Archive of 2014 August

24Aug2014

14 Things You Didn’t Know How The Sun Will Die

The Sun is about halfway through its life, some 4.6 billion years old. In 5 billion years, it will cease being a normal “adult” star. Here’s how the star that you owe everything to — light, warmth, energy, and life dies. (more…)

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24Aug2014

Boy, 8, Wants To Travel To Mars

A star-gazing eight-year-old is over the moon at becoming the youngest student to gain an A grade in GCSE astronomy. Home-educated Sebastian Carrington passed the exam with flying colours. (more…)

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24Aug2014

The First Astronomical Telescope

405 years ago Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers. This was not Galileo’s only technological advance. He also created  a geometric and military compass... and more. (more…)

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23Aug2014

Probe Survives Daring Dive Through Venus Atmosphere

A European spacecraft that's been orbiting Venus for the past eight years has finished a month-long manoeuvre that sent it rocketing through the outer reaches of the hellishly hot planet's atmosphere. (more…)

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23Aug2014

European Mars Conference 2014 – Humans to Mars

Let’s say it straight. Mars is, without any doubt our next step in space exploration, sparking our imagination for many years in spaceflight history. After sending tons of scientific rovers, it’s about time to change things. (more…)

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23Aug2014

Voyager Map Details Neptune’s Strange Moon Triton

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager’s historic footage of Triton has been “restored” and used to advantage. (more…)

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22Aug2014

Solving Stephen Hawking’s Black Hole Paradox

Professor Chris Adami of Michigan State University may have solved Stephen Hawking’s black hole mystery. For years physicists worldwide have been trying to solve the mysteries of black holes. (more…)

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21Aug2014

Meteor Craters Around The World – Infographic

We all want to get our hands on some of the most beautiful (and if possible, rare!) meteorites out there. But have we ever taken the time to step back from our astronomical pursuits and think, where did it all come from?

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21Aug2014

This Is What Your Home On Mars Could Look Like

Humans living on Mars is a fascinating concept. We already have Mars One looking to establish a Mars colony, and NASA planning manned missions to the Red Planet. Planning is well under-way for that. (more…)

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21Aug2014

Meteorite ‘A Gift From Heaven,’ NASA Scientist Says

When Lisa Webber of Novato heard a "boom-badda-boom" in her kitchen two years ago, she had no idea that a golfball-sized meteorite more than 4.5 billion years old had just hit loudly on her roof. (more…)

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19Aug2014

Mars – Digging Deep Down

Scarring the southern highlands of Mars is one of the Solar System’s largest impact basins: Hellas, with a diameter of 2300 km and a depth of over 7 km. Hellas is thought to have formed between 3.8 and 4.1 billion years ago. (more…)

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17Aug2014

A Spectacular Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter August 18

We’re talking about a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Venus. Venus has been dominating the dawn sky for 2014, and things are about to get interesting.This will be worth getting up for. (more…)

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17Aug2014

Scoping Out ET in Western Australia

The first detection of ET might happen from a telescope based in Western Australia. Surprised? I thought so, and I’ll tell you how shortly. Australian scientists and engineers are world leaders in radio astronomy. (more…)

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17Aug2014

The ‘Nuttier’ Side Of Ufology

You wonder why we call ourselves an "intelligent species." More and more, we see outrageous claims from amateur internet sleuths with zero technical qualifications who make all sorts of statements online. (more…)

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16Aug2014

Everyone Hates NASA’s Asteroid Capture Program

In the early 2020s, the space agency will send a robotic vehicle equipped with an enormous bag to capture a 10-meter-diameter piece of a near-Earth asteroid and tug it into lunar orbit. An ambitious project. (more…)

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16Aug2014

Nasa Reveal Meteorite’s Rough And Tumble Journey

A meteorite that fell onto the roof of a house in Novato, California, on Oct. 17, 2012, has revealed a detailed picture of its origin and tumultuous journey through space and Earth’s atmosphere. (more…)

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