Archive of 2018 February

20Feb2018

The Man Who (Almost) Discovered Pluto

As the New Horizons probe moves away and into the Kuiper belt there have been a lot of thoughtful articles looking back at the people responsible for the discovery of this remarkable little world. (more…)

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20Feb2018

Donald Lynden-Bell, Quasar and Black Hole Expert, Dies at 82

Donald Lynden-Bell, a British theoretical astrophysicist who pioneered research into cosmic quirks like quasars and black holes and contradicted the prevailing premise that the universe is expanding evenly, died on Feb. 6. He was 82. (more…)

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19Feb2018

How You Can Keep Track Of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

Elon Musk’s Starman in the Tesla Roadster launched last week is taking a trip around our solar system, in a large elliptical orbit that will bring him relatively close to Mars, the Sun and other heavenly bodies. (more…)

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19Feb2018

Next Person To Walk On The Moon May be A Woman

Some say its about time! There is at least a one in three chance that the first human to set foot on the moon this century will be a woman, Dr Ellen Ochoa, the head of Nasa’s Johnson space center has said. (more…)

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19Feb2018

Bigger Supermassive Black Holes Wiping Out Entire Galaxies

Researchers at NASA have just discovered that the biggest black holes in the known universe are growing faster than previous researches revealed. It seems nothing in the Universe has limits! (more…)

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18Feb2018

Milky Way No Longer ‘Little Brother’ To Andromeda

Using a new technique to assess the mass of the Andromeda galaxy, researchers have concluded the giant spiral is not so much a big brother (as was firmly believed) to the Milky Way as it is a near twin. (more…)

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18Feb2018

NASA’s K2 Mission Discovers 95 New Extrasolar Planets

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission, known as K2, have discovered 95 new exoplanets, with sizes ranging from mostly rocky super-Earths and fluffy mini-Neptunes to Jupiter-like gaseous giants. (more…)

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18Feb2018

What’s The Odds Elon’s Roadster Will Collide With Earth?

On February 6, SpaceX wrote a new chapter in commercial spaceflight with the successful launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket. Along for the ride was Musk’s red Tesla Roadster, which is now on an elliptical orbit around the Sun. (more…)

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18Feb2018

New Mock Mars Mission Begins With Most International Crew Yet

Atop a volcano, a new eight-month long Mars simulation is underway. For the first time ever, the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project. vIts profiling a future crew. (more…)

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18Feb2018

Astronomers Tracking Close-Passing Asteroid 2017 VR12

Astronomers have been following a space rock labeled 2017 VR12, discovered a few months ago. It’s due to pass safely by Earth at 3.76 times the moon’s distance on March 7. Now that's a close pass! (more…)

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18Feb2018

Astronomers Spot Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster in Flight

Astronomers using the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope in Hawaii have captured images of the Tesla Roadster launched into space as part of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy test. (more…)

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12Feb2018

What Is A Black Hole?

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. (more…)

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12Feb2018

Brightest Star In The Southern Cross

Bluish Acrux, otherwise known as Alpha Crucis, is the brightest star in the constellation Crux the Southern Cross. It is the 13th brightest star in all the sky. (more…)

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11Feb2018

NASA’s New Horizons Images From Record-Breaking Distance

These fuzzy images may look like flashlights shining through a foggy window, but they're actually a testament to the willpower of a plucky spacecraft and the people on Earth who sent it on its mission. (more…)

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11Feb2018

SpaceX Could Save NASA And Future Of Space Exploration

Space exploration and who does it is about to change. The successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket that could actually save NASA and the future of space exploration. (more…)

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11Feb2018

Space-X Launch Faked. Flat Earther’s Still Unconvinced

[Every now and then I like to run DILL stories. This is one of them.Ed] Justin Harvey was driving through Orlando on Tuesday when he saw a rocket leaving a trail of billowing white smoke on its way  above the heavens. (more…)

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