Good News! NASA Announces that they have Fixed Hubble!

Good News! NASA Announces that they have Fixed Hubble! Update: Hubble took its first picture since it went into safe mode on June 13th! More info here. On Sunday, June 13th, the Hubble Space Telescope gave the astronomical community a fright when its payload computer suddenly stopped working. This prompted the main computer to put […]

Volcanic Activity on Venus Could Explain Phosphine

Volcanic Activity on Venus Could Explain Phosphine Ever since the announcement last September that astronomers found evidence of phosphine in the clouds of Venus, the planet has been getting a lot of attention. It’s not surprising. Phosphine is a potential biosignature: On Earth, it is produced by microbial life. Might a similar biological process be […]

Where can we find a fifth force of nature?

Where can we find a fifth force of nature? We know of four fundamental forces of nature, with no signs of a fifth. But dark matter and dark energy make up over 90% of all the contents of the universe. So the question remains: could there be a fifth force hiding in the “dark sector” […]

We Need to Fix Space Junk Before It’s Too Late

We Need to Fix Space Junk Before It’s Too Late As of 2020, there were over 19,000 pieces of individually tracked space junk in orbit above the Earth. Of those, a mere 2,200 were operational satellites. As more and more satellites go up, the risk of collisions increases. And what are governments doing to stop […]

New Images of Mars From China’s Rover

New Images of Mars From China’s Rover On May 14th, 2021, the China National Space Agency (CNSA) achieved another major milestone when the Tianwen-1 lander successfully soft-landed on Mars, making China the second nation in the world to land a mission on Mars and establish communications from the surface. Shortly thereafter, China National Space Agency […]

WIMPS vs. Axions: What is dark matter?

WIMPS vs. Axions: What is dark matter? Dark matter rules every galaxy. But what exactly is it? Astronomers believe it to be some kind of new, exotic particle. You may have heard some terms tossed around, like WIMPs or axions. Let’s explore what those terms actually mean. First off, there’s a few things that we […]

Is the Universe a Fractal?

Is the Universe a Fractal? We find examples of fractals everywhere in nature. Tree branches, snowflakes, river deltas, cloud formations, and more. So it’s natural to ask the ultimate question: is the entire universe one giant fractal? The answer is…no, but sorta yes. Benoit Mandelbrot, who pretty much everyone agrees introduced the modern concept of […]

Ingenuity is now Mapping the Terrain Around Perseverance

Ingenuity is now Mapping the Terrain Around Perseverance Having eyes in the sky is useful for a variety of activities.  Everything from farming to military operations has benefited from the boom in drone usage, as the small aircraft track the progress of crop disease, enemy movements, or how awesome a professor skier looks going down […]

Don’t Be Surprised if EmDrive Experiments Never Work

Don’t Be Surprised if EmDrive Experiments Never Work Every few years the “EmDrive”, a proposed method of generating rocket thrust without any exhaust, hits the news. Each time, everyone asks: could this be it? Could this be the technological leap to revolutionize spaceflight? Don’t hold your breath. Here’s the basic idea behind the EmDrive. You […]

Shanghai is About to Open the World’s Largest Astronomy Museum

Shanghai is About to Open the World’s Largest Astronomy Museum China has certainly been making its growing power and influence felt in recent years, especially when it comes to the realm of space exploration and science. In the past ten years alone, China has deployed the three space stations with their Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace”) program, […]

From the way These Stars Look, a Supernova is Inevitable

From the way These Stars Look, a Supernova is Inevitable Sometimes loud explosions are easier to deal with when you know they’re coming.  They are also easier to watch out for.  So when astronomers from the University of Warwick found a rare tear-drop shaped star, known as HD265435, they knew they were looking at a […]

According to Elon, Starship Could Chomp up Space Junk

According to Elon, Starship Could Chomp up Space Junk At their South Texas Launch Facility, just outside of the village of Boca Chica, SpaceX is gearing up to test the Super Heavy, the booster element of their Starship launch system. This massive reusable first stage rocket will be responsible for sending the Starship orbital vehicle […]

Report Suggests That Astronauts Shouldn’t get More Than 600 Millisieverts of Radiation Exposure During Their Career. We get 2-3 a Year Down Here on Earth

Report Suggests That Astronauts Shouldn’t get More Than 600 Millisieverts of Radiation Exposure During Their Career. We get 2-3 a Year Down Here on Earth Space may be pretty, but it’s dangerous. Astronauts face a much higher dose of ionizing radiation than us Earth-bound folks, and a new report says that NASA’s current guidelines and […]

The Sun Hammered Earth With Megaflares in its Youth

The Sun Hammered Earth With Megaflares in its Youth Planetary formation theory has been undergoing a lot of changes recently, with an ever expanding litany of events that can potentially impact it.  Everything from gravity to magnetic fields seems to impact this complex process.  Now scientists want to add another confounding factor – massive solar […]