The Philae Probe Lands On Comet 67P And Makes History

Artistic Representation of Philae

An artistic representation of the Philae probe landing. Source: Business Insider

After 10 long years of travel, the washing machine-sized Philae probe finally reached its destination—a comet with the name 67P. This epic touchdown marks the first time that a spacecraft has ever successfully landed on a comet (simply crashing into one doesn’t count).

Comet 67P

Comet 67P. Source: ESA

Rosetta Mission Landing

Artistic representation of comet landing. Source: Pop Sugar

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Stunning Photos From The 2014 Astronomy Photography Awards

Earth and Space WInner 2014

Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon by James Woodend. Overall and Earth and Space winner. Source: ViralSpell

Space has intrigued us since the dawn of time, when the world’s earliest civilizations conjured up myths and fables to explain the sun, moon and stars. While our knowledge of space has grown drastically over the years, there is still much that we will never know. Images from the Astronomy Photography Awards don’t explain wormholes or supernovae, but they do capture some of the most wondrous images of our massive solar system. Keep scrolling to check out this year’s winners, along with our favorite submissions.

Young Winner 2014

The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) by Shishir and Shashank Dholakia. Young winner. Source: Creative Review

Astronomy Photography Awards 2014 Winners

Ripples in a Pond by Alexandra Hart. Winner in Our Solar System category. Source: ViralSpell

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The Hubble Flickr Stream Is The Most Stunning Thing You’ll See All Week

Hubble In Space

Source: NASA

Before Galileo turned his telescope to the skies in 1610, all that we knew of the universe we knew because we could see it with our naked eyes. Little did we know what wonders they hid from us. Galileo’s work sparked a revolution in science and astronomy, and while he may have made vast improvements on the telescope of his day, NASA’s 24,000 lb. space telescope has collected over 100 terabytes of data since its launch in 1990. A large number of these images have been curated to the Hubble’s Flickr stream. They give us an exciting glimpse into what those of Galileo’s time were missing, and what we, too, could miss if we don’t pay attention.

And if these images leave you yearning for some video footage, fear not: we’ve got you covered with the most important image Hubble has ever captured.

Hubble Flickr Homunculus Nebula

Source: Flickr

Huge clouds of matter – known today as the Homunculus Nebula – consist of byproducts from the binary star system Eta Carinae, which experienced a supernova impostor event in 1843. This is the closest star system to Earth which could experience true supernova status in the near future. (The near future in space-time could still mean a million years from now.)

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4 Wonders Of Our Solar System

Even though astronomy is one of our oldest sciences, our understanding of the universe is still in its infancy. There are so many fascinating things in the universe and we don’t even have to travel too far to see them. Many of them are right here in our very own solar system.

Olympus Mons

Solar System Viking

Actual NASA image taken by Viking 1 Source: Wikipedia

For a long time, we considered Olympus Mons, located on Mars, to be the tallest mountain in our solar system. At a height of 14 miles, it is almost three times as tall as Mount Everest, the highest point on our planet.

Now we know that there is actually a slightly taller mountain in our solar system. It is called Rheasilvia and it is located on an asteroid named Vesta. Even so, Olympus Mons remains far more impressive. Although Rheasilvia is a little taller, the mountain on Mars is simply gigantic in scope.

Solar System Crater

Massive crater located right at the center of the mountain Source: European Space Agency

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