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Check out these new amazing simulations of our universe. The first two images are from Illustris, the massive computer simulation of the universe unveiled by researchers this week: http://huff.to/1kRGblM. Below, a student’s trippy video allows you to fly by nearly 2,000 alien worlds: http://huff.to/1kRH2D1.
From a crimson sunset to a baby’s wobbly first steps to the empty splendor of deep space, our universe is full of awe-inspiring phenomena — and science has a special way of revealing that things around us are even more awesome than they otherwise might seem. HuffPost Science’s Jacqueline Howard reveals just how awesome our world really is.
Earth Day 2014 may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop marveling at our amazing planet. From volcanic eruptions to powerful twisters to brilliant rainbows, all it takes is a look around our planet to feel in awe. And what’s more stunning than the Northern Lights that shimmer overhead at high latitudes when charged particles from the sun enter Earth’s atmosphere: http://huff.to/1f4SVJk
This day in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. It was the first major optical telescope in space. Hubble has captured more than 570,000 images of 30,000 celestial objects, and traveled around Earth more than 110,000 times. #tbt#Hubble
Planck (1858-1947) was a German theoretical physicist and the father of quantum theory, one of the most fundamental theories of the 21st century. This theory changed the way scientists understood atomic and subatomic processes. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1918.
NASA asked the public to vote for their favorite satellite image from the series created by the U.S. Geological Survey, “Earth as Art,” and posted the five most favorited images about a month ago. “Earth as Art” is composed of images taken by satellites part of the Landsat Program, which is managed by both NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Geological Survey selected certain features from the images and colored them from a digital palate. The series was created for aesthetic purposes rather than scientific interpretation.
Grover Krantz (1931-2002) was known as a teacher, a loving pet owner, an eccentric anthropologist, and the first serious Bigfoot academic. Seven years after losing a battle to pancreatic cancer, Krantz’s reputation is still well preserved, in more ways than one. His skeleton and that of his giant Irish Wolfhound Clyde are now on display at the 5,000 square foot exhibition “Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake,” which opened last Saturday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The first solar eclipse of 2013 is upon us! Watch SLOOH Space Camera’s live feed of the “ring of fire” eclipse right here as the moon passes over the sun, covering about 95 percent of the celestial body.