Archive of 2016 March

31Mar2016

SETI – Scoping Out ET

The SETI Institute has inaugurated a greatly expanded hunt for deliberately produced radio signals that would indicate the presence of extraterrestrial intelligence.This is human kind's most ambitious search. (more…)

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31Mar2016

Space Smells Like “Burnt Steak”

Space may be a giant airless vacuum, but astronauts swear that it has an odour. Those who have sniffed the aroma liken it to burning metal, steak, and welding, among other peculiar olfactory memories. (more…)

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31Mar2016

Lights Still On In The Land Of Fire And Ice

Has seeing the Aurora, those beautiful Northern Lights, that have been sung in song and put into rhyme so often been on your bucket list for a long time like mine? Well good news - the wait is over! (more…)

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30Mar2016

Black holes Are A Passage To Another Universe, Says Hawking

Humans could escape from black holes, rather than getting stuck in them, according to a new theory proposed by Stephen Hawking. Here's yesterday's science fiction about to become fact. (more…)

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30Mar2016

Something Just Crashed Into Jupiter

Well, this is seriously quite cool and an incredibly opportune event. Reports are coming in that a number of amateur astronomers have spotted an asteroid or comet slamming into Jupiter. (more…)

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30Mar2016

It’s Not An Email Scam, Nigeria Really Is Sending Astronaut To Space

This week, Nigeria said it would send an astronaut into space by the year 2030. The news was not, as you may have suspected, an update of a widely circulated scam on Facebook. (more…)

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30Mar2016

Continuing The Search For Gravitational Waves

In February, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced it had detected gravitational waves for the first time, confirming the last prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. (more…)

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30Mar2016

Viva ‘Mars World’- Las Vegas May Get Red Planet Experience

An otherworldly tourist attraction could be coming to Sin City a few years from now. A consortium that includes a renowned space designer wants to build a totally new  immersive experience. (more…)

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29Mar2016

Pluto Probably Has An Ocean Under Its Surface

Despite being so far from the sun, tiny Pluto, which is smaller than Earth’s moon, has had an active geologic life from the start, one that continues to present day, research published on Thursday shows. (more…)

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29Mar2016

Evolution of Food in Space – Infographic

The famous leap for mankind made by space pioneers of the 1960’s set a path for another, even greater leap that astronauts are about the make in the following decade. (more…)

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28Mar2016

Gazing At The Stars Pays Off For Kevin

KwaZulu-Natal’s Kevin Govender, 38, took the saying “reach for the stars” seriously, at a young age . The astronomer, now based in Cape Town, will be the first South African to receive the prestigious Edinburgh Medal on Wednesday. (more…)

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28Mar2016

Most Complete Catalogue Ever Of Everything in Our Sky 

We look up into our sky and we think what we see there—the stars, the planets, the sun, the moon—is incredible, but it’s just a small fraction of the greater total of what lies beyond. (more…)

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28Mar2016

A Green Comet Set To Put An Amazing Night Show

A highly bright green comet is about to put an amazing shoe for star gazers. This particular icy space rock, called Comet Linear, will observable from next week and it is going to be about 100 times brighter than astronomers had anticipated. (more…)

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28Mar2016

Volcanic Activity May Have Shifted The Moon’s Axis

Lots of folks think of the moon as a dead rock that's orbiting Earth unchanged. That's untrue — the moon is shrinking and pulling away from us a little bit all the time.About 3 centimetres each year in fact. (more…)

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27Mar2016

China Likely To Beat NASA Back To The Moon

Chinese taikonauts will likely beat NASA astronauts back to the lunar surface in as little as five to ten years, longtime lunar scientist and geologist Paul Spudis now tells me. (more…)

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27Mar2016

Pointers On Using Laser Pointers

A recent addition to the backyard astronomer's toolkit has been flagged as a potential weapon in the terrorist's arsenal. (more…)

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