NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies Abell 1689. By comparison, our Milky Way galaxy hosts about 150 such clusters.
Thanks very much for the links LadyStanley! Some great reading in there, especially about the Saturn storm simulations. It's incredible to think we're unwrapping mysteries on the scale of something like that.
I'm not sure if anyone here has tried astrophotography, but I've heard from a few how much of a ***** it is. It makes me appreciate that these pictures were taken over 120 years ago
I'm sure you can guess which planets they are. The shot of Jupiter is from 1879, and Saturn from 1885. What intrigues me the most is how much more prominent the great red spot is. I'm not sure how long the exposures were, which would explain the width but not the height of the storm. The white band across the center of Saturn is also interesting. It's likely an imaging artifact, but Saturn has been known to play host to some particularly nasty storms.
In 2011, a storm appeared on Saturn that would grow to over 300,000km long and 15,000km wide (that's wider than earth!). It wrapped itself around the entire planet and had winds of 500 km/h at the head. To give some perspective, hurricane Katrina's winds were 225km/h on landfall. These are some gnarly forces we're talking about here.
NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer to ISS (make your own part rather than wait for one to be shipped up)
One step closer to the replicator.
There’s a lot of things wrong with this country, but one of the few things still right with it is that a man can steer clear of the organized ******** if he really wants to. It’s a goddamned luxury, and if I were you, I’d take advantage of it while you can.
-- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected water in the atmospheres of five planets beyond our solar system, two recent studies reveal.
The five exoplanets with hints of water are all scorching-hot, Jupiter-size worlds that are unlikely to host life as we know it. But finding water in their atmospheres still marks a step forward in the search for distant planets that may be capable of supporting alien life, researchers said.