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Total lunar eclipse Sunday January 20 will be 'Super Blood Wolf Moon'

Starting Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 2019, North and South America will have a chance at seeing 2019's only total lunar eclipse, from start to finish. Our Earth, Moon and Sun line up on Sunday night for the only total lunar eclipse of of the year. Catch it if you can. And especially because it's a “supermoon.” That's when the moon is closer to Earth, and therefore looks larger and more bright than it normally does. Weather in much of the United States during the eclipse is expected to make fo...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Africa, Ap, Earth, United States, Moon, South America, North, Eclipse, Rice University


Saturn's Rings Could Have Formed During the Dinosaur Age, New Analysis Suggests

Saturn’s rings might have formed relatively recently—like, in the past hundred million years or so—according to new research.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Physics, Saturn, Cassini, Saturns Rings


'Wet Sidewalk Effect' Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn's Moon Titan

Scientists have found evidence of seasons on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, thanks to observations akin to sunlight reflecting off of wet pavement.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Saturn, Titan, Cassini, Space Weather


Artificial Meteor Showers Are the Atmospheric Spectacles No One Asked For

Tomorrow morning, an Epsilon-4 rocket will blast off from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center in Japan. Onboard is a satellite capable of generating artificial meteor showers by dropping tiny pellets from orbit. The resulting light show should produce streaks brighter than natural shooting stars—but will anyone even care?Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Japan, Science, Space Junk, Epsilon, Junk Ideas, Space Entertainment, Astro Live Experiences, JAXA Uchinoura Space Center


This Quadruple Star System Is Unlike Anything We’ve Ever Seen Before

Astronomers using the ALMA telescope have discovered an oddly tilted planet-forming disk within a double binary star system, a configuration that up until this point only existed in theory.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Planetary Science, Alma, Planet Formation, Protoplanetary Disks, Circumbinary Protoplanetary Disks


What's the Loudest Sound in the Universe?

The human tolerance for sound is, on a galactic level, puny. Volcano eruptions, jackhammer-intensive construction work, My Bloody Valentine concerts—these tinnitus-inducing phenomena are barely whispers besides the majestic, roiling bursts and collisions going on in outer space.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Sound, Acoustics


The Worst Pain in the World, Bendable Phones, and Joshua Tree: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Ten hut, Gizmodo readers! Do you have a New Year’s Resolution you should be working on? Do not answer that rhetorical question, because yours are the feeble dreams of weaklings and mine is to whip this sorry, good-for-nothing blog audience squad into shape!Read more...
Tags: Food, Gadgets, Comics, Astronomy, TV, Science, Technology, Privacy, Syfy, Ces, Glass, Surveillance, Physics, Birds, International Space Station, Ocean


Our Sun Could One Day Turn Into a Crystal Ball

At the end of its life, our Sun could end up as a crystal—and physicists now have observational evidence to back up that theory.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Whoa, White Dwarfs, Particle Astrophysics


'Total success': China broadcasts new images from far side of moon

Pictures taken by Chang’e 4 lander and rover beamed back to Earth and shown on state TVChina on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the far side of the moon, in what its space programme hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission.The pictures, shown on the state broadcaster CCTV, showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang’e 4 spacecraft that transported it during the first soft landing on the side of the moon that always faces away from Earth. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, China, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, Cctv, The moon, Chang


Scientists close to first sighting of black hole in the Milky Way

International team say ‘spectacular’ data hints at historic breakthroughAstronomers attempting to capture the first images of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way have given early hints that the ambitious project has been successful.The observations, by the Event Horizon Telescope, are expected to be unveiled in March in one of the most eagerly awaited scientific announcements of 2019. Now, a senior scientist on the project has said “spectacular” data was gathered during observations of ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Black Holes


A Star Fell Into a Black Hole, Revealing Its Super-Fast Spin

Scientists have measured a fundamental property of a supermassive black hole—how fast it spins—by measuring a star slamming into it.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Black Holes, Astrophysics, TDE, Tidal Disruption Events, Star Fell Into


Hubble Space Telescope Faces More Hardware Trouble

The Hubble Space Telescope team has temporarily suspended operations of Wide Field Camera 3 following a hardware glitch.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Hubble Space Telescope, Astrophysics


Astronomers spot more mysterious radio signals from far outside the galaxy

Whenever some new “cosmic puzzle” crops up, you always have to be ready for the other shoe to drop. But just because something isn’t an alien message or Ringworld doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting science. Today’s shoe drop concerns “fast radio bursts” coming from a distant galaxy — but don’t expect a secret message from an advanced civilization. Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are short, intense blasts of radio waves that come from far outside our galaxy. No one knows what causes them, but they’...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Tech, Mit, Puerto Rico, Arecibo, Chime, Kiyoshi Masui


Mysterious fast radio bursts from deep space ‘could be aliens’

Repeating bursts of radio waves detected for first time since initial accidental discovery in 2007Astronomers have detected mysterious, ultra-brief repeating energy bursts from deep space for only the second time in history, and some experts suggested they could be evidence of advanced alien life.The origin of fast radio bursts (FRBs), millisecond-long pulses of radio waves, is unknown, but most scientists say they are generated by powerful astrophysical phenomena emanating from billions of ligh...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Canada, Alien Life, Milky Way


Repeating fast radio bursts from deep space ‘could be aliens’

Mysterious radio waves detected for first time since accidental discovery in 2007Mysterious repeating energy bursts from deep space that some experts have suggested could be evidence of advanced aliens have been detected for only the second time in history.Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-long flashes of radio waves whose origin is unknown. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, UK News, World news, US news, Canada, Alien Life


Astronomers Just Detected a Mysterious Repeating Cosmic Radio Burst—Again

Canadian scientists have detected 13 new fast radio bursts, those mysterious, split-second, high-energy pulses that reach us from unknown origins billions of light-years away. Intriguingly, one of these newly documented bursts is a repeater, becoming just the second-known repeating fast radio burst among the 60…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Cosmology, Chime, Fast Radio Bursts, Frbs, Celestial Emissions, Cosmic Mysteries


International Space Station Telescope Makes Amazing Observation of Black Hole Eating Stuff

A telescope on the International Space Station made an incredible high-resolution measurement of the x-rays resulting from a black hole sucking up matter that could have important implications for astronomers’ understanding of these mysterious objects.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, International Space Station, Iss, Black Holes, Astrophysics


Government Shutdown Puts Damper on America's Major Astronomy Conference

As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, scientists are beginning to see the effects of the closure firsthand.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, America, Science policy, Government Shutdown, Shutdown


The meteor shower that brought Tunguska is due in June

Analysis of the Tunguska tree-fall patters suggests a familiar source for the asteroid that caused it Its timing also fits perfectly with a late June annual meteor shower Nonetheless, it's more interesting than dangerous. Put down that helmet. It's just after seven in the morning on June 30, 1908 as a man sits on the front porch of a trading post in Vanavara, Siberia. That is, until a sudden blast of heat at 7:17 hurls him from his seat. It comes from a huge asteroid exploding about 28,000 feet...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, History, Nasa, Earth, Discovery, Innovation, Natural Disaster, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Chelyabinsk, American Geophysical Union, Kulik, Paul Chodas, Peter Brown, Tunguska


China Successfully Deploys Jade Rabbit 2 Rover on Moon's Far Side

For the first time in history, a mobile probe is active on the far side of the Moon.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, China, Moon, Planetary Science, Change 4, Jade Rabbit 2 Rover, Jade Rabbit 2, Lunar Landers


Great scientific discoveries hide in boring places

In 1964, two American radio astronomers, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background by accident. Their resulting work earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978.They had long been trying to get rid of the annoying "noise" in their data (even thinking it was all the pigeon poop in their telescope) only to realize the noise was the treasure. They had stumbled upon the oldest light in the universe, and some of the strongest evidence to support the Big Bang theory...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Data, Nasa, Innovation, Universe, Big Bang, Robert Wilson, Cosmos, Arno Penzias, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer


Nearby galaxy set to collide with Milky Way, say scientists

Collision will ‘cause fireworks’ but probably won’t happen for about 2.5 billion years As if battered post-Christmas finances, a looming disorderly Brexit and the prospect of a fresh nuclear arms race were not enough to dampen spirits, astronomers have declared that a nearby galaxy will slam into the Milky Way and could knock our solar system far into the cosmic void.The unfortunate discovery was made after scientists ran computer simulations on the movement of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, LMC


Volcanic Plume Rising From Jupiter’s Moon Io Spotted by Juno Probe

While performing its 17th flyby of Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft witnessed a volcanic plume erupting from the surface of Io, the most geologically active of the gas giant’s 79 known moons.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Jupiter, Planetary Science, Juno, Io, Juno Satellite


How to Watch Every Meteor Shower in 2019

If December’s multiple meteor showers left you craving more, you’re in luck! Tonight is the peak of the quadrantid meteor shower, and we’ve got your list of all the major meteor showers to put on your calendar for 2019. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Cool, Lifehacks, Meteor Showers


​NASA releases close-up images of Ultima Thule, farthest object ever probed

Ultima Thule, officially known as (486958) 2014 MU69, is a space rock located in the Kuiper belt outside of our solar system.NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Ultima Thule on New Year's Day, snapping hundreds of photos in the process.The data gathered by the probe will hopefully help scientists better understand how planets form. None In the early hours of New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by a mountain-sized world outside of our solar system called Ultima Thule and snapped h...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Pluto, Ames Research Center, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Carly Howett, Jeff Moore, Alice Bowman, New York Times Stern


First close-ups of Ultima Thule reveal it resembles dark red snowman

Images of rock on the edge of the solar system were taken on the most distant flyby in historyNasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has beamed home its first close-up images of Ultima Thule, a lump of rock the shape of an unfinished snowman that lies 4 billion miles away on the edge of the solar system.Taken as the probe sped past the body in the , the pictures reveal a dark reddish object about 21 miles long and 10 miles wide that spins on its axis once every 15 hours or so. The colour image of Ultim...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Nasa, Pluto, Ultima Thule


Chinese spacecraft to become first to land on far side of moon

Chang’e 4 to explore giant crater and could give clues as to how moon was formedA Chinese spacecraft is expected to become the first ever to land on the “far side” of the moon, in a milestone for human space exploration.The craft is aiming to land in the unexplored South Pole-Aitken basin, the largest, oldest, deepest, crater on the moon’s surface. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, The moon, Chang, South Pole Aitken


Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft 'phones home' after flyby of Ultima Thule

Scientists celebrate probe’s successful completion of most distant space flyby in historyNasa scientists are celebrating after a spacecraft “phoned home” to confirm it had successfully performed the most distant space flyby in history in the early hours of New Year’s Day.Thousands of photographs of the dark, icy space rock called Ultima Thule were snapped by the New Horizons probe as it barrelled past it on the outer edge of the solar system at 0533 GMT.
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, US news, Nasa, Comets, Ultima Thule


Nasa probe believed to have performed most distant space flyby

New Horizons expected to have encountered Ultima Thule space rock on edge of solar systemA Nasa probe is believed to have performed the most distant flyby in history in the early hours of New Year’s Day, barrelling past a space rock called Ultima Thule on the outer edge of the solar system.Unless gremlins intervene, the New Horizons spacecraft will have zoomed by the cosmic body at 5.33am GMT and snapped thousands of photographs of the dark, icy body as it speeds on into the void.
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, US news, Nasa, Comets, Ultima Thule


New Horizons and Ultima Thule: anxious wait after most distant ever space flyby

As calendars ticked over to 2019, probe was due to encounter space rock, but pictures will take six hours to cover 4bn miles back to Earth A Nasa probe is due to have performed the most distant flyby in history in the early hours of New Year’s Day, barrelling past a space rock called Ultima Thule on the outer edge of the solar system.Unless gremlins intervene, the New Horizons spacecraft will have zoomed by the cosmic body at 5.33am GMT and snapped thousands of photographs of the dark, icy body ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Comets, Ultima Thule



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