spit into the regolith by uncouth Lunarians.
These pits are steep-walled holes that exist in size and profusion greater than you might have imagined. Using sophisticated algorithms searching through hi resolution lunar images, scientists have discovered over 200 such pits varying in size from 5 yards to more than 1,000. There also exists the potential to double that number once we fully vett the lunar surface.
The mysterious and deadly Van Allen radiation belts surrounding the earth are a little less mysterious today (but just as deadly)
The Van Allen radiation belts are torus (or doughnut) shaped regions of space consisting of energetic charged particles. Two primary regions have been identified, an outer belt and an inner belt. The former is composed of electrons while the inner has pesky protons as well. These particles derive from the sun’s solar wind and cosmic rays and remain in these regions because they are trapped by the earth’s magnetic field called the magnetosphere. Yes, I’ll say it… “IT’S A TRAP”