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What a weird orwellian world we live in: for no known reason, the Photoshop artists at Apple deleted the image of a galaxy in the astronomical photo they used as the default desktop wallpaper in Macintosh OS X Lion… Now … Lire la suite

Bad Universe? Bad TV channel!

OK, so, Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy is going to have his very own TV show, about our big Bad Universe, premiere tonight, Sunday, August 29, on Discovery Channel. First episode (of 3): what would happen if we a bad meteor day? Would we end up like the dinosaurs? Tune in Sunday to find out.

Phil Plait's Bad Universe logo

Oh, but wait! It’s on American TV! And no option on the official website for (at least) an online pay-per-view. What do we poor Plait fans who live in other countries do? Wait for the DVD? Lobby our local channels and hope for the best?

Erm… Rely on The Pirate Bay?

I’m not saying that’s what you should do, right. But when a TV show about our universe is aired as if we were not living on a small interconnected planet… Makes me want to grab the Internet with all it’s P2P, streaming, and direct download resources, and to Hades with the rest!

This is not the observatory you’re looking for

Students of astronomy at Carleton College, Minnesota (USA), must have an awesome sense of humor. On June 2, they dressed up the campus’ Goodsell Observatory as… a character from Star Wars! Notice how they made good use of the observatory’s cupola:

(Click on image for higher resolution.)

Science blog Dynamics of Cats has more pics and vids. With sound effects, natch.

I’m in your galaxies, spewing black holes

Don’t panic! Galaxies around us may be routinely hurling out super massive stars and even black holes into the unsuspecting surrounding space, but hey, what can we do about it? Ab-so-lute-ly nothing, that’s what. So, why not just take a seat and enjoy the pictures?

« Cannonball » star ejected from the 30 Doradus cluster (or Tarantula Nebula), a noted nursery of stars. Image credits: Hubble Space Telescope (NASA/ESA) and ESO’s 2.2 meter telescope in Chile.

In black, the center of the galaxy, where normally lies a massive black hole. In red, what may be the ejection of said black hole, « hurled out » by the collision between two galaxies if the theory of Marianne Heida, of the University of Utrecht, is verified. (Image: Chandra Space X-Ray Observatory.)

The violent beauty of the Sun

Following the lead of Carolyn J. Cherryh’s blog Wave Without A Shore, here’s a link to some incredible pictures and videos of the sun in action, taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space telescope designed to study our home star.

An erupting solar prominence observed by SDO on March 30, 2010. (Credit: SDO/AIA)

Warning, images may take your breath away…