Unusual Planets

Nautica 7
A swamp planet with minimal land and giant continents of mangrove trees. Renowned for its sea food.

Mah-tatt 2
A giant mattress the size of a tiny moon. Cleaning the sheets is a continual task, but living here means you can lay down and comfortably sleep anywhere.

Planbit 16
Thought to be a telescope resolution error when first observed, expeditions later confirmed the entire planet is made of 16-bit pixels and resembles old video games. Planbit 16 has a small, even less developed 8-bit moon.


Clouds over the VLT

After sunset a partially cloudy sky can cause a beautiful show of colours. In the foreground of these fisheye fulldome images, some of the ESO-operated Very Large Telescope (VLT) is visible. The VLT is based at the Cerro Paranal site in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. It is the world’s most advanced optical instrument, consisting of four Unit Telescopes with main mirrors of 8.2 metres diametre each, and four smaller Auxiliary Telescopes.

Credit: ESO/M. Claro

The Two-faced Whirlpool Galaxy

These images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show off two dramatically different face-on views of the spiral galaxy M51, dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.

The image at left, taken in visible light, highlights the attributes of a typical spiral galaxy, including graceful, curving arms, pink star-forming regions, and brilliant blue strands of star clusters.

In the image at right, most of the starlight has been removed, revealing the Whirlpool’s skeletal dust structure, as seen in near-infrared light. This new image is the sharpest view of the dense dust in M51. The narrow lanes of dust revealed by Hubble reflect the galaxy’s moniker, the Whirlpool Galaxy, as if they were swirling toward the galaxy’s core.

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The GRAND SPIRAL GALAXY is a intermediate spiral galaxy located 60 million light years away from Earth. It is found in the constellation Eridanus. It’s size is between that of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way Galaxy.

An intermediate spiral galaxy is a galaxy that is between the classifications of barred spiral galaxy and unbarred spiral galaxy. Open clusters are scattered throughout the galaxy and it’s spiral arms with dark dust in between the arms.

It has a satellite galaxy, NGC 1232A. It is thought that this satellite galaxy causes the unusual bending of the galaxy’s spiral arms.

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Black hole fact #1

Black holes do not suck! (literally). It’s a common misconception that a black hole sucks everything that comes too close to it, but they’re just like any other object in space, although with a strong gravitational pull. For example, if a star came in contact with it, it would shed its mass into stellar winds and fall into the gravitational pull of the black hole.