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  • The deep space decade: how a new era of exploration came of age in the 2010s

    The deep space decade: how a new era of exploration came of age in the 2010s

    In the early years of the 2010s, the world waited breathlessly for NASA to make the call. For nearly 35 years, two intrepid spacecraft surged past the planets in our solar system, snapping pictures of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune among other photogenic worlds. They hurtled toward an ominous barrier—the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space.

    H/T: Popular Mechanics

    Gravitational waves sent out from a pair of colliding black holes have been converted to sound waves, as heard in this animation. On September 14, 2015, LIGO observed gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes, each about 30 times the mass of our sun. The incredibly powerful event, which released 50 times more energy than all the stars in the observable universe, lasted only fractions of a second.

    It seems the pace of exporation is set to accelerate through the 2020's:

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