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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Europe has four more Galileo navigation satellites in the sky following their launch on an Ariane 5 rocket. After todays success, only one more launch remains before the Galileo constellation is complete and delivering global coverage.
Last week the always-interesting Maria Popova of Brain Pickings wrote a piece about the book. I was pleased to see what she wrote because it was clear that she really understood many of the several things I was trying to do in making the book. (I say
The next destination for NASAs New Horizons spacecraft is a small space rock in the Kuiper belt called MU69. Now we know it may have an even smaller moon
What is the most wonderful time of the year? In my opinion, it is when the new Year In Space Calendars come out! This is our most-recommended holiday gift every year and whether its the gigantic wall calendar or the spiral-bound desk calendar the 201
Scientists have a better sense of how bright areas on Ceres formed and changed over time -- processes indicative of an active, evolving world.
STARtorialist is an astronomy fashion blog (also on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook), run by by Emily Rice and Summer Ash, that curates and shares astronomy and science-themed clothing, accessories, decor, and more. This is one of the projects
A Hubble Space Telescope View of Globular Cluster M79 It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe. The stars are residents
One way to solve the dark matter problem is to chalk it up to black holes formed moments after the big bang, but they cant account for all the dark matter
Detecting DNAor its extraterrestrial equivalentmay be critical technology for future missions in the search for life beyond Earth. NASA scientists have justifiably focused on water because all biology as we know it requires this fluid. A wild card, h
An international team of astronomers has created the largest map of the movements of galaxies within our Supercluster to date. The post New Map Shows the Motion of all the Galaxies in Our Supercluster appeared first on Universe Today.For almost a cen
Were getting interesting results from analysis of Junos close flybys of Jupiter. The spacecraft has detected hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur ions moving at relativistic speeds in a new radiation zone just outside the atmosphere. We have its JEDI (Jupiter
Mark Hamill steals the show in a master turn by newly-minted STAR WARS auteur Rian Johnson.
Technology image of the week: Prototype for a 3D-printed satellite camera
A series of parallel lines on Saturns moons Dione and Rhea have scientists scratching their heads. Could they be a sign of rings that crashed to the surface?
"If we can figure out what's going in Centaurus A, we can apply this knowledge to our theories and simulations for how galaxies evolve throughout the entire Universe," said Steven Tingay from Curtin University and ICRAR. &am
SpaceX has again pushed back the launch of a used Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule filled with NASA cargo this time to no earlier than Friday (Dec. 15). Find out why.
The Tokyo-based company ispace has just raised $90 million to help make its moon-exploration dreams come true.
Using the Greenbank Radio Telescope, Breakthrough Listen plans to "listen" to 'Oumuamua to see if there are any signs of alien transmissions. The post Breakthrough Listen is Going to Scan ‘Oumuamua, You Know, Just to be Sure it’s
Human spaceflight image of the week: Christmas elves working hard on the Orion service module
Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds.
The US space programme has a new focus on an old destination. President Trump has directed NASA to focus its efforts on crewed missions to the moon before Mars
December 12, 2017: Today's links to headline stories from around the world on the threats, opportunities, and dangers facing our fragile planet --along with an occasional dash of humor, popular culture, and an intriguing conspiracy theory or
While the debate over sending messages to nearby stars continues, its interesting to probe the issue quantitatively, as Jim Benford did on Friday, asking whether recent attempts at METI could be heard at destination. The subject prompts Keith Cooper,
Astronomers measured the magnetic field surrounding a black hole located roughly 8,000 light-years away.
Harrison Schmitt has begun sharing his Apollo 17 diary, just in time for the 45th anniversary of the sixth, last and most recent moon landing mission. The only geologist to fly to the moon, Schmitt has organized the transcripts, public affairs report
President Donald Trump signed his first space policy directive for NASA, ordering a return to the moon in order to send astronauts to Mars and beyond. Here's what NASA and more have to say.
ESA is buttoning up the four Galileo satellites that will sit atop an Ariane 5 for launch. Flight VA240 is scheduled for for tomorrow, 12 December 2017. Europes Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is the host for the launch scheduled for 18:36 GMT (19
Watch live on Wednesday night as ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth from the Space Station
On December 10, KeplerNASAs prized exoplanet discovery telescopewill finally turn back and take a picture of the Earth.
Data collected by the Cassini spacecraft, before it was deliberately crashed into Saturn's atmosphere in September 2017, show that the planet's illustrious rings are casting a shadow in ionized particles over the planet. Cassini has t
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts
An explosion of colors lights up the evening sky as a rare double "moonbow" meets the northern lights in this stunning, star-speckled view.
NASA scientists are using a high-altitude aircraft and sophisticated JPL imaging spectrometer to study environmental impacts from Southern California's devastating wildfires.
As I read the beautifully illustrated "Rocket Science" by aerospace engineer Andrew Rader and illustrator Galen Frazer, I couldn't help thinking how much our understanding of space has changed since I was a kid about 30 years ago.
An international team of astronomers, using multiple observatories, have found the youngest and most distant quasar to date. The post Too Big, Too Soon. Monster Black Hole Seen Shortly After the Big Bang appeared first on Universe Today.It is a well
Atmospheric scientists from the DLR German Aerospace Center join the Earth from Space video programme to discuss the first data from the recently-launched Sentinel-5P satellite
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.
In a breathtaking followup to the mid-October discovery of our first detection of a strange 800 meters long by 80 wide interstellar visitor, the world's scientific community is initiating a probe to see if it's an ancient shard of an.
Recent activity in sending signals to the stars has caught the attention of plasma physicist Jim Benford. The CEO of Microwave Sciences and chairman of the Sail Subcommittee for Breakthrough Starshot, Jim has more than a few doubts about the efficacy
President Donald Trump signed an order Dec. 11 formally directing NASA to send humans back to the moon, but provided no information on schedules or budgets for such an initiative.
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star
A new study lays out why Venus doiesn't have a magnetic field like Earth's. Basically, it may come down to the impact that formed the Moon. The post Earth and Venus are the Same Size, so Why Doesn’t Venus Have a Magnetosphere? Maybe it Didn
Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital vehicle took to the skies today (Dec. 12) in its first test flight in more than a year, according to media reports and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
NASA is about to pick finalists for its next New Frontiers mission. Will Venus make the cut?
Space Science Image of the Week: A massive star nearing the end of its life creates a dynamic bubble in space
We are looking at the way things were “back in the day”. This black hole is an astounding 13-billion light-years away. JPL/Elizabeth Landau — Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest k
"We really had an eye to future use with exoplanets for a reason," said Chris Reinhard, assistant professor in Georgia Tech's School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. "It's possible that the atmospheric met
A training program allowed early-career engineers to test an innovative design.
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas
Little Inventors: Inventions for Space, an initiative open to students in Canada in grades 1 through 9, launched last month with the support of astronaut David Saint-Jacques.