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Hoping for Light

Although the stores have been playing Christmas music for some weeks now, it is technically Advent. I think we could all use a little Advent as days grow shorter and dark nights increase their influence over our lives. As a … Continue reading &...

"A Look to the Heavens"

“This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. A mere 50 million light-years away, the larg...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 4, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"M78 isn't really hiding in planet Earth's night sky. About 1,600 light-years away and nestled in the nebula rich constellation Orion, the large, bright, reflection nebula is well-known to telescopic skygazers. But this gorgeous image of M78 was sele...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 3, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"These are galaxies of the Hercules Cluster, an archipelago of island universes a mere 500 million light-years away. Also known as Abell 2151, this cluster is loaded with gas and dust rich, star-forming spiral galaxies but has relatively few elliptic...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 2, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Many globular clusters were destroyed over the eons b...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Dec 2, 2016

Star of Bethlehem proof Jesus' divine origins ?

For centuries, researchers are wondering if the Star of Bethlehem which guided the Magi to the birthplace of Jesus was a miracle or an astronomical phenomenon common. Fierce debate has not ended even today.The mystery of the Star of Bethlehem, betwee...
by Potent Scientia Est on Sep 24, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“What is this meteor doing? Dynamically, the unusually short and asymmetric train may indicate that the sand-sized grain at the center of the glow is momentarily spinning as it ablates, causing its path to be slightly spiral. Geographically, the me...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Sep 5, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Here in the Milky Way galaxy we have astronomical front row seats as M81 and M82 face-off, a mere 12 million light-years away. Locked in a gravitational struggle for the past billion years or so, the two bright galaxies are captured in this deep t...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Sep 4, 2016

Mysterious signals emanating from space

A surge radio signals coming from a Sun-like star has attracted the attention of astronomers. The signal is thought to have come from a star called HD 164595 in the constellation of Hercules, which is about 95 light years from the Earth.Scientists es...
by Trussty Jasmine on Sep 4, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Sep 2, 2016

It has been found the closest habitable planet to the Earth

A new world can be inhabited by humans in the future might be located just across of our homes from the perspective of astronomy. A team of astronomers, through a publication in the Nature journal on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, revealed that Proxima...
by Trussty Jasmine on Sep 2, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"The bright light at the end of this country road is actually a remarkably close conjunction of two planets. After sunset on August 27 brilliant Venus and Jupiter almost appear as a single celestial beacon in the night skyscape taken near Lake Wivenh...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Sep 1, 2016

Interview with Doug Pagitt: Dark galaxies, exoplanets, and why working scientists don’t pooh-pooh Neil deGrasse Tyson

Artist’s conception of sunset on Proxima b. Its sun, Proxima Centauri, orbits the stars Alpha and Beta Centauri (the faint pair). Proxima Centauri is the closest star to us (after the Sun of course). Image credit: European Southern Observatory...

"A Look to the Heavens"

Young suns still lie within dusty NGC 7129, some 3,000 light-years away toward the royal constellation Cepheus. While these stars are at a relatively tender age, only a few million years old, it is likely that our own Sun formed in a similar stellar...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Aug 31, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Is this what will become of our Milky Way Galaxy? Perhaps if we collide with the Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years, it might. Pictured below is NGC 7252, a jumble of stars created by a huge collision between two large galaxies. The collision w...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Aug 30, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Long before Stonehenge was built, well before the Dead Sea Scrolls were written, ancient artists painted life-sized figures on canyon walls in Utah, USA- but why? Nobody is sure. The entire panel of figures, which dates back about 7,000 years, is...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Aug 29, 2016

The Neighborhood

Let me send out a warm welcome to the neighborhood, I think. Not that I officially represent Earth—or anything for that matter. I’m just friendly, I guess. Now that astronomers have strong evidence that the nearest star to our own, … Contin...

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Under dark skies the setting of the Milky Way can be a dramatic sight. Stretching nearly parallel to the horizon, this rich, edge-on vista of our galaxy above the dusty Namibian desert stretches from bright, southern Centaurus (left) to Cepheus in...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Aug 28, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky W...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Aug 28, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“The spiral arms of bright galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiframe portrait, composed of data from ground- and space-based telescopes. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 can be found toward the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The wel...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Aug 26, 2016


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