The Supernovae That Burn at the Center and the Edges of Everything

From Earth, the Pinwheel Galaxy looks to us like just a pinprick of light in the Big Dipper. But it's an enormous galaxy that's twice the size of our own. And in this new image of the galaxy from NASA, you can see that the Pinwheel is bursting with supernovae — the purple regions in this image highlight areas of… » 5/25/12 2:30pm 5/25/12 2:30pm

This Beautiful Galaxy Is Shrouded In Death

Click to viewThe Pinwheel galaxy shimmers with life, but it's surrounded by death. Those red and blue areas surrounding the galaxy are devoid of organics, otherwise known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which scientists believe are the building blocks of life, this new photo from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory… » 7/28/08 4:32pm 7/28/08 4:32pm