spacefans:

*We’re using DARK MATTER to explore space!*

Yes. You read that right. Astronomers are using gravitational lenses caused by the dark matter in extremely massive galaxies to look further back in space and time.

This program is called Frontier Fields and utilizes the Great Space Observatories: Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity explains how space-time itself is curved and bent by the mass of objects. This curvature of space-time allows extremely massive objects, like galaxies, to work as lenses for the space telescopes. 

Isn’t it amazing that we are able to use something as mysterious as dark matter to aid our exploration of the cosmos?

Read more: http://www.frontierfields.org

astronomicalwonders:

Star Forming Region Gum 19

This image shows the area around the star-forming region Gum 19, in the direction of the constellation of Vela (the Sail), as seen by the Digitized Sky Survey 2. Gum 19 is an emission nebula that generates large clouds of ionized gas. These ionized gas clouds will condense to form stars and eventually solar systems.

Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

hella-space:

The Antennae Galaxies (photo courtesy of ESA/Hubble & NASA)

hella-space:

The Antennae Galaxies (photo courtesy of ESA/Hubble & NASA)

spacefans:

BREAKING! New Hubble Ultra Deep Field!!The Hubble Space Telescope is at it again, providing us with a mesmerizing glimpse into the early Universe- this time, with even more color.Using a composition of three separate exposures taken from 2003 to 2012, ultraviolet wavelengths were added to the mix of one of the most profound images of our Universe. About 10,000 galaxies are observed in this image, which was composed of 841 “orbits” of telescope viewing time to create. The observations in ultraviolet light came from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, which added to the bands of visible and near-infrared light that the Wide Field Camera 3 sees the Universe in. Observing galaxies in ultraviolet is extremely beneficial to the Ultra Deep Field images because of the time that light was emitted. Looking at areas between 5 and 10 billion light-years away is giving us a glimpse into when stars in the Universe started forming. Seeing in ultraviolet (something that can’t be done from surface telescopes very well), gives researchers a better understanding not only of how early stars formed, but can see their evolution over time.More information: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/27/

spacefans:

BREAKING! New Hubble Ultra Deep Field!!

The Hubble Space Telescope is at it again, providing us with a mesmerizing glimpse into the early Universe- this time, with even more color.

Using a composition of three separate exposures taken from 2003 to 2012, ultraviolet wavelengths were added to the mix of one of the most profound images of our Universe. 

About 10,000 galaxies are observed in this image, which was composed of 841 “orbits” of telescope viewing time to create. 

The observations in ultraviolet light came from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, which added to the bands of visible and near-infrared light that the Wide Field Camera 3 sees the Universe in. 

Observing galaxies in ultraviolet is extremely beneficial to the Ultra Deep Field images because of the time that light was emitted. Looking at areas between 5 and 10 billion light-years away is giving us a glimpse into when stars in the Universe started forming. Seeing in ultraviolet (something that can’t be done from surface telescopes very well), gives researchers a better understanding not only of how early stars formed, but can see their evolution over time.

More information: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/27/

saerok:

some ppl call me the space cowboyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

saerok:

some ppl call me the space cowboyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

xotlacueponi:

*patpatpats him on the back*

There there.

I don’t want to like it, it’s not even bringing in that much money anymore, you know???

But I’ve already watched Game of Thrones over and over and over again and Winter Soldier, too, Winter Soldier’s doing so well

xotlacueponi:

…You like them, don’t you?

I—

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xotlacueponi:

whotookmycoffee:

xotlacueponi:

You seem defensive, hmm. That’s a good sign of a liar.

Watch the entire three movie and take a look at the franchise and it’s shitty, and Sharpay’s Adventures aren’t even close to cutting it, this country runs on profit and this is just— it’s just not gonna cut it.

[says the man who knows all the songs by heart]

Oh, they’re movies? Huh.

So, you’ve seen every movie, then?

Well of COURSE I have! What do you take me for, some kind of amateur?

xotlacueponi:

You seem defensive, hmm. That’s a good sign of a liar.

Watch the entire three movie and take a look at the franchise and it’s shitty, and Sharpay’s Adventures aren’t even close to cutting it, this country runs on profit and this is just— it’s just not gonna cut it.

[says the man who knows all the songs by heart]

xotlacueponi:

whotookmycoffee:

xotlacueponi:

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…You’re lying, I can feel it.

Bullshit.