- 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.
- A new color movie combines more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during the probe's historic Pluto flyby in the summer of 2015.
- Asteroid 2017 BX, nicknamed after the late actor Fred Berry whose played 'Rerun' on the show 'What's Happening,' will pass between the Earth and the moon on Jan. 25, 2017.
- This year's Oscars may have an otherworldly bent: The sci-fi spectacle "Arrival" and the space history flick "Hidden Figures" were nominated for Best Picture, and space media made the list in other places as well.
- (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Fabian Walter of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany has revealed essential properties of a molecular outflow feature in the nearby starburst galaxy designated NGC253. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 18 on the arXiv pre-print repository.
- Five privately funded teams have secured verified launch contracts to blast their robotic spacecraft to the moon, keeping them eligible for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, contest organizers announced today (Jan. 24).
- AAS Nova provides brief highlights of recently published articles from the AAS journals, i.e., The Astronomical Journal (AJ) and The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJ Letters, and ApJ Supplements. The website's intent is to gain broader exposure for AAS authors and to provide astronomy researchers and enthusiasts with summaries of recent, interesting research across a wide range of astronomical fields.The following are the AAS Nova highlights from the past two weeks; follow the links to read mor
- A team of University of California San Diego (UCSD) engineering students is in a ferment, all hopped up to see if beer can be brewed on the moon.
- Although the new movie "The Space Between Us" concerns a young boy on Mars, cast members and crew said everyone can relate to his dilemma as he pines for love.
- NASA will provide a live webcast today at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT) of the memorial service for Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon. Here's what to know.
- Eugene Cernan, who died Jan. 16 at age 82, is known for being the last man to set foot on the moon as part of NASA's Apollo missions. NASA TV will provide live coverage of his funeral service Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT).
- Tinkering with the sky to fight climate change would make it more difficult for astronomers and skywatchers to observe the heavens, a new study suggests.
- NASA says it resembles an eyeball. But it’s hard to look at Tethys, one of the moons of Saturn, and not see the Death Star, especially in the image ... Read more: Nasa, Astronomy, Saturn, Death Star, Tethys,Science News
- The first sighting of clustered dwarf galaxies bolsters a leading theory about how big galaxies such as our Milky Way are formed, and how dark matter binds them, researchers said Monday.
- A football field used by schools surrounding Johnson Space Center in Houston will take on a new name in memory of the astronauts who died in a launch pad fire 50 years ago. Apollo Field joins a number of memorials on and off Earth for the fallen crew.
- The first set of images from the GOES-16 satellite have been released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N0AA). The geostationary satellite will be used for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking and more.
- The title for December's eighth installment of the "Star Wars" episodic series has been announced as "The Last Jedi."
- Many meteorites found on Earth are remnants of one titanic solar-system collision that took place more than 460 million years ago. But researchers have found the composition of space rocks before then are quite different than those today.
- Four hundred and sixty-six million years ago, there was a giant collision in outer space. Something hit an asteroid and broke it apart, sending chunks of rock falling to Earth as meteorites since before the time of the dinosaurs. But what kinds of meteorites were making their way to Earth before that collision? In a new study in Nature Astronomy, scientists have tackled that question by creating the first reconstruction of the distribution of meteorite types before the collision. They discovered
- Just as aircraft flying at supersonic speeds create cone-shaped sonic booms, pulses of light can leave behind cone-shaped wakes of light. Now, a superfast camera has captured the first-ever video of these events.
- The book and movie "Hidden Figures" celebrate the contributions of African-American "human computers" who performed mathematical equations and calculations in the early days of the U.S. space program.
- The post NGC 2359 (also known as Thor’s Helmet) appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Saturn, the ringed planet, will shine like a bright beacon in the pre-dawn sky on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
- Our photo gallery from the 229th AAS meeting, held 3-7 January in Grapevine, Texas, is now online at photos.aas.org. If you attended the meeting — or even if you missed it — you'll enjoy perusing the hundreds of fine images shot for the AAS by our photographers Todd Buchanan and Phil McCarten from Corporate Event Images.
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You can get an overview by just looking at the Highlights gallery, or you can see the whole collection by
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- An international team led by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) has discovered one of the brightest "non-active" galaxies in the early universe. Finding BG1429+1202 was made possible by the "help" of a massive elliptical galaxy along the line of sight to the object, which acted as a kind of lens, amplifying the brightness and distorting the observed image. The results, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, are part o
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- A drone that drops into flight from a high-altitude balloon is helping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test new technologies for surveillance of commercial spacecraft in national airspace.
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