In case you missed them, here’s another chance to catch his week’s biggest hits. Evocative new high-def views of the Iconic Pillars of Creation; the world’s first digital map of global seafloor geology; this year’s El Nino predicted to be among the strongest since 1950; test results reveal more detail about the God particle; and six amazing sights that look even better from the International Space Station were all among our top stories.
Six Amazing Sights that Look Even Better from the International Space Station
Imagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest. Astronauts on the International Space Station are among the lucky few who will have this humbling, once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the beauty of Earth from space. ISS doesn’t just offer spectacular and countless views of the natural and man-made landscapes of our planet…
CERN: Test Results Show More Detail about God Particle
After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they’ve determined that the “God particle” behaves just as predicted. CERN said two experiments that previously helped confirm the particle have produced the most precise measurements yet of its decay and interaction with other particles. The results largely match with the predictions of the Standard Model.
World Meteorological Organization: This El Nino to be among Strongest Since 1950
The current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said on September 1, 2015. The El Nino event involves a shift in winds in the Pacific Ocean along the equator every few years, warming the water more than usual and triggering a change in global weather patterns. The Geneva-based U.N. body says ocean and atmospheric conditions ..
Big Data: Mapping the Geology of the World’s Ocean Floor
Scientists have created the world’s first digital map of seafloor geology. It is the first time the composition of the seafloor, covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, has been mapped in 40 years; the most recent map was hand-drawn in the 1970s. The map will help us better understand how oceans have responded, and will respond, to environme
Evocative New High-Def Views of Iconic Pillars of Creation
Although Hubble has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called Pillars of Creation. The jaw-dropping 1995 photo revealed never-before-seen details of giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching UV light from a cluster of young, massive stars. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Hubble has revisited the pillars, providing a sharper, wider view.