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An Info graphic of the Univerese!.

Some observatories, Observing the Universe!

The Square Kilometer Telescope proposal

The Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millineter Array (ALMA).

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Published on Dec 2, 2015 Longer version Category Education License Standard YouTube License

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Traveling to the Stars!!!!!!

The ship from the movie INTERSTELLAR

Here's what we would have to do to reach a star in less than a hundred years.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

Going Interstellar

Published on Feb 11, 2016 Imagine getting to Mars in just 3 days… or putting points beyond our solar system within our reach. New propulsion technologies could one day take us to these cosmic destinations making space travel truly interstellar! NASA 360 joins Professor Philip Lubin, University of California Santa Barbara, as he discusses his NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) for energy propulsion for interstellar exploration. To view "A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight" (cited in the video) visit: This video was developed from a live recording at the 2015 NIAC Fall Symposium in October, 2015. To watch the full original talk please visit: This video represents a research study within the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. NIAC is a visionary and far-reaching aerospace program, one that has the potential to create breakthrough technologies for possible future space missions. However, such early stage technology development may never become actual NASA missions. For more information about NIAC, visit: Category People & Blogs License Standard YouTube License

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Our Milky Way Galaxy

Hubble Data Help Show How Milky Way Galaxy Got Its Spiral Shape

Latest Milky Way Map in 3D

Totally Spectacular Flyover Through The Veil Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope took a new image of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant from a star that exploded 8,000 years ago,
and made this truly spectacular flyover visualisation of the beautiful ripple in space that you can see below. In the 3D visualisation,
red is sulphur, green is hydrogen and blue is oxygen.

Amateur Astronomer Chases Down Barnard’s Star – You Can Too!
by BOB KING on SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

9-year-animation of Barnard’s Star from 2007 to July 2015 as it tracked north through Ophiuchus
at the rate of 10.3 arc seconds per year. Amateur Rick Johnson photographed it once each year to create
the movie. You can watch the same thing in your telescope —
if you’re patient! Credit: Rick Johnson

Cool, Dim Dwarf Star is Magnetic Powerhouse; The red dwarf star TVLM 513-46546.

Animation of artist impression of red dwarf star TVLM 513-46546. ALMA observations suggest
that it has an amazingly powerful magnetic field, potentially associated with a flurry of solar-flare-like eruptions.
Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; Dana Berry / SkyWorks

Artist impression of red dwarf star TVLM 513-46546. ALMA observations suggest
that it has an amazingly powerful magnetic field, potentially associated with a flurry of solar-flare-like eruptions.
Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; Dana Berry / SkyWorks

Visible Light from a Black Hole Spotted by Telescope, a First by Charles Q. Choi, Space.com Contributor | January 06, 2016 01:01pm ET

For the first time, astronomers have seen dim flickers of visible light from near a black hole,
researchers with an international science team said. In fact, the light could be visible to anyone with a moderate-size telescope.

NASA Telescopes Detect Jupiter-Like Storm on Small Star Dec 11, 2015

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This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles.
The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it
using NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech - See more

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News Release Number: STScI-2016-04 Monstrous Cloud Boomerangs Back to Our Galaxy - January 28, 2016

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Black Holes and Dense stars in the Universe

Black Hole Infographic

10 Amazing Facts About Black Holes by Elizabeth Howell on January 22, 2015

An artists illustration of the central engine of a Quasar.
These ?Quasi-stellar Objects? QSOs are now recognized as the super massive black holes
at the center of emerging galaxies in the early Universe. (Photo Credit: NASA)
Imagine matter packed so densely that nothing can escape. Not a moon, not a planet and not even light.
That?s what black holes are ? a spot where gravity?s pull is huge, ending up being dangerous for anything that accidentally strays by.

Black Holes

Computer-Simulated Image of a Supermassive Black Hole

This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy.
The black region in the center represents the black hole’s event horizon, where no light can escape the massive object’s gravitational grip.
The black hole’s powerful gravity distorts space around it like a funhouse mirror. Light from background stars is stretched and smeared
as the stars skim by the black hole. Astronomers have uncovered a near-record breaking supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns,
in an unlikely place: in the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of the universe.
The observations, made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii, may
indicate that these monster objects may be more common than once thought.

Inside the heart of a Hellish Neutron Star

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Researchers at the CSIRO have managed to pinpoint the location of an FRB for the first time, yielding valuable information about our universe. Credit:

Image showing the field of view of the Parkes radio telescope (left) and zoom-ins on the area where the signal came from (left).
Credit: D. Kaplan (UWM), E. F. Keane (SKAO).

Redshift occurs as a result of an object moving away at relativistic speeds (a portion of the speed of light).
For decades, scientists have been using it to determine how fast other galaxies are moving away from our own,
and hence the rate of expansion of the Universe. Relying on optical data obtained by the Subaru telescope,
the CSIRO team was able to obtain both the dispersion and the redshift data from this signal.

A fast radio burst detected in 2012 by the Arecibo Observatory has scientists searching for its source.
Credit and Copyright: Danielle Futselaar

The NSF’s Arecibo Observatory, which is located in Puerto Rico, is the world largest radio telescope.
Credit: NAIC

The Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Credit: Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis

Artists impression of the SKA-mid dishes in Africa shows how they may eventually look when completed. Credit:

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G A L A X I E S !!!!!


Warp into a stellar nursey 3,000 light years away

The Party's Over for These Youthful Compact Galaxies

ABOUT THIS IMAGE: This graphic illustrates how a vibrant, star-forming galaxy quickly transforms
into a sedate galaxy composed of old stars. The scenario begins when two galaxies merge
(Panel 1),funneling a large amount of gas into the central region. The gas compresses, sparking a firestorm of star birth,
(Panel 2) which blows out most of the remaining star-forming gas
.(Panel 3). Devoid of its fuel, the galaxy settles into a quiet existence, composed of aging stars Image Type: Illustration Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI) Science Credit: P. Sell (Texas Tech University)

The Largest Galaxy in the Universe: IC 1101

An Infrared Map of the Universe

This all-sky view of the entire near-infrared sky reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond the Milky Way.
The image is derived from the 2MASS Extended Source Catalog, which contains more than 1.5 million galaxies,
and the Point Source Catalog, which holds nearly 500 million stars within the Milky Way.
The galaxies are color coded for distances obtained by various surveys. The nearest sources are blue,
moderately distant sources are green, and red represents the farthest sources.

NASA’s Fermi finds hints of gamma-ray cycle in active galaxy

Fermi observations suggest possible years-long cyclic changes in gamma-ray emission from the blazar PG 1553+113.
The graph shows Fermi Large Area Telescope data from August 2008 to July 2015 for gamma rays with energies above 100 million electron volts (MeV).
For comparison, visible light ranges between 2 and 3 electron volts. Vertical lines on data points are error bars.
Background: One possible explanation for the gamma-ray cycle is an oscillation of the jet produced by the gravitational pull
of a second massive black hole, seen at top left in this artist’s rendering.
Image credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab.

Our Violent Universe - IMAX Presentation

Published on Nov 17, 2015 Our universe is more than a serene landscape of stars--it is teeming with activity from some extremely violent events.
In a presentation at the IMAX theatre at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. on September 30 2015,
scientists take us inside our violent universe with stunning visuals from NASA satellites.
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An artist's conception of an extremely luminous infrared galaxy similar to the ones reported in this paper.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Our Position in the Universe

Timeline of the Universe!

The Most Detailed Map to Date of Our Place in the Universe!

The Most Detailed Map to Date of Our Place in the Universe from Futurism on Vimeo.

Fate of the Universe!!

From futurism.com"

Scientists are fairly certain that, one day, our universe will come to an end. Here's how they think this might happen.

Logarithms help us make sense of huge numbers, and in this case, huge distances. Rather than showing all parts of the universe
on a linear scale, each chunk of the circle represents a field of view several orders of magnitude larger than the one before it.
That's why the entire observable universe can fit inside the circle.

The Universe is big!!!!

Team simulates the expansion of the Universe

The gravitational waves generated during the formation of structures in the universe are shown.
The structures (distribution of masses) are shown as bright dots, gravitational waves by ellipses.
The size of the ellipse is proportional to the amplitude of the wave and its orientation represents its polarization.
Credit: © Ruth Durrer, UNIGE Read more

THe Ekpyotic Model

Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University has proposed a "Ekpyrotic Model" of the Universe
that describes our current universe as arising from a collision of two three-dimensional worlds (branes)
in a space with an extra (fourth) spatial dimension. The proposal is interesting in and of itself,

Logarithmic Maps of the Universe

This is a nice map of the universe in a logarithmic scale by Gott, Juric et al. starting from the Earth interior up to the edge of the visible universe. Credit:Planetary Habitability Laboratory University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo posted Jul 6, 2011, 8:01 AM by Abel Mendez

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