When it comes to meteor showers, the calendar year always seems to save the best for last. We’re referring to the Geminid meteor shower, one of the sure fire bets for dependable meteor showers. In fact, in recent years, the Geminids have been upstaging that other yearly favorite: the August Geminids
The InSight lander recently used two its instruments to record vibrations caused by Martian wind, effectively capturing what it sounds like on the surface of Mars.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) has found water on the asteroid Bennu. Bennu is OSIRIS-REx’s only target, and though the spacecraft arrived at the asteroid on December 3rd, some of its instruments have been trained on the asteroid since mid-August. And two of those instruments detected water on Bennu
Welcome to the 590th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. We have a fantastic roundup today so now, on to this week’s worth of stories! Chandra X-Ray Observatory Blog Double Trouble: A White Dwarf Surprises … Continue reading “Carnival of Space #590” The post Carnival of Space #590 appeared first on Universe Today .
Everyone knows about the extinction of the dinosaurs. A cataclysmic asteroid strike about 66 million years ago (mya) caused the Death of the Dinosaurs.
A handful of spacecraft have used ion engines to reach their destinations, but none have been as powerful as the engines on the BepiColombo spacecraft. BepiColombo is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA.) It was launched on October 20, 2018, and has gone through weeks … Continue reading “Mercury-Bound BepiColombo is About to Start Using the Most Powerful Ion Engines Ever Sent to Space” The post Mercury-Bound BepiColombo is About to Start Using the Most Powerful Ion Engines Ever Sent to Space appeared first on Universe Today .
Located in the northern hemisphere, between the two “dippers”, is the Draco constellation – one of the 48 compiled by Ptolemy and one of the 88 recognized by the IAU. The post The Draco Constellation appeared first on Universe Today .
Some new images sent home by the InSight Lander show the robotic arm and the craft’s instruments waiting on deck, on the surface of Mars.
Imagine yourself in a boat on a great ocean, the water stretching to the distant horizon, with the faintest hints of land just beyond that. It’s morning, just before dawn, and a dense fog has settled along the coast
The rate at which Greenland is losing its ice is accelerating. This unsurprising conclusion comes from a new study based on 25 years of satellite data from the European Space Agency
Most of us think of distant sites such as Death Valley, the Kalahari Desert or the Canary Islands when it comes to dark skies. And while it’s true that many observers are now traveling farther and farther away from home in search of truly dark skies, that trip need not be as far as you think
New SPECULOOS Telescope Sees First Light. Soon it’ll be Seeing Habitable Planets Around Ultra-Cool Stars
Our newest planet-hunting telescope is up and running at the ESO’s Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile. SPECULOOS, which stands for Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars, is actually four 1-meter telescopes working together
Good News: a SpaceX Cargo Resupply is Off to the Space Station. Bad News: Failed Hydraulics in the Grid Fins Caused the First Stage Booster to Crash…
SpaceX’s sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft to orbit, but the first stage didn’t quite stick the landing. The post Good News: a SpaceX Cargo Resupply is Off to the Space Station
The Large Hadron Collider has been Shut Down, and Will Stay Down for Two Years While they Perform Major Upgrades
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is getting a big boost to its performance. Unfortunately, for fans of ground-breaking physics, the whole thing has to be shut down for two years while the work is done
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A meteor that exploded in the air near the Dead Sea 3,700 years ago may have wiped out communities, killed tens of thousands of people, and provided the kernel of truth to an old Bible story. The area is in modern-day Jordan, in a 25 km wide circular plain called Middle Ghor. Most of the … Continue reading “A Meteor may have Exploded in the Air 3,700 Years Ago, Obliterating Communities Near the Dead Sea” The post A Meteor may have Exploded in the Air 3,700 Years Ago, Obliterating Communities Near the Dead Sea appeared first on Universe Today
When you go on a camping trip, when is it really tough? When are you really roughing it? It is really tough if there is no supply store and no facilities at the place you are going
The LIGO and Virgo The post New Gravitational Waves Detected From Four More Black Hole Mergers. Total Detections up to 11 Now appeared first on Universe Today .
It’s that time again! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #589.
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