Massive object discovered hiding behind the Milky Way

A newly discovered galaxy supercluster is believed to be one of the largest known structures in the Universe, containing between 1,000 to 10,000 trillion stars.

Bulging with data

A map of the Milky Ways’s entire central bulge, displaying 84 million stars, has been created. The central bulge formed early on in our galaxy’s life, and so understanding what goes on in there could help astronomers learn more about how galaxies get to be the way they are. The bulge contains huge numbers of […]

Science Behind the Photo #45

Taken from Issue 22. Although seemingly beautiful and serene, this fiery image shows the hundreds of millions of stars at the turbulent heart of the Milky Way, all cocooned in cosmic gas and dust. The life of such a star is visible in its entirety, from the dusty regions of star birth, populations of young […]

News Round-up: Higgs (probably), Dark Matter’s skeleton, Private Asteroid Detective, TV-Powered GPS, Libel Dismissed

Higgs boson found … probably Image: CERN Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new elementary particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The announcement, given to a packed auditorium at CERN and broadcast live over the Internet, was met with standing ovations from scientists across the world. Although […]

Review: “The Universe Explained to My Grandchildren”

The Universe Explained to My Grandchildren – explained to my fifteen-year-old sister RRP: £6.00 Publisher: Salammbo Press Target audience: children/young adult Hello little sister. Today I will talk to you about the Canadian astrophysicist Hubert Reeves’s new book, The Universe Explained to My Grandchildren. Pray tell, dear sister, why should you wish to talk to me about […]

The Arrow of Time (Part 3)

The Thermodynamic “Arrow of Time” in Physics (And to a Lesser Extent, in Snooker) PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 Special Boxes Although every point in phase space corresponds to a different, unique arrangement of the particles, we can impose some organization on the space as a whole. Let’s imagine dividing it into […]

Calendar: Secret Lives of the Stars

Daily planetarium shows: 11.45, 13.30, 15.15 (weekends/holidays) | 14.45 (weekdays in term-time) Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, SE10 9NF “This spectacular new show explores the fascinating life history of the stars, from the smallest red dwarf to the largest blue giant. Using state-of-the art digital simulation, it charts the life of a star from […]

A Gem of a Discovery

Like an oyster in the ocean, opening to reveal a pearl, new research has discovered stars can be stripped apart to reveal diamonds. Nicknamed “The Dish”, the Australian CSIRO Parkes telescope stumbled on the discovery whilst searching for pulsars, as part of the “High Time Resolution Universe” survey. Pulsar J1719-1438 had a peculiar signal and […]

Birth of a galaxy

8 months in the making, this simulation is the most detailed picture of how the Milky Way formed. For more information visit http://www.hpc-ch.org/blog/2011/08/25/first-realistic-simulation-of-the-formation-of-the-milky-way-computed-at-cscs/

‘Unseen Science’ – Issue 17 Out Tomorrow!

The way we perceive the world is inevitably shaped by the models created in our brains. As a species, we have evolved to understand the world in such a way as to maximise our survival chances out on the African savannah plains of the Pleistocene and this has inevitably had consequences in defining that which […]