- 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.
- The sun fired off its strongest solar flare of 2016 during an active weekend that saw three eruptions from star's surface.
- Today (July 26) marks the 45th anniversary of the successful Apollo 15 mission, the first of a series of "J" missions, which allowed for a longer stay on the moon and greater surface mobility, using a lunar roving vehicle (LRV).
- If you're a space traveler lost in the universe, a team of astronomers here on Earth has your back: They've made the largest ever 3D map of galaxies that humanity can see.
- Light from a distant galaxy can be strongly bent by the gravitational influence of a foreground galaxy. That effect is called strong gravitational lensing. Normally a single galaxy is lensed at a time. The same foreground galaxy can – in theory – simultaneously lens multiple background galaxies. Although extremely rare, such a lens system offers a unique opportunity to probe the fundamental physics of galaxies and add to our understanding of cosmology. One such lens system has recent
- Astronomers at the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) discovered for the first time that the hot gas in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy is spinning in the same direction and at comparable speed as the galaxy's disk, which contains our stars, planets, gas, and dust. This new knowledge sheds light on how individual atoms have assembled into stars, planets, and galaxies like our own, and what the future holds for these galaxies.
- Scientists continue to unravel the mystery of life on Mars by investigating evidence of water in the planet's soil. Previous observations of soil observed along crater slopes on Mars showed a significant amount of perchlorate salts, which tend to be associated with brines with a moderate pH level. However, researchers have stepped back to look at the bigger picture through data collected from the 2001: Mars Odyssey, and found a different chemical on Mars may be key.
- There are a handful of known exoplanets with three host stars, and quite a few out there with two suns. Where does all this multistar madness end? Is it possible for alien planets to have four, five, six or even more suns?
- The sun erupted with a M7.6-class flare on July 23rd, 2016. The blast was the second of three m-class flares that occurred in a time span of a few hours (the 2nd and 3rd flares were only separated by 15 minutes).
- This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the vibrant core of the galaxy NGC 3125. Discovered by John Herschel in 1835, NGC 3125 is a great example of a starburst galaxy—a galaxy in which unusually high numbers of new stars are forming, springing to life within intensely hot clouds of gas.
- They've been launched to the space station and journeyed to Jupiter, they have honored moonwalkers and made spaceflight the stuff of child's play. Now, they are going where no man, or rather woman, LEGO minifigure has gone before.
- via Sky & TelescopeThe MeerKAT radio telescope has produced its first light image — even at quarter-strength, it’s already the best of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Each white dot — totaling 1,300 individual galaxies in the distant Universe — represent the intensity of radio waves recorded with 16 dishes of the MeerKAT telescope.MeerKATSouth Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope just released its first image showing more than 1,300 galaxies in the distant universe — and that&r
- If there are planets around the double star Alpha Centauri AB, they're a mere 4 light-years distant, a remove so small we might actually be able to send space probes there in the foreseeable future.
- An out of this world experiment to grow large-volume protein crystals aboard the International Space Station has proven successful. These sorts of crystals, which may be used in everything from basic biomedical research to drug design, can be grown bigger and better in microgravity, a finding that may help the pharmaceuticals industry ease a drug design bottleneck, since difficult-to-grow large crystals are sometimes needed for experiments on structure that can guide drug design.
- Our solar system began as a cloud of gas and dust. Over time, gravity slowly pulled these bits together into the Sun and planets we recognize today. While not every system is friendly to life, astronomers want to piece together how these systems are formed.
- CBS has unveiled the surprise new title for its live-action Star Trek television series: "Star Trek: Discovery."
- Stars form as gravity contracts the gas and dust in an interstellar cloud until clumps develop that are dense enough to coalesce into stars. Precisely how this happens, however, is very uncertain, and the processes are hard to study because they occur inside the opaque interiors of these clouds. The numbers of stars that form from a single clump is not well understood, for example, nor are the stellar masses. In the earliest stages of formation, the so-called protostellar stage, the newborn star
- Capt. James T. Kirk may have been able to beat the Kobayashi Maru exam while training at Starfleet Academy, but NASA trivia questions give him a run for his money in this new Q&A with NASA.
- A young star cluster surrounded by three concentric bubbles was recently found near the M33 galaxy, revealing a cosmic splendor that could be compared to Russian matryoshka nesting dolls.
- Friday morning, you can spot the waning crescent moon juxtaposed with the V-shaped Hyades cluster, possibly hiding the bright orange star Aldebaran.
- As NASA’s next flagship Mars mission, the Mars 2020 rover, moves into its next phase of development, officials say the mission will cost $2.1 billion, more than originally estimated for a mission that they argue will also be more capable than planned.
- (Phys.org)—A team of Brazilian astronomers, led by Denilso Camargo of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, has discovered seven new embedded clusters located unusually far away from the Milky Way's disc. The findings, presented in a paper published July 3 on arXiv.org, could provide new insights on star cluster formation.
- Besides being a showcase for Starfleet's technology, the Enterprise is also a ship that gets blown up over and over again.
- Space.com's managing editor Tariq Malik and contributor Marshall Honorof talk about 'Star Trek: Beyond', new CBS series 'Star Trek: Discovery' and their favorite movie from the bunch.
- We are deeply saddened to inform our readers that long-time Night Sky columnist Geoff Gaherty has died. He was uniquely generous, committed and talented, with a passion for astronomy and the extraordinary ability for communicating it with others.
- A massive X-shaped formation of stars sitting in the central bulge of our galaxy, the Milky Way, was recently discovered through a research effort largely driven by Twitter.
- M-A-C its new "Star Trek" line of cosmetics to San Diego Comic-Con this week (complete with their own transporter pad) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic science fiction franchise.
- "Star Trek" is taking art into a whole new frontier at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.
- Astronomy Now Online
A moon and stars at Saturn
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Numerous stars provide a serene background in this view of Saturn's moon Enceladus captured by the Cassini spacecraft while the moon was in eclipse, within the ringed planet's shadow. The view looks up at Enceladus' south pole. Although they are not ...
- The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' characters have been integrated into an International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory (Managed by CASIS) patch in partnership with Marvel's Custom Solutions Group.
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