Centurus A is an active galaxy 11 million light years away in the constellation Centaurus. It's a complex knot of hot and cold gases and dust, tracing out a collision from time long gone past. By looking at it in multiple wavelengths, astronomers can get a better understanding of its structure.
When supernova explode, they fling gas out into space, creating beautiful, gauzy remnant for us to drool over. Supernova remnant G352 is pretty, but weird. It's collecting extra material, misplaced its neutron star, and looks dramatically different depending on the wavelength.
In the Game of Science, you either win or you go back to the drawing board. Students from the Albert Einstein Institute created these Game of Thrones-style sigils to pay tribute to some of the most exciting projects in physics and space exploration, complete with house words for each.
The 27 massive antenna dishes that make up the Very Large Array radio telescope have given us some astonishing glimpses into the cosmos (and have repeatedly detected signals sent by intelligent aliens in some of our favorite scifi films). As impressive as it is, the VLA is about to get a major upgrade. Astronomers are…
Scientists seem to be focused on extraterrestrial mobile phone service recently, first planning for them on the moon and now claiming the ability to detect a cellular call on Jupiter. This half-billion-mile range is made possible by upgrading their Very Large Array radio telescope to handle digital data streams.