Hayabusa2 Left a Dark Spot Where it Touched Down on Ryugu. Engineers Aren’t Sure Why

Hayabusa2 Left a Dark Spot Where it Touched Down on Ryugu. Engineers Aren’t Sure Why On June 27th, 2018, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency‘s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft rendezvoused with the asteroid 162173 Ryugu. Carrying on in the same tradition as its predecessor, Hayabusa2 recently conducted landing operations on the asteroid’s surface as part of the […]

Another Milestone for SpaceX as Crew Dragon Docks with ISS

Another Milestone for SpaceX as Crew Dragon Docks with ISS It’s another milestone for SpaceX as their Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station. In the early morning of March 2nd, the unmanned Crew Dragon launched from complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Then on March 3, at approximately […]

Complex Life Might Require a Very Narrow Habitable Zone

Complex Life Might Require a Very Narrow Habitable Zone A new study has placed new constraints on the emergence of complex life, which effectively narrows what what we would consider to be a star’s “habitable zone” The post Complex Life Might Require a Very Narrow Habitable Zone appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go […]

More Evidence that Planet 9 is Really Out There

More Evidence that Planet 9 is Really Out There What’s going on in the distant reaches of our Solar System? Is there a Planet 9 out there? Out in the frigid expanse of our System, there are bodies on orbital paths that don’t make sense in terms of our eight-planet Solar System. There seems to […]

The Record for the Most Distant Object in the Solar System has been Shattered. Introducing FarFarOut at 140 Astronomical Units

The Record for the Most Distant Object in the Solar System has been Shattered. Introducing FarFarOut at 140 Astronomical Units Remember Far Out, the distant planet at the far reaches of the Solar System, that was discovered in December, 2018? Well, it has been kicked unceremoniously off its pedestal as the most distant object after […]

Weekly Space Hangout: Feb 27, 2019 – Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director of the National Air and Space Museum

Weekly Space Hangout: Feb 27, 2019 – Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director of the National Air and Space Museum Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) In April 2018, Dr. Ellen Stofan became the first […]

Carnival of Space #600

Carnival of Space #600 It’s that time again! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #600. 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 […]

Messier 79 – the NGC 1904 Globular Cluster

Messier 79 – the NGC 1904 Globular Cluster Located 42,000 light-years from Earth is the globular cluster known as Messier 79, which may have originated outside of our galaxy. The post Messier 79 – the NGC 1904 Globular Cluster appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

X-rays Might be a Better Way to Communicate in Space

X-rays Might be a Better Way to Communicate in Space In the coming years, NASA plans to test x-ray technology aboard the ISS as a way of creating more robust communication systems. The post X-rays Might be a Better Way to Communicate in Space appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to Source

Meet WFIRST, The Space Telescope with the Power of 100 Hubbles

Meet WFIRST, The Space Telescope with the Power of 100 Hubbles WFIRST ain’t your grandma’s space telescope. Despite having the same size mirror as the surprisingly reliable Hubble Space Telescope, clocking in at 2.4 meters across, this puppy will pack a punch with a gigantic 300 megapixel camera, enabling it to snap a single image […]