Visual Astronomy Display: April 2014

Visual Astronomy Display for April 2014


  • Astronomers are using the gravity of distant galaxies to bend light and magnify images, allowing them to see deeper into the cosmos than ever before;
  • Comet collisions and an undiscovered exoplanet are hinted at by large clouds orbting a distant star;
  • April 14th marks Mars’ closest approach to Earth for the next two years;
  • MAVEN is studying how solar winds caused Mars to lose its early atmosphere;
  • A team at ESO has discovered a system of rings surrounding a minor planet, something that has never been seen before;
  • Gorgeous images of the Monkey Head Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope; and
  • A time-lapse video of four moons orbiting the Saturn, and one of the moons, Enceladus, casts a shadow over the rings.

Bonus Video…

  • The BICEP2 Press Conference held at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics explains how astronomers proved large scale inflation of the universes by looking at the polarization of the cosmic background radiation.

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About Katie Frey

Katie Frey leads the development of the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus, a community supported linked data vocabulary for sorting, filtering, and exploring astronomical literature, data sets, images, etc.

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