OSIRIS-REx Flew 620 Meters Above its Landing Site. Confirms that it’s a Boulder-Strewn Nightmare, Just Like the Rest of Bennu

OSIRIS-REx Flew 620 Meters Above its Landing Site. Confirms that it’s a Boulder-Strewn Nightmare, Just Like the Rest of Bennu NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its target, asteroid Bennu (101955 Bennu), on December 3rd, 2018. Since then, the spacecraft has been examining the asteroid’s surface, looking for a suitable landing spot to collect a sample. The […]

This is Probably Sandstone Layers on Mars. Absolutely Beautiful

This is Probably Sandstone Layers on Mars. Absolutely Beautiful NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been in orbit around Mars for almost 14 years. It carries a variety of instruments with it, including the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument. That instrument has collected thousands of images of Mars. CRISM’s main purpose is […]

Rosetta Saw the Building Blocks of Life on Comet 67P

Rosetta Saw the Building Blocks of Life on Comet 67P Why is there so little nitrogen in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P)? That’s a question scientists asked themselves when they looked at the data from the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft. In fact, it’s a question they ask themselves every time they measure the gases in a comet’s coma. […]

Carnival of Space #647

Carnival of Space #647 This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #647. 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. […]

Betelgeuse is Continuing to Dim! It’s Down to 1.506 Magnitude

Betelgeuse is Continuing to Dim! It’s Down to 1.506 Magnitude Betelgeuse keeps getting dimmer and everyone is wondering what exactly that means. The star will go supernova at the end of its life, but that’s not projected to happen for tens of thousands of years or so. So what’s causing the dimming? Villanova University astronomers […]

Weekly Space Hangout: January 22, 2019 – Dr. Kenneth Carpenter of HST and WFIRST

Weekly Space Hangout: January 22, 2019 – Dr. Kenneth Carpenter of HST and WFIRST Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Allen Versfeld (https://www.urban-astronomer.com/ / @uastronomer) Carolyn Collins Petersen (TheSpaceWriter.com / @spacewriter) Michael Rodruck (@michaelrodruck) This week we welcome Dr. Kenneth Carpenter to the Weekly Space Hangout. Ken is the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground System […]

A Twilight Tryst: Venus Meets Neptune in the Dusk Sky

A Twilight Tryst: Venus Meets Neptune in the Dusk Sky Never seen Neptune? It’s time you should, and this weekend offers a fine time to try, as the faintest planet in the solar system approaches the brightest in the dusk sky, for a splendid conjunction of the pair. This approach culminates as a fine conjunction […]

Curiosity Looked up and Saw Phobos During the Daytime

Curiosity Looked up and Saw Phobos During the Daytime This image of Phobos in the sky above Mars was taken by Curiosity in 2012 and was recently refurbished by famed NASA software engineer Kevin Gill. The post Curiosity Looked up and Saw Phobos During the Daytime appeared first on Universe Today. Universe Today Go to […]

China’s 500-Meter FAST Radio Telescope is Now Operational

China’s 500-Meter FAST Radio Telescope is Now Operational The world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope is officially open for business according to Xinhua, China’s official state-run media. The FAST Radio Telescope saw fist light in 2016 but has been undergoing testing and commissioning since then. FAST stands for Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope. FAST’s […]

Crew Dragon Abort Test is Scheduled for Saturday Morning

Crew Dragon Abort Test is Scheduled for Saturday Morning On Saturday morning, Jan. 18th, 2020, SpaceX and NASA will be conducting the in-flight abort test of the Crew Dragon, bringing it one step closer to sending astronauts to the ISS. The post Crew Dragon Abort Test is Scheduled for Saturday Morning appeared first on Universe […]