The Orion Nebula is one of the most observed and photographed objects in the night sky. At a distance of 1350 light years away, it’s the closest active star-forming region to Earth.
Staring into the Darkness The expansion of our universe is accelerating. Every single day, the distances between galaxies grows ever greater. And what’s more, that expansion rate is getting faster and faster – that’s what it means to live in a universe with accelerated expansion
It’s strange but true… we may not fully understand one of the simplest metrics in observational astronomy: just what time does the Sun rise… really
Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Tonight we welcome author Rod Pyle who will be discussing his new book, Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a resurgent NASA, and International Partners Are Creating a New Space Age (BenBella Books, February 2019), written in collaboration with the National Space … Continue reading “Weekly Space Hangout: Jan 30, 2019: Rod Pyle talks “Space 2.0”” The post Weekly Space Hangout: Jan 30, 2019: Rod Pyle talks “Space 2.0” appeared first on Universe Today .
The long-anticipated first flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon is almost here. Early in January, the Crew Dragon was rolled out of its hangar at Kennedy Space Center, and on January 24th it performed a brief static firing as part of its testing
A recent study has determined that the oldest sample of Earth rock ever discovered (~4 billion years old) was actually found on the Moon. The post One of the Oldest Earth Rocks Turned up on the Moon, of all Places appeared first on Universe Today
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog.
Tiny Object Found at the Edge of the Solar System for the First Time. A Kuiper Belt Object that’s Only 2.6 km Across
The Kuiper Belt, or the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, is home to ancient rocks. Kuiper Belt Objects, or KBOs, are remnants of the early planet-formation days of our Solar System. Small KBOs, in the 1 km.
Astronomers are Continuing to Watch the Shockwaves Expand from Supernova SN1987A, as they Crash Into the Surrounding Interstellar Medium
An international team of researchers was able to accurately measure the effect that a supernova shock wave had on the surrounding gas for the first time. The post Astronomers are Continuing to Watch the Shockwaves Expand from Supernova SN1987A, as they Crash Into the Surrounding Interstellar Medium appeared first on Universe Today
The Earth wasn’t formed containing the necessary chemicals for life to begin. One well-supported theory, called the “late veneer theory”, suggests that the volatile chemicals needed for life arrived long after the Earth formed, brought here by meteorites. But a new study challenges the late veneer theory.
A newly-processed image of Ultima Thule provides the highest-resolution picture of the object to date.
Quasars with a Double-Image Gravitational Lens Could Help Finally Figure out how Fast the Universe is Expanding
How fast is the Universe expanding?
A new study from the Initiative for Interstellar Studies outlines the benefits and requirements of sending a probe on an interstellar mission.
For some stars, their last act is a final exhalation of gases, which we call a planetary nebula. While a living being’s last breath is closely followed by death, a star can continue to shine. And that shining illuminates the final exhalation of gases like a cosmic, diaphanous veil
Blue Origin has released a new video of its proposed New Glenn launch vehicle, which will allow the company to send heavy payloads to space in the near future. The post Blue Origin has Shown off a New Video of its New Glenn Rocket Design appeared first on Universe Today .
An almost unimaginably enormous black hole is situated at the heart of the Milky Way. It’s called a Supermassive Black Hole (SMBH), and astronomers think that almost all massive galaxies have one at their center
Elon Musk indicates that the SpaceX Starhopper has been damaged after being toppled in 50 mile-per-hour winds. This will take a few weeks to repair.
Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Marco is a self-declared Asteroid/Comet whisperer
Is there or isn’t there a Planet 9? Is there a planet way out on the outskirts of our Solar System, with sufficient mass to explain the movements of distant objects
Wow. Sunday night’s total lunar eclipse offered an amazing view, and for a few astute observers, a little surprise. The only total lunar eclipse for 2019 was an amazing spectacle for the Americas late Sunday night on January 20th and early Monday morning on January 21st for Africa and Europe