This image of our Universe acquired by ESA’s Planck space telescope, was just released revealing the existence of features that challenge the foundations of our current understanding of the Universe. Is the most detailed map ever created of the cosmic microwave background, the relic radiation from the Big Bang.
Nomad Project consisting of mobile skyscrapers to terraform Mars, by changing the atmospheric and soil chemistry of the Red Planet, to make it hospitable for human colonization.
A magic moment. Colorful evening twilight, clouds, comet and crescent moon, captured by talented astrophotographer Babak Tafreshi. The scene captures naked-eye Comet PanSTARRS peeking into northern hemisphere skies on March 12. Image © Babak Tafreshi (TWAN)
Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on Mars last month. Image © NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
On 13 March 2013 the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), most Powerful Telescope, the largest astronomical project in the world, will be inaugurated in Chile, celebrating ALMA’s transition from a construction project to a fully fledged observatory. Image © Almaobservatory
Eruptive events on the Sun can be wildly different. Some come just with a solar flare, some with an additional ejection of solar material (called a coronal mass ejection – CME), and some with complex moving structures in association with changes in magnetic field lines that loop up into the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred on the sun that produced all three. Watch the video…
Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4), sweeping quickly through southern skies toward the western horizon in this twilight scene. The foreground is Australia’s CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, a 64 meter wide steerable dish. Image © John Sarkissian (CSIRO Parkes Observatory)