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German Man Finds Rock From Early Solar System in His Front Yard

Scientists have released their initial analysis of a meteorite that fell over Europe last September. They report that the rock, the remnant of a daytime bolide that impacted Earth with an energy of 0.48 kilotons of TNT (around this much), is a carbonaceous chondrite—the kind of meteor that contains material from the…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Science, Earth, Meteorites, Asteroids, TNT, Planetary Formation, Fireballs


Near-Earth Asteroid Sets Off Alert, Turns Out to Be Two Asteroids Hanging Out Together

An asteroid that whizzed within 3 million miles of Earth last week turned out to be two objects in a binary system, according to new observations.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Arecibo, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids


Oh Yeah, Betelgeuse Is Definitely Looking Weirder

At this point, we’re all crossing our fingers that the dying star Betelgeuse will hurry up and explode already, because who doesn’t love a good show? The red giant star (visible in the constellation Orion) has been growing dimmer since late last year, leading many to speculate it could soon go supernova. Scientists…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Orion, Supernova, Astrophysics, Supernovae, Betelgeuse, European Southern Observatory


Four Shortlisted NASA Missions Would Explore the Nastiest Places in the Solar System

As part of its ongoing Discovery Program, NASA has selected four possible missions that would involve some of the most hostile and enigmatic places in the solar system.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Planetary Science


Mysterious Object Beyond Pluto Could Help Explain How Our Solar System Formed

Nothing you encounter is truly “pristine.” Nearly every atom on our planet has been processed in some way, either by humans, the Sun, Earth’s core, or other influences. But on New Year’s Day 2019, the New Horizons mission flew past one of the most pristine objects in the solar system: Arrokoth, an object far beyond…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, New Horizons, Sun Earth, Ultima Thule, Planet Formation, Mu69, Arrokoth


Telescope Detects Fast Radio Burst Hitting Earth Every 16 Days

A telescope in Canada has found a source of mysterious fast radio bursts that repeat every 16 days, according to a new paper. It’s the first regularly repeating fast radio burst known to science.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Canada, Neutron Stars, Astrophysics, Chime, Fast Radio Bursts, Magnetars, Chimefrb


Are physics and astronomy about to experience a cultural shift?

A new report calls for doubling the number of undergrad degrees awarded to black students in physics and astronomy by 2030. In the United States, black students earned a total of 223 bachelor's degrees in physics and just 10 in astronomy in 2018.The report found that unsupportive environments in physics and astronomy departments and systemic financial challenges faced by black students contributed to the underrepresentation of black students. Black students have been systematically excluded fro...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Education, Race, America, Diversity, Earth, Physics, United States, Innovation, Social Change, American Institute of Physics AIP, American Geophysical Union AGU, American Astronomical Society AAS, Statistical Research Center, Shirley Malcom


Comet 67P Repeatedly Changed Color During the Historic Rosetta Mission

A review of data taken over the course of the two-year Rosetta mission shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was sometimes reddish in appearance, while at other times it assumed a bluish hue. Sounds weird, but scientists have come up with a sensible explanation that doesn’t involve aliens with paint guns. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Rosetta, Comets, Rosetta Mission, Planetary Science, Churyumov Gerasimenko, Comet 67pchuryumov Gerasimenko


The five: large telescopes

As the most detailed images of the sun are released this week, we look at other huge telescopes and their discoveriesThis week astronomers released the highest resolution of images taken of the sun’s stormy surface. The Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii is the largest solar telescope in the world. The images reveal the nugget-like structures that make up the solar surface, each the size of France. The image is the start of a 50-year study of our closest star by the scientists working at ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Technology, France, Hawaii, Daniel K Inouye


Astrophysicists Observe Star Dragging Space-Time

Scientists have observed a spinning star dragging space-time along with it, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Pulsars, White Dwarfs, General Relativity


NASA finds real uses for VR and AR in astronomy and engineering

Years after the advent of decent VR hardware, there are still precious few ways the technology has been employed as anything other than a game or gimmick. One team at NASA, however, has been assembling useful science and engineering applications, with promising and unique results. Studying the astronomical number of stars in our galaxy is generally done using legacy tools, scattered databases, perhaps even paper and pencil. And as such it can be hard to use that great multi-purpose pattern re...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Aerospace, Boeing, Grubb, Goddard Space Flight Center, Tom Grubb, Marc Kuchner


Highest-Resolution Solar Telescope Ever Releases Incredible First Images of the Sun

This image is the first high-resolution shot from the 4-meter Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawai’i. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Hawaii, The Sun, Telescopes, Thirty Meter Telescope, Daniel K Inouye, Inouye Solar Telescope


Telescope captures most detailed pictures yet of the sun

First observations from Inouye telescope bring previously hazy star into sharp focusThe sun’s turbulent surface has been revealed in unprecedented detail in the first observations by the Inouye solar telescope in Hawaii.The striking images reveal a surprising level of structure hidden within the churning plasma exterior, bringing a previously hazy impression of the sun’s patchwork surface sharply into focus for the first time. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Technology, Hawaii, The Sun, Inouye


Two Satellites Could Smash Into Each Other Over the U.S. Tonight

A pair of decommissioned satellites are at risk of colliding later today, potentially producing hundreds if not thousands of new pieces of space debris. Regardless of what happens, however, this incident illustrates our dire need for sensible space management practices. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Satellites, Space Junk, Space Traffic, Satellite Collisions


Amateur stargazers capture new form of northern lights

Aurora enthusiasts in Facebook group discover new phenomenon in FinlandA new form of the northern lights has been captured by amateur enthusiasts, researchers have revealed.The phenomenon of glowing green lights rippling across the night sky, also known as the aurora borealis, have long captivated the public and experts alike. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Astronomy, Science, Northern Lights Holidays, Aurora


Hydrogen Molecules on Hottest Known Exoplanet Are Being Ripped to Shreds

Astronomers have documented a bizarre cycle of molecular destruction and rebirth on an ultra-hot, Jupiter-like exoplanet where surface temperatures exceed 7,750 degrees Fahrenheit.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Chemistry, Jupiter, Exoplanets, Hot Jupiters, Planetary Science, Really Hot


There is no dark matter. Instead, information has mass, physicist says

Researchers have been trying for over 60 years to detect dark matter. There are many theories about it, but none are supported by evidence. The mass-energy-information equivalence principle combines several theories to offer an alternative to dark matter. None The  “discovery” of dark matter We can tell how much matter is in the universe by the motions of the stars. In the1920s, physicists attempting to do so discovered a discrepancy and concluded that there must be more matter in the univ...
Tags: Astronomy, UK, Science, Information, Earth, Physics, Arizona, Innovation, Sun, Wheeler, Universe, Mathematics, Bell Labs, Einstein, Manhattan Project, Dark Matter


First asteroid found inside orbit of Venus: Caltech

Some extra-planetary Caltech news to take your mind off Earth Reports Caltech: “A rare asteroid orbiting snugly within the inner confines of our solar system has been discovered by Caltech's Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF, a survey camera based at Palomar Observatory. The newfound body, named 2020 AV2, is the first asteroid found to orbit entirely within the orbit of Venus.” 2020 AV2 orbits entirely within the orbit of Venus.PHOTO: Bryce Bolin/Caltech More from the Caltech media announc...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Taiwan, University Of Maryland, Venus, Jpl, Caltech, Palomar Observatory, Palomar, Picks, Minor Planet Center, IPAC


Interstellar Stardust Found Inside Australian Meteorite Is a Staggering 7 Billion Years Old

A meteorite that crashed into Australia back in 1969 contains stardust dating back some 7 billion years, predating the formation of Earth by 2.5 billion years. The remarkable discovery offers a snapshot of the conditions that existed long before our solar system came into existence.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Australia, Meteorites, Interstellar Dust, Cosmic Rays, Very Old Dust, Primordial Dust


Has Hubble Detected Rogue Clumps of Dark Matter?

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered evidence of small clumps of dark matter warping the light from distant quasars. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Particle physics, Dark Matter, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Wimps, Cold Dark Matter, Particle Astrophysics


Stardust older than the Earth and sun found in Australian meteorite

Granules, shed by dying stars over 5bn years ago, are oldest known solid material on EarthStardust that formed more than 5bn years ago, long before the birth of the Earth and the sun, has been discovered in a meteorite that crashed down in Australia, making it the oldest known solid material on the planet.The tiny granules of stardust, shed by ancient stars as they expired, reveal clues about how stars formed in the Milky Way. The meteorite accumulated the stardust during the billions of years i...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Australia, World news, Australia news, Earth, Meteors, Murchison Western Australia


A New Study Claims to Disprove Dark Energy—but Cosmologists Aren't Convinced

It would be really, really exciting if a single observation could completely overturn astrophysicists’ current understanding of the universe. But that hasn’t happened yet, at least with regards to dark energy.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Debunkery, Cosmology, Dark Energy


Astronomers Are Increasingly Worried About How Satellite Megaconstellations Will Disrupt Science

Organizers of an American Astronomical Society conference in Hawaii held a special session to discuss the ways in which satellite megaconstellations, such as the one currently being built by SpaceX, are poised to disrupt telescopic observations. The astronomers also proposed potential solutions to this emerging…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Spacex, Science, Hawaii, American Astronomical Society, StarLink, AAS, Space Traffic


If You Make It to 2083, You Could Witness Two Stars Collide

Scientists have predicted that a pair of stars in our galaxy will collide, producing an explosion that will temporarily become one of the brightest objects in the night sky. They don’t know exactly when it will happen, but they estimate it will be later this century.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Predictions, Nova, Astrophysics, Novae, White Dwarf


Nearby Gas Clouds Actually Form Behemoth Structure That Might Be the Milky Way's Arm, Study Finds

Astronomers have discovered that many of the star-forming regions we see in the sky actually seem to form an undulating, 8,800-light-year-long wave containing 3 million solar masses’ worth of gas that could make up our local arm of the Milky Way galaxy.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Milky Way, Astrophysics, Gaïa


Astronomers discover huge gaseous wave holding Milky Way's newest stars

‘It’s right up in our face’ – close proximity of stellar nursery to our solar system stuns scientists Astronomers have discovered a gigantic, undulating wave of dust and gas where newborn stars are forged over a 50 million billion mile stretch of the Milky Way.The gaseous structure, which holds more mass than 3m suns, runs directly behind our solar system as viewed from the heart of the galaxy, but has eluded observation until now. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Hawaii, The Sun, European Space Agency


Latest Starlink Launch Makes SpaceX the Largest Commercial Satellite Operator in the World

The successful launch of 60 new Starlink satellites means SpaceX now operates more commercial satellites than any other company in the world. It’s a major milestone for the Elon Musk-led company, which still needs to show it’s capable of responsibly managing its burgeoning megaconsellation.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Launches, StarLink, Starlink Satellites, Megaconstellations, Satellite Megaconstellations


Congress Renames New Telescope After Vera Rubin, a Dark Matter Pioneer Snubbed by the Nobels

Congress voted last month to rename the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope as the NSF Vera C. Rubin Observatory, commemorating an astronomer credited with advancing humanity’s understanding of dark matter.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Congress, Physics, Dark Matter, Women In Science, Vera Rubin, LSST, Rubin Observatory, NSF Vera C Rubin Observatory


Congress Renames New Telescope Facility After Vera Rubin, a Dark Matter Pioneer Snubbed by the Nobels

Congress voted last month to rename the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope as the NSF Vera C. Rubin Observatory, commemorating an astronomer credited with advancing humanity’s understanding of dark matter.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Congress, Physics, Dark Matter, Women In Science, Vera Rubin, LSST, Rubin Observatory, NSF Vera C Rubin Observatory


Jupiter Is Flinging Comets Toward Earth

Some astronomers believe that Jupiter, instead of protecting Earth from dangerous comets and asteroids, is actively flinging objects into the inner solar system. New research now demonstrates this complex process in action. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Comets, Asteroids, Jupiter, Rude, Astrophysics, Near Earth Objects, Trojans, Trans Neptunian Objects



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