We are sorry to inform everyone that while our passion towards Astronomy is still strong, the people in charge of keeping the blog relevant and updated do need to care about their grades as well. As such, we regret to inform you that there will be no updates on the blog for the moment being, until the examinations are over. We are sure that if you’re a student in NUS, you’ll be busy preparing for your examinations too!
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Do you know that Astronomy is the only field in which “amateurs” can actually contribute to the advancement of the field?
In fact, quite a significant amount of work gets done by the “amateur astronomers”!
In case you need proof of that, here it is:
The Cygnus bubble was only recently discovered by 2 amateur astronomers, who submitted their photos to the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Would you like to be the next one to make such a discovery? 🙂
The Cygnus bubble:
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Finally, after all the drama concerning the devastating problems Hubble Space Telescope was facing, the iconic telescope is back in business. This time around, Hubble delivered a ‘perfect 10’ performance, by capturing the fascinating interaction between two galaxies.
The aforementioned pair of galaxies are Arp 147, which were documented as one of the many intriguing galaxies in Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. By chance, the two galaxies were aligned in such a way that when they were captured by Hubble, it looks like the number 10 were floating eerily in space.
Still on the topic of the presence of liquid on the surface of Mars, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was proud to announce that more evidence leads to the conclusion that Mars hadn’t dried up as long as originally thought. The discovery of opals, also known as hydrated silica in Valles Marineris, leads to the conclusion that water may have existed 2 billion years ago, compared to previous estimate of 3 to 3.5 billion years ago.
While the probability of this discovery triggering interplanetary trade and mining activities is highly unlikely, this discovery definitely raised the probability of life once existing on Mars.
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