Items tagged with astronomy

What do the final months or days of a dying star look like? Human beings have observed supernovae but there is still so much to learn about them. This includes the warning signs that different kinds of stars release. Scientists for the very first time recently witnessed the destruction of a red supergiant star several... Read more...
Just before noon on New Year's Day there were numerous reports of a thundering boom that shook windows in southwestern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NASA has since confirmed that it was in fact a meteor that exploded in the sky. As many were still fighting off the grogginess from New Years Eve in Pittsburgh... Read more...
With 2021 in the books, there is still much to look forward to when it comes to viewing the night sky in 2022. January will be bringing us a new Moon, a meteor shower, and the chance to see a couple of planets shining near the Moon. The last month of 2021 provided plenty for sky watchers to take in. The Geminid... Read more...
NASA finished out 2021 with a critical deployment milestone for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program, as the second mid-boom completed its process just before midnight. With the milestone reached, the telescope's sunshield has expanded to take on its full diamond shape in space. NASA had a very busy and... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was finally launched into space Christmas Day and began its long journey into hopefully finding out some of the mysteries of our Solar System. A NASA astrophysicist talks about why JWST looks the way it does and more in a recent YouTube video. On December 25th NASA finally... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of NASA's most highly anticipated missions. Teams of scientists and astronomers are incredibly anxious to begin receiving the telescope's highly advanced data and imagery back here on Earth after launch. But before those pictures from space can be taken, JWST will complete... Read more...
The Ursid Meteor shower is the last chance for everyone to see a celestial light show this year. So get ready for the Little Dipper to pour out some shooting star soup into our night sky. The night sky has been a busy place as of late. Recently the Geminid and Leonid meteor showers have sent shooting stars dancing... Read more...
The night when Santa Claus soars through the air is fast approaching, but there’s something else to see in the evening sky even before that. Comet Leonard is still making its way across the solar system. Under the right conditions, you don’t even need binoculars or a telescope to see it, and in fact it could easily be... Read more...
Sounds sent back from NASA's Juno probe as it passes Jupiter's moon Ganymede has the eerie feeling of something right out of a science fiction flick. New pictures of Jupiter also has NASA comparing its atmosphere and oceans with Earth's. NASA has its hands full lately with all its missions and information that is... Read more...
The next full moon is just around the corner and it is one with many names. Also, this polyonymous moon will be at its fullest tomorrow, December 18, 2021. The Moon has been in the headlines recently for a few reasons. NASA is set to launch its first Artemis mission soon that will include sending humankind back to... Read more...
The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (ESO's VLTI) has peered where no telescope looked before and gathered the sharpest images of the region around the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way. In doing so, it has provided the data for the most precise measurement yet... Read more...
Have you ever dreamed of having The James Webb Telescope in your own backyard to be able to view it from every angle? Well NASA has come up with an app that will allow you to do just that. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled to launch in just under two weeks on December 22nd. It is going to be the... Read more...
Astronomers watched as star EK Draconis ejected a massive burst of energy more powerful than anything scientists have viewed in our own solar system. The star is located dozens of lightyears from Earth, but it gives scientists a better idea of what is possible from our own Sun. On December 7, NASA launched two new... Read more...
Comet Leonard is set to debut in the night skies during the first part of December. This will be the first time the comet has been this close in roughly 70,000 years. Stargazers have been seeing a lot of action in the night sky as of late. Just last month the Leonid meteor shower put on a show of shooting stars... Read more...
The European Southern Observatory's aptly named Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) recently discovered a pair of supermassive black holes that are the closest to Earth yet. The pair also broke the record for being the closest to one another, which has a broader implication. In a galaxy far, far away astronomers... Read more...
The Galactic Center (GC) region of the Milky Way galaxy contains a supermassive black hole called, Sagittarius A, along with other types of particle accelerators and supernova remnants. It is here where astronomers and scientists found a new structure extending north and south of the galactic center. NASA and... Read more...
The upcoming Leonid meteor shower should produce an incredible show of streaking lights across the midnight skies. If you are wanting to see some of the show, then it is best to know when and where viewing will be at its peak. The Leonid meteor shower happens each year in the month of November. This year it is... Read more...
Observing an asteroid entering into the atmosphere of the behemoth planet of Jupiter typically occurs once every two years. However, astronomers have spotted two different asteroids slamming into Jupiter in the months of September and October alone. Asteroids have been in our news headlines as of late as NASA... Read more...
Companies such as SpaceX and Amazon are currently working to deploy large satellite constellations. These satellite constellations may help improve the availability of the Internet, but they may also provide challenges to astronomers. Astronomers recently argued that satellite constellations could “fundamentally... Read more...
I may not be a smart man, but I know what science is. There is no doubt that the Earth is round — it’s a fact that we’ve known for centuries. But that hasn’t stopped some science-averse people from challenging that idea over the years. The latest is rapper B.o.B, who, as it appears, is a few cards short of a full... Read more...
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