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Thursday December 4th 2014

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Oldest Galaxy Record May be broken (Again)

Oldest Galaxy Record May be broken (Again)

Hubble appears to have beaten the record for the oldest galaxy observed by over 120Million light years. While there may  be some confirmation to do on the discovery , the candidate Galaxy named UDFj-39546284, is seen as it was just 480 million years after the Big Bang at a distance of 13.2 billion light years away. Current theory suggests we [...]

Images of the the Orion Nebula

Images of the the Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula (Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky.  Here are some great images of the Nebula. A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space [...]

A cosmic question mark

A cosmic question mark

To truly appreciate this picture you have to click to see the larger image. It represents an unusual shaped galaxy never before documented.  The galaxy is curling around itself like a question mark. This picture was taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. It is NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster. NGC 4696 is an [...]

Stunning Timescape from Tom Lowe

Stunning Timescape from Tom Lowe

Here is a fantastic  video and audio timlapse of the night sky from Tom Lowe  astronomy timelapse. It is well worth a watch. Timescapes: "Death is the Road to Awe" Timescapes: "Death is the Road to Awe" from Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on Vimeo.

Betelgeuse in unprecedented detail

Betelgeuse in unprecedented detail

Betelgeuse is one of my favourite stars. Firstly it is easily identifiable as part of the Orion constellation and secondly did you know that it is actually the destination star for the original Planet of the Apes novel (in French by the way!). But on a more serious note it is a  semiregular variable star located approximately 640 light-years from [...]

Orions Belt in gorgeous detail

Orions Belt in gorgeous detail

Explanation: Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka, are the bright bluish stars from east to west (left to right) along the diagonal in this gorgeous cosmic vista. Otherwise known as the Belt of Orion, these three blue supergiant stars are hotter and much more massive than the Sun. They lie about 1,500 light-years away, born of Orion's well-studied [...]

The Known Universe

The Known Universe

Its crazy just how small a space we actually occupy in the known universe. This video is another attempt to show us just how big the universe is. It uses the usually technique of speed up by orders of magnitude as it moves away from the Earth. Somehow that doesn't quite give me a real sense of scope. It was well made and I liked the bit where it [...]

New Stunning Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image released

New Stunning Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image released

This is yet another astonishing image from Hubble. This is a new version of the Ultra Deep Field, in near-infrared light and taken with the newly installed Wide Field Camera 3. This image is of the same region as the visible Ultra Deep Field in 2004, but at longer wavelengths providing more information about the early Universe's history. We are [...]

What’s your Galactic address?

What’s your Galactic address?

Do you know where you live? Yes you know the country, but do you know where Earth is for example?  I once heard someone give their full address. It was quite funny and rather geeky. It went along the lines of the following.  Paul  Doyle,  Dublin,  Ireland,  Europe, Earth, The Sol System, Local Star System, Orion Spur of the The Milky [...]

13 reasons why Astronomy is so cool

13 reasons why Astronomy is so cool

Why is astronomy so cool? When you look at some of the concepts being wrestled with in cosmology and astronomy it is truly mind boggling. I decided to write this article after watching the video at the end of this article.  I wanted to expand on the video with some additional facts and give pointers to sites that discuss the ideas further for [...]

LHC sets new world record

LHC sets new world record

The Large Hadron Collider sets a new world record. The LHC is now the world's highest energy particle accelerator, having just accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV on Monday  morning exceeding the 0.98 TeV world record held by the U.S. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's Tevatron collider since 2001. This is a mere [...]

Stunning Picture of the Night Sky by Axel Mellinger

Stunning Picture of the Night Sky by Axel Mellinger

It takes good equipment and great patience to take good pictures and this picture demonstrates plenty of both.  This is an image of our night sky with the milky way as the center piece. It is an amalgamation of over 3000 CCD images. If you want details of the multiple locations used, PC it was processed on (Linux by the way) it is all here. Or [...]

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