NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a tadpole galaxy near Milky Way. The star birth event is considered to be rare and astronomers noted that the Kiso 5639 dwarf galaxy was near enough to be observed.
In a press release, Hubble released images of the tadpole galaxy with its bright head and long tail clustered with millions of stars. Tadpole galaxies are supposedly rare as they only commonly occur in the early universe or before the modern time. more >>
The leaders of the Orthodox Christian churches from around the world called for the protection of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and warned against "negative consequences" of scientific progress as they ended a historic meeting on the Greek island of Crete, which was boycott by the Russian church.
"The Orthodox Church is particularly concerned about the situation facing Christians and other persecuted ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East," the church leaders said in a joint-statement Sunday, according to ekathimerini.com.
"In particular, it addresses an appeal to governments in that region to protect the Christian populations – Orthodox, Ancient Eastern and other Christians – who have survived in the cradle of Christianity," the leaders said of the Holy and Great Council, the Orthodox church council's first such gathering in a millennium. more >>
The latest image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals a canyon that is much longer and deeper than Earth's Grand Canyon. Known by its unofficial name Argo Chasma, it is estimated to be 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) deep, and 185 miles (300 kilometers) long. In contrast, the Grand Canyon in Arizona seems measly, measuring at 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) deep and 277 miles (433 kilometers) long.
Argo Chasma may have also broken the record for the tallest cliff face in the solar system. The pictures reveal certain places in the canyon where sheer cliffs appear to be 5.5 miles deep. The previous record holder is also found in a moon. Called Verona Rupes, this canyon is located in Miranda, Uranus' moon. more >>
Dr. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and co-founder of the highly regarded String Field Theory, has created a stir in the scientific community by saying he believes there is evidence that the universe was created by a higher intelligence and not by accident.
"I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence," the scientist said in an an article published in the Geophilosophical Association of Anthropological and Cultural Studies, according to ForcesMente. "Believe me, everything that we call chance today won't make sense anymore. To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance."
The development of the James Webb Space Telescope, the second telescope for the outer space, is currently underway. Nasa aims to launch the said telescope in 2018. Meanwhile, NASA has extended the Hubble Space Telescope's contract with the Space Telescope Science Institute for another five years at $2.03 billion.
Hundred Times Stronger than the Hubble Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope is aimed at being 100 times stronger than the Hubble Space Telescope. It is reported to have infrared capabilities that will allow scientists to look into the very origins of our universe, observe comets and asteroids as well as examine the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system. In particular, astronomers are aiming to gain information about Planet 9, which they believe lie some 900 AU (or Earth-Sun distances away). more >>
NASA made a recent discovery -- an asteroid that has been orbiting Earth for about 100 years now and is not escaping our planet any time soon, keeping our solitary moon company. Like our natural satellite, it's likely to stay in orbit around Earth for a long time.
This quasi-satellite is known as Asteroid 2016 HO3. It was discovered by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on April 27, 2016 based in Haleakala, Hawaii.
Accompanying Earth for Almost a Century more >>