- 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 proto-version of the Square Kilometer Array's software system worked well when tested on the world's second-fastest supercomputer, officials said.
- Scientists are mulling a variety of ways to hunt for life on Saturn's icy, ocean-harboring moon Enceladus.
- Next year the continental United States will experience one of nature’s greatest phenomena. August 21, 2017, will be the first time Americans on the mainland will see a total solar eclipse since 1949, and the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918. Such a grand spectacle is sure to garner a lot of attention, and with it comes a lot of necessary planning.
Witnessing the EclipseA total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly between Earth and the Sun. Even though the Sun is 400
- Feared lost for almost two years, NASA's Stereo B solar observatory is now back in (tentative) contact with mission control.
The current positions of Stereo A and B relative to the Earth.NASA
A crucial solar-monitoring asset phoned home this week, as NASA reestablished contact with the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory B (Stereo B). The re-connection comes after nearly two years of silence.
NASA lost contact with Stereo B on October 1, 2014. At the time, the Stereo team was preparing for a
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- Why are we now? We know that the universe is roughly 14 billion years old, and that someday it is likely to end—perhaps because of a Big Freeze, Big Rip or Big Crunch.
- You'll have to wait until 2065 to see the two planets closer than they will be on August 27, 2016. Look to the western skies shortly after sunset to see this planetary dance.
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- The discovery of trans-Neptunian object 2011 KT19 in a strange orbit deepens a key mystery in the outer solar system.
An artist's impression of a distant trans-Neptunian object.NASA /ESA / G. Bacon (STScl)
This isn't your parents solar system — or even the tidy one you memorized in primary school. In addition to the classic, orderly inner and outer planets, you can now add a bewildering menagerie of Trojans, Centaurs, Kuiper Belt objects, and more.
As a case in point, a recent discov
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- A probe swinging around Earth through the Van Allen radiation belts was able to pick out near-light-speed electrons following a powerful geomagnetic storm, providing a rare look into the interaction between the belts and the space weather event.
- Tethys and Hyperion are distant cosmic neighbors at Saturn but appear remarkably close in a new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
- This image from ESA's Planck satellite appears to show something quite ethereal and fantastical: a sprite-like figure emerging from scorching flames and walking towards the left of the frame, its silhouette a blaze of warm-hued colours.
- Chinese astronomers have detected a large cavity existing around Tycho's supernova, also know as SN 1572, exhibiting stream-like structures. The findings, reported in a paper published Aug. 18 on arXiv.org, show that the environments of the supernovae may be much more complicated than previously thought.
- When I was a kid, Pluto was a planet. Of course, when I was a kid our map of the solar system was very immature. Astronomers knew of nine round planets that went around the Sun, and Pluto was one of them. But Pluto was always the oddball. Read more: Pluto, Astronomy, Space, Solar System, Dean Regas, Earth, Science, Sedna,Science News
- NASA student interns have successfully flown a prototype of a tiny, remote-control aircraft that could one day glide through Martian skies and send information back down to Earth.
- The U.S. Defense Research Projects Agency plans to establish a consortium to discuss standards and practices for on-orbit satellite servicing as a corollary to Robotic Servicing of Geostationary Satellites (RSGS).
- The U.S. Air Force released a draft solicitation that sets up a competition between SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to launch a multipurpose experimental satellite in late 2018.
- Hubble spies a beautiful supernova remnant that was triggered by one greedy white dwarf.
- Astronomers have caught a rare glimpse of an extremely massive star in the early stages of its life, gaining new insight into the way large stellar bodies like this form and evolve. The star has a mass 30 times that of Earth's sun, and it's still growing.
- NASA has finally re-established contact with a sun-watching probe that was once thought lost in space after it abruptly went silent in 2014.
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An international team of astronomers has identified a massive protostar, G11.92–0.61 MM1 (MM1 for short), which could help scientists understand how Universe's most massive stars are born. Artist's impression of the disc and outflow around the massive ...
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