Laurel Nendza is the owner and creator of Stellar Eyes.
A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE -- extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs.
It looks more like a scene from a sci-fi movie than an actual scene on Earth. Photographer James Garlick captured this mind blowing photo when he arrived at a beach in Tasmania, Australia on May 18th, 2015. What he saw took his breath away. He stood in awe at the enchanted glowing waves gliding under the billions of stars in the Milky Way. The bright blue waves were indeed a rare and exciting sight and highly sought after by any one who goes there.
Okay, maybe the title sounds a little far fetched, but maybe it's not really, if you think about it. Recently we shared the inspiring story of a bright young man, Aryan Mishra, 14 at the time, who help discover asteroids. Last year he and two other students discovered two previously unknown asteroids. Astronomers have been enlisting citizen scientist from all over the world to help find these objects that may or may not come close to Earth. Researchers have identified roughly 10,000 near Earth objects but they believe there could be millions more. It seems like every other month we see news about an asteroid passing near the moon and our fragile world. Some sneak up by surprise like the fireball that exploded without warning over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. While NASA is searching for the majority of these NEO our planet needs all the help we can get.
You never know what to expect when it comes to breaking news in space exploration. This is the kind of news we wake up for in the mornings, the kind of news that sparks the imagination of endless possibilities! New evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there may be a saltwater ocean beneath the surface of Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon. Such a discovery can lead to a new place to search for life in our solar system.
You may not know him, but if there was ever a kid destin for the stars it is this young man. While other boys his age are playing video games, he is studying the stars, receiving awards for discovering brand new asteroids, and presenting inspiring astronomy lectures to kids all over the world. He is only 14 and hitting the astronomy community by storm.
If you think the planet Tatooine from Star Wars is cool, imagine being on a planet with four suns!
Growing up as a planet with more than one parent star has its challenges. Though the planets in our solar system circle just one star -- our sun -- other more distant planets, called exoplanets, can be reared in families with two or more stars. Researchers wanting to know more about the complex influences of multiple stars on planets have come up with two new case studies: a planet found to have three parents, and another with four.-- Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system.
On February 1, 2003, seven heroic astronauts were lost with the Space Shuttle Columbia over North Texas during the shuttles re-entry. They were all brave men and women who gave their lives for space explorations. There was one last message from one crew member named Laurel Clark to the people of Earth. Before she departed to her last shuttle flight home she sent an email to her family and close friends. She told them of every incredible awe-inspiring moment she had experienced.
"Whenever I do get to look out, it is glorious. Even the stars have a special brightness." -Laurel Clark
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.
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.