Ten Amazing Facts About The Milky Way Galaxy

 10 Facts about the milky way

If you think about it, it’s amazing enough that we reside in a solar system within a galaxy that is spinning around a black hole.  The sheer enormity of this galaxy is astonishing on its own.  But I bet there were some things about our galaxy that you didn’t know:  How many possible intelligent alien civilizations could be out there?  What is The Great Attractor?  And how about that raspberry smelling gas cloud?  Yes, there are some very curious details about our galaxy that not a lot of people know.  So let’s get into the Ten Most Amazing Facts About The Milky Way Galaxy:
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Titanosaur: A Supermassive Dinosaur Discovered

Titansaur discovered

Recently, in southern Argentina, the bones of one of the largest creatures to have ever walked the Earth was excavated.  Dreadnoughtus schrani, an enormous sub-group of the long-necked, plant eating sauropods is also known as a titanosaur and is believed to be so large that it was impervious to attack by predators.

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The Best Time To See August’s Perseid Meteor Shower

perseid meteor shower

For those people living in the Northern Hemisphere, August is the month to enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower.  However, this year many skywatchers will be facing a mean adversary in their attempt to see this annual spectacle:  the bright presence of the Moon.  But don’t fret, there’s still some windows of opportunity for you to catch a few shooting stars.

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ESA spacecraft ROSSETA arives at Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P)

European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosseta spacecraft arrived at Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko Wednesday after a 10 year flight to catch up with the comet.

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Copyright ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

This image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August from a distance of 285 km. The image resolution is 5.3 metres/pixel.

Watch the press conference at ESA on Wednesday for the latest in images and how scientists are going to proceed now that Rosseta has reached the comet.

 

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Comet details

Stunning close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the ‘base’ of the ‘body’ section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded, 6 August. The image clearly shows a range of features, including boulders, craters and steep cliffs. The image was taken from a distance of 130 km and the image resolution is 2.4 metres per pixel.
Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

 

There will be some amazing science done in the next 2 years by the team at ESA.

Congratulations ESA.

 

Once You Eat One Planet You Can’t Stop

planet being consumed by sun

Recently, at a press conference at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Gongjie Li of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics predicted the death of two exoplanets.   “As far as we know, this is the first time two known exoplanets in a single system have a predicted ‘time of death,'” she said.  The two planets she’s talking about, Kepler-56b and Kepler-56c, are predicted to be swallowed by their star in 130 million and 155 million years, respectively.

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