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The World’s Largest Telescope Made With Data

Look up on a starry night and consider this: in our lifetime we just might find the answers to one of life’s biggest mysteries, and we mean BIG. Dutch research institute, ASTRON and its international partners are building the world’s largest radio telescope, aka The Square Kilometer Array, to get a glimpse of the origins of the universe. This big telescope is made up of thousands of interconnected smaller telescopes, carefully arranged in fractal patterns to let us look back in time more than 13 billion years—to mere seconds after the universe was created. How on Earth is this possible? By processing exabytes of Big Data (That’s a 1, plus 18 zeroes) in real time. Or roughly 3X the amount of data running through the Internet per day. Amazingly, this will let scientists map out how the universe came to be. Imagine the look on Galileo’s face if he were here to see it.

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entophiles:

A very pretty rove beetle that I found hiding in a package I opened outside. (Sept 2013)

astrodidact:

Want to build your own space agency? Well, now you can, because NASA’s about to give away a whole bunch of their code for free! You’ll have access to the coding behind robots, cryogenic systems and climate simulators. There’s even code for running rocket guidance systems.
Read more: http://wrd.cm/1i5Q3H9 via Wired, Science Alert/fb
Image: NASA

astrodidact:

Want to build your own space agency? Well, now you can, because NASA’s about to give away a whole bunch of their code for free! You’ll have access to the coding behind robots, cryogenic systems and climate simulators. There’s even code for running rocket guidance systems.

Read more: http://wrd.cm/1i5Q3H9 via Wired, Science Alert/fb

Image: NASA

(via we-are-star-stuff)

mucholderthen:

Tardigrade seen through a laser scanning microscope
Imaged by Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Corinna Schulze and Ricardo Neves / Nikon Small World || via EarthSky

Tardigrades spend most of their days eating algae or bacteria and swimming around in droplets of water on moss or lichen. In fact, many kinds of tardigrades turn green when they eat because their bodies are transparent.

mucholderthen:

Tardigrade seen through a laser scanning microscope

Imaged by Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Corinna Schulze and Ricardo Neves / Nikon Small World || via EarthSky

Tardigrades spend most of their days eating algae or bacteria and swimming around in droplets of water on moss or lichen. In fact, many kinds of tardigrades turn green when they eat because their bodies are transparent.

astronomynerd:

Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula

Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Vanderhaven

astronomynerd:

Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula

Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Vanderhaven