A blue bubble shines in deep space in new Hubble photo
A blue-tinted cosmic bubble floats 30,000 light-years from Earth. A newly-released photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a star, named WR 31a, circled by a Wolf–Rayet nebula — the bubble-shaped blue structure made of gas and dust in the image. SEE ALSO: The Milky Way’s cold clouds glow in huge, new cosmic... Read more
The Milky Way’s cold clouds glow in huge, new cosmic map
A brilliant new map shows off the clouds of the Milky Way like never before. The new image reveals the entire plane of the galaxy as seen from the Southern Hemisphere as part of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL). The survey was able to... Read more
Beautiful photos show signs of ‘runaway’ stars in the Milky Way
Runaway stars speeding through the galaxy aren’t exactly easy to find, but luckily, they leave some clues that space-based telescopes can catch and beam back to Earth. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have caught sight of «bow shocks» produced by dozens of these... Read more
What if we could record and rewind our thoughts?
Scientific discoveries that involve humans interfacing with machines can evoke reactions of fear and wonder. Quite often, these feelings are epitomized through works of science fiction. Think Mary Shelly’s «Frankenstein,» for starters; or its modern day equivalent, one of many films playing on our mixed feelings toward AI, «Ex... Read more
Mystery of Death Valley’s ‘Sailing Stones’ Solved
The mystery of the sailing stones has been solved. For years, enormous stones have been moving across the Racetrack Playa of Death Valley National Park, leaving engraved trails in the muddy surface behind. No one understood how, though there was plenty of speculation, according to researchers at the Scripps... Read more
Leonardo Da Vinci Facts
Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to explain why the sky is blue. Leo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci are known... Read more