Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: The 6 Splendid Tails of Comet McNaught

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: The 6 Splendid Tails of Comet McNaught

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Space fans, we have a visitor from the great beyond. This week’s rundown of space photos starts with a big “Welcome back!” to Comet McNaught, which caused a sensation in 1744.When astronomers first observed it overhead in the 18th century, McNaught confounded them because it had not one, but six tails spread out across the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Photos: New Yorkers Wait ‘on Line’ to Vote in Midterms

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Photos: New Yorkers Wait ‘on Line’ to Vote in Midterms

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Majestic Photos Capture the Golden Age of the Space Shuttle Program

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Majestic Photos Capture the Golden Age of the Space Shuttle Program

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Seventy-three seconds after it launched on January 28, 1986, Challenger disintegrated, killing seven astronauts on board. Photographer John A. Chakeres, who had spent the four previous years documenting every one of the space shuttle’s launches, was shocked. Soon after, he packed his negatives away in the basement and didn’t touch them again for years.”It was…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Shooting Stars and Dwarf Galaxies

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Shooting Stars and Dwarf Galaxies

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Iron your space suit and polish your helmet, because this week we are are going intergalactic. Let’s begin by visiting a galaxy in a far-off constellation called Phoenix. This cosmic patch might look like a random arrangement of stars, and while the Phoenix Dwarf galaxy is a real galaxy, it’s still a bit … odd.Next…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Florence, From Way Way Up Above

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Florence, From Way Way Up Above

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We’re bopping all over the great beyond this week, starting from the International Space Station, where astronauts imaged Hurricane Florence from 254 miles above Earth. Gliding over to the next planet, let us visit a unique set of dunes on Mars. The Hubble Space Telescope, for its part, goes for a wide shot of Saturn…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Saturn’s Mysterious Hexagon

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Saturn’s Mysterious Hexagon

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Planets are so darn cool, and we’re lucky to have several nearby that we can visit. Start with the tempestuous king, the reigning champion of solar system awesomeness, Jupiter. It’s a gas giant—mostly hydrogen and helium, and that’s great—but water occurs there too.Recent observations of the Great Red Spot have detected the chemical signature of…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Inside the Nebulae Where Stars Are Born

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Inside the Nebulae Where Stars Are Born

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Hazy, cloudy, colorful, spellbinding nebulae may be the most beautiful objects in the universe. Under a workaday telescope, they appear hazy, like a cloud. You might exclaim, “What’s this in my way? I am searching for a nebula!” when, in fact, you have already found one.But with a more powerful instrument—say, a space telescope like…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Hubble Sees Things a Long Time Ago

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Hubble Sees Things a Long Time Ago

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Deep space is a mysterious place. Violent events occur, but it takes millions or even billions of years for the news to reach us. Light traverses the darkness and quietude of space for billions of miles before being collected in the lenses of our telescopes, and while we may have waited millennia to view these…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Supersized Saturn and Jumbo Jupiter

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Supersized Saturn and Jumbo Jupiter

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In any field, the giants cast the heaviest shadows. And Jupiter and Saturn really have a huge footprint: Astronomers studying our solar system are fixated with them. Why wouldn’t they be? Because the planet is so insanely enormous, some of Jupiter’s storms are larger than Earth itself. The Juno spacecraft is teaching us more and…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Space Photos of the Week: Dead Stars and a Cute L’il Comet

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Space Photos of the Week: Dead Stars and a Cute L’il Comet

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Strap in and fire up your warp drives because this week we are traversing deep space and then some. First we’re going to hang around some dead stars, but really it’s cooler than you think. When stars die they tend to leave behind evidence of their existence. Often that evidence comes in the form of…