If you’ve always wanted to soar through the cosmos, buckle up. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) — a grouping of radio wave telescopes in Chile — have given astronomers and space-enthusiasts a tour through the Orion constellation like none other.

The video seen above begins with a broad view of the sky and then takes off into Orion, which is known to be the nearest region of massive star formation to Earth. That makes this area of space particularly interesting to astronomers studying stellar evolution.

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The final stop of the ALMA telescopes’ journey through the universe is at a rectangular section of the Orion Nebula 1,350 light-years away from Earth. This patch of space is a breeding ground for newborn stars.

The wisps of red gas seen running horizontally across the image are long clouds of cold gas, which are only visible to millimeter wavelength telescopes like ALMA. This crimson river of gas will slowly clump and compress together until it collapses under the force of its own gravity, giving life to protostars — the first stage of stellar evolution.

This spectacular and unusual image shows part of the famous Orion Nebula, a star formation region lying about 1350 light-years from Earth.

To the far left, you’ll see bright blue-white light that was picked up by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope, which is also based in Chile. This azure swath of sky is known as the Trapezium Cluster, found deep in the heart of the Orion Nebula. This is a fairly young group of stars that could be only a few million years old. Astronomers can estimate the age of these stellar masses by how brightly they burn.

Not only has ALMA given us the rollercoaster ride through the universe we’ve always wanted, but it has given astronomers a glimpse of the early stages of stellar evolution.

These discoveries can unravel hints of how the sun and our solar system came to be long ago.

When your profession is studying ancient temples and cultural artifacts, you need a toolbox that matches the magnitude of the job. Brushes, buckets, and sieves have long been the foundation of an archaeologist’s work, but today, those essentials are paired with groundbreaking technology to deepen human understanding of our collective past.

SpaceX is gearing up to send humans into space for the first time. On Monday, CEO Elon Musk confirmed a report that claimed NASA estimates the firm will be ready for people-carrying space adventures as early as April of next year. While a good sign for the company’s Mars mission, a successful human test flight would also enable a new method of sending people to the International Space Station.

Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps — and bogs, fens, marshes, and other types of wetlands.

These are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. They also are underrated but irreplaceable tools for slowing the pace of climate change and protecting our communities from storms and flooding.

In life, timing is everything.

Your body’s internal clock — the circadian rhythm — regulates an enormous variety of processes: when you sleep and wake, when you’re hungry, when you’re most productive. Given its palpable effect on so much of our lives, it’s not surprising that it has an enormous impact on our health as well. Researchers have linked circadian health to the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration. It’s also known that the timing of meals and medicines can influence how they’re metabolized.

If you live with a dog, you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even the scientific community now admits that dogs have emotions — even if scientists can’t directly measure what they are experiencing.

People have had a close bond with domesticated dogs for centuries. In his 1764 Dictionnaire philosophique, Voltaire observed: “It seems that nature has given the dog to man for his defence and for his pleasure. Of all the animals it is the most faithful: it is the best friend man can have.”