Messier 78 – the NGC 2068 Reflection Nebula

Messier 78 – the NGC 2068 Reflection Nebula Located in the Orion Constellation, roughly 13,500 light years from Earth, is the bright reflection nebula known as Messier 78. The post Messier 78 – the NGC 2068 Reflection Nebula appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

Multiple stellar populations detected in the cluster Hodge 6

Multiple stellar populations detected in the cluster Hodge 6 Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found that the cluster Hodge 6 hosts multiple stellar populations. The detection could provide important hints on the formation and evolution of Hodge 6 and star clusters in general. The finding is detailed in a paper published February […]

Energetic particles can bombard exoplanets

Energetic particles can bombard exoplanets TRAPPIST-1 is a system of seven Earth-sized worlds orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star about 120 light-years away. The star, and hence its system of planets, is thought to be between five-to-ten billion years old, up to twice as old as our own solar system. For scientists seeking evidence for life […]

Carnival of Space #599

Carnival of Space #599 This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #599. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. […]

British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon

British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon The RemoveDebris spacecraft recently tested out its harpoon, one of the tools it will use to remove space debris from Earth’s orbit. The post British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

We Hate Long Goodbyes, But Opportunity has Earned One

We Hate Long Goodbyes, But Opportunity has Earned One NASA’s Opportunity rover has reached the end of its life. Initially designed to last 90 days, and to travel only 1000 meters (1100 yards), the rover spent almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars. During that time, it travelled more than 45 kilometers (28 miles.) […]

A river of stars in the solar neighborhood

A river of stars in the solar neighborhood Astronomy & Astrophysics publishes the work of researchers from the University of Vienna, who have found a river of stars, a stellar stream in astronomical parlance, covering most of the southern sky. The stream is relatively nearby and contains at least 4000 stars that have been moving […]

Radio telescope gets upgrade at Brookhaven lab

Radio telescope gets upgrade at Brookhaven lab A radio telescope at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has received a significant upgrade, advancing from one dish to four. The upgrades are part of the Laboratory’s ongoing effort to test the merits of a radio telescope for a potential future project between national […]

Where is the universe hiding its missing mass?

Where is the universe hiding its missing mass? Astronomers have spent decades looking for something that sounds like it would be hard to miss: about a third of the “normal” matter in the Universe. New results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have helped them locate this elusive expanse of missing matter. phys.org Go to […]

InSight has Placed its Heat Probe on the Martian Surface. The Next Step is to Jackhammer Down 5 Meters and Hope it Doesn’t Encounter a Large Rock

InSight has Placed its Heat Probe on the Martian Surface. The Next Step is to Jackhammer Down 5 Meters and Hope it Doesn’t Encounter a Large Rock NASA’s InSight lander has finally placed its heat probe on the surface of Mars. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) was deployed on February 12th, about […]

#80 Part 2 February 2019

#80 Part 2 February 2019 The Discussion: The film Moon, boring lectures & seminars, the age before mobile telephony, AweAst live shows & drinks with listeners, and listeners’ suggestions for NASA spacecraft branding. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: Growing plants on another world SpaceX launch satellites on reusable […]

Giant flare detected on an L dwarf

Giant flare detected on an L dwarf European astronomers have spotted a giant white-light flare on the ultracool L dwarf designated ULAS J224940.13-011236.9. The newly detected flare is one of the largest flares ever observed from an ultracool dwarf. The discovery is detailed in a paper published February 3 on the arXiv.org pre-print server. phys.org […]

What exactly is a black hole?

What exactly is a black hole? What is a black hole? In an article that has just appeared in the journal Nature Astronomy, LMU philosopher Erik Curiel shows that physicists use different definitions of the concept, depending on their own particular fields of interest. phys.org Go to Source

NASA selects new mission to explore origins of universe

NASA selects new mission to explore origins of universe NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy’s planetary systems. phys.org Go to Source

Another Enormous Crater Found Under the Ice in Greenland

Another Enormous Crater Found Under the Ice in Greenland A glaciologist has discovered another enormous impact crater under more than a mile of ice in Greenland. This is on the heels of the November 2019 discovery of an impact crater in the same area under the Hiawatha Glacier. The November discovery was the first-ever crater […]