NASA publishes unprecedented X-ray image of supernova remnant

Once again, the Universe amazes me with a never-before-seen display of color and shapes that defies belief. You are looking at Puppis A, a supernova remnant that is 7,000 light years away and is 10 light years across (!) And yet it looks like microscopic view of a coral here on Earth. Amazingly beautiful. » 9/10/14 9:39pm 9/10/14 9:39pm

A star "just" went supernova in a nearby galaxy

And with "just" I mean 11.4 million years ago, even while Steve Fossey just detected this bright and rare Type Ia supernova using a 'modest telescope in an unlikely spot: foggy north London.' Scientists say that it will be visible in the sky soon, as it brightens up. Here you can see the supernova appearing in the… » 1/24/14 7:34am 1/24/14 7:34am

This is a space shockwave traveling 1000 times faster than sound

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reports on the discovery of a "reverse shock wave racing inward at Mach 1000" in the Tycho's supernova remnant, making its particles glow as you can see in the photograph above. If you think the idea of a shockwave traveling inward is counterintuitive, you aren't alone.… » 11/25/13 11:06pm 11/25/13 11:06pm

Two Meteorites Discovered In Antarctica May Be From The Same Supernova

There's nothing more fascinating or TV special-worthy than twins separated at birth. Whether they're reunited at 15 or 50 it's safe to say that there'll be some eerily similar food preferences and a whole lot of crying. But what about two chemically identical grains of silica that haven't seen each other for more than… » 4/28/13 1:00pm 4/28/13 1:00pm

Hubble Finds Unidentified Object in Space, Scientists Puzzled

This is exactly why we send astronauts to risk their life to service Hubble » 9/15/08 10:00am 9/15/08 10:00am: in a paper published last week in the Astrophysical Journal, scientists detail the discovery of a new unidentified object in the middle of nowhere. I don't know about you, but when a research paper conclusion says "We suggest that the…