Six People Have Begun a 122-Day Simulated Mission on the Moon

Six People Have Begun a 122-Day Simulated Mission on the Moon The SIRIUS-19 experiment recently kicked off, with six cosmonauts entering a simulated lunar environment (where they will spend the next 122 days conducting experiments). The post Six People Have Begun a 122-Day Simulated Mission on the Moon appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today […]

Fermi Satellite clocks ‘cannonball’ pulsar speeding through space

Fermi Satellite clocks ‘cannonball’ pulsar speeding through space Astronomers found a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly 2.5 million miles an hour—so fast it could travel the distance between Earth and the Moon in just 6 minutes. The discovery was made using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky […]

Spot Failed Soviet Venus Probe Kosmos 482 in Earth Orbit

Spot Failed Soviet Venus Probe Kosmos 482 in Earth Orbit A ghost from the old Soviet space program may return to Earth in the coming years. Mimicking a campy episode of the 70s series The Six Million Dollar Man, a Soviet Venus lander stranded in Earth orbit will eventually reenter the atmosphere, perhaps as early […]

Messier 81 – the Bode Galaxy

Messier 81 – the Bode Galaxy Welcome back to Messier Monday! Today, we continue in our tribute to our dear friend, Tammy Plotner, by looking at the Bode’s Galaxy – also known as Messier 81! During the 18th century, famed French astronomer Charles Messier noticed the presence of several “nebulous objects”  while surveying the night […]

Astronomy Cast Bonus Episode: Dust with Dr. Paul Sutter

Astronomy Cast Bonus Episode: Dust with Dr. Paul Sutter Download MP3 Recorded during the Astrotour to Costa Rica, Fraser talks to Dr. Paul Matt Sutter about the nature of dust and BICEP 2’s claim of discovering primordial gravitational waves. We usually record Astronomy Cast every Friday at 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST / […]

Carnival of Space #603

Carnival of Space #603 This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #603. 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. […]

Spiraling giants: Witnessing the birth of a massive binary star system

Spiraling giants: Witnessing the birth of a massive binary star system Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research in Japan, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the University of Virginia in the USA and collaborators have made observations of a molecular cloud that is collapsing to form two massive protostars that will eventually […]

A new Einstein cross is discovered

A new Einstein cross is discovered This study, which has combined images from the Hubble Space Telescope with spectroscopic observations from the GTC, has confirmed the existence of a new example of a gravitational lens, a phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. In this case, the observed effect is due to the […]

Bright X-ray galactic nuclei

Bright X-ray galactic nuclei All massive galaxies are believed to host supermassive black holes (SMBH) at their centers that grow by accreting mass from their environment. The current picture also imagines that the black holes grow in size as their host galaxy evolves, perhaps because galaxy evolution includes accretion triggered, for example, by galaxy mergers. […]

Which Habitable Zones are the Best to Actually Search for Life?

Which Habitable Zones are the Best to Actually Search for Life? A new study conducted by an international team of scientists examines what the term “habitable zone” means and how next-generation telescopes will test our assumptions. The post Which Habitable Zones are the Best to Actually Search for Life? appeared first on Universe Today. Universe […]

SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better

SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better The SLS rocket found its future launch manifest severely curtailed in a new budget request. This leaves the long overdue rocket with uncertain long term prospects. The post SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

Do You See the “Cosmic Bat” in NGC 1788?

Do You See the “Cosmic Bat” in NGC 1788? 2,000 light years away, in the Orion constellation, lurks an eerie looking creature, made of glowing gas lit up by young stars: the Cosmic Bat. It’s real name is NGC 1788. It’s a reflection nebula, meaning the light of nearby stars is strong enough to light […]