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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

Image of galaxy cluster HCG 40.

Hubble takes beautiful image of galaxies "dancing"

The Hubble Space Telescope ventured into space over three decades ago in 1990, and has observed around 50,000 celestial bodies to date. During this time, the incredible machine fundamentally changed our understanding of the universe. Some of these achievements include its recent sighting of the Read More...

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Revel at the most detailed image of our universe yet

Here at The Optimist Daily, we have been sharing every exciting step of the James Webb Telescope’s journey, from its long-awaited launch, to when it reached its final destination. Now the machine has delivered the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe yet! Known as Read More...

Abstract cosmic background with asteroids and glowing stars.

The Gaia telescope has transformed the science of asteroids

There are still so many mysteries of our universe to unveil. Incredible machines such as the James Webb Space Telescope and NASA’s Perseverance rover are helping us slowly but surely put the whole cosmic picture together. Another impressive feat of humankind's efforts in space is the European Read More...

Test shots of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope checking the capabilities of its multiple instruments.

Finally, the Webb telescope is ready to start observing the universe

Finally, the James Webb Space Telescope can look at our beautiful universe. The last time we reported on the marvelous machine it had taken its first stunning image of a star and was waiting for its other instruments to cool and align. NASA’s Webb team has now released an update that its huge Read More...

Galaxy panoramic, star cluster and nebula shining in a milky way.

Hubble Telescope spots farthest star ever recorded

We've set a new benchmark in the world of stars: the farthest individual star ever seen to date. This one has a predicted mass at least 50 times that of our Sun and is millions of times brighter, plus, was created within the first billion years of the Big Bang. This may seem like a long time after Read More...

A technician working at the NIF before using the 196 lasers to create conditions similar to galaxy clusters.

Cracking the case of super-hot hydrogen in galaxies

Galaxies don't like to be alone. These huge swirls of stars, dust, and dark matter gravitate together in their thousands to form clusters, offering wonder and puzzlement to us humans watching them. The mystery of the super-hot hydrogen As with many aspects of our awe-inspiring universe, there is Read More...

A quark gluon plasma after the collision of two heavy nuclei.

AI helps scientists model the big bang

The number of factors you have to consider when calculating how the big bang went down is tremendous. The key part of the story you have to model is quark-gluon plasma. This is a state where there were many tiny quantum entangled particles, which eventually reached a point of extremely high energy. Read More...

Large-scale structure of Multiple Galaxies in Deep Universe.

Can you guess the number of black holes in our universe?

The all encompassing death of a giant star collapsing in on itself, sucking in everything in its path including light and time, is a mind boggling thing to get your head around. That’s why black holes have captured human’s fascination ever since we discovered them in 1971. It is important for Read More...

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Check out the biggest, most detailed ever 3D map of the universe

To the delight of astronomy lovers worldwide, a team of scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has recently unveiled the largest and most detailed 3D map of the universe ever. Thanks to data collected by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), the astonishing image Read More...

Animation of a strange metal which holds superconducting properties.

‘Strange metal’ may be the future for a more energy efficient world

Strange metal behavior was first noticed around 30 years ago. These materials are composed of copper-oxides and carry the properties of being high-temperature superconductors. This means they can transfer electricity very efficiently, withstanding much higher temperatures with less energy loss than Read More...