The Largest Rotating Objects in the Universe: Galactic Filaments Hundreds of Millions of Light-Years Long

The Largest Rotating Objects in the Universe: Galactic Filaments Hundreds of Millions of Light-Years Long We’ve known for a while about the large-scale structure of the Universe. Galaxies reside in filaments hundreds of millions of light-years long, on a backbone of dark matter. And, where those filaments meet, there are galaxy clusters. Between them are […]

Catch New Galactic Nova Herculis 2021 in Hercules the Hero

Catch New Galactic Nova Herculis 2021 in Hercules the Hero Now’s the time to catch Nova Herculis 2021, before it fades from view. …And then, there were two. Fresh off of the eruption of Nova Cassiopeiae 2021 early this year, another galactic nova made itself known earlier this past weekend, as a ‘new star’ or […]

Iridescent Clouds on Mars Seen by Curiosity

Iridescent Clouds on Mars Seen by Curiosity Laying on a grassy field staring at the cloud formations in the sky and coming up with harebrained ideas about their shapes is a common feature in childhood summers – at least as they’re portrayed in media.  Someday that image might translate to a child laying on a […]

Astronomers Have Found the Perfect Exoplanet to Study Another World’s Atmosphere

Astronomers Have Found the Perfect Exoplanet to Study Another World’s Atmosphere TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has found a new planet, and the discovery of this sub-Neptune exoplanet has scientists excited about atmospheres. The combination of the planet’s size, its thick atmosphere, and its orbit around a small M-class star close to Earth provides researchers […]

It’s Time for Perseverance to get to Work

It’s Time for Perseverance to get to Work Given all of the news surrounding the landing and first few months of operation of the Perseverance rover on Mars, it might be surprising that its actual science mission hasn’t even started yet.  That changed on June 1st when the rover officially kicked off its first science […]

ESA is Joining NASA With Their own Mission to Venus

ESA is Joining NASA With Their own Mission to Venus It’s an exciting time to be a Venus watcher.  Our sister planet, which has been the target of only one mission since the 1980s, is now the focus of not one, not two, but three missions from NASA and ESA.  Combined, they promise to give […]

What Mission Could Detect Oceans at Uranus’ Moons?

What Mission Could Detect Oceans at Uranus’ Moons? Exploration of ocean worlds has become a hot topic of late, primarily due to their role as a potential harbor for alien life.  Moons that have confirmed subsurface oceans garner much of the attention, such as Enceladus and Europa.  But they may not be the only ones.  […]