- There has been a lot of interest recently in an upcoming series of lunar eclipses that begins April 15. These are usually described as "Four Blood Moons" and taken by some to prophesy upcoming disasters.
- Astronomy Day helps educate youth about astronomy, space
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Students and outer space enthusiasts gathered April 23 at the Gaston Caperton Center for an afternoon of astronomy. "It's just basically promoting astronomy in general," said Jim King, webmaster of the Central Appalachian ...and more »
- The mock orbiter "Inspiration" was rolled out to Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility, where it will be rebuilt into a traveling exhibit.
- SpaceX has won an $82.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a next-generation GPS satellite aboard its Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018, the first of nine launch contracts the Defense Department plans to put out for bid over the next three years
- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced April 28 that it was giving up on efforts to restore control of its Hitomi astronomy satellite, concluding that the spacecraft was too severely damaged in an incident last month.
- As we arrive at the mid-point of the spring season, we examine some of the prominent stars and constellations (and planets) that are visible on these balmy spring evenings.
- Russia's Mikhailo Lomonosov observatory takes to the skies on the hunt for gamma-ray bursts, cosmic rays, and near-Earth asteroids.
A Soyuz 2-1A rocket thundered skyward on Thursday, carrying three satellites into orbit, including the Mikhailo Lomonosov astrophysics observatory. Named after a Russian 18th-century writer and scientist (known, among other things, for his observations of the 1761 Transit of Venus), the Lomonosov has a three-year primary mission. Its motley array of instruments will
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Scottish astronomy groups rising to Mercury's transit
Scottish astronomy groups are preparing for the rare appearance of the planet Mercury crossing the face of the Sun. The transit of Mercury will take place from about midday on 9 May. The last time this happened was in 2006. Among the groups planning ...and more »
- Friday, April 29
• Last-quarter Moon (exact at 11:29 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises tonight around 2 a.m. local daylight-saving time. It shines above dim Capricornus before the first light of dawn.
• It's a busy night at Jupiter. Io crosses the planet's face from 9:42 to 11:57 p.m. EDT, followed by its tiny black shadow from 10:44 p.m. to 12:58 a.m. EDT. Europa transits the planet from 12:28 to 3:25 a.m. EDT, followed by its shadow from 2:47 to 5:32 a.m. EDT.
Meanwhile, Jupiter's Great Red
- Here are a few of Space.com's favorite space books for children and young adults, just in time for a family vacation or lazy summer day.
- The new IMAX documentary "A Beautiful Planet," filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station, illuminates life on the station and the beauty and fragility of the Earth it overlooks.
- Scientists are getting closer to finding worlds that resemble our own "blue marble" of a planet. NASA's Kepler mission alone has confirmed more than 1,000 planets outside our solar system—a handful of which are a bit bigger than Earth and orbit in the habitable zones of their stars, where liquid water might exist. Some astronomers think the discovery of Earth's true analogs may be around the corner. What are the next steps to search for life on these potentially habitable worlds?
- We humans might not be the only ones to ponder our place in the universe. If intelligent aliens do roam the cosmos, they too might ask a question that has gripped humans for centuries: Are we alone? These aliens might even have giant space telescopes dedicated to studying distant planets and searching for life. Should one of those telescopes capture an image of our blue marble of a planet, evidence of forests and plentiful creatures would jump out as simple chemicals: oxygen, ozone, water and me
- An Arizona company developing stratospheric balloons for tourism and research announced April 28 it has raised $15 million to develop a new type of high-altitude balloon that could serve missions usually handed by satellites.
Probing dark energy with clusters: "Russian doll" galaxy clusters reveal information about dark energyThese four galaxy clusters were part of a large survey of over 300 clusters used to investigate dark energy, the mysterious energy that is currently driving the accelerating expansion of the Universe, as described in our latest press release. In these composite images, X-rays from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple) have been combined with optical light from the Hubble Space Telescope and Sloan Digital Sky Survey (red, green, and blue).
- Nearly 10 billion years ago, the black hole at the center of a galaxy known as PKS B1424-418 produced a powerful outburst. Light from this blast began arriving at Earth in 2012. Now astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and other space- and ground-based observatories have shown that a record-breaking neutrino seen around the same time likely was born in the same event.
- Sky & Telescope's astronomy podcast takes you on a guided tour of the night sky. Watch for Mars and Saturn near Scorpius before dawn and Jupiter near Leo after sunset.
If you can get outside about an hour before sunrise, which means between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m., depending on your location, you’ll spot a nice triangle of bright stars rather low in the south. But two of those beacons are planets: Saturn is at top and Mars at the right. Down at the bottom is Antares, the heart of Scorpius.
- There actually is quite a bit of evidence out there for a multiverse — an infinite number of other universes besides our own.
- NASA's solar-powered probe will give us a better idea of Jupiter's weather, magnetic field and formation history.
- Active region 2529 erupted with an M6.7-class solar flare on April 17th, 2016. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks in several wavelengths.
- Nuclear scientists have devised a method that allows scientists to determine key reaction rates at stellar energies using conventional nuclear reactions.
- Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question—summed up in the famous Drake equation—has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science.
- Astronauts are being instructed on "part-task trainers" for the new CST-100 crew transport spacecraft being developed by Boeing. The training includes: launch, landing and docking to the International Space Station simulations.
- Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question -- summed up in the famous Drake equation -- has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science. But a new article shows that the recent discoveries of exoplanets combined with a broader approach to the question makes it possible to assign a new empirically valid probability to whether any other advanced technological civilizations have ever existed.
- Nearly 10 billion years ago in a galaxy known as PKS B1424-418, a dramatic explosion occurred. Light from this blast began arriving at Earth in 2012. Now, an international team of astronomers have shown that a record-breaking neutrino seen around the same time likely was born in the same event.
- (Phys.org)—A trio of German researches has uncovered evidence of the Arabic scholar Ibn Sina's sighting of supernova 1006 (SN 1006). The new evidence will sit alongside that of others around that globe that reported details of what has been described as the brightest stellar event ever recorded by human beings. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, Ralph Neuhaeuser, Carl Ehrig-Eggert and Paul Kunitzsch describe the text under study, their translation of it and the relevance
- Move over Death Star, there's a new laser-toting installation in town, and this one will give astronomers a better view of galaxies far, far away.
- Two NASA astronauts using virtual switches and a control stick undocked Boeing's CST-100 Starliner commercial crew capsule from the International Space Station on Tuesday (April 26) — that is, until thunderstorms over St. Louis cut the simulation short.
- Astronomers have observed two black holes in nearby galaxies devouring their companion stars at an extremely high rate, and spitting out matter at a quarter the speed of light.
- Titan — the only other body in the solar system besides Earth where liquids pool on the surface —has a sea of pure methane.
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