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Astronomers have found a key ingredient for life in the outer reaches of the Milky Way galaxy. The discovery challenges our understanding of the origins of the element and potentially extends the galactic habitable zone. The element that was found in a very unexpected location by a group of astronomers from the... Read more...
As we get ready to close out the year, the Leonid meteor shower is going to reach its peak tomorrow morning, November 18th. While the shower might end up being a bit of a quieter one, there is still the opportunity to see a handful of meteors every hour while taking in the gorgeous night sky in all its glory. The... Read more...
The Taurid meteor shower kicks off the month of November for skywatchers. At its peak, the Taurid meteor shower is expected to showcase about ten meteors per hour, with the Leonids meteor shower following shortly after with an estimated ten to fifteen per hour. The Taurid meteors consist of two streams, the South... Read more...
In true Halloween fashion, a comet twice the size of Mount Everest and that earned the nickname the “Devil Comet” is heading toward Earth. The comet, which has a far less intimidating scientific name, Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, has a short-period orbit around the Sun of about once every 71 years. Comet Pons-Brooks’... Read more...
Jupiter will accompany this weekend's Hunter's Moon as the duo parade across the night sky together. The Hunter's Moon gets its name from the Algonquin Native American tribe and was used to remind native American cultures that it was time to hunt and store up meat for the winter. The October Hunter's Moon might... Read more...
A global team of astronomers detected an eight-billion-year-old fast radio burst (FRB) that is the most ancient to date. The record-breaking FRB destroyed the old record by 50 percent. FRBs are extraordinary events that generate as much energy in a thousandth of a second as the Sun does in a year. Because they also... Read more...
A new study reports two ice giant exoplanets colliding near a sun-like star, creating an astonishing afterglow in deep space. Astronomers were able to view the afterglow of light and plumes of dust as it passed in front of the parent star, dimming it over time. An international team of astronomers came together... Read more...
Astronomers are slamming a massive low-Earth orbit communications satellite because it is brighter in the night sky than most stars. Astronomers are concerned that without some type of regulation on these extremely bright satellites, the effect could be detrimental to observing the stars from Earth and performing... Read more...
Later this week, sky watchers will be privy to the last supermoon of 2023 and its being a Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon will be accompanied by two planets shining brightly in the night sky, Saturn and Jupiter. A Harvest Moon denotes the time of year when the full moon has unique characteristics. One of those is... Read more...
The Moon will be at its brightest and fullest as it passes by the ringed planet Saturn in the night sky this week. This is the second full Moon of August, making it the year's only Super Blue Moon. Saturn comes to opposition of Earth's Moon nearly every year. While it takes one Earth year for our home planet to... Read more...
The second full Moon of August will be a Supermoon as well as a Blue Moon all wrapped into one. Along with the incredible Supermoon, Saturn will be its closest and brightest for the year. The second full moon in a single month is classified as a Blue Moon, according to the definition set by Sky and Telescope... Read more...
A team of astronomers shared new images captured by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) of the iconic Ring Nebula known as Messier 57 (M57). The awe-inspiring images highlight the nebula's labyrinthine allure in astonishing detail. It's like something out of a science-fiction movie. Ms57 is a planetary nebula... Read more...
An international team of astronomers has discovered a new type of stellar object that challenges how the physics of neutron stars are understood. The deep space object that has them questioning themselves is an extremely rare type of star with an immensely strong magnetic field producing incredibly powerful bursts of... Read more...
A Jupiter-like planet has escaped what should have been certain death at the hands of its sun. Exoplanet 8 UMi b, named Halla, which closely orbits its host star Baekdu, survived a period of murderous stellar transition that would have typically consumed and annihilated close-in planets. Our very own Sun will one... Read more...
Stargazers will be able to view a rare alignment of five planets in the night sky Saturday morning. Mercury, Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune, and Saturn will all be visible just before sunrise. While planets aligning in the starry night sky are not unusual, having five of them perfectly align at the same time is a rarer... Read more...
An international team of astronomers has discovered the second-ever multiplanetary circumbinary system, giving Star Wars fans more hope that one day they might be able to travel to a Tatooine-like planet. The newly found planet, BEBOP-1c, joins TOI-1338b, which was discovered in the same system in 2020. A... Read more...
Heads up! On March 28th, five planets will be putting on a rare celestial show in a parade of planets, with guest appearances by the moon and start cluster Messier 35. Tuesday March 28th will see Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Venus (plus Earth, if you want to include Terra Firma) lined up for an infrequent... Read more...
A new study proposes how Earth's evil twin, Venus, may have once been habitable for a brief amount of time in its past. Researchers suggest that Venus has more than likely been uninhabitable for over 70% of its history, which is four times longer than others have estimated. Modern-day Venus is a toxic mess of a... Read more...
Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile discovered a Jupiter-like exoplanet in the AF Leporis system. The system is said to be similar to our own Solar System, with a star roughly the same mass, size, and temperatures as the Sun. Two groups of astronomers took on the task of studying star catalogs... Read more...
A group of scientists have proposed evidence that black holes are what produce dark energy. The new work potentially means nothing needs to be added to what we already know about the Universe to account for dark energy, in that black holes along with Einstein's gravity are the source. The team of 17 researchers... Read more...
Astronomers spotted an unexpected trail in the gas surrounding a dwarf galaxy while using the Hubble Space Telescope. During the team's observations, a trail of an ejected supermassive black hole is believed to have been detected. The light emitting from the trail traveled more than 7.5 billion years to reach Earth... Read more...
A team of astronomers has discovered a rare Earth-mass exoplanet orbiting in the habitable zone of a star. Exoplanet Wolf 1069 b and the star it orbits, Wolf 1069, are located approximately 31 light-years from Earth. Finding an exoplanet that is within the habitable zone of a nearby star is exceptionally difficult... Read more...
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