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

AstroBlog Follow Friday & Weekly Stumbles For 2012-03-30 

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site Seen in Unprecedented Detail

The clearest view yet of the famous Apollo 11 landing site on the moon was captured by a NASA spacecraft in orbit around our planet’s natural satellite. The agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter zeroed in on Mare Tranquillitatis, or the Sea of Tranquility — the place where humans first touched down on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. Continue reading

Dark Matter Map in Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689 – Astronomy Picture of the Week 

Dark Matter Map in Galaxy Cluster Abell 1689

This image represents the inner region of galaxy cluster Abell 1689 and the distribution of dark matter around it. Abell 1689 is an immense cluster of galaxies located 2.2 billion light-years away. Dark matter cannot be photographed, but its presence can be inferred by observing the light from background galaxies… Continue reading

AstroBlog Follow Friday & Weekly Stumbles For 2011-12-23 

Do Newfound Alien Planets Need Better Names?

Astronomers on Tuesday (Dec. 20) announced the discovery of the first two Earth-size alien planets – a historic find for sure, but the newfound worlds didn’t exactly receive historic names. The two alien planets are officially known as Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, a nod to the instrument that detected them, NASA’s prolific Kepler space telescope. Continue reading

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