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Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope

Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope

We humans have an insatiable hunger to understand the Universe. As Carl Sagan said, “Understanding is Ecstasy.” But to understand the Universe, we need better and better ways to observe it. And that means one thing: big, … Continue reading

Elon Musk Announces Daring SpaceX Dragon Flight Beyond Moon with 2 Private Astronauts in 2018

Elon Musk Announces Daring SpaceX Dragon Flight Beyond Moon with 2 Private Astronauts in 2018

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced plans on Feb. 27, 2017 to launch a commercial crew SpaceX Dragon to beyond the Moon and back with two … Continue reading

This is Actual Science. Crystals at the Earth’s Core Power its Magnetic Field

This is Actual Science. Crystals at the Earth’s Core Power its Magnetic Field

Whether or not a planet has a magnetic field goes a long way towards determining whether or not it is habitable. Whereas Earth has a strong magnetosphere that protects life from harmful radiation … Continue reading

Carnival of Space #498

Carnival of Space #498

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog.

Click here to read Carnival of Space #498.

And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to the … Continue reading

From Earth to Eta Carinae

From Earth to Eta Carinae

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NASA Studies Whether to Add Crew to 1st SLS Megarocket Moon Launch in 2019

NASA Studies Whether to Add Crew to 1st SLS Megarocket Moon Launch in 2019

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket will be the most powerful rocket in the world and, with the agency’s Orion spacecraft, will launch America into a new … Continue reading

SETI Has Already Tried Listening to TRAPPIST-1 for Aliens

SETI Has Already Tried Listening to TRAPPIST-1 for Aliens

The Trappist-1 system has been featured in the news quite a bit lately. In May of 2016, it appeared in the headlines after researchers announced the discovery of three exoplanets orbiting around the red dwarf star. … Continue reading

The Cepheus Constellation

The Cepheus Constellation

Welcome back to Constellation Friday! Today, in honor of the late and great Tammy Plotner, we will be dealing with the King of Ethiopia himself, the Cepheus constellation!

In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list … Continue reading

Supernova Blast Wave Still Visible After 30 Years

Supernova Blast Wave Still Visible After 30 Years

30 years ago today, a supernova explosion was spotted in the southern hemisphere skies. The exploding star was located in the Large Magellanic Cloud — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way – and Supernova 1987A was the … Continue reading

Weekly Space Hangout – February 24, 2017: 7 New Exoplanets Around Trappist-1 and More!

Weekly Space Hangout – February 24, 2017: 7 New Exoplanets Around Trappist-1 and More!

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain)

Guests:

Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter)
Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg)
Kimberly Cartier ( KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier )

Their stories … Continue reading

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