Space (and other related crazy stuff)
Space (and other related crazy stuff)
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We're heading straight into a galaxy crash ... in 4 billion years! Astronomers confirm Milky Way and Andromeda are on long-term collision course. After their first close pass, the Andromeda Galaxy as well as the Milky Way would be tidally stretched out, as shown in this artist's conception.
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An illustration depicts the night sky just before the predicted merger of Earth's Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy about 3.75 billion years from now.
View from Earth when the Andromeda galaxy will collide with the Milkyway
In this animation depicting what the night sky from Earth might look like 3.75 billion years from now, the Andromeda galaxy fills the field of view and the Milky Way begins to show distortion from Andromeda's gravitational pull. (NASA / European Space Agency / Space Telescope Science Institute / May 31, 2012)
astronomers can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, Sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It is likely the Sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.
Images of asteroid Vesta taken with spacecraft Dawn's framing camera. Many of the images were taken at different viewing angles to provide stereo for use in determining the topography. Other images were taken through special infrared and visible light filters in the camera. These infrared and visible light images have been combined and represented in colors that highlight the nature of the minerals on Vesta's surface. Green shows the amount of iron.
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Wonders of the world at night “Startrails Over Dolomites” by German astrophotographer Christoph Otawa won second-place honors in the "Beauty of the Night Sky" category of the 2012 "Earth & Sky" contest. The annual contest, presented by The World at Night, highlights images that blend earthly landscapes and night-sky vistas
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Star trails over dolomites (Christoph Otawa).
“Startrails Over Dolomites” by German astrophotographer Christoph Otawa won second-place honors in the “Beauty of the Night Sky” category of the 2012 “Earth & Sky” contest. The annual contest, presented by The World at Night, highlights images that blend earthly landscapes and night-sky vistas. (Photo by Christoph Otawa/The World at Night)
Watching the Milky Way The antennas of the European Southern Observatory's Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, also known as ALMA, are set against the splendor of the Milky Way in this picture by Babak Tafreshi. Construction of the full ALMA array is due to be completed in Chile's Atacama Desert in 2013, but the facility is already making scientific observations with a partial array of antennas.
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The antennas of the European Southern Observatory's Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, also known as ALMA, are set against the splendor of the Milky Way in this picture by Babak Tafreshi. Construction of the full ALMA array is due to be completed in Chile's Atacama Desert in 2013, but the facility is already making scientific observations with a partial array of antennas. (Photo by ESO/B. Tafreshi/TWAN)
The Southern Milky Way Above ALMA -- ESO Photo Ambassador Babak Tafreshi snapped this remarkable image of the antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), set against the splendour of the Milky Way. ref: http://www.space.com/15929-southern-milky-alma.html
Traces of Martian water An image from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, released on May 4, shows channels cut into the terrain of Acidalia Planitia and Tempe Terra on the Red Planet. The channels serve as strong evidence for the existence of water in Mars’ past.
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Saturn and Dione This wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini probe shows the Saturnian moon Dione set against the giant planet's disk and rings on May 2. Dark shadows from the edge-on rings fall on Saturn's cloud tops in this color composite view, assembled by the Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla. (Emily Lakdawalla / NASA / JPL / SSI)
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NASA video reveals asteroid Vesta's complex surface
Observers at ESTEC witness a spectacular event during the Venus transit - an airplane joined the planet in front of the Sun for a few fractions of a second. The image shows a still frame taken from a video recording of the Sun at 07h59m09s.