2014 was an amazing year in astronomy! Exciting new discoveries and new milestones sparked our wonder leaving us craving more. The Stellar Eyes team has come up with ten of our favorite space news stories that we enjoyed over the year. We also included extra cosmic goodies to read about. 2014 was a awesome year and thanks so much for being a part of it. Wonder what extraordinary events will wow us this year?
“Every person you’ve ever heard of lies right in there. All those kings and battles, migrations and inventions, wars and loves, every thing in the history books happened here in the last 14 seconds of the cosmic calendar.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Hello everyone, Mark 'Indy' Kochte here,
I just wanted to remind you about the Geminid Meteor Shower that is peaking this weekend. Given the holiday craziness, end of year craziness, and general life craziness, I know how quickly things can become lost in the....what was I writing this email about again? Oh, right, meteor shower.
When astronomers first saw this gleeful little galaxy, they most likely had a good chuckle. What if you looked through your telescope and saw something smiling back at you? Two black holes in the center of this cheerful galaxy makes it look like a smiley face.
December will close 2014 with a plethora of exciting space launches and sky watching events. Friend, Mark 'Indy" Kochte is currently working on the MESSENGER mission and stays up to date with the happenings with space exploration and night sky watching. Below he breaks down all of the amazing events happening this month.
The Stellar Eyes team has reassembled to bring you the latest, coolest and most exciting news in astronomy. Every two weeks it will be posted on stellareyes.com. We combed the internet for the most mind blowing and exciting news stories from the last two weeks so you can stay up to date in the latest happenings in space exploration.
"A still more glorious dawn awaits not sunrise, but a galaxy rise." - Carl Sagan
After years of searching astronomers have found a secret companion hidden in the aftermath of a star that exploded. This is an artist’s impression of supernova 1993J, which exploded in the galaxy M81. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have identified the blue helium-burning companion star, seen at the center of the expanding nebula of debris from the supernova.
Astrophotographers are constantly in search of the perfect setting and clear dark skies to capture a creative perspective of the universe. Many times they have to wait a long time to find the shot they have been dreaming of. Adam Woodworth's patience and persistence paid off when the elements came together one night for the stellar masterpiece he had been searching for. He tells how this incredible image came to be at the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine.
Astrophotographers live in a world unlike the rest of us. While we snooze the night away, they search for the darkest skies with luminance stars in enchanted landscapes. Their quest is finding otherworldly scenes where the magic of night melts into the ground and creates heaven on Earth. Adam Woodworth has captured some of the most breathtaking images of the night sky. His latest masterpiece, Raven's Nest, captured in Acadia National Park, Maine takes us to a place with soaring cliffs, extraordinary beauty and cosmic charm.