Walkabout the Galaxy
Sloane Digital Sky Survey, matter, citizen science
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
These days it goes without saying that the universe is the same in every direction, at least on large scales. Or is it? We take a look at a new result from the Sloane Digital Sky Survey that seems to show a big smiley face in space, or more precisely, a decidedly non-random distribution of matter on a very large scale. We'll discuss what it means, or doesn't, take a look at citizen science, and discuss the latest in space news, nerd news, and a sci-fi trivia.
The Dumbbell Nebula
If you're tired of always trying to impress the boss, or struggling to find the right way to phrase a response to your teacher or parent, take a break in the Dumbbell Nebula. Growing for nearly 10,000 years, the Dumbbell Nebula is an expectation-free space in space. Head over to the constellation Vulpecula and enjoy our cool blue and purple hues excited by our central white dwarf. Take in the view without worrying about that next report or presentation and enjoy some "me time." The Dumbbell Nebula can be found as M-27 or NGC-6853 on your GPS, but you'll want to engage your warp drive to get here, as we are 1,000 light years from Sol. The Dumbbell Nebula, taste the rainbow (Skittles).
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Length of Episode
Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Cooney, James, "The Cosmological Principle" (2021). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 162.