Friday, November 30, 2012
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Scientists have discovered the most distant and apparently the oldest galaxy in the known universe using a unique combination of super man-made and natural telescopes.
The galaxy, MACS0647-JD has been found 13.3 billion light years away from Earth. Scientists believe they are witnessing the cosmic cluster in its infancy, just 420 million years after the Big Bang which created the Universe 13.7 billion years ago, NASA and the European Space Agency announced.
“We see the newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, as it was 420 million years after the Big Bang… Its light has travelled 13.3 billion years to reach Earth,” a statement said.
Cluster Lensing and Supernova Survey with Hubble (CLASH), a joint US-European project, has been credited with the discovery. In order to see the galaxy, astronomers combined the magnifying power of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and a natural zoom effect called gravitational lensing.
The effect enables astronomers to see galaxies that emit a dim light, undetectable by telescopes on Earth, but through gravitational lensing is made visible as the light from a distant object is bent by the gravity of huge galaxy clusters.
“While one occasionally expects to find an extremely distant galaxy using the tremendous power of gravitational lensing, this latest discovery has outstripped even my expectations of what would be possible with the CLASH program,” said Rychard Bouwens of Leiden University in the Netherlands, a co-author of the study defined the discovery. “The science output in this regard has been incredible.”
The distant galaxy is a miniscule dot in the cosmos, tiny in comparison to our own Milky Way.The new celestial wonder is less than 600 light-years wide as opposed to the Milky Way which is 150,000 light-years across.
Researchers assume that MACS0647-JD may at some point combine with other galaxies to create a larger whole.
“This object may be one of many building blocks of a galaxy,” says Dan Coe from the Space Telescope Institute and lead author of the study.“Over the next 13 billion years, it may have dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of merging events with other galaxies and galaxy fragments.”
Astronomers are awaiting the launch of a new James Webb Space Telescope in 2018. They hope to be able to use its refined capabilities to more accurately measure the distance and composition of the universe’s oldest galaxy.
Posted by Fletcher at 7:13 PM
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
For all of you who use Android phones, I highly recommend this game bundle. If you pay at least the average donation, which is currently $6.32, then you get 11 games. And at least most of them are excellent. Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery, I can attest, is worth at least three times that much. Since I've bought it twice, including once on York's iPad for $10 or $15. Amazing game. I started writing out synposes of each game and why you should buy this bundle, but it became a bit ridiculous. That said, knowing you (all of you), Canabalt would probably be your favorite of the bunch; but that's a guess. Just buy it. You can donate the money however you want, towards the developers, towards a charity that provides video games for hospitalized children and a lobbyist group that protects digital rights, and/or to the operation of the website itself. You can split your donation however you please. Personally, I always give 100% to the developers, since you're basically stealing these games from them for such a ridiculous asking price.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
check out this band i saw opening for rusted root last night. they're from calgary. i can't find a youtube video that does them justice, but this gives you an idea. they were FABULOUS!!! they basically looked like appalachian punks-- very folksy country with tattoos and piercings. the drummer DID NOT SIT and danced so hard while playing i have no idea how he kept the beat and didn't fall over. they take turns playing various instruments, like a merry go round. they are fantastic live-- vibrant, full of sound, driving beats. earthy. moving. small time, folksy, crafty merch table-- handmade sign with felt cut out trees. i highly highly highly recommend catching them if they ever come within a 60 mile radius of your residence. they should definitely be getting big. HERE is a link to their website.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
So I Finally read Frits' book on my new to me cant afford smart phone (if you have the means, I highly recommend). I must say. It is stellar. I actually couldn't put it down. Dang good. Highly anticipatting the sequal. Finally, I can call Frits my brother. In fact, once or twice i sais to myself, i sais, "so thats what that bible passage means.."
In all truthfullness, its just stinkin well written.