The Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, announced by billionaire Yuri Milner last April with support from Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, proposes to send a tiny spacecraft to the Alpha Centauri system, our closest neighboring stars.
Astronomy news: NASA's Spitzer Images Out-of-This-World Galaxy The galaxy, called NGC 1097, is located 50 million light-years away. It is spiral-shaped like our Milky Way, with long, spindly arms of stars. The "eye" at the center of the galaxy is actually a monstrous black hole surrounded by a ring of stars. In this color-coded infrared view from Spitzer, the area around the invisible black hole is blue and the ring of stars, white.