Stars are magnificent at the night skies, but that’s nothing compared to seeing one up close. This week, scientists peered at U Antilae, a reddish carbon-rich celebrity 900 light years from Earth. Snapped from the European Southern Observatory, this orange beacon is observed in a wide perspective surrounded by the darkness of space. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array also photographed U Antiale in high definition, showing the massive bubble of material surrounding the star that is collected for nearly 3000 years.
There was a sudden discovery this week also, when astronomers discovered an item they thought was a comet is truly two asteroids orbiting each other with a luminous tail of debris trailing behind. The strange pair was probably one thing that broke apart some 5000 years back and have been dancing around each other ever since.
But, that is not all. The Cassini spacecraft (RIP) snapped a last picture of Saturn’s bizarre moon, which has a distinctive dark and light side. And the Juno spacecraft snapped a color-enhanced photograph of Jupiter’s atmosphere during its eighth flyby. The picture was taken only 4700 miles above Earth, giving a amazing view of the world’s swirling clouds.
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