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As NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) nears readiness, the space agency is already preparing a list of exhilarating targets. One of those targets is a super-hot super-Earth where lava rain falls into molten oceans. JWST is just weeks away from full operation, according to a post on NASA's website. The space... Read more...
NASA's Earth Observatory has shared an image of one of the most active submarine volcanoes in the Pacific. A 2015 scientific expedition found two species of sharks, including hammerheads, living in the submerged crater and earned the underwater volcano the nickname "Sharkcano." Kavachi Volcano, located in the... Read more...
One of the latest images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures the central region of a gigantic elliptical galaxy located around 100 million light-years from Earth. Galaxy NGC 474 has a mysterious series of complex shells that surround its core, but astronomers have a theory of what they might be. Elliptical... Read more...
NASA is calling on U.S. industry, academia, international communities, and other stakeholders to provide feedback and input on its Moon to Mars strategy. The feedback will provide valuable insight into the space agency's Moon and Mars missions for the next 20 years. The Artemis program is currently preparing to... Read more...
The tau Hercluid meteor shower could provide an epic display in the late night sky at the close of May this year. If predictions come to fruition, the nights of May 30-31st may provide for a rare meteor outburst, or there may simply be nothing at all. The comet responsible for all the hype is... Read more...
Boeing's CST-100 Starliner passenger spacecraft successfully launched into space yesterday from Cape Canaveral on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch came nearly two and a half years after its first failed launch attempt. The Boeing Starliner launched into space at 6:54 p.m. ET yesterday... Read more...
NASA's Voyager 1 has engineers baffled as they attempt to solve an issue with the spacecraft. While it continues to send data and operate normally, there is a problem with its attitude articulation and control system (AACS). Voyager 1 launched in 1977 and has since been traversing through space. Currently the... Read more...
Scientists have discovered that when the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on January 15, 2022, its effects reached the edge of space. The effects were detected after analyzing data from NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, mission and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm satellites. The... Read more...
Scientists at the University of Florida (UF) have been able to grow plants in soil from the moon for the first time ever. This milestone in lunar and space exploration could prove vital as we look to travel to the moon and beyond. UF researchers have shown that plants can successfully be grown in lunar soil... Read more...
An X-class solar flare erupted on the Sun that caused a fierce X1.5-class solar flare on May 10th. The radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, instigating a shortwave radio blackout around the Atlantic Ocean and may have slung a complicated CME toward Earth. In the last month, the Earth has... Read more...
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an awe-inspiring image of a spiral galaxy roughly 42 million light-years from Earth. Messier 99, or M99, is a part of the constellation Coma Berenices. Messier 99, or M99, is an example of a "grand design" spiral galaxy due to it being so well-defined, with prominent spiral arms... Read more...
A lunar eclipse will occur on May 15-16, as the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth's shadow. Some will be privy to a total eclipse, which is often referred to as a Blood Moon due to its reddish hue. If you are wanting to view the upcoming lunar eclipse, you do not need to worry about... Read more...
NASA has produced an eerie sonification from the black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster, and it sounds like it belongs in a Stephen King inspired flick. The release of the sonification is part of NASA's Black Hole Week this year. The black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster has been... Read more...
A pair of meteor showers should provide sky watchers plenty to be excited about in the month of May. Eta Aquariids will open up the show of fireballs, with tau Herculids closing out the show at the end of the month. Meteors entering the Earth's atmosphere are not uncommon, with most being particles that are no larger... Read more...
Researchers have determined that a type of rock on Mars may be the result of cataclysmic eruptions from colossal volcanic calderas. The team from Arizona State University have been scouring data collected over decades, covering several Mars missions. A team of researchers led by Steve Ruff of Arizona State... Read more...
NASA believes it has solved a 60-year-old mystery pertaining to a process known as magnetic reconnection. Scientists with the space agency's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, or MMS, have developed a theory they believe explains how the most explosive type of magnetic reconnection occurs. To put this in... Read more...
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter gathered footage recently of an 'otherworldly' wreckage site. The wreckage is actually the remains of the parachute and the cone-shaped backshell that helped Perseverance land safely on the Martian surface. The Perseverance rover landed intact on Mars back on February 18, 2021... Read more...
NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 astronauts are preparing to dock with the International Space Station (ISS), and you can watch live. Jessica Watkins will make history as she becomes the first Black woman to join the ISS crew on a long-term mission. SpaceX launched four astronauts into space early this morning headed to the... Read more...
A recent Instagram post from NASA has some thinking the image resembles an alien footprint. Some even think it resembles a human fingerprint. NASA recently shared a photo from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that captured where zero longitude is on Mars. The image was captured by the orbiter's powerful HiRISE... Read more...
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have been looking for new and unique ways to better communicate in space. Last October the space agency used "holoportation" to send the first humans into space using the technology. NASA flight surgeon Dr. Josef Schmid, AEXA Aerospace CEO Fernando De La Pena Llaca, and... Read more...
Hubble has provided the imagery necessary to identify a black hole that is growing at a breakneck speed in the early universe. Astronomers believe that it could be the "missing link" between young star-forming galaxies and the first supermassive black holes. Until recently, a supermassive black hole, known as... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed the largest icy comet nucleus ever detected by astronomers. The comet's nucleus is larger than the state of Rhode Island, to put its size into perspective. The gargantuan comet, C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein) has a nucleus that is approximately 50 times larger... Read more...
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