When two become one: The European Southern Observatory (ESO) say the system, named VFTS 352, lies about 160 000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud (artist’s impression pictured)
U.S. researchers have conducted an extensive analysis of the thermal radiation left over from the Big Bang, also known as cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. The structure of the CMB, the oldest light in the universe, is displayed in the high-latitude regions of the map. The central band is the plane of our Galaxy
Newly detected galaxy is the most distant ever confirmed
In comparison, the light detected from this outlying galaxy — with the official catalogue name z8_GND_5296 — left the galaxy 13.1 billion years ago. This gives us a glimpse of the universe as it was when it was only 700 million years old.
Beautiful goodbye: This composite image released by NASA shows the ‘Eskimo Nebula’ expelling its outer layers, reducing the star to a hot core
A new study looking at short gamma-ray bursts in space suggests the gold on Earth came from colliding dead neutron stars in cataclysmic events that occurred long ago. The research by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters. (Dana Berry / SkyWorks Digital, Inc.)
This wide-field view shows Lupus 3 and a cluster of brilliant stars that lie about 600 light years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius
This close-up image reveals Lupus 3 and a cluster of brilliant new stars that have already emerged from their dusty stellar nursery
Revealed: first image of a new planet being formed with star dust
World’s highest radio telescope captures image (left) providing evidence of how ‘gas’ planets are formed
The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm resembles a deep red rose of giant proportions surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Measurements have sized the eye at a staggering 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) across with cloud speeds as fast as 330 miles per hour (150 meters per second).
Looking uncannily like a giant eye in the sky, the Helix nebula lies 650 light-years away, in the constellation of Aquarius.
In the centre of the Orion Nebula newly-formed stars blast their surroundings with radiation, carving out a cavity in the dust and causing the hydrogen gas to glow pink
A chance moment meant a photographer caught the image of a jet and its twin vapour trails flying past the disc of the Sun
This picture shows the column of dust known as the Elephant’s Trunk in the constellation of Cepheus
Staring at the sun: Backyard astronomer captures the beauty of the solar system using only a webcam and a home telescope
A beautiful portrait of the sun in the wavelength of hydrogen alpha light. Friedman uses a filter to capture H-alpha light waves, which are known as ‘the light of Hydrogen.’
Enormous solar flare’s many times larger than Earth known as prominence’s shoot off the surface of the sun
Alan Friedman turns his attention to Saturn to capture a series of photographs that look like they could have been taken by the Hubble Space Telescope
Old: This image provided by NASA and taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows previously unseen early galaxies including the oldest one at 13.3 billion years old
Crash: This galaxy is having a bad millennium and its unlikely to improve any time soon. The upper left galaxy used to be a normal spiral galaxy, minding its own business, until the one toward its right, crashed into it
Hot stars: Peering deep inside the hub of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a large, rare population of around 8,000 hot, bright stars
The Crow: Antennae Galaxies are a pair of distorted colliding spiral galaxies about 70 million light-years away, in the constellation of Corvus (The Crow)
Light-years away: About 300 million light-years away, only four of these five galaxies are actually locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters
Black hole: Two jets powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A
Rita Rose: Touched by Annette Funicello’s smile and her friendship
Apr 15, 2013
Rita Rose was invited to Annette Funicello’s wedding in California in 1965. Rose ran Funicello’s fan club here for 28 years. Photo provided to The Star
When I watched Annette Funicello on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in 1955, I had no idea the charming, curly-haired Mouseketeer would eventually become my friend. More than 50 years later, I still marvel at this.
It started when I was in ninth grade at Eastwood Junior High in Washington Township. I joined a couple of Annette’s fan clubs and loved their publications. I wrote to Annette asking permission to start a club and was thrilled to get a handwritten response.
That was in 1961, and the Annette Funicello National Fan Club continued until 1989, two years after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died of complications from the disease April 8.
Working with Annette was a joy. She always responded promptly to fan club activities. She wrote letters to me, sent Christmas cards and gifts and asked me to call her Annie. After a while, the lines blurred between fan and friend.
In 1965, she invited me and Bonnie Kirn, another fan club president, to her wedding to her agent, Jack Gilardi. It was a heady experience, walking into St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Encino, Calif., where Annette lived. We didn’t know what to expect.
What we got was Annette’s beach-movie buddy, singer Frankie Avalon, ushering us to our seats, one on each arm. Annette’s parents invited us to their house for the reception, where we met Annette for the first time. She was more beautiful in person than on screen.
Through the years, I visited Annette several times at her home. She wasn’t much different from her affable onscreen persona. She had a great sense of humor and was a down-to-earth homebody who preferred raising her three kids over show business.
Annette called to let me know about her MS diagnosis in 1992. She didn’t want her friends to find out in the media — it had to come from her. As was typical of her grace and dignity, she chose to reveal her condition in USA Today to avoid the tabloids. She was optimistic and fought her MS with courage and faith for more than 25 years. She established The Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Diseases to help others.
Because she had little quality of life her last several years, I knew her passing could come at any time. Still, it is a shock. While I feel an overwhelming sadness losing Annette, I also feel great relief knowing that she is finally out of pain.
Annette left us a great legacy of TV shows, movies and music. But for me, her gifts go beyond that. Through the years I have met many people connected with her and am still in touch with several fans. And that’s what I treasure most — the people who started loving her on the “MMC” like I did. We were ordinary little kids touched by that sweet Annette smile.