NASA broadcasts the breathtaking sound of the Butterfly Nebula

August 11, 2022, 1:36 p.m. | Updated: August 11, 2022, 3:02 PM A cinematic explosion of color and sound from the depths of space… Space is a largely silent place. Once you leave Earth’s atmosphere, you are plunged into an immeasurably vast void, where a complete lack of molecules means that the minute reverberations that … Read more

Unexpected solar wind flow hits Earth at 372 miles per second

On Sunday, the Earth’s magnetic field was bombarded by a current of solar wind reaching speeds of over 600 kilometers (372 miles) per second. While that’s nothing too alarming – solar storms often hit our planet setting off spectacular auroras – what’s odd is that this storm was totally unexpected. “This event was unplanned, so … Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope has its first image of the most distant known star

Just under 13 billion years ago, a large blue star lit up the early cosmos. Through countless light-years of expanding space, this light shone, shadowed wherever it met dust and rock. What little remained of those ancient photons was warped by the growth of space itself, warping and bending along the gravity wells of intersecting … Read more

Incredible ‘space telescope image’ was actually a slice of chorizo

Space may be closer than we think – maybe even sitting on a charcuterie board. A French scientist had to apologize for his spicy space prank after he tweeted a photo of a slice of chorizo, saying it was a distant star captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. Etienne Klein – physicist and director … Read more

Astronomers say they have found the most distant galaxy ever observed

It’s a record that’s been broken multiple times in the past two years alone, and one we expect to see again soon. Astronomers using the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have announced the discovery of what appears to be the most distant galaxy yet. If that sounds familiar, it’s happened twice already this … Read more

According to a French scientist, the James Webb telescope returns a breathtaking image of . . . a Spanish sausage!

Published on: 08/04/2022 – 16:39 A red fireball, glowing menacingly against a black background. This, said eminent French scientist Etienne Klein, was the last stunning photo taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, showing Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. In fact, the object came from Klein’s fridge! Enthusiastic Twitter users marveled at … Read more

Scientists discover the oldest dark matter ever observed in the Universe

What little we know about dark matter comes from calculations based on the glow of surrounding galaxies. However, the farther we look, the more the starlight fades, making it harder to see the subtle influence of this most mysterious force. Now, a collaboration between astronomers from Japan and the United States has found a different … Read more

Physicists finally measure a long-theorized molecule made of light and matter

Physicists have just seen light playing the role of “glue” between atoms, in a kind of weakly bound molecule. “We succeeded for the first time in polarizing several atoms together in a controlled way, creating a measurable force of attraction between them”, explains Matthias Sonnleitner, physicist from the University of Innsbruck. Atoms connect to form … Read more

Cosmic buckyballs could be the source of mysterious infrared light

Scientists may have just found the source of some mysterious infrared glows detected emanating from stars and clouds of interstellar dust and gas. These bands of unidentified infrared emission (UIE) have baffled scientists for decades; according to new theoretical work, at least some of these bands may be produced by highly ionized buckminsterfullerene, more commonly … Read more

Scientists baffled as Earth spins faster than usual

Scientists have been baffled after discovering the Earth is spinning faster than normal, making the days shorter than usual. New measurements from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory show that the Earth is spinning faster than it was half a century ago. On June 29, the Earth’s full rotation took 1.59 milliseconds in less than 24 … Read more