Archive of 2017 April

16Apr2017

A Rock of Gibraltar Size Asteroid Is Hurtling Toward Earth

Look up, its potentially dangerous.  There is an asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar is about to zip past Earth on April 19 at a relatively safe but dangerously close distance, according to astronomers. (more…)

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16Apr2017

New Space Race Heating Up Regarding Commercial Spaceflight

In the 1960s, Houston was home to fearless astronauts who risked their lives. They returned from space to a hero's homecoming. Now, after a very long and protracted wait a new space race is heating up. (more…)

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16Apr2017

Nasa Audit: Sls Rocket Unlikely To Launch In ’18

NASA’s new deep space rocket and capsule probably won’t be ready for a planned first launch from Kennedy Space Center next year, the agency’s internal auditors reported Thursday (April 13). (more…)

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15Apr2017

Giant Water Plume Detected Again on Jupiter Moon Europa

What appears to be a huge plume of water vapour has again been spotted emanating from Jupiter's icy moon Europa, boosting scientists' confidence that the phenomenon is real ands raising hopes of finding life. (more…)

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15Apr2017

Second ‘Great Spot’ Found At Jupiter

Another "Great Spot" has been found at Jupiter, this one cold and high up. Scientists reported Tuesday that the dark expanse is 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers) across and 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) wide. (more…)

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14Apr2017

Astronomers May Finally Have the First Picture of a Black Hole

Using a massive telescope network, scientists have data in hand that could open new frontiers in our understanding of gravity.For the monster at the Milky Way’s heart, it’s a wrap. (more…)

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14Apr2017

21st Century Space Age Dreaming Again

Among the millions of words written about the 1960s Moon Race between USA and USSR, one word that once exemplified the spirit of those times is finally coming back into today’s 21st Century space endeavors: Dream. (more…)

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14Apr2017

Evidence For A Habitable Region On Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

In an exciting and tantalizing exercise, scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. (more…)

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09Apr2017

Mars May Become A Ringed Planet Someday

In a few tens of millions of years, the Red Planet may completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos, and form a ring of rocky debris, according to the new work. Phobos is moving closer to Mars every year. (more…)

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09Apr2017

Yuri’s Night Celebrates 56 Years of Spaceflight

A world-wide celebration of man's first spaceflight 56 years ago this week has begun, culminating in “Yuri's Night” April 12.  That's the date when Russian Yuri Gagarin was blasted off Earth into orbit to become the first spaceman.      (more…)

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08Apr2017

Lunar Colonies Will Need To Live Underground

For decades the thought of colonising the Moon has tantalised scientists and visionaries alike.  Various colonies have graced our screens, from the sprawling Moonbase Alpha in Space: 1999 to the compact mining colony in Moon. (more…)

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08Apr2017

World’s Largest Pair of Safe Solar Glasses

As the U.S. gears up for the next total solar eclipse taking place Aug. 21, American Paper Optics, the world's leading manufacturer of solar eclipse and 3-D glasses, has built the world's largest pair of functioning safe solar eclipse glasses. (more…)

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08Apr2017

NASA Will Destroy a $3.26 Billion Saturn Probe To Protect Saturn

For nearly three decades, researchers have worked to design, build, launch, and operate an unprecedented mission to explore Saturn. Its called Cassini-Huygens — or Cassini for short. (more…)

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07Apr2017

ABC Stargazing Live Viewers Make Significant Discovery

  Citizen scientists participating in ABC’s Stargazing Live have made an important discovery using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, in collaboration with the Zooniverse project, the University of California Santa Cruz and at Caltech. (more…)

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04Apr2017

Stargazing Live: Aussies Share Their View Of The Sky

Over three consecutive nights, across ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox and presenter Julia Zemiro are joined by a cast of Australia’s leading scientists and familiar faces to inspire the nation to ‘look up.’ (more…)

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03Apr2017

A Childhood Telescope And A Childhood Dream.

Hi Everyone. I'm Tom Pickett. I hope you're having a good day and thanks for your company. A week ago I posted an advertisement on Cloudy Nights classifieds forum looking to see if I could find my old telescope. (more…)

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