Science 

North, east, south, west: The many faces of Abell 1758

Resembling a swarm of flickering fireflies, this beautiful galaxy cluster glows intensely in the dark cosmos, accompanied by the myriad bright lights of foreground stars and swirling spiral galaxies. A1758N is a sub-cluster of Abell 1758, a massive cluster containing hundreds of galaxies. Although it may appear serene in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, the sub-cluster actually comprises two even smaller structures currently in the turbulent process of merging.

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Technology 

New biggest radio telescope to help detect alien signals – CNET

China’s Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope is being used to watch the galaxies and listen for possible intelligent civilizations beyond our solar system. Xinhua China plans to amp up its ability to search for aliens, dark matter, gravitational waves and other mysteries of the universe by building the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope.  The country already hosts the world’s largest radio telescope, the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). It and Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory are basically huge stationary dishes built into the landscape. But fully steerable radio…

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Science 

NASA billion dollar ‘TIME MACHINE’ will soon launch to begin search for Alien life

The telescope, which is worth £6.5billion, has been successfully tested in anticipation of its launch in 2019. Engineers working on the project are confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets. The James Webb telescope has been described as a ‘time machine’ that could help unravel the secrets of our universe. The telescope will be used to look back to the first galaxies born in the early universe more than 13.5billion years ago, and observe the sources of stars, exoplanets, and even the moons…

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Science 

‘Supermassive’ black hole lets out ‘TWO BURPS’ in space binge that moves like ’shockwaves’

The Hubble and Chandra space telescopes detected the burp 800million light-years away. Julie Comerford, from the University of Colorado, said: “Black holes are voracious eaters, but it turns out they don’t have very good table manners. “There are a lot of examples of black holes with single burps emanating out, but we discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole that has not one but two burps.” Ms Comerford announced the discovery at the 231st American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington DC. The expert added that “black holes are voracious…

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Science 

The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to

The bright Cepheid variable star at the center of the image, RS Puppis, rhythmically brightens and dimsNASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-Hubble/Europe Collab. By Leah Crane The heat death of the universe is coming for us, but we don’t know when. The cosmos is constantly expanding, and the speed of that inflation is measured by a value called the Hubble constant. We have two ways to determine this rate, and they have always returned different values, leaving researchers at an impasse. A new study of the stars we use to measure the distance…

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Science 

New stellar streams confirm ‘melting pot’ history of the galaxy

Where do the stars in our Galaxy come from? All the stars we see in the night-time sky belong to our Milky Way galaxy, and while most stars were likely born here, in the Milky Way, many appear to have originated in other galaxies and migrated to our shores. Tell-tale evidence comes from streams of stars created when small galaxies interact with the Milky Way.

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Entertainment 

Babymetal: Japanese heavy metal band pay tribute to guitarist Mikio Fujioka – dead at 36

The Japanese heavy metal band tweeted their fan base on Twitter with the sad news that their band member had passed away. Known as “Little” Guitar Kami, Mikio Fujioka, had been touring with Babymetal since 2013. The band’s official Twitter feed today posted: “The ‘Little’ Guitar Kami of #BABYMETAL’s #Kamiband has passed away in the METAL GALAXIES. “We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.” The tweet continued: “We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are…

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Science 

Bright blue exploding comet rockets toward the sun on BIZARRE flight path baffling experts

Astronomers from the University of South Florida have taken a keen interest in the unique traveller focusing the Submillimeter Telescope at Mount Graham on it. Astronomer Michael Mattiazzo said: ”The last notable comet with high CO was Comet Humason in 1962, so this is quite a rare sight. “It will be very interesting to watch Comet R2 as it makes its closest approach to the sun in May 2018.” The bright blue comet named C/2016 or R2 is caused by ionised carbon monoxide, which is highly combustible. The Florida experts…

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NASA makes awesome discovery of ‘exotic barred galaxy’ with Hubble telescope

GETTY-ESA-HUBBLE-NASA The image was captured by the Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 The Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 photographed the galaxy named UGC 6093, it has beautiful arms that swirl outwards from a bar slicing through the galaxy’s centre – which is known as a barred galaxy. It is classified as an active galaxy which means it hosts an active galactic nucleus, which is a region at a galaxy’s centre within which matter is sucked into a super black hole. As the black hole swallows up the material it emits…

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