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 […]

The Iridium Flare Era is About to End

The Iridium Flare Era is About to End Fast-forward to 2019, and the age of the predictable Iridium flare may be coming to an end. Already, scrolling through Heavens-Above reveals very few Iridium flares for the coming months, and these familiar nighttime flashes may become a thing of the past come 2020. The post The […]

Cooking up alien atmospheres on Earth

Cooking up alien atmospheres on Earth Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are cooking up an alien atmosphere right here on Earth. In a new study, JPL scientists used a high-temperature “oven” to heat a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide to more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,100 Celsius), about the temperature […]

SDSS J1430+1339: Storm rages in cosmic teacup

SDSS J1430+1339: Storm rages in cosmic teacup Fancy a cup of cosmic tea? This one isn’t as calming as the ones on Earth. In a galaxy hosting a structure nicknamed the “Teacup,” a galactic storm is raging. phys.org Go to Source

New 3-D map will help solve long-standing cosmic mysteries

New 3-D map will help solve long-standing cosmic mysteries A new study led by ANU has created a 3D map of the magnetic field in a small wedge of the Milky Way galaxy, paving the way for future discoveries that will improve our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe. phys.org Go to […]

New Ring of Dust Discovered in the Inner Solar System

New Ring of Dust Discovered in the Inner Solar System Discovering new things in space is a regular occurrence. Astronomers keep finding more distant objects in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Worlds like ‘The Goblin,’ ‘FarOut,’ and ‘FarFarOut‘ are stretching the limits of what our Solar System actually is. But finding new things […]

This is the Final Photograph from Opportunity

This is the Final Photograph from Opportunity Sad. But beautiful. NASA has shared Opportunity’s final photograph from the surface of Mars. The rover’s final resting place is in Endeavour Crater, and barring any statistically unlikely event, it will sit there for centuries, millennia, or even longer. And instead of a tombstone, we have this final […]

A Cosmic Bat in Flight

A Cosmic Bat in Flight Hidden in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation, this Cosmic Bat is spreading its hazy wings through interstellar space two thousand light-years away. It is illuminated by the young stars nestled in its core — despite being shrouded by opaque clouds of dust, their bright rays still illuminate the […]

ESO’s Cosmic Gems Programme captures the Cosmic Bat’s dusty clouds

ESO’s Cosmic Gems Programme captures the Cosmic Bat’s dusty clouds Hidden in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation, this Cosmic Bat is spreading its hazy wings through interstellar space two thousand light-years away. It is illuminated by the young stars nestled in its core — despite being shrouded by opaque clouds of dust, their […]

Astronomers investigate a recently reactivated radio magnetar

Astronomers investigate a recently reactivated radio magnetar A UK-German team of astronomers has conducted observations of a peculiar radio magnetar known as XTE J1810–197, which turned on in December 2018 after an almost decade-long period of quiescence. Results of these observations provide more information about the magnetar properties, and were presented in a paper published […]