Large Hubble Survey Confirms Link between Mergers and Supermassive Black Holes with Relativistic Jets by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.

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A team of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope found an unambiguous link between the presence of supermassive black holes that power high-speed, radio-signal-emitting jets and the merger history of their host galaxies. Almost all galaxies with the jets were found to be merging with another galaxy, or to have done so recently.



ISS is the third brightest object in the night sky!

It often comes as a surprise to people when i tell them that the space station can be seen with the naked eye! Flying at 400 km above your head, the ISS looks like a really fast moving airplane in the sky.

The ISS isn’t brighter than the day sky and hence cannot be seen during the day. But in the night, it’s the third brightest object in the sky! It reflects the sunlight off the solar panels on its surface.

Spot the station!

If you would like to see the ISS for yourself, NASA ‘s Spot the station! is at your disposal. Register with your email address/mobile number and every time the ISS passes by your town/city, you will get a notification with the time, duration and inclination.

Have fun!

(Extras: There are mobile phone apps which you could use too, like the ISS detector satellite detector for android. At the end of the day all that matters is what is convenient to you.

ISS tracker- Real time tracking of the ISS)


In Laser Thruster Advance, Light Alone Pushes a Sled Down a Track

Here is the latest demonstration of a propulsion technology called a photonic laser thruster. In it, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow Young Bae moved a one-pound object on a track using light alone for the first time. 

The hope is that a laser fired from one spacecraft to another will provide enough push to make this form of propulsion viable for interplanetary travel. Back in 2013, the agency expanded research on the concept of photonic laser thrusters after discovering it could have “a much larger potential in NASA mission applications.” 

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Hubble Catches Stellar Exodus in Action by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.

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Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have captured for the first time snapshots of fledging white dwarf stars beginning their slow-paced, 40-million-year migration from the crowded center of an ancient star cluster to the less populated suburbs.

White dwarfs are the burned-out relics of stars that rapidly lose mass, cool down and shut off their nuclear furnaces. As these glowing carcasses age and shed weight, their orbits begin to expand outward from the star cluster’s packed downtown. This migration is caused by a gravitational tussle among stars inside the cluster. Globular star clusters sort out stars according to their mass, governed by a gravitational billiard ball game where lower mass stars rob momentum from more massive stars. The result is that heavier stars slow down and sink to the cluster’s core, while lighter stars pick up speed and move across the cluster to the edge. This process is known as “mass segregation.” Until these Hubble observations, astronomers had never definitively seen the dynamical conveyor belt in action.

Astronomers used Hubble to watch the white-dwarf exodus in the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, a dense swarm of hundreds of thousands of stars in our Milky Way galaxy. The cluster resides 16,700 light-years away in the southern constellation Tucana.

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Credits: NASA, ESA, and H. Richer and J. Heyl (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada); acknowledgement: J. Mack (STScI) and G. Piotto (University of Padova, Italy)

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Birthing Nebula Celebrates with Champagne Party

In this mesmerizing view of a stellar nursery by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, a stunning celebration is underway.

Located some 22,000 light-years from Earth, this star-forming nebula is undergoing dramatic changes. Deep within the cloud of cool hydrogen gas, young stars cook the region from the inside-out, driving hot ionized gas to the edge of the cloud, bursting into the interstellar medium like the bubbling foam of a popped champagne bottle. Learn more

Greatest Image of Pluto Ever Taken

As we’ve seen with Ceres, every new image of Pluto taken from now on will be the best image we’ve ever seen of Pluto… and this is true for the above.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was only 75,000,000 km away (46.6 million miles) when this image was taken. Clear in the picture is that the Plutonian surface is complex and variable. It’s going to be exciting to find out what’s going on here…

In early July it’s going to make a much closer flyby of the dwarf planet where all these surface features will be brought out in sharp detail. Almost everything we know about Pluto will come from this flyby.

(Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL)