Picture of the Day: Bacterium Invictus

Picture of the Day: The Z Machine

Used to study the physical properties of dense stars like white dwarfs, Sandia National Laboratory’s Z Machine looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie!

Picture of the Day: Space Junk

The European Union has launched a new program to tackle the threat of space junk, which litters the corridors of Earth orbit.

Hubble finds oldest known star might be older than the universe

You can’t be older than your parents, right? But there is a nearby star that at first glance looks like it is older than the universe! Hubble Space Telescope astronomers are coming to grips with this paradox by improving the precision of the observations used to estimate the age of this “Methuselah star.”

The first orbital seismometer is in orbit

Launched on 17 March 2009, ESA’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) is bringing about a whole new level of understanding of one of Earth’s most fundamental forces of nature: the gravity field. Dubbed the ‘Formula 1’ of satellites, GOCE is mapping Earth’s gravity field in unprecedented detail.

Picture of the Day: Did you think this is our moon? Well guess again!

Why does one half of Dione have more craters than the other? Start with the fact that Saturn‘s moon Dione always has one side that faces Saturn, and always has one side that faces away. This is similar to Earth’s Moon. This tidal locking means that one side of Dione always leads as the moon […]

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