Archive of 2016 April

22Apr2016

NASA Spacecraft Found In 50-year-Old Time Capsule

A NASA model of a Gemini-Titan II launch vehicle was found inside a time capsule buried 50 years ago in Houston.  The first item pulled out from the newly- unearthed time capsule was a small, conical piece of black plastic. (more…)

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21Apr2016

Three Mind-Bending Implications Of Multidimensional Universes

Edwin Hubble discovered that space itself was getting bigger. Hubble’s discovery, combined with non-Euclidean geometries indicated that the cosmos exists in more than the three dimensions we’re acquainted with in everyday life. (more…)

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21Apr2016

Could Our Sun Emit Killer Superflare?

Every now and then, large solar storms strike the Earth, causing auroras and power cuts. These events are, however, nothing compared to the apocalyptic destruction we would experience if the Earth were struck by a superflare. (more…)

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20Apr2016

World Wide Solstice Festival 19 June 2016

Welcome to the WORLDWIDE SOLSTICE FESTIVAL!!! First, a word from promoters Pamela & Randy Shivak and John O'Neal (USA). Both are experienced observers and respected affiliates of  the world's finest astronomical  institutions. (more…)

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18Apr2016

An Introduction To Safe Solar Viewing

Experienced amateur solar observers are not only good at what they do, they're highly creative as well. Case in point, this amazing image of the Sun superimposed on an 'impossible ocean' by Australian solar imager John Earl. (more…)

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18Apr2016

100 Weird Objects Sent Into Space

"Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul." That was the message from Paul McCartney when, in 2008, Nasa beamed into space the Beatles song Across the Universe via its Deep Space Network.  (more…)

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16Apr2016

How Do I Become … An Astronomer?

Marek Kukula says he was “a kid always asking questions” so perhaps becoming a scientist was always on the cards. It was on a trip to the Jodrell Bank telescope in Cheshire at age 14 that Kukula decided what he wanted to do. (more…)

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16Apr2016

Is Hawking’s Interstellar ‘Starshot’ Possible?

When viewed on a cosmic scale, humanity lives on a tiny grain of sand floating in an unimaginably-deep ocean. Huge expanses of space separate even the distance to the closest stars. (more…)

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15Apr2016

Incredible Eclipse Image Reveals the Sun in Unprecedented Detail

The unbelievable photos that arose from the March 9th total solar eclipse were extraordinary no doubt. But now NASA has gone one better by generating a composite view of the eclipse.  (more…)

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15Apr2016

Could You Live in Green Bank, West Virginia?

Could you live in a place with no wireless? That’s the reality for citizens in Green Bank, West Virginia. They live without many of the conveniences we take for granted on a daily basis, and they seem pretty happy about that. (more…)

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14Apr2016

NASA Really Is Trying to Grow Potatoes On Mars

As humans prepare to blast off to Mars, there is still the question of what they’ll eat once they colonize the red planet. Scientists who have traveled here to the Peruvian desert say they have the answer. Potatoes. (more…)

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14Apr2016

Space Probe Finds 72 New Objects Near Earth

 When you think of Earth, do you see our bright blue planet floating out in the vast darkness of space all alone with nothing around it? Maybe you imagine the ring of satellites and spacecraft circling the planet. (more…)

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14Apr2016

A Rare Gimpse Of NASA’s Otherworldly Treasures

Building 31 on the campus of Johnson Space Center lacks the Tower of London’s majesty and history. No Queen’s Guard stand outside. But this drab, 1960s-era building is nonetheless unusual. (more…)

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14Apr2016

NASA’s ‘Sailing’ To Solar System’s Edge in 10 Years

NASA has begun testing the concept for a 40-kilometre-wide successor to the solar sail that could send spacecraft to the edge of our solar system in less than 10 years. (more…)

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13Apr2016

Stephen Hawking Helps Launch Interstellar Space Exploration Project

Stephen Hawking wants humanity to reach the stars. The famed cosmologist, along with a group of scientists and billionaire investor Yuri Milner, unveiled an ambitious new $100 million project today (April 12) (more…)

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13Apr2016

Fancy A Hotel In Space?

 Most people aren’t aware of this but 300 kilometres overhead a dream is taking shape. A prototype for what could be a new generation of inflatable, commercial orbital hotels for the upcoming space tourism business. (more…)

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