The incredible discovery of the oldest depiction of the universe was almost lost to the black market
The Sky Disc of Nebra: 3,600 years old. Was used as an advanced astronomical clock and was found near Europe's oldest observatory in Goseck. The 32-centimeter-wide (seven-inch) bronze disc with gold-leaf appliqués representing the sun, the moon, and the stars is the oldest visual representation of the cosmos known to date. A cluster of seven dots has previously been interpreted as the Pleiades constellation as it appeared 3,600 years ago.
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A star cluster once thought to be part of the spectacular Orion Nebula is actually a separate celestial entity. Scientists using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii found that the star cluster NGC 1980 is a distinct, massive bunch of stars in front of the Orion nebula, which at a range of 1,500 light-years is Earth's closest known star factory. The cluster is huddled unevenly around the star iota Ori at the southern tip of the sword in the famed Orion constellation.
This is a new deep observation made by Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph of the tilted debris disk surrounding the star HD 207129. In a recent study led by Glenn Schneider, three known, nearby circumstellar disks were imaged by Hubble in order to gain a better understanding of the disks’ ring-like structure. The three central stars of these disks are all G-type solar analogs, and the debris rings bear many similarities to our own Kuiper belt.
Navajo Petroglyphs at Crow Canyon.Detail of pictograph panel, Crow Canyon. Navajo people interpret this as a representation of Gháá' ask'idii. His horns tie him to the Mountain Sheep People, an ancient race associated with the night chant, Tl'eejí. Generally a benevolent figure, Gháá' ask'idii carries many kinds of seeds and foods in his feather-crowned backpack.Photograph by James Matthew Copeland, via New Mexico Bureau of Land Management.
The Hubble telescope has captured an image of an unusual edge-on galaxy, revealing remarkable details of its warped dusty disk and showing how colliding galaxies spawn the formation of new generations of stars. The dust and spiral arms of normal spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, appear flat when viewed edge-on. This Hubble Heritage image of ESO 510-G13 shows a galaxy that, by contrast, has an unusual twisted disk structure, first seen in ground-based photographs.