What, exactly, is the inside of a neutron star like? A neutron star is what remains after a massive star goes supernova
Rocket Lab is Going to try to Re-use its First Stage Booster, Catching it in Mid-air With a Helicopter
CEO Peter Beck of Rocket Lab recently announced that his company will begin retrieving the first stage of its Electron rocket with a helicopter.
Even though the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a monster, it’s still rather quiet. Called Sagittarius A*, it’s about 4.6 million times more massive than our Sun. Usually, it’s a brooding behemoth
It’s amazing to think there are telescopes up in space, right now, directing their gaze at distant objects for hours, days and even weeks. Providing a point of view so stable and accurate that we can learn details about galaxies, exoplanets and more.
When SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander crashed into the Moon, it was a bitter-sweet moment for Israel’s space exploration aspirations. The privately-built spacecraft was punching above its weight class by proceeding on its journey to the Moon. Unfortunately, it crashed, ending the dream
An international team of astronomers led by the University of Tokyo used ALMA to view 39 previously-undiscovered ancient galaxies. The post Astronomers Uncover Dozens of Previously Unknown Ancient and Massive Galaxies 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 #624. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space
If contemplating the vast size of astronomical objects makes you feel rather puny and insignificant, then this new discovery will make you feel positively infinitesimal. It’s almost impossible to imagine an object this large: a super massive black hole that’s 40 billion times more massive than our Sun. But there it is, sitting in the … Continue reading “A Monster Black Hole has been Found with 40 Billion Times the Mass of the Sun” The post A Monster Black Hole has been Found with 40 Billion Times the Mass of the Sun appeared first on Universe Today .
Picture two tissue box-sized spacecraft orbiting Earth.
Pluto is getting some new names. In the past, prior to the New Horizons mission, there wasn’t much to name.
Despite all we know about the formation and evolution of the Universe, the very early days are still kind of mysterious.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Telescope launched back in April, 2018. After a few months of testing, it was ready to begin mapping the southern sky, searching for planets orbiting stars relatively nearby
Dead Planets Around White Dwarfs Could Emit Radio Waves We Can Detect, Sending Out Signals for Billions of Years
A new study by a pair of astronomers has shown that planets orbiting white dwarfs will still be emitting radio waves for up to a billion years. The post Dead Planets Around White Dwarfs Could Emit Radio Waves We Can Detect, Sending Out Signals for Billions of Years appeared first on Universe Today .
During the development of the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) by the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory (see Part 1 and Part 2 for the complete backstory), an inauspicious event occurred sometime during 1965-1966, while the Gemini missions were going on. The Gemini program helped NASA get ready for the Apollo Moon landings missions by testing out rendezvous … Continue reading “The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 3” The post The Story of the Apollo Guidance Computer, Part 3 appeared first on Universe Today .
According to a new analysis of LRO and MESSENGER data, the ice deposits on the Moon and Mercury could be even more plentiful than we thought. The post There May be Thick Ice Deposits on the Moon and Mercury appeared first on Universe Today .
A new study by an international team of scientists considers the possibility that dark matter might be “warm” instead of cold. The post Maybe Dark Matter is Warm, Not Cold appeared first on Universe Today .
In the late 1950’s, before NASA had any intentions of going to the Moon – or needing a computer to get there — the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory had designed and built a small prototype probe they hoped would one day fly to Mars (read the background in part 1 of this story here).
According to recent statements and images from their facilities, SpaceX is making progress and will have big news for us on August 24th! The post Elon Musk Outlines the Next Few Weeks of Starship Tests appeared first on Universe Today .
When we look outward into space, we’re looking backwards in time.
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog.