Archive of 2018 July

23Jul2018

No Telescope? No Problem

As hobbies go, astronomy has a tough reputation. Too hard and too expensive is what I often hear. People imagine the way to start is to buy a telescope. Wrong! (more…)

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23Jul2018

How Large Can Black Holes Be?

Thanks to a new study done with data from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory, scientists will be re-thinking just how big a black hole can be. (more…)

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22Jul2018

Coming Up – Blood Moon and Mars Close Spectacular!

This week will be a real treat for stargazers - there are five planets to see in the evening sky, Mars will be the closest we’ve seen in 15 years, and on the morning of July 28 there will be a total 'Blood Red' lunar eclipse. (more…)

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22Jul2018

Putin Challenges Roscosmos to “Drastically Improve”

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Roscosmos to meet deadlines for the nation’s future Angara, Soyuz-5 and “super-heavy class” rockets while fixing quality-control issues that have dogged the Russian space program  in recent years.

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20Jul2018

Astronomers Discovered 10 New Moons of Jupiter

Jupiter is often described as a solar system in miniature. The gas giant is made out of the same basic ingredients as the sun — hydrogen and helium — and is surrounded by an array of geologically diverse moons. (more…)

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20Jul2018

Giant Impact May Have Created Mars’ Moons

Mars may have gained its two tiny moons after an asteroid-size object slammed into it. New models suggest an object the size of the largest asteroid belt could have kicked up enough material to form Mars' two moons, Phobos and Deimos. (more…)

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15Jul2018

Surprise Discovery – An Asteroid That Has an Orbital ‘Twin’

Sometimes in life you get more than you bargained for – NASA has just confirmed that a near-Earth asteroid is actually two asteroids locked together in orbit as they hurtle through the cosmos.

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15Jul2018

Universe’s Expansion Rate Different Depends Where You Look

Observations from NASA's Hubble and ESA's Gaia telescope have given researchers the most precise measurements to date of the universe's expansion rate. (more&hell

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15Jul2018

First Space Tourism Flight Only Months Away

Its not far off! The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights - though neither has set a firm date. (more…)

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15Jul2018

Great Worldwide Locations for Stargazing on Holiday

Our skies are so blotted with man made light that a staggering 80% of Americans can’t see the Milky Way but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some stargazing this summer. (more…)

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15Jul2018

First Confirmed Image of Newborn Planet

Our understanding of planet formation is often shrouded in theoretical models. But now, scientists have directly observed a new planet in the gaseous disk around a young star about 370 light-years from Earth.

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15Jul2018

Astrophysicists Pinpoint Home Of ‘Ghost Particles’

In a far corner of the cosmos four billion years ago, a tiny particle called a neutrino started its journey to Earth. It zipped along at near the speed of light towards our neck of the universe, never deviating from its course.

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14Jul2018

Chris Hadfield Says We Could Have Gone To Mars Decades Ago

Chris Hadfield is best known for recording David Bowie's song "Space Oddity" in zero gravity. But his real accomplishment is an incredible amount of space travel experience, and ability to make necessary change now. (more…)

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14Jul2018

Blood Moon, Blue Moon and Black Moon: How They Are Named

A rare celestial event will take place on July 27 when the moon will be visible to the naked human eye in reddish colour. Scientists say this will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. (more…)

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08Jul2018

Why Bother Searching For E.T.?

This letter is about the futility of  searching for extra terrestrial intelligent species, and  planning to visit other stars. (more…)

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08Jul2018

Eight Ways Commercial Space Travel Will Change Things

Space travel for everyone can be a little difficult to image with our current technology levels. However, companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are working to make it happen. (more…)

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