CONSTELLATION OF SCORPIUS – The starry night just got starrier.
A photo taken at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows a dark cloud in the Scorpion Constellation where new stars are born. Think of it as a kind of cosmic nursery. It`s about 600 light years from Earth, so the new stars here were born about a hundred years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
A photo from NASA may show the oldest star ever recorded. Scientists think it was formed around the time of the Big Bang, making it at least 13.2 billion years old. It`s also only about 190 light years from Earth. Think of it as a cosmic neighbor.
Then there`s the largest thing in the known universe.
No, not Kanye West`s ego, but that was a good guess.
It`s a cluster (no, not that kind of cluster) of galactic cores so big that a Spacecraft traveling at the speed of light would need four billion years to go from one side to the other.
A little closer to home is Mars. NASA says Curiosity will start drilling through a patch of rock in a few weeks. By drilling down to mineral veins could prove Mars used to have streams of water. And that could mean the red planet had its own Red Sea.