With the excitement and interest in the newly discovered ‘mini-moon’ found orbiting Earth, astronomers quickly set their sights on trying to get more details, to determine what this object actually is. Using the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, a group of astronomers captured a clearer view of this so-called Temporarily Captured Object (TCO), named 2020 CD3. … Continue reading “A Picture of Earth’s New Temporary Moon” The post A Picture of Earth’s New Temporary Moon appeared first on Universe Today .
A new paper by two Harvard professors explores the idea of using supernova as a means of high-speed interstellar travel – something advanced alien species could be doing right now! The post Riding the Wave of a Supernova to Go Interstellar appeared first on Universe Today .
A Commercial Satellite Just Docked with Another for the First Time, Opening Up a New Era in Orbital Maintenance
SpaceLogistics LLC has achieved a first: it’s docked it’s maintenance satellite, called MEV-1, with another satellite in order to extend the life of the satellite. The docked pair will perform some check-ups, and if all goes well, MEV-1 will boost the client satellite to a higher orbit, extending its operational life-span by about five years. … Continue reading “A Commercial Satellite Just Docked with Another for the First Time, Opening Up a New Era in Orbital Maintenance” The post A Commercial Satellite Just Docked with Another for the First Time, Opening Up a New Era in Orbital Maintenance appeared first on Universe Today
Astronomers are increasingly interested in Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs. There are ongoing efforts to find them all and catalog them all, and to find out which ones might pose a collision threat.
Look down into a pit on Mars. The caved-in roof of a lava tube could be a good place to explore on the Red Planet
Want to look inside a deep, dark pit on Mars? The scientists and engineers from the NASA’s HiRISE Camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have done just that. From its orbit about 260 km (160 miles) above the surface, HiRISE can this camera can spot something as small as a dinner table, about a … Continue reading “Look down into a pit on Mars
A team from a Russian polytechnic university is working on an autonomous space module where fresh vegetables could be grown for astronauts. The post Future Astronauts Could Enjoy Fresh Vegetables From an Autonomous Orbital Greenhouse appeared first on Universe Today
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson did more than just calculate rocket trajectories for early space missions. Her story, when it was finally told, completely changed people’s perceptions about who has been – and who can be — important in history.
The Gray Whale is the 10th largest creature alive today, and the 9 creatures larger than it are all whales, too.
Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Allen Versfeld (https://www.urban-astronomer.com/ / @uastronomer) Beth Johnson (@planetarypan) Moiya McTier (https://www.moiyamctier.com/ / @GoAstroMo) This week we welcome Czarina Salido to the Weekly Space Hangout. Czarina is the Executive Director of Time In Cosmology and the founder of the 501(3)(c) non-profit Taking Up Space. Taking Up Space is a program that sends Native American girls to Space … Continue reading “Weekly Space Hangout: February 26, 2020 – Czarina Salido of Time In Cosmology is ‘Taking Up Space’” The post Weekly Space Hangout: February 26, 2020 – Czarina Salido of Time In Cosmology is ‘Taking Up Space’ appeared first on Universe Today
A team of scientists from the Netherlands have proposed an exciting new approach for finding exoplanets: look for signs of auroras! The post Detecting Exoplanets Through Their Exoauroras appeared first on Universe Today .
The InSight lander has been on the surface of Mars for about a year, and a half dozen papers were just published outlining some results from the mission. Though InSight’s primary mission is to gather evidence on the interior of Mars—InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport—the lander also keeps … Continue reading “InSight has been Sensing Dust Devils Sweep Past its Landing Site” The post InSight has been Sensing Dust Devils Sweep Past its Landing Site 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 #652.
After an usual period of dimming Betelgeuse is growing brighter. But no supernova yet.
The NASA and DLR InSight lander has been on Mars for over a year now. The mission has faced significant challenges getting its HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) into the subsurface, but the spacecraft’s other instruments are working as intended.
Good news: Though we’ve been going through a cometary dry spell as of late, we may have our first good naked eye comet for 2020: Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS. The post Comet Y4 Atlas in Outburst: First Good Comet for 2020
A New Kind of Rocket that’s Lightweight and Easier to Construct: a Rotating Detonating Engine. Unfortunately, it’s Also Completely Unpredictable
A new type of engine – known as the rotating detonation engine – could revolutionize rocketry and make space exploration more cost-effective The post A New Kind of Rocket that’s Lightweight and Easier to Construct: a Rotating Detonating Engine. Unfortunately, it’s Also Completely Unpredictable appeared first on Universe Today
In the history of science, few scholars have as much of an enduring influence as classical philosopher Aristotle, whose theories would become canon for almost 2000 years. The post Who was Aristotle?
The ESA’s Solar Orbiter, which took to space over earlier this month, recently sent back its first batch of data to mission controllers on Earth. The post Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun appeared first on Universe Today .
There may be no life on Mars, but there’s still a lot going on there. The Martian surface is home to different geological process, which overlap and even compete with each other to shape the planet
Our growing understanding of extremophiles here on Earth has opened up new possibilities in astrobiology. Scientists are taking another look at resource-poor worlds that appeared like they could never support life. One team of researchers is studying a nutrient-poor region of Mexico to try to understand how organisms thrive in challenging environments.