Theresa Wiegert is a Swedish-Canadian astronomer with a Ph.D. in astrophysics and a master's in physics. She has loved the sky and everything in it and beyond ever since she was four years old and asked her father about the very bright star she saw one early Christmas morning. Learning it wasn’t a star but the planet Venus, she started reading anything astronomy-related she could find. Eventually she ended up as a radio astronomer, researching gas in spiral galaxies. She loves science outreach and teaching, especially showing the night sky to groups of kids (and adults!).
Hummingbirds can fly up to 20 miles (32 km) in a day and are now traveling north, some all the way from Central America to Canada and even Alaska. This beautiful hummingbird was captured feeding from blossoms in California this week.
Astronomers have detected a “Goldilocks” or intermediate-mass black hole. It’s not small, not supermassive – but right in the middle – and it “sheds light” on how the supermassive black holes got so large.
What’s a mineral moon? In this case, it’s a photo of our moon with the colors of its surface enhanced to reveal the moon’s mineral deposits. As an added bonus, here’s a mineral moon with the International Space Station passing by!
New research solves a decades-long riddle: from where do the highest-energy cosmic rays originate? Even supernovae – exploding stars – can’t explain them. Now it seems these sorts of cosmic rays may come from clusters of young, hot, massive stars.