Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, date unknown
(Source: Nationaal Archief)
DEER.. SOUNDS??????? DEER SOUNDS
OMG this made me RIDICULOUSLY happy
Snail shell fossil specimen from Antarctica at the Paleontological Research Institution.
NGC 1491 is an emission nebula located in the constellation Perseus about 10,700 light-years from Earth in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way.
The Lemon Slice Nebula (IC 3568) is a fairly young planetary nebula with a diameter of only about 0.4 light-years across. It is 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Camelopardalis, which is just 7.5 degrees from Polaris.
Credit: Howard Bond (STScl),Robin Ciardullo (Penn State U), and NASA/ESA.
The Puppis A supernova Remnant is the aftermath of the death of a massive star, the initial explosion would have been seen from Earth about 3,700 years ago. Despite overlapping the Vela Supernova Remnant, Puppis A is actually 4 times more distant from Earth (7,000 Light-years) and is about 10 light-years in Diameter. It lies in the Constellation Puppis with a Rapidly rotating Neutron star at it’s center, which has been nicknamed “the Cosmic Cannonball” due to its speed.
The Square Kilometre Array
Australia and South Africa will soon share the world’s biggest and most sensitive radio telescope: the Square Kilometre Array. This internationally-funded mega-telescope consists of 3,000 dishes with a combined collecting area of one square kilometre (or one million square metres), which will survey the sky 10,000 times faster than ever before and will be 50 times more sensitive than existing radio telescopes—sensitive enough to detect an aircraft radar 50 light-years away. The array must therefore be built in radio-quiet zones free from interference: the Karoo desert in the Northern Cape, South Africa, and in Murchison, Western Australia. To achieve high sensitivity and high-resolution images, the SKA antennae will be distributed in clusters along five spiral arms, dense at the core but becoming more widely spaced. The telescope seeks to revolutionise our understanding of the universe, with five key projects chosen for study: the “dark ages” of the universe and the evolution of the first luminous objects; the process of planet building in habitable zones of other stars; the role of cosmic magnetism; the nature of gravity; and the nature of dark energy. However, as the past has proven, often the greatest discoveries happen unexpectedly. The first phase of the Square Kilometre Array’s construction will begin in 2016, and the project should be complete by 2024.
(Image Credit: skatelescope)