Archive of 2018 July

29Jul2018

Brilliant Mars Close Encounter This Week!

Look to the south or southeast sky after dark during the next week or so and you will see the brightly beaming, rust-colored planet Mars. It looks like a small jewel hanging about 30 to 35 degrees above the horizon.

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29Jul2018

A Dead Star Is Eating Its Own Planets

Astronomers have found a star that’s eating its own planets. That might sound weird, but trust me, this gets a lot weirder. The star was found in the massive database of observations taken by the European Space Agency’s Gaia telescope (more…)

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29Jul2018

Virgin Galactic’s Space Plane Reaches New Heights

Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane VSS Unity just soared to new heights, and you can go along for the ride, thanks to a new video. I predict the first paying passengers will fly to space this year. (more…)

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29Jul2018

How To Grow Crops On Mars To Live There

Preparations are already underway for missions that will land humans on Mars in a decade or so. But what would people eat if these missions eventually lead to the permanent colonisation of the red planet? (more…)

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29Jul2018

Amazing Water Discovery! Mars Lake Found

Liquid water on Mars? Again? Yes, again. The announcement came at a press briefing held by the Italian Space Agency in Rome. This could very well be the most important planetary discovery in over 100 years! (more…)

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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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