Dark energy camera snaps deepest photo yet of galactic siblings

Dark energy camera snaps deepest photo yet of galactic siblings
Deepest, widest view of the Large Magellanic Cloud from SMASH. Credit: NOIRLab

Images from the Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History (SMASH) reveal a striking family portrait of our galactic neighbors—the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The images represent a portion of the second data release from the deepest, most extensive survey of the Magellanic Clouds. The observations consist of roughly 4 billion measurements of 360 million objects.


A sprawling portrait of two astronomical galactic neighbors presents a new perspective on the swirls of stars, gas, and dust making up the nearby dwarf galaxies known as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds—a pair of dwarf satellite galaxies to our Milky Way. While this isn’t the first survey to map these nearby cosmic siblings—the Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History (SMASH) is the most extensive survey yet.

The international team of astronomers responsible for the observations used the 520-megapixel high-performance Dark

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The Technology 202: Snap’s response to TikTok could create familiar political headaches

“Snapchatters are some of the most expressive and creative mobile storytellers in the world and Spotlight gives them an opportunity to share their creations broadly,” the company said in a news release yesterday. “With over 4 billion Snaps created each day, Spotlight empowers the Snapchat community to express themselves and reach a large audience in a new way.”

Snap intends to seed its new feature by essentially launching a virtual talent search; it will offer a daily pool of more than $1 million to be paid out to makers of the most popular submissions until at least the end of the year. That could give it a competitive edge over TikTok, which has surged in popularity during the pandemic, and Instagram, which also recently launched a similar in-app feature called Reels. 

Yet expanding the ability of user-generated content to go viral could open up Snap to familiar political headaches. 

So

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NASA Hubble Snaps ‘Cosmic Cinnamon Bun’ In Andromeda Constellation [Photo]

KEY POINTS

  • NASA shared an image of a cinnamon bun-shaped galaxy snapped by the Hubble telescope
  • UGC 12588 is located 31 million light-years away in the constellation of Andromeda
  • It is considered a spiral galaxy despite its peculiar shape

NASA has shared a stunning new image of a galaxy resembling a “cosmic cinnamon bun” that lies in the constellation of Andromeda in the Northern Hemisphere.

A galaxy called UGC 12588 has a peculiar yet enticing shape in a photo snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronomers revealed on the NASA website that unlike most spiral galaxies, UGC 12588 doesn’t have a line of stars across its center. Neither does it boast the classic prominent spiral arm pattern usually seen in other galaxies in this category.

UGC 12588 instead is composed of a white and mostly unstructured center, making it more reminiscent of a cinnamon bun than a megastructure composed

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A Very Dusty Curiosity Rover Snaps a Selfie During a Work Break

The Curiosity selfie was stitched together from 59 individual images.

The Curiosity selfie was stitched together from 59 individual images.
Image: NASA

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been hard at work over the past several months at a site thought to contain ancient surface materials. And as this stunning new selfie shows, the dust-covered probe is really starting to blend into its environment.

Curiosity has been exploring Mars since 2012, and it’s certainly starting to show. With the closest car wash located nearly 51 million miles (82 million kilometers) away, the six-wheeled machine, covered in dust, has taken on the complexion of the Red Planet.

The 59 photos used to create this mosaic image were taken on October 25, 2020, according to a NASA statement. Imaging experts with the space agency carefully stitched the photos together, in such a way to remove the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Camera (MAHLI).

A very banged-up wheel.

A very banged-up wheel.
Image: NASA

An impressive, high-res

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Arecibo Observatory incurs more damage as another support cable snaps

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico incurred damage Friday when a main support cable snapped, compounding damage done by a smaller cable failure in August. File Photo by Paul Brinkmann/UPI

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico incurred damage Friday when a main support cable snapped, compounding damage done by a smaller cable failure in August. File Photo by Paul Brinkmann/UPI

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 9 (UPI) — A main cable that supports Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico broke over the weekend, compounding damage caused by a smaller cable failure in August, according to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, which manages the facility.

“It broke and fell onto

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