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A month in space: a champagne supernova in the sky (or rather the W49B) – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/mar/28/champagne-supernova-in-the-sky<p>720<p>Also featuring in our pick of images from our solar system …

Can You Crack The NSA's Top-Secret Crossword Puzzles?

The National Security Agency just released archive editions of its in-house magazine, Cryptolog. Check out the crosswords.<p>The National Security Agency has just released back issues of <i>Cryptolog</i>, the agency's in-house, formerly top-secret news magazine. In some of those issues, you'll find: cool '70s …

Why Did Google Fight So Hard To Erase A Swedish Word From An Official List?

Every year the Swedish Language Council releases a list of new words that Swedes are using. One word from the 2012 list has caused a bit of an issue. ‘Ogooglebar’, translated as ‘ungoogleable’ was disputed. By Google.<p>Their problem was the definition of the word was to describe something that you …

Does our sun have a name?

You’ve probably heard star names, such as Polaris or Betelgeuse. But what about our star? Does the sun have a name, and if so what is it?<p>Although …

APOD: Unraveling NGC 3169 (2013 Mar 28) Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130328.html Explanation: Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. In fact, drawn out stellar arcs and plumes, indications of gravitational interactions, seem rampant in the deep and colorful galaxy group photo. The picture spans 20 arc minutes, or about 400,000 light-years at the group's estimated distance, and includes smaller, dimmer NGC 3165 at the right. NGC 3169 is also known to shine across the spectrum from radio to X-rays, harboring an active galactic nucleus that is likely the site of a supermassive black hole. http://www.caelumobservatory.com/ http://skycenter.arizona.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130328 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0328