NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken. It Will Rock Your Universe Tags: Andromeda NASA Space photos stars cosmos


Remember when NASA released what was coined ‘the most significant image every captured?‘ Well they seem to have outdone themselves with this one.

For a second, take a moment and think of how big our universe is. Where are we? Where do things begin? And where does it stop? We don’t have to answer this literally, but simply picture it in your mind. What you are about to see below will likely rock whatever you just imagined in your mind.

The BIG Image

On January 5th 2015, NASA let out an image of the Andromeda galaxy, which is the closest galaxy to us. They captured the image using the NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope once again, but this time it’s taken to a whole new level. They took 411 images and put them together to create the largest image ever taken. It’s a whopping 1.5 billion pixels and requires about 4.3 GB of disk space!

The image takes you through over 100 million stars and travels more than 40,000 light years. It’s likely to make you feel like you are only a very, very small part of a universe that we begin to understand the true size of as each day passes.

There’s not much else to say other than sit back, watch and enjoy having your mind blown.




Top Google executive Eric Schmidt predicts end of the internet Tags: Information Technology Internet Switzerland USA World Economic Forum

Top Google executive predicts end of the internet

RT January 23, 2015, Short URL

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, speaks during the session "The Future of the Digital Economy" in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 22, 2015 (Reuters / Ruben Sprich)

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Google guru Eric Schmidt gave an answer regarding the evolution of the web. “I will answer very simply that the internet will disappear,” Schmidt said on Thursday.

“There will be so many IP addresses, … so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it, it will be part of your presence all the time,” he explained. “Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

“A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges,” Schmidt concluded.



At the panel, dubbed “The Future of the Digital Economy”, he was speaking with Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao agreed with Schmidt, comparing the internet with “water, oxygen” in an “ultra-dense connectivity situation.”

However, a group of Harvard professors depicted a much more grim Orwellian world, AFP reported on Thursday.

“Privacy as we knew it in the past is no longer feasible... How we conventionally think of privacy is dead,” said Margo Seltzer, a professor in computer science at Harvard University.

Sophia Roosth, a Harvard’s genetics researcher, said: “It's not whether this is going to happen, it's already happening... We live in a surveillance state today.”

Depicting a terrifying world, where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of people’s DNA, she said, “We are at the dawn of the age of genetic McCarthyism,” referring to “witch-hunts” during Second Red Scare in the 1950s in America.


Astronomers detect hints of two more planets in our Solar System Tags: astronomy planets solar system

Two Earth-sized planets could be hiding in the chilly margins of our Solar System, just beyond Neptune and Pluto. We just have to find them first.

BEC CREW   20 JAN 2015

Hints of two more planets lurking undetected way out near the edge of our Solar System have been found thanks to a new analysis of the belt of objects called the 'extreme trans-Neptunion objects’ (ETNO). 

A team of astronomers from the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain and the University of Cambridge in the UK studied the orbits of 13 such ETNOs, including the dwarf planet Sedna, and found that they weren’t moving as expected. Something appears to be altering their orbits, the team reports, and that ‘something’ could be a couple of hidden planets at least the size of Earth, if not bigger.

"This excess of objects with unexpected orbital parameters makes us believe that some invisible forces are altering the distribution of the orbital elements of the ETNO, and we consider that the most probable explanation is that other unknown planets exist beyond Neptune and Pluto,” lead scientist, Carlos de la Fuente Marcos from the Complutense University of Madrid, told the Spanish Scientific News Service. “The exact number is uncertain, given that the data that we have is limited, but our calculations suggest that there are at least two planets, and probably more, within the confines of our Solar System."

Publishing their findings in two articles in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters - available here and here - the researchers have estimated that if these planets exist, they would be located 200 astronomical units away from Earth, which is 200 times the distance between Earth and the Sun (one astronomical unit is the distance between the two).

The prospect of two more planets in our Solar System is pretty exciting, but there are problems with the proposal. Firstly, the team noted that the existence of these planets contrdicts current models on the formation of the Solar System, which only works if there are no planets moving in circular orbits further away from the Sun than Neptune, the Spanish Scientific News Service reports

But a recent discovery supports the possibility that planets could actually form at great distances from their star. Late last year, scientists using the new Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) of telescopes in Chile found a planet-forming disk more than 100 astronomical units from a star called HL Tauri. This star is younger than our Sun, but more massive, and the confirmed presence of a planet-forming disc some 100 astronomical units away from it makes a case for the possibility that planets could also form as far 200 astronomical units away from their star.

That said, de la Fuente Marco and his team have got their work cut out for them in proving that these two planets actually exist. They’re too far away to ‘see’ with current technology, so they need to continue finding evidence of their influence on what we do know exists in the edges of our Solar System. 



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