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Giant Space Bubbles

There’s a lot of things we know now about the Milky Way that we didn’t know even a few years ago. When I was in college, for example, there was debate over whether our galaxy was a barred spiral or not. Now we know that our galaxy does indeed have … Continue Reading →


Cosmic Baby Pictures

Awww! Cosmic baby pictures!

Protostars in Messier 78, as seen by multiple observatories Credit: NASA/ESA/ESO/JPL-Caltech/Max-Planck The side-by-side images above depict protostars found in Messier 78, a reflection nebula found within the constellation Orion (but not the Orion Nebula, which is Messier 42). These are some of the youngest stars that astronomers have ever seen … Continue Reading →


Awesomeness Roundup

Awesomeness Round-Up – 7/6/2012

  • By Alexe Helmke
  • July 6, 2012
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Voyager is soon to be the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that this deep space explorer has entered a region in space where the number of charged particles from beyond our solar system has significantly increased. This could … Continue Reading →


Awesomeness Round-up

Awesomeness Round-up – 10/11/10

  • By Sara Mitchell
  • October 11, 2010
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There’s a time in nearly every satellite’s life where a decision has to be made – continue or game over? For NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, this question arose when the satellite reached the end of its onboard frozen hydrogen coolant. This wasn’t a surprise, but WISE used … Continue Reading →


Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball

Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball – day 5!

Okay, this is it! We’ve been running contests all week to give you a chance to win an awesome prize pack of NASA goodies that includes an exclusive WMAP beach ball signed by Nobel Laureate John Mather! All of the contests, including this one, close tonight at 5PM ET. So … Continue Reading →


Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball

Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball – day 4!

There are only two days left to enter this week’s contests – including this one, there are four contests that you can enter until Friday at 5PM ET. Here’s your latest chance to win a prize pack of NASA stuff including a WMAP beach ball signed by Nobel Laureate John … Continue Reading →


Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball

Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball – day 3!

We’ve been getting some great entries into our first two contests – and you can still enter those until Friday at 5PM ET. It’s the third day of our special week of contests, and here’s your next chance to win a prize pack of NASA stuff including a WMAP beach … Continue Reading →


Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball

Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball – day 2!

You can still tell us your favorite joke about the Big Bang until Friday at 5PM ET, though you’ll have some stiff competition – there are some good ones coming in! But here’s your next chance to win a prize pack of NASA stuff including a WMAP beach ball signed … Continue Reading →


Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball

Contest: Win a WMAP beach ball – day 1!

As soon as we started blogging about the WMAP beach ball and its appearance on the set of The Big Bang Theory, we started getting some comments and tweets asking, “How can I get one of those?” The beach ball was produced for educational uses, so it’s available to teachers … Continue Reading →


The Big Bang Theory Set

Having a ball in Hollywood…

In lieu of our usual weekly link round-up, we thought we’d share some photos from our visit to the set of The Big Bang Theory last week! During our visit, we were really impressed by the level of detail in the sets – they really nailed everything! It felt just … Continue Reading →


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