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Written By: grant on February 28, 2015 No Comment

Scientific American digs into one of the most recognizable, most influential records (and cover images) – the astronomical story behind Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album art:

…[T]he cover is directly linked to a figure in The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy (1977 edition)—a stacked plot of radio signals from a pulsar. My interest was piqued. I’m […]

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Written By: grant on October 19, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Leonid Meteor Storm, as seen over North America on the night of November 12-13, 1833 </i>

This is a celestial event recorded beautifully in E. Weiß’s Bilderatlas der Sternenwelt, the “Picture-Atlas of the Star-World”. I’m not sure, but I think that’s Niagara Falls. In the decades before Edison, the night sky must have been lovely.

Dark. Except when lit from above.

Image via ia Public Domain Review

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Written By: grant on August 24, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>The moon’s influence on earth’s tides</i>, c 1930s.

A planetary self-portrait, apparently from Wonderland of Science, a book published in the 1930s.

[via scientificillustration.tumblr.com]

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Written By: grant on July 4, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has us imagining that message being broadcast to an an interstellar ship full of would-be colonists, thanks to new research that’s found some so-called “Goldilocks planets” are actually star-belches:

“This result is exciting because it explains, for the first time, all the previous and somewhat conflicting observations of the intriguing dwarf star Gliese […]

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Written By: grant on June 11, 2014 No Comment

Nature writes so calmly about shockwaves of such epic proportions:

Four massive clusters of galaxies are plowing into one another at a crash site about five billion light-years from Earth. The conglomeration is creating one giant concentration of thousands of galaxies. “This is really one of the most massive clusters we know of and […]

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Written By: grant on June 3, 2014 No Comment

Harvard researchers have found a whole new kind of planet. It’s just like ours, only way bigger:

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a new type of planet – a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth. Theorists believed such a world couldn’t form because anything so hefty would grab hydrogen […]

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Written By: grant on May 30, 2014 No Comment

Nature covers the hard decisions that NASA faces in its latest budget… which may include shutting down a great space telescope (and an asteroid watchdog) to keep some other great telescopes running:

he infrared Spitzer Space Telescope, however, may be deactivated due to lack of funding. And a bid to convert data collected by the […]

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Written By: grant on April 18, 2014 No Comment

Universe Today celebrates a Goldilocks discovery. The Kepler mission has found a planet just the right size and in just the right place to have life on it:

The newly-confirmed extrasolar planet has been dubbed Kepler-186f. It is the fifth and outermost planet discovered orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186, located 490 light-years away. […]

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Written By: grant on April 6, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Hubble Views Stellar Genesis in the Southern Pinwheel</i>

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This is a galaxy named M83, which is usually a faint smudge in the constellation Hydra. Up close, however, Hubble Space Telescope was able to see that it’s “ablaze with star formation.”

The image is also cool for another reason:

This image is being used to support a citizen science […]

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