Disposable camera in hand, I marveled that a dinosaur fossil could tower over me in one room while an Apollo capsule seemed to float in the next. The things I learned created constellations of fascination.
Thank you for joining us on our weekly expeditions through the wonders of this world and what exists beyond it. We’re thrilled you’re along for the ride.
Photographers from 75 countries submitted more than 4,500 images to the 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The images reveal natural wonders captured during a time when many were forced inside by the pandemic. Luckily for us, these photographers ventured out and set their eyes on the skies.
The winners will be announced in September, so check back to see how your favorites fare.
Fossils and fireballs
Scientists studied 1,600 dinosaur fossils, representing 247 species, to track their evolution.
The research, which contradicts other recent studies, suggests two different factors that contributed to dinosaur decline before their ultimate end.
Across the universe
Imagine Pac-Man, but on an astronomical scale. Researchers detected ripples in space-time, called gravitational waves, from a rare celestial event: a black hole gobbling up a neutron star. And it happened twice, with separate instances being detected in January 2020.
The findings from both discoveries could help scientists unlock secrets of the universe.
But what’s to blame for this unprecedented heat wave?
A heat dome over the area, courtesy of our changing climate.
The Gould’s mouse once lived across Australia before disappearing after 1857 as invasive species, new diseases and climate change crept in.
But the intrepid mice persisted on a single island in Shark Bay.
Researchers worry one island isn’t enough to support these little mammals, so some have been taken to other islands to grow their families. May future generations of these mice enjoy their island paradises.
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