AstroBlog Follow Friday & Weekly Stumbles For 2012-05-11

Giant Alien Planet May Have Split into 2 Earth-Size Worlds

A massive alien planet that may have been ripped into Earth-size chunks by its dying parent star is offering a unique glimpse into the evolution of other worlds and their stars, scientists say. The planet’s two remaining pieces, were possibly created when their parent body spiraled inward too close to the bloated red giant star KIC 05807616. Continue reading

AstroBlog Follow Friday & Weekly Stumbles For 2012-04-27

Panoramic View of a Turbulent Star-Making Region

Several million stars are vying for attention in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula. 30 Doradus is the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighbourhood and home to the most massive stars ever seen. Continue reading

Cosmic Hearts

Heart-shaped crater on Mars

I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂 Here are some pictures of cosmic hearts: A heart-shaped crater on Mars captured by the Mars Orbiter Camera onboard the Mars Global Surveyor. A heart-shaped Nebula, called W5, located 6000 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. Continue reading