I’m a big fan of the phrase ‘on a bed of rice’
I’d lie there.
A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.
It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288.
I don’t understand how we have the technology to detect near-impossible gravitational fluctuations from almost 14 billion years ago, nanoseconds after the Big Bang, yet we only just “maybe” discovered a new planet in OUR OWN SOLAR SYSTEM?
Well first of all, it was an indirect detection based on the polarization or the general motions of light in the CMBR - Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation - (a electromagnetic field that we’ve been able to detect for over 50 years now).
When it comes to planets in the solar system, while closer to home, it is a little different. Planets don’t emit their own light so all we are seeing is the faint reflection of the sun’s rays. There are an estimated 100,000 objects in the Kuiper Belt where this one was discovered. They are also reallllllllllly small. Hence why this one will probably be another dwarf planet. For comparison, this direct detection is over 12450000000 kilometers away. Based on its apparent size of 1000 km, that’s like spotting a red blood cell a kilometer away. And NOT knowing it was there in the first place.