Sometimes it’s easy being an astronomer. When your celestial target is something simple and bright, the game can be pretty straightforward: point your telescope at the thing and just wait for all the juicy photons to pour on in.
SpaceX suffered another setback with its development of the Starship last night when a third prototype (SN3) suffered a structural failure during testing and collapsed. The post SpaceX’s Third Starship Prototype Collapsed Last Night appeared first on Universe Today .
Want to Buy Flights on Starship? Here’s the New SpaceX Payload User’s Guide, no Prices, Unfortunately
The development of the Starship – SpaceX’s super-heavy launch system that will take cargo and crews to orbit, the Moon, and even Mars – has been fraught with setbacks and frustration. But Musk has no intention of stopping and is even planning ahead for the day when the Starship and Super Heavy are making regular … Continue reading “Want to Buy Flights on Starship?
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog.
A year ago, the high-altitude launch company Stratolaunch flew the world’s largest aircraft. Now, Stratolaunch has revealed the designs of two hypersonic aircraft plus a reusable space plane that will be launched from its giant Carrier Aircraft launch plane. The company hopes to begin test flights of these vehicles by 2022.
NASA’s researchers at the Goddard Space Flight Center recently did just that, looking at Voyager 2’s lone encounter with the planet Uranus to uncover an amazing find, as the planet seems to be losing its atmosphere to it’s lop-sided magnetic field at a high rate. The post New Find Shows Uranus Loses Atmosphere to its Magnetic Field appeared first on Universe Today .
Five Snapshots of how the Earth Looked at Key Points in its History Could Help us Find Habitable Exoplanets
A study by Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute provides models of how Earth looked like over time, which could help us find habitable exoplanets The post Five Snapshots of how the Earth Looked at Key Points in its History Could Help us Find Habitable Exoplanets appeared first on Universe Today .
In a strange development, a new ESA-supported study has shown that urine could actually help astronauts build bases on the Moon The post Astronaut Pee Will Help Build Bases on the Moon appeared first on Universe Today .
Musk recently posted photos of the latest Starship prototype, which were recently assembled and shipped to Boca Chica to begin testing.
I know you’re Googling “flocculent” right now, unless you happen to be a chemist, or maybe a home brewer. You could spend each day of your life staring at a different galaxy, and you’d never even come remotely close to seeing even a tiny percentage of all the galaxies in the Universe.
Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Pam Hoffman (EverydaySpacer.com / @EverydaySpacer) Michael Rodruck (@michaelrodruck) Announcements: This week we are airing Fraser’s prerecorded interview with Dr
How were Supermassive Black Holes Already Forming and Releasing Powerful Jets Shortly After the Big Bang?
A series of studies has shown that the seeds of supermassive black holes and relativistic jets existed much sooner than expected The post How were Supermassive Black Holes Already Forming and Releasing Powerful Jets Shortly After the Big Bang? appeared first on Universe Today
Astronomers like observing distant young stars as they form. Stars are born out of a molecular cloud, and once enough of the matter in that cloud clumps together, fusion ignites and a star begins its life
A new study shows how the presence of a cloud layer could make it harder for the James Webb Space Telescope to detect water on exoplanets. The post How Will Clouds Obscure the View of Exoplanet Surfaces
Every second of every day, our sun spits out a stream of tiny high-energy particles, known as the solar wind. This wind blows throughout the solar system, extending far beyond the orbits of the planets and out into interstellar space. But the farther from the sun the wind gets, the more slowly it streams, changing … Continue reading “The heliosphere looks a lot weirder than we originally thought” The post The heliosphere looks a lot weirder than we originally thought appeared first on Universe Today .
NASA and the University of Arizona have released a stunning new global map of asteroid Bennu. At 2 inches (5 cm) per pixel, this is the highest-resolution global map of any planetary body. This hi-res map will help guide the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to the surface of the asteroid to collect a sample, currently scheduled for … Continue reading “Highest Resolution Mosaic Image of the Surface of Bennu” The post Highest Resolution Mosaic Image of the Surface of Bennu appeared first on Universe Today
The CHIME radio telescope array has detected nine new fast radio bursts on repeat, which are revealing things about this strange phenomenon The post Even More Repeating Fast Radio Bursts Discovered appeared first on Universe Today .
Despite humanity’s current struggle against the novel coronavirus, and despite it taking up most of our attention, other threats still exist. The very real threat of a possible asteroid strike on Earth in the future is taking a backseat for now, but it’s still there
Got clear skies? If you’re like us, you’ve been putting the recent pandemic-induced exile to productive use, and got out under the nighttime sky
A new study by members of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has shown how new images of black holes can be used to identify the substructure of these mysterious objects The post How Researchers Produce Sharp Images of a Black Hole appeared first on Universe Today .