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Photo Of The Day: Celebrate Edwin Hubble’s Birthday With This Awe-Inspiring Space Photo

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A picture of numerous galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Source: HubbleSite

When people hear the name “Hubble,” they likely think of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has brought the wonders of the universe to all of us. It showed us that we are just a drop in a system of 100 billion galaxies. Yet the scientist behind the telescope’s name, Edwin Hubble, was just as important (if not more) in opening the eyes of the world to the wonders of space.

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Photo Of The Day: The Leonid Meteor Shower At Its Peak

Leonid Meteor Shower

One of the most anticipated annual meteor showers, the Leonid, can be seen the night of Nov. 17. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Nov. 17 and into the early morning hours of Nov. 18. According to the forecast, we’re in for a lighter load than usual, but there’s still definitely enough of a spectacle to warrant staying up past your usual bedtime. The Slooh Community Observatory will show the shower for free online starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, using live shots from four continents, but the best live view in most cases will be on a blanket, away from the lights and facing the east. Expect to see around 15 meteors per hour starting at midnight local time until dawn.

Here are three things you should know before watching the show:

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Photo Of The Day: What’s Inside The Time Capsule Of Humanity We Made For Aliens

Voyager Golden Record

The Golden Record was launched into space on board the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. The information contained is a mini time capsule of humanity as of 1977. Image Source: Wikipedia

What would you tell the universe about humanity if you had the chance? This is essentially the question that was answered when NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977 to feed information about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune back to Earth. Scientists knew that Jupiter’s gravity would give the spacecrafts enough velocity to leave the orbit of the sun and enter into the greater Milky Way, eternally drifting further and further from our solar system.

In case these spacecrafts ever made contact with aliens (with the capability to use human technology, understand human language, and read the written word), each Voyager had an 8-track tape memory system, computers (with less processing power than a smartphone) and a copper phonograph LP that became known as the “Golden Record”, featuring a collection of images and sounds.

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Video Of The Day: The Human Body’s Daily Cycle, Animated

As creatures of habit and routine, we develop behaviors that allow us to seize the day. We wake up, eat breakfast, exercise, work, and go to sleep around the same times every day (with exceptions on the weekends, naturally).

In this enlightening video, AsapSCIENCE follows the human body over the course of 24 hours and demonstrates the cycle we experience day after day–and demonstrates just how incredible the human body is.

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