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  • January 7, 2015
    Note: Larger, even more breathtaking full-res version HERE. To celebrate 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope space telescoping (since 1990!), astronomers had it turn its attention to the Pillars of Creation, one of Hubble's most iconic subjects, to capture this higher-defin... / Continue →
  • November 8, 2013
    These are two pictures taken from the Hubble Space Telescope showing what astronomers believe to be a previously unseen kind of space object. It's described as 'a rotating asteroid with six comet-like tails'. I describe it as a spaceship. One that's going to come rescue me t... / Continue →
  • February 14, 2013
    There are some insane sun pictures taken by greeting card designer/self-proclaimed space cowboy (interesting combo) Alan Friedman IN HIS OWN BACKYARD. In my backyard? *peeking out curtains* My roommate passed out in his boxers. Oh -- here comes company! (It's a raccoon) Us... / Continue →
  • November 16, 2012
    Astronomers believe they may have just spotted the furthest galaxy ever, a little cluster named MACS0647-JD (his parents must have really hated him), between the Big and Little Dippers. That's right, like THE furthest one. What's beyond it? The restaurant at the end of the g... / Continue →
  • October 25, 2012
    Seen here looking nothing like the alien spacecraft that comes to beam me up for my annual enema, the UFO spotted by amateur Kentucky astronomer Allen Epling is seen hovering in the sky. I think it might just be a plastic bag. According to CBS affiliate WYMT-TV, Epling, pictu... / Continue →
  • October 24, 2012
    Using long-wavelength observations, the Keck II telescope in Hawaii was recently able to see through the methane gas cloud surrounding Uranus and provide the best images of the planet to date. It really is surrounded by a gas cloud by the way -- that wasn't a euphemism for but... / Continue →
  • September 27, 2012
    Note: Worthwhile higher-res version HERE. This is the eXtreme Deep Field, a composite shot of all the galaxies in a teensy view of space, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's two primary cameras over the past decade. Look at all those galaxies! And, I hope you're sitting do... / Continue →
  • June 6, 2012
    Because you missed it, here are several shots from NASA's Solar Dynamics Laboratory telescope highlighting Venus' transit of the sun yesterday afternoon/evening. "Where were you when Venus transited the sun in 2012?" people will ask in the future. And how -- how will you resp... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2011
    Because who would've guessed naming a group of giant radio telescopes the 'very large array' wouldn't inspire awe and wonder in our nation's youth and make them give a damn about space, the National Science Foundation is holding a contest to rename the Astronomical Alienfinder.... / Continue →
  • November 9, 2010
    This is a picture of the NGC 4452 disk galaxy (which will now be affectionately known as the 'flat-ass' or 'eat a cheeseburger' galaxy) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope from the side. That's why it looks like the way it does. Cause otherwise it would look like a disk. D... / Continue →
  • October 21, 2010
    When I think old I think the tub of cottage cheese in my fridge that was there when I moved in. I'm afraid to touch it. Not even the pickles and artichoke hearts will go anywhere near that thing. And you know what? I don't blame them. What I do do is gag every time I see i... / Continue →
  • September 27, 2010
    Geekologie Reader and photographer Douglas Saunders decided to see what would happen if he took a picture with his iPhone 4 through the eyepiece of his uncle's telescope. This is the resulting image. Pretty impressive, huh? I thought so. So impressive, in fact, I was inspir... / Continue →
  • March 17, 2010
    Raise your hand if you like outerspace. Everyone? Good. I think outerspace is cool because it's so big. Also, because of the potential for alien sex. And on March 19th, 'Hubble 3D' the movie is dropping in select IMAXs Theaters. I want nachos! ...Through the power of IMA... / Continue →
  • February 4, 2010
    I hate to start wild speculation, and I'm by no means one of those foil-hat asshats (industrial-grade aluminum all the way, baby), but this is a picture of an alien spacecraft. Per NASA cover up: ...what Hubble saw indicates that P/2010 A2 is unlike any object ever seen befo... / Continue →
  • October 7, 2009
    Because space is awesome and full of mysteries (and butt-naked aliens), scientists just recently discovered a freaking huge new ice-and-dust ring around Saturn. I want it for engagement! Although the ring dust is very cold -- minus 316 degrees Fahrenheit -- it shines with the... / Continue →
  • May 16, 2009
    This is a photo of the space shuttle Atlantis and Hubble Space Telescope silhouetted against the sun. It really made me think about stuff. You know, like outerspace and all that. I'm really deep. The exceptionally gifted astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured this stunn... / Continue →
  • May 11, 2009
    We've already seen God's hand, God's eye and the Eye of Sauron, so why not another cosmic ball of eye? This here is the latest in a batch of images from the Hubble Space Bubblescope of planetary nebula Knockout 4-55. Enter Punch-Out tie-in here. I AM THE L337 BLOGGAR! Plane... / Continue →
  • April 14, 2009
    That's right, son, spotted for the first time since like the year -5 billion: God's hand! The image, taken by NASA's space-based Chandra Observatory telescope, shows an X-ray nebula 150 light years across. NASA says the display is caused by a young and powerful pulsar, known... / Continue →
  • March 18, 2009
    Will you look at that -- four of Saturn's moons (from left to right) Enceladus, Dione, Titan, and Mimas, all transiting its face at the same time. Amazing! This picture was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and just recently released by NASA. You know, pictures like this r... / Continue →
  • December 8, 2008
    Remember last month when a NASA toolbag accidentally floated off into space during a repair to the International Space Station (if not, video after the jump. Skip to about 0:55 to see the loss)? Endeavor astronaut Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper's loss has turned out to be an amateur... / Continue →