The Curiosity rover recently witnessed eclipses involving the moons of Phobos and Deimos from the Martian surface. The post Two Solar Eclipses Seen From the Surface of Mars by Curiosity appeared first on Universe Today .
“We have taken the first picture of a black hole.” EHT project director Sheperd S.
A high-flying space telescope is shedding light on where some of the basic building blocks for life may have originated from. A recent study led by astronomers currently at the University of Hawaii, including collaborators from the University of California Davis, Johns-Hopkins University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Appalachian State University, and several international partners, including funding from NASA, looked at a lingering mystery in planet formation: the chemical pathway of the element sulfur, with implications for its role in the formation of planets and life. The post SOFIA Follows the Sulfur for Clues on Stellar Evolution appeared first on Universe Today .
Things are not looking good for Earth’s glaciers. Usually, when it comes to climate change and melting ice, we think of the Earth’s polar regions
Imagine a time in the Solar System’s past where the asteroids were not solid rock, but blobs of molten iron. It sounds strange, but that may have been the case. And in the right conditions, some of those asteroids would have sprouted volcanoes
Located in the direction of the Hydra constellation, over 15 million light years from Earth, is the barred spiral galaxy known as Messier 83. The post Messier 83 – the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy appeared first on Universe Today .
Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft recently struck the asteroid Ryugu with an explosive payload, which will help it collect samples that could teach us more about how the Solar System and life came to be.
Even though they might be scattered around our planet, astronomers have way to come together to work out issues that face their entire field of study.
A new study by an international team of scientists has tested Hawking’s theory of dark matter, and ruled out that it is not likely to be made up of tiny black holes. The post Now We Know That Dark Matter Isn’t Primordial Black Holes appeared first on Universe Today .
If you’re not a chemist, an astrobiologist, or a scientist of any sort, and that includes most of us, then a tiny, almost imperceptible whiff of methane in the Martian atmosphere might seem like no big deal. But it is, gentle humans. It is
After a minor delay, SpaceX has conducted the first successful hop test of their Starship Hopper, a key step in validating the systems that will go into the full-scale prototype. The post The Starhops Have Begun! appeared first on Universe Today
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #605 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space
Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Pamela Gay (astronomycast.com / cosmoquest.org / @starstryder) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr.
India Destroyed a Satellite With a Missile Last Week, and Pieces Were Thrown Into an Orbit That Risks the International Space Station
Last week, India shot down one of its own satellites with a missile.
We’ve known for some time that NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. The vehicle, called the Mars Helicopter, is undergoing flight testing at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. The little helicopter will make its eventual way to Mars as part of the Mars 2020 Rover mission
Starhopper Tests Have Gotten Delayed Because of “Ice Formation in the Cryogenic Propellant Prevalves”
A technical issue has led to the “hop test” of the miniature version of the SpaceX Starship to be delayed once more. However, the company is still on track with their overall development of the system. The post Starhopper Tests Have Gotten Delayed Because of “Ice Formation in the Cryogenic Propellant Prevalves” appeared first on Universe Today
The rumours you’ve heard are true.
The rumours you’ve heard are true. And if you haven’t heard the rumours, you should check your internet connection. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has set an important press conference for April 10th, involving the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)
It’s always awe-inspiring to see the clockwork motion of the heavens, transpire in real time. In a slow motion Universe, occultations give us the chance to see the cosmos pull off a celestial hat trick
Ground-Based Telescope Directly Observes the Atmosphere of an Extrasolar Planet, and Sees Swirling Clouds of Iron and Silicates
We’ve finally got our first optical look at an exoplanet and its atmosphere, and boy is it a strange place. The planet is called HR8799e, and its atmosphere is a complex one. HR8799e is in the grips of a global storm, dominated by swirling clouds of iron and silicates