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NASA Releases Never-Before-Seen Images of the Universe That Look Straight From the MCU

This better not be CGI or effects from the next Marvel film!

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  • NASA just dropped images of objects in the universe taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, their flagship mission for X-ray astronomy.
  • It aims to take photographs of various subjects in space using a multi-wavelength approach to show the objects in their full structure.
  • The data from Chandra is coupled with data and photographs from other entities such as Hubble and Spitzer Telescope to come up with the stunning final images.

When we think of the universe, most of us imagine the black expanse of space dotted by distant stars and galaxies, black holes and other space stuff.

But what if the actual image of the universe is something close to what we’ve seen in sci-fi flicks just like in Avengers: Endgame?

The Universe according to Avengers: Endgame

And well, reality is not to be upped by fiction as NASA just dropped images of the universe that are literally and figuratively out of this world! The breathtaking images you will see below are processed data of the multi-wavelength X-ray photography taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory has been collecting data since 1999. Basically, it collects x-ray images of various objects in space filtered along the electromagnetic spectrum. Then all the multiple data is combined to see the actual image of the object. The project also made use of data from other NASA telescopes such as Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

And now, let’s feast our eyes for the true marvel that is our universe:

Messier 82 or M82

M82 is a young galaxy that is just forming. The orange bursts in the image denote the multiple explosions happening as new stars are born and formed in this galaxy.

Supernova 1987A

Discovered way back February 24, 1987, the Supernova 1987A remains one of the brightest supernova visible to astronomers on earth.

Eta Carinae

This image of the Eta Carinae really looks fake, you say? Well this image is actually real and this 2-star system is notorious for its volatility. Astronomers are projecting a next supernova explosion can be Eta Carinae, when the 2 massive stars orbiting each other finally explode.

Abell 2744 Galaxy Clusters

Yep, each one of the specks in this image is not one star, or one solar system. Instead, each disk and speck in the Abell 2744 image is one galaxy that contains tens of thousands to millions of stars (think of our Milky Way galaxy).

Cartwheel Galaxy

The Cartwheel galaxy or also called Bull’s Eye galaxy is named such because it looked like a bull’s eye with a swirling galaxy in the center, with stray stars in the perimeter. This unique formation happened when a smaller galaxy collided and passed through the center of Cartwheel galaxy, resulting to massive release of energy and hot gas that prompted formation of the stars in its “ring”.

Helix Nebula

Perhaps easily the most eye-catching of the bunch as some might feel it resembles the dreaded Eye of Sauron (Lord of the Rings). But this is actually the Helix Nebula. Basically it is a depiction of what happens when a star starts to die and lose fuel. The outer layers of the star expands and seem to slough off, while the star mass itself shrinks.

And there you have it, folks: some of the breathtaking photos of our universe! Doesn’t it feel as if we’ve unveiled the mysteries of the universe a teeny bit more by knowing how some things in it really look like?

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How An Old TV Caused An Entire Village To Lose Broadband Access Daily For 18 Months

It took them months to solve the mystery.

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  • A mysterious broadband problem was brought up to UK-based tech firm Openreach.
  • According to the company, the village of Aberhosan experienced broadband difficulties each day at 7 AM.
  • Engineers repeatedly visited the area but failed to identify the source of the issue. They later learned that the daily disruption was caused by an elderly couple's second hand television.

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Man Flies Like Iron Man Using A Jet Powered Flying Suit

The Iron Man suit is as close to reality as its ever been.

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We've all dreamed of flying -- but for Richard Browning, flight is an obsession. In fact, he built an Iron Man-like suit that leans on an elegant collaboration of mind, body and technology - bringing science fiction dreams a little closer to reality.

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Flying-V Plane Prototype’s First Test Flight Is A Success

The V-shaped plane will seat passengers in its wings.

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  • The engineering team behind the Flying-V aircraft successfully conducted a first test flight.
  • The scale model was piloted from the ground via a remote control.
  • The plane encountered a "rough landing" and had a minor damage.
  • It is now being repaired and prepared for the next test flights.

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