Photokina 2014 highlights

Galaxy

An artist's rendition of the newly-discovered z8-GND-5296 galaxy (Image: UCR/NASA)

Astronomers at UC Riverside have combined observations from space and ground telescopes to discover what they say is the oldest known galaxy with a precisely measured distance, seen as it was just 700 million years after the Big Bang.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with its even bigger screen and improved sty...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 was one of our favorite mobile devices from the last year, but it still had some room for improvement. What happens when Samsung takes that already great mobile device, and improves on it in all the right areas? Well, you get an absolute beast of a mobile device, the Galaxy Note 3. Join Gizmag, as we review Samsung's latest flagship phablet.  Read More

A European Southern Observatory simulation of gas cloud G2 threading through the local sta...

As you read this, the eyes of the astrophysical world are focused on about one-trillionth of the sky, watching as the calm existence of G2, a three-Earth mass gas cloud near the galactic center, is viciously disrupted by a close encounter with Sagittarius A*, the galaxy's supermassive black hole. Careful observation of this rare event is expected to provide an enormous amount of information on the environment of the central light month (about 6,000 AU) immediately surrounding the black hole.  Read More

An artist's impression of the Milky Way galaxy showing its x-shaped core (Image: ESO)

Astronomers have used data from European Southern Observatory telescopes to create a three dimensional map of the central bulge of the Milky Way. The gigantic cloud at the center of our galaxy contains a staggering 10,000 million stars (or thereabouts) and resides around 27,000 light-years away. Despite the relative proximity of the area, prior to these new studies little had been confirmed concerning its origin and structure.  Read More

Samsung's new handset is a more pocket-friendly alternative to the full-size S4

Though it's the Korean firm's flagship devices that tend to grab the headlines, Samsung also makes a fairly compelling line of mid-low end devices. The latest of these was revealed today in the form of the Galaxy S4 Mini. Like the S3 Mini before it, the mid-range handset presents a scaled-down version of its big brother, in both size and performance.  Read More

Samsung announced the Galaxy Win, a device with familiar branding and mid-range specs

Here at Gizmag, we cover a lot of high-end smartphones. They’re the cream of the crop, and the benchmarks that the next generation of devices will try to top. But not everyone needs the best of the best. Lots of people want a phone that’s comfortable to hold, fast enough for Facebook and email, and doesn’t break the bank. To those customers, we hereby present to you: the Samsung Galaxy Win.  Read More

An artist's impression of eclipsing binaries (Image: ESO)

After close to a decade of observations, astronomers have accurately determined the distance to our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The measurement, which calculates the distance at 163,000 light-years, was achieved by studying rare pairs of stars known as eclipsing binaries.  Read More

Other than the lack of 3G/4G connectivity, key specs of the Samsung Galaxy Camera (Wi-Fi) ...

Samsung has launched a Wi-Fi-only version of its über-connected Android-powered Galaxy Camera. While the original Samsung Galaxy Camera boasted 3G/4G capabilities along with its dual-band Wi-Fi and Android goodness, the new variant will not. Samsung claims the move will make the camera "more affordable" for users who don't always need to be connected.  Read More

Distant galaxy lensed by Cluster MACS J0647 (Image: NASA)

NASA's Hubble telescope has discovered the most distant object yet seen in the universe. The object, a galaxy called MACS0647-JD, is 13.3 billion light years from Earth and can only be seen with the help of a lens of intergalactic proportions. The light from MACS0647-JD left it only 420 million years after the Big Bang, so it provides a valuable look into the nature of the early universe.  Read More

The huge 9-gigapixel image contains some 84 million stars

The European Space Observatory (ESO) has released an impressive 9-gigapixel image of the central part of the Milky Way Galaxy. The historic image contains some 84 million stars and represents the largest ever catalog of the center of our home galaxy.  Read More

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