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Hubble has captured an incredible image of a trio of young stars from what NASA refers to as “hollowed-out cavity of a reflection nebula.” The triple-star system comprises the variable star HP Tau, HP Tau G2, and HP Tau G3. While NASA’s newer and more advanced Webb Space Telescope may send back astounding images of... Read more...
SpaceX recorded its 51st orbital mission of 2024 in spectacular fashion, as the launch produced a jellyfish-like effect in the evening skies above Florida. The launch was also the Falcon 9 booster’s record setting 21st flight, with two other boosters close behind with 20 launches under their belt. SpaceX launched... Read more...
The Sun has been emitting some strong solar flares as of late, with one of the latest being the biggest in half a decade. The flare was classified as an X8.7, with X-class denoting the most intense flares, and the number providing more information about its strength. According to the Space Weather Prediction... Read more...
Out of the more than 5,000 exoplanets detected, only a handful have a density that is comparable to cotton candy. Exoplanets like these may bring to mind the iconic movie Killer Klowns From Outer Space, and the cotton candy cocoon guns the Klowns used. The latest of these exoplanets to be discovered, WASP-193b, is... Read more...
First discovered in 2004, Asteroid Apophis, also known as “God of Chaos,” has been watched closely by astronomers and scientists. The large space rock has become the center of focus because of its expected close flyby of Earth on what is projected to be none other than Friday 13, 2029. Asteroid 99942 Apophis is... Read more...
After recent solar storms lit up the night sky across the Northern Hemisphere the last two nights, some may be wondering how to best capture the dazzling Aurora Borealis (Aurora Astralis in the Southern Hemisphere) lights with a smartphone. Well, NASA has a few tips and tricks up its sleeve for capturing not only the... Read more...
If you were paying any attention at all yesterday, you probably noticed that the internet was ablaze with news of the incoming solar flares and the comensurate geomagnetic storms. It has since arrived, creating supercharged Northern and Southern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, which delivered dazzling light shows, most... Read more...
NASA wants to build the first lunar railway system providing payload transport on the Moon. The autonomous railway system could be a vital part of building a sustainable lunar base in the 2030s. It is no secret that NASA wants to create a lunar base as part of its Moon to Mars plan. The space agency also knows that... Read more...
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is currently monitoring the sun after a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) erupted on May 8, 2024. Space weather forecasters have issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10. According to NASA, the Sun emitted two... Read more...
An image captured by the Department of Energy-built Dark Energy Camera (DECam) showcases cometary globule CG 4, better known as “God’s Hand,” reaching through the cosmos in magnificent detail. CG 4 lies about 1,300 light-years away, in the constellation Puppis, and is only one of many cometary globules within the vast... Read more...
In honor of Black Hole Week, NASA has released a couple of videos produced on a NASA supercomputer, giving viewers a bird's-eye view of what it might look like if they ever plunged into the event horizon. While one video explains the black hole plunge, another renders a 360-degree view of what it would be like. The... Read more...
NASA hit the abort button on its launch of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft just two hours before it was scheduled for liftoff. NASA, Boeing, and United Launch Alliance are targeting a next possible launch date no earlier than Friday, May 10, 2024. NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams were already aboard... Read more...
After over a decade of delays, Boeing is finally ready for the first manned test flight of the Starliner spacecraft. The two-person crew will dock with the International Space Station as part of an agreement with NASA. For all who have been patiently waiting Boeing’s first manned flight, the wait is nearly over... Read more...
China launched its Chang’e-6 mission, which is headed to the far side of the Moon. The probe onboard the rocket is expected to return up to two kilograms of lunar soil samples to Earth. Until now, China has focused on bringing soil samples from the Moon back to Earth with previous missions. Chang’e-6, however, will... Read more...
An international team of researchers used NASA’s Webb space telescope to map the weather on a hot gas-giant exoplanet. WASP-43 b, as it's called, is similar in size to Jupiter and made primarily of hydrogen and helium, making it much hotter than any planet in Earth’s solar system. While the exoplanet’s star is... Read more...
While last month may have brought April showers, May brings what could be the strongest meteor shower this century. The shooting stars will originate from the famous Halley’s Comet, which is in retrograde orbit with the sun. Halley’s Comet orbits the sun in the opposite direction of the Earth, completing an orbit... Read more...
NASA’s Webb space telescope continues to show off its ability to capture objects in deep space in sharp detail with new images of Horsehead Nebula. The new images show the top of the “horse’s mane,” or edge of the nebula, capturing the region’s complexity in unprecedented spatial resolution. The iconic Horsehead... Read more...
NASA received a deep space laser message from its Psyche spacecraft from over 140 million miles (226 million kilometers) away. The laser message was transmitted by the space agency’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) experiment onboard the Psyche spacecraft. Psyche is on its way to a unique metal-rich... Read more...
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) made its first ever startling discovery of a free-floating rogue planet, and NASA says it is hunting for more. While TESS will continue to be on the lookout for more rogue planets, the space agency is hopeful that its upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will... Read more...
Astronomers celebrated Hubble Space Telescope’s 34th anniversary of its launch this week by capturing an incredible image of the Little Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 76. The distant nebula is located 3,400 light-years away in the northern circumpolar constellation Perseus. NASA’s Hubble telescope was... Read more...
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express snapped an image of Mars that will send a chill up the spine of those with arachnophobia. But don’t get too freaked out. The swarm of creepy crawlers is not what one might expect at first glance. While the image may give the illusion of thousands of spiders scurrying... Read more...
After centuries of debate, scientists say they have finally proven Earth’s Moon is in fact not made of cheese (Editor's note: Aw, nuts!). A group of scientists recently published a research paper that argues the Moon is actually a solid ball with a density similar to that of iron. Scientists believe they have... Read more...
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