NASA Releases Stunning Space Photos To Kick Off The ‘International Year Of Light’

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light in order to “highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.”

NASA seems more than eager to help with the effort. It’s just released a set of spectacular photos (see below) taken by its Chandra X-Ray Observatory space telescope.

“From a distant galaxy to the relatively nearby debris field of an exploded star, these images demonstrate the myriad ways that information about the universe is communicated to us through light,” the agency said.

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When a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a
satellite galaxy to the Milky Way, it left behind an expanding shell
of debris called SNR 0519-69.0. Here, multimillion degree gas is seen
in X-rays from Chandra (blue). The outer edge of the explosion (red)
and stars in the field of view are seen in visible light from Hubble.
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target=”_hplink”>Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Hughes; Optical:
NASA/STScI)

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This galaxy, nicknamed the “Whirlpool,” is a spiral galaxy,
like our Milky Way, located about 30 million light years from Earth.
This composite image combines data collected at X-ray wavelengths by
Chandra (purple), ultraviolet by —> Read More Here

Seen and not heard: Six months after the World Cup, little has changed for Rio’s Favela footballers

Photo: Breno Washington sleeps on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, but comes to São Martinho's facility in Lapa to eat, wash, and rest during the day.
Breno Washington sleeps on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, but comes to São Martinho’s facility in Lapa to eat, wash, and rest during the day.

In many ways Breno Washington is a typical 15-year-old boy. He has the look of someone whose body grew slightly too quick for him, but he wears it easy anyway, like a pair of good jeans; he likes the Chicago Bulls and sometimes he smokes marijuana with his friends. Unlike most boys his age, however, Breno can never go home. If he does, he says, he will be killed by military police.

We are talking in an empty classroom in Rio de Janeiro’s Lapa neighborhood at the head office of Brazilian NGO São Martinho, which runs various programmes to help street children in the city. Outside, a football match is underway, and whistles and sneaker-squeaks pierce through the walls.

After leaving school in the fifth grade, Breno began sniffing paint thinner. Together with a group of friends, he committed a spate of robberies, until one day about a year ago Breno stole a motorcycle from a neighborhood police officer. “He tried to kill me, so I ran away from the community and started living —> Read More Here

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