Archive of 2017 March

19Mar2017

Ryan Gosling to Play Neil Armstrong in ‘First Man’ Biopic

Ryan Gosling will portray Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, in a new biopic helmed by La La Land and Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (more…)

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19Mar2017

Russia Wants New Cosmonauts for Moon Voyage

Russia's space agency on Tuesday announced a recruitment drive for young would-be cosmonauts who it hopes will become the country's first on the Moon. And women are welcome, an official stressed. (more…)

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18Mar2017

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

Black holes are known as a region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape. Scientists believe that they are formed when the body of a huge star collapses in on itself. (more…)

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18Mar2017

Nasa’s Europa Mission On The Budget Cutting Room Floor

Surprise surprise! NASA’s hopes of landing a robot on the icy moon of Europa in the search for life have been dashed under proposed new cuts to the space program. (more…)

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17Mar2017

ABC Presents Stargazing Live

One of the most exciting fields in astronomy, really, in all of science, is the search for alien worlds. The first planet around another star was found in 1992. Fast forward two decades, and we now know of hundreds of such planets (more…)

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16Mar2017

10 Telescopes That Are Perfect For Beginners

The night sky is always intriguing every time you look at it. That is attributed to the twinkles from afar, the long beams of light peering into the sky to make it blue and the twilight that brightens up the whole sky. (more…)

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13Mar2017

Interesting Facts About Uranus

On this day, March 13, 1781 the 7th planet, Uranus, was discovered completely by accident. British astronomer William Herschel was performing a survey of all stars when he noticed a very faint object that that moved in front of the fixed stars. (more…)

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12Mar2017

Asteroid Strike – Its Not the Impact That Kills You

Wind kills. The most casualties from an asteroid impact won’t come from the impact itself. The wind, pressure and heat caused by the crash are far more dangerous, no matter where the asteroid hits. (more…)

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12Mar2017

Lego To Produce ‘Women Of Nasa’ Set

Children's Lego boxes may already contain yellow Batman, Harry Potter and Star Wars characters, but soon they will also contain female Nasa pioneers. The Danish toy company is making a new set of five figurines. (more…)

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12Mar2017

Proof Daylight Saving Is Dumb, Dangerous, And Costly

The suffering of the spring time change begins with the loss of an hour of sleep. That might not seem like a big deal, but researchers have found it can be dangerous to mess with sleep schedules. (more…)

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11Mar2017

Dave Reneke – 50 Years Of Astronomy

I've often been asked what I do, where I've been and what sort of activities I've engaged in throughout my 50 years involvement in astronomy and space. Here is a brief overview written from a  'non personal' perspective. (more…)

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11Mar2017

Night Sky Lesson For Beginners

“Twinkle, twinkle little star – how I wonder what you are.” The words to that popular tune were written by Jane Taylor in 1806 and I bet there isn’t a person alive who hasn’t gazed up at the stars and sung that to themselves. Well we do know what stars are and a whole lot more. But stars don’t really twinkle! It’s an optical illusion. If you were in space stars would be just bright, unblinking points of light. It’s our atmosphere which scatters the starlight before it reaches your eye, causing that ‘twinkling’ effect. Astronomers use this twinkling effect to calculate what the seeing is going to be like from one night to the next. When you see a star low down on the horizon twinkling like crazy you can bet it’s not going to be a good

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11Mar2017

What If The Sun Disappeared?

If the sun disappeared, we’d have no idea it had gone for 8.5 minutes. We’d still see it as an eerie sight, lingering, like a ghost  in the sky above Earth’s day side. (more…)

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11Mar2017

Nasa Space Centre Is The Definition Of Amazing

What a great job NASA has done renovating and re-displaying much of its iconic space hardware for show. America’s Kennedy Space Center seems to “get it” when considering the legacy of our great nation and the incredible manned mission of NASA. (more…)

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11Mar2017

The ‘Star’ Of Our Solar System

The next time you get sun burnt from being outside too long spare a thought for how powerful that ball of energy is that dominates the daytime sky. The Sun warms our planet, provides the light by which we see and is necessary for life on Earth. (more…)

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10Mar2017

Hubble Dates Black Hole’s Last Big Meal

For the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it's been a long time between dinners. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found that the black hole ate its last big meal about 6 million years ago. (more…)

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