Astrophotographer Tyler Allred took this amazing new image of the Andromeda Galaxy, which just appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Today's new space porn also includes Jupiter's shrinking spot, digitally-restored moon pics, and an exoplanet.
Here's an old picture of Jupiter's famous red spot, taken by the Voyager spacecraft. According to scientists at U.C. Berkeley, the spot shrunk about one kilometer a day, between 1996 and 2006. We don't know exactly why it's shrinking - or why it changes colors - but it's a storm, and storms have a natural growth and disintegration rate, say scientists.
Meanwhile, it turns out the earliest photographed exoplanet was back in 1998 - a new technique stripped out starlight from a 1998 image to reveal a previously unknown planet orbiting the distant star HR8799. Here's a lovely artist's impression, with the actual image as an inset:
Here's an important invention we should all take note off: microwavable spray cake batter. Two college students invented the easiest and most effortless way to bake. All you have to do is spray the batter out of the cake into a dish and cook. Or microwave it. Brilliant: Read more
Playing an instrument requires some skills, but it also does a lot to your brain. Anita Collins goes on to explain what happens in musicians' brains when they play and examines some of the long-term positive effects of the mental workout. Watch it in the video below: Read more