A new study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics addresses the possibility of panspermia on a galactic (and intergalactic) scale The post The Milky Way Could Be Spreading Life From Star to Star appeared first on Universe Today .
According to a new study by an international team of scientists, quantum mechanics may allow for some truly-cutting edge astronomy in the near future. The post Next Generation Telescopes Could Use “Teleportation” to Take Better Images appeared first on Universe Today .
Like millions of other people around the world, on July 20, 1969, Rick and Mark Armstrong watched Apollo 11’s moon landing on the television set in their living room. But for those two boys – aged 12 and 6 at the time – it was their Dad who was taking humanity’s first steps on another … Continue reading “What Neil Armstrong’s Sons Really Think About the Movie “First Man”” The post What Neil Armstrong’s Sons Really Think About the Movie “First Man” appeared first on Universe Today .
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying two crew members to the ISS has experienced a booster failure. The craft executed an emergency landing and both crew are safe. The post Soyuz Launch Carrying Two Astronauts is Forced to Abort, Landing Safely Back on Earth appeared first on Universe Today .
According to a new study from the Planetary Science Institute, Ceres poles reoriented sometime in the past, which bolsters the case for it having an interior ocean. The post Ceres Rolled Over at Some Point in the Past appeared first on Universe Today .
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348 Years Ago, a French Astronomer Monk Might have Witnessed the Collision Between a White and Brown Dwarf Star
A collision between a white dwarf and a brown dwarf created the object we call CK Vulpeculae. It was first observed 348 years ago by French Monk Astronomer Per Dom Anthelme. The post 348 Years Ago, a French Astronomer Monk Might have Witnessed the Collision Between a White and Brown Dwarf Star appeared first on Universe Today
We’re not learning that the vast majority of potentially habitable worlds out there are actually icy moons like Europa and Enceladus. Good news, there are hundreds, if not thousands of times more of them than worlds like Earth
Europa is Going to be Tough to Land on, it Could Have Towering Walls of Ice Spikes Across its Surface
According to a new NASA-backed study, Europa’s surface may be covered in towering icy spikes, which could make a landed mission there difficult. The post Europa is Going to be Tough to Land on, it Could Have Towering Walls of Ice Spikes Across its Surface appeared first on Universe Today .
Thanks to an amateur astronomer, the latest image to come from the Rosetta mission provides of glimpse of the surface of Comet 67P and reminds us of the mission’s accomplishments. The post New Image Shows the Rugged Landscape of Comet 67P appeared first on Universe Today .
Microsoft has teamed up with researchers to create a time capsule using synthetic DNA, which will be sent to the Moon in 2020.
Now You Can Buy Fake Mars Dirt for $20/Kilogram. Obviously You’ll Want to Know if Potatoes Can Grow in it
Researchers from UCF have developed a standarized, scientific way to create Martian soil simulant, which could accelerate efforts to colonize the Red Planet! The post Now You Can Buy Fake Mars Dirt for $20/Kilogram. Obviously You’ll Want to Know if Potatoes Can Grow in it appeared first on Universe Today .
The tiny hopping robot explorer called method has completed its 16 hour mission to asteroid Ryugu. The post A German-French Hopping Robot Just Landed on the Surface of Asteroid Ryugu appeared first on Universe Today .
A pair of astronomers combing through data from the Kepler spacecraft have discovered the first exomoon. The moon is in the Kepler 1625 system about 8,000 light years away, in the constellation Cygnus. It orbits the gas giant Kepler 1625b, and, unlike all the moons in our Solar System, this one is a “gas moon.” … Continue reading “First Exomoon Found! A Neptune-Sized Moon Orbiting a Jupiter-Sized Planet” The post First Exomoon Found! A Neptune-Sized Moon Orbiting a Jupiter-Sized Planet appeared first on Universe Today
Based on Gaia’s second data release, a team of astronomers from the Leiden Observatory have observed hyper-velocity stars that appear to be moving into our galaxy.
Ready for one more? While all eyes are still following Comet 21/P Giacobini-Zinner as it glides through northern hemisphere skies, we’d like to turn your attention towards another icy interloper: periodic Comet 38P Stephan-Oterma.
In the coming decades, NASA has ambitious plans to send astronauts back to the Moon and conduct the first crewed mission to Mars.
New Dwarf Planet Found in the Outskirts of the Solar System, Giving Astronomers More Ammunition to Search for Evidence of Planet 9
Astronomers have found a new dwarf planet way out beyond Pluto that never gets closer than 65 AUs to the Sun. It’s nicknamed “The Goblin” which is much more interesting than its science name, 2015 TG387. The Goblin’s orbit is consistent with the much-talked-about but yet-to-be-proven Planet 9
A new study by a team of UC Berkeley researchers has shown that black holes are not the long-sought-after source of dark matter The post Dark Matter Isn’t Made From Black Holes appeared first on Universe Today .
The Kepler mission is coming to an end. The planet-hunting spacecraft that transformed our understanding of exoplanets and other solar systems is almost out of fuel