11 Solar Systems and 26 New Planets Found!
NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems - hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number o
Astronomy Without A Telescope
As hobbies go, astronomy has a tough reputation. Too hard, too expensive is what I often hear. The problem is simply that people often start on the wrong foot. In particular, they imagine that the
Voice of ‘Lost in Space’ Robot Dies
Will Robinson is on his own when he gets out of “danger” from now on. Dick Tufeld, whose vocal talents gave life to the Robot on the 1960s sci-fi classic “Lost in Space,” die
Space Adventures Planning For Lunar Tourism
Eric Anderson, 37, is the founder of Space Adventures, a company that acts as the middleman for rich people who want to go to space and the Russian space program that sells the seat
NASA’s Manned Mission to Venus Scrubbed
In the mid-1960s, before any Apollo hardware had flown with a crew, NASA was looking ahead and planning its next major programs. It was a bit of a challenge. After all, how do you top la
Star Changes Into An Incredible Diamond Planet
Located about 4,000 light years away towards the Serpens (Serpent) constellation there is a small diamond planet that orbits so close to a pulsar that its gravity should really rip
Largest Solar Radiation Storm Since 2003
Now isn't this interesting! I appeared on the ABC's program 'Star Stuff' a year or so back and made an announcement that the upcoming solar max and the period leading up to it would
Our Astronomy Nights Still Thrill.
Last Tuesday night we had a fantastic night! A large crowd of people from 4 states and one overseas visitor enjoyed a 90 minute presentation and astro viewing by Astro Dave at our regular
Who Owns Space History?
In Lovell’s case, the checklist is so valuable because it contains Lovell’s hand written calculations he used to navigate the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft after its oxygen tank exploded. That’s
Ten Cool Moon Facts
Think you know everything there is to know about the Moon? Think again! Here are 10 interesting facts about the Moon. Some you might already know, and some will be totally new to you. Enjoy!
1. The Moon form
Earth Probably Has Two Moons
As residents of Earth, we've grown accustomed to having just one moon. Let Saturn and its 62 moons be the solar system's showboat; that just leaves us on this planet to enjoy our single natural sate
NASA Designing a Comet Harpoon
Comets are a source of endless fascination for astronomers. Those frozen balls of ice and dust could hold key information about the origin of the planets in our solar system, and of life itself.
What Happens When The Sun Dies?
Our solar system is about 4.6 billion years old, counting from the time the Sun fully developed onwards. Still, someday, things will change, and the Sun will eventually reach the end of its burni
What To Do When Stuff Falls From The Sky
In the past six months, it seems something has fallen from the sky every second minute. In September, the UARS satellite re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a media frenzy. In
Proposal Would Keep Calendar Same Every Year
Each year, Jan. 1 falls on a different day of the week, and the entire following year shifts accordingly. Schools, sports teams, businesses and banks spend many hours and millions