January 18, 2019

Astrophotographer Creates Incredible Photo of the Solar System from His Backyard

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy‘s love of outer space was sparked over 20 years ago while exploring the solar system through his father’s telescope. A few years ago, after finding a free telescope on Craigslist, his interest was renewed and he set down the difficult path of learning the technical aspects of astrophotography. Over time, his tenacity paid off, as exemplified by an incredible photograph of the solar system shot almost entirely in his backyard.

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January 10, 2019

Researchers Discover Mysterious Radio Signals from a Distant Galaxy

First discovered in 2007, the pulsating flashes of radio waves known as fast radio bursts (FRBs) last just a few milliseconds and have unknown origins. The mysterious FRBs certainly originate far from the Milky Way, but researchers still have no idea what causes them. Only around 60 of these extragalactic bursts have been detected and only one actually repeated—until now. Canadian researchers recently published two articles in Nature that include the discovery of a second repeating FRB.

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December 26, 2018

Amazing Photos Reveal Water Ice Found on Mars in a “Cold Trap” Crater

In a continuing quest to learn more about Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) has recently released a pair of photos that provide us with more insight into the Red Planet. The two images showcase the massive Korolev crater that measures 51 miles (83 kilometers) across and has a 1.1 mile (1.8 kilometers) thick mound of water ice that stays frozen all year round.

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