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The Incredible Teamwork Behind the First Ever Image of a Black Hole

EHT Collaboration In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT (Event Horizon Telescope) researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. The image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. Messier 87 Messier 87 The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international…

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Artist Stitches 50,000 Photos Into One Incredible Composite of the Moon

Photograph by Andrew McCarthy Photographer Andrew McCarthy has created one of the most beautiful images of the moon you will ever see. Stitched and stacked from nearly 50,000 images of the night sky (taken on Feb 12, 2019), this 81 megapixel composite image of the moon is simply breathtaking. On reddit, where McCarthy shared the image he explains: This image was created using a combination of shots from 2 different cameras, one to capture earthshine and stars, and one to capture the detail on the lit side of the moon.…

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RIP Mars Opportunity Rover. Designed For 90 Days, It Lasted 14 Years

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity…

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Travelled 300 Million Miles, Took This Pic

NASA/JPL-Caltech The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens. This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a…

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A 1960s Reporter Asks People in Sydney If Theres Life on Other Planets

In an ABC News (Australia) segment from August 31, 1962, Ray Taylor asks an eclectic mix of Sydneysiders, “Is there life on other planets?†Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/1960s-reporter-asks-people-if-theres-life-on-other-planets/

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COSMOS with Neil deGrasse Tyson returns in 2019

COSMOS is officially returning for another season. And yes, everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, will be hosting. The season will air in spring 2019 on FOX and Nat Geo.  SEE ALSO: Sheets of ice found below Mars’ surface could be a boon for human exploration Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will serve as executive producer of the show, just as he did when it was revived back in 2015. It featured plenty of mind-blowing science facts, animated history lessons, and Tyson riding around in a weird silver spaceship. 

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Cassinis Final Full Image of Saturn

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Jason Major After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its final plunge into the giant planet on September 15, 2017. Seen above is the final full image of Saturn, made from raw images acquired by Cassini on September 13, 2017. According to Jason Major: “These images are uncalibrated for color but were acquired in visible-light RGB filters. The mosaic comprises 11 color composites, each a stack of three images taken in red, green, and blue channels. They were adjusted for brightness and color to be…

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