Terry Williams

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This is the Ghost Nebula, a reflection nebula in the Cepheus constellation. It is located about 1500 light years away from Earth. It looks like a giant bird, ready to take flight! Photo credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF

For the first time, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected an exoplanet eclipsing its star. Having x-rays of a planet gives greater insight into its properties. The planet, which is 63 lightyears away, is over 30 times closer to its star than we are to our sun and completes its orbit in only 2.2 Earth days. More info: http://1.usa.gov/13sCb2U Photo via: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA

The porpoise galaxy used to be a spiral galaxy until it drifted too close to the elliptical galaxy seen under it, and then got pulled apart. Some see the pair as a penguin with an egg, but I also think it looks a bit like a hummingbird. What do you see? More info: http://1.usa.gov/19xiIWo Photo credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA

If the Andromeda galaxy were clearly visible in the night sky, this would be its size as compared to the Moon. More information: http://1.usa.gov/138g5ms Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block and Tim Puckett

Over 100 years ago, Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves. Essentially, gravitational waves are ripples in the space-time continuum caused by major events in the cosmos, such as a supernova explosion. These newfound results show that Einstein may have been right all along. The data could be used to create better detectors for gravitational waves, and also sets the stage to improve our knowledge about the Universe. More info: http://bit.ly/145WNl1 Photo via: ScienceAlert

The researchers also believe this is definitive proof that short gamma ray bursts can be caused by the collision of neutron stars. More info: http://1.usa.gov/16Ywxbt Photo via: NASA

"Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring — not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive." - Carl Sagan More information about PHAs and a larger version of the image here: http://1.usa.gov/1c71Dob

This week on StarTalk radio: Dark Matter and Dark Energy If dark matter is the longest unsolved problem in astrophysics, how can Neil deGrasse Tyson answer your Cosmic Queries this week? Well, it turns out we do know something about the stuff that makes up 96% of our universe. For instance, how it affects the rotation of galaxies, and what would happen if it disappeared. And whether dark matter is increasing as the universe expands. You’ll find out if there are connections between black holes and dark matter and what Hawking Radiation is. Did the recent experiments on the ISS explain why dark matter doesn’t interact with ordinary matter? Plus, Neil tells comic co-host Leighann Lord why he thinks dark energy should be named Fred. Listen to the show now: http://bit.ly/1cBiEEC Image Credit: Dark Matter Visualization courtesy of SDSC and NPACI Visualization Services.

This complete field reversal is expected to have rippling effects throughout the solar system. Don’t worry, it happens every 11 years and marks the “solar max” of the solar cycle. More info: http://1.usa.gov/14hMfiQ Photo via: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA

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This is the Crab Nebula, located about 6,500 lightyears away from Earth. It is expanding at a rate of 4.8 million km/h; something that is hard to appreciate with still photographs. Consistently observing the nebula may not turn up many noticeable differences from one week to the next. One astronomer has made a video comparing a photo of the Crab Nebula from 1999 with one from 2012 to fully illustrate how dynamic the nebula really is. More info and video: http://bit.ly/11SIsYC Photo credit: European Southern Observatory, via The Planetary Society

The Ant Nebula was named due to its resemblance to a real ant. Also known as Mz3, the nebula is an explosion of a star similar to our sun. This particular nebula is a puzzle for astronomers because there is not yet a clear answer of why the nebula isn’t round, as would be expected. There are many odd shaped nebulas that look like things found on Earth! Check out the other doppelgangers here: http://bit.ly/1cDWR0A Photo credit: Images: Top: NASA/ESA Bottom: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/Wikimedia