It reminds me of the concept in astronomy of first light, when a new telescope observes the universe for the first time.
We will witness the light that has traveled from the distant universe across billions of years, looking back in time that has never been seen.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect is that we live in a time when amazing premieres happen frequently – and this week has been filled with them. What make you want to reach the sunrise.
across the universe
We have finally examined the heart of our galaxy and discovered a “gentle giant”.
The presence of a huge object at the galactic center has been suspected for years, but it is the only direct visual evidence.
The feat, achieved by more than 300 astronomers using a global network of eight telescopes, took years.
The unprecedented image could pave the way for documenting the true motion of black holes, which could change our understanding of these extreme cosmic objects.
Fossils and fireballs
An asteroid crashed into Earth 66 million years ago, ending the age of the dinosaurs. Now researchers believe they have found a fragment of this space rock encased in amber.
Together, these remarkable findings reenact the moments following the fatal explosion when the asteroid created the Chicxulub impact crater off the coast of Mexico.
The findings have been shared in a new documentary featuring naturalist Sir David Attenborough and paleontologist Robert DePalma titled “Dinosaur Apocalypse”, airing this week on PBS.
Iran, the Asiatic cheetah was found in a house by conservation researchers in 2017 when it was 8 months old, likely about to be smuggled by wildlife traffickers.
The births mark the first time the critically endangered species has bred in captivity, according to the Iranian Cheetah Society. These amazing animals once lived across Central Asia.
Now the company says there are only around 12 left in the wild – which is why this newborn baby announcement is of such consequence.
Force of nature
When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano erupted on January 15, 65 kilometers north of Tonga’s capital, it created one of the most powerful eruptions on the planet.
Scientists were able to grow plants in lunar soil, using samples collected during the Apollo missions, in a landmark experiment.
It is the first time that a plant has grown and grown on Earth in the soil of another celestial body.
But the seedlings showed signs of stress as they struggled to adapt to the antagonistic foreign soil, turning different colors and showing slow development and stunted growth.
You never know what you will find: