Super Earth Barnard's Star

Astronomers have evidence of an icy Super Earth, named “Barnard’s Star b”, that is about 3.2 times more massive than our planet, orbiting Barnard’s Star, a dim red dwarf that lies a mere 6 light-years away from the sun. Barnard’s Star is actually our sun’s nearest neighbor, next to the Alpha Centauri system, which is approximately 4.3 light-years away. Since it’s twice as old as Earth’s sun, one-sixth as massive and just three-perecent luminous, its “habitable zone” lies extremely close-in, or 0.06 AU to 0.10 AU from the star to be exact. Scientists believe the planet is extremely cold with temperatures around -150° C and its core could be made of hot iron or nickel, but due to enhanced geothermal activity, extraterrestrial life could flourish. Read more for more interesting images.

CES Sharp 8K Micro Four Thirds Camera

Sharp unveiled today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas their first 8K Micro Four Thirds camera, and it’s also the first 8K camera priced under $5,000. There’s no official specifications list, but the prototype camera is using an Olympus lens and can reportedly shoot 8K footage at 30 fps, with the company aiming for 60 fps by the time the production model is released. It will use the H.265 codec and boasts a 5-inch swiveling touchscreen, an SD card slot, HDMI / USB ports, a headphone jack, microphone, and mini XLR ports. Read more for another video and additional information.

Lexar 1TB SDXC Card
Lexar’s new 1TB 633x SDXC UHS-I card is the world’s first, or at least one that isn’t just a concept, and it features a read speed of up to 95MB/s as well as a video recording speed class of V30. “Almost fifteen years ago, Lexar announced a 1GB SD card. Today, we are excited to announce 1TB of storage capacity in the same convenient form factor. As consumers continue to demand greater storage for their cameras, the combination of high-speed performance with a 1TB option now offers a solution for content creators who shoot large volumes of high-resolution images and 4K video,” said Lexar Senior Marketing Manager Joey Lopez. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Hubble Space Telescope Triangulum Galaxy

Photo credit: Hubble Site
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image of the Triangulum galaxy (M33) yet, and it’s composed of 54 Hubble fields of view stitched together, revealing nearly 25 million individually resolved stars. “The borders of individual Hubble images trace the jagged edge of the mosaic, which spans 19,400 light-years across. Striking areas of star birth glow bright blue throughout the galaxy, particularly in beautiful nebulas of hot, ionized hydrogen gas like star-forming region NGC 604 in the upper left,” said NASA. Read more to see the full image, another video and for additional information.

Apple CES Privacy Ad

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Apple may not have its own booth at CES 2019, but it has found a way to catch the attention of the tradeshow goers this week by plastering a massive privacy bill board on the side of a SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel, which overlooks the Las Vegas Convention Center. The “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone” Apple used is a play on the famous “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” slogan. The company may also have sent a few undercover employees to see how people react to the ad and / or what people are saying about their current “bendgate” iPad Pro controversy. Read more for more interesting images from around the web.

Protostar Observation Cat's Paw Nebula
Photo credit: George Varouhakis
Researchers have spotted massive jets of water vapor streaming away from a protostar in the Cat’s Paw Nebula, the star-forming region located approximately 5500 light-years from Earth. The observations were made by a team from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory using the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA), a collection of radio telescopes in Chile, owned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The jets are a result of star formation, and as it begins to coalesce out of massive clouds of dust and gas, most of the material surrounding it is pulled towards the mass at the center, but some is propelled away from the growing protostar as a pair of jets. Read more for a video and additional information.

Sony Mirrorless Camera LEGO Skin
Photo credit: LIFE+GUARD
Have you always wanted a functional LEGO camera, and already own a Sony mirrorless shooter? Well, Taiwan-based company LIFE+GUARD has the LEGO skin just for you. Not only does it look cool, but this colorful brick pattern also acts as a protective skin for the Sony a7 III and a7R III cameras. Each piece was carefully cut and is designed to fit snugly around the camera. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Game Boy Camera Color Photos
The Game Boy Camera (GBC) was first released on February 21, 1998 in Japan, and is compatible with all of the Game Boy platforms (including Super Game Boy, minus the Game Boy Micro). It has a 128×128 pixel CMOS sensor, and can store 128×112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. When connected to the Game Boy Printer, you would be able to print out photos onto thermal paper. There was also a limited edition The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time gold edition released, which contains different stamps from the standard versions and was available only in the US through a special mail order offer via Nintendo Power. Matt Gray recently decided to use red, green, and blue filters to attempt taking color photos with the camera. Read more for a video to see what happened next.

Hubble Globular Star Cluster NGC 1898

Even jewelry doesn’t shine this bright — only stars do. And almost every shimmering jewel in this glittering image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is a star, with some more red than our Sun, and a few that are more blue, but all of them are much farther away. It takes light approximately 8 minutes to reach Earth from the Sun, and NGC 1898 is so far away that it takes light about 160,000 years to get here. This massive globular star cluster, NGC 1898, resides in the central bar of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way Galaxy. Read more for another video and additional information.

Dog-Shaped Cloud
Photo credit: Reddit via Bored Panda
For those who haven’t heard about pareidolia, it’s a psychological phenomenon where the mind responds to an image or a sound by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. Those familiar patterns could take the form of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, water, or even hidden messages in recordings. In the image above we see what appears to be a dog-shaped cloud in a sitting position. Read more to see additional examples of pareidolia in everyday objects.