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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

Wow, Mars Sure Can Be Pretty

Wow, Mars Sure Can Be Pretty

For a supposedly dead world, Mars sure provides a lot of eye candy. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is our candy store for stunning images of Mars. Recently, HiRise gave us … Continue reading

It Might Be Possible to Refreeze the Icecaps to Slow Global Warming

It Might Be Possible to Refreeze the Icecaps to Slow Global Warming

One of the most worrisome aspects of Climate Change is the role played by positive feedback mechanisms. In addition to global temperatures rising because of increased carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, there is … Continue reading

NASA Fires a Rocket into the Northern Lights, for Science!

NASA Fires a Rocket into the Northern Lights, for Science!

Not only is it aurora season in Alaska, its sounding rocket season! NASA started launching a series of five sounding rockets from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska to study the aurora. The first of … Continue reading

Ring of Fire: Catch the Only Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 This Sunday

Ring of Fire: Catch the Only Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 This Sunday

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The May 2012 annular solar eclipse. Image credit and copyright: Kevin Baird.

‘Tis the season… eclipse season that is, as a spectacular “ring of fire”  Continue reading

SpaceX Dragon Arrives at Space Station with Tons of Earth and Human Science Experiments

SpaceX Dragon Arrives at Space Station with Tons of Earth and Human Science Experiments

SpaceX CRS-10 Dragon supply ship launched on Feb. 19, 2017 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida successfully arrives at the International Space Station on Feb. … Continue reading

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