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The search for life – from Venus to the outer solar system

While the discovery of the normally microbe-produced phosphine on our toxic neighbour is astonishing, other candidates for life are more promisingIt remains one of the most unexpected scientific discoveries of the year. To their astonishment, British scientists last week revealed they had uncovered strong evidence that phosphine – a toxic, rancid gas produced by microbes – exists in the burning, acid-drenched atmosphere of Venus. Related: If we don't find life on planets like Venus, doesn't it...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Alien Life, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Charles Cockell


Astronomers Discover First Known Planet to Orbit a White Dwarf Star

The unprecedented discovery of a Jupiter-sized planet in orbit around a white dwarf star suggests it’s possible for planets to survive the tumultuous death throes of their parent stars.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Exoplanets, Planetary Science, White Dwarfs


The world’s largest space camera’s first test subject? Broccoli.

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile is about to get the world's biggest camera for astronomy.The images the camera takes contain billions of pixels.It can capture objects 100 million times fainter than the human eye can see. This camera takes colossal digital pictures. It would take 378 4K ultra-high-definition televisions to display just one of them at full size. So what kind of test picture might one take with such a beast? Well, a head of broccoli, of course.The world's largest digital ca...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Technology, Chile, Innovation, Department Of Energy, Telescopes, SLAC, Boulder Colorado, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Cosmos, Hewett, Menlo Park New Jersey, Rubin Observatory, Vera C Rubin Observatory


Scientists detect a gas that typically indicates the presence of biological life in the atmosphere of Venus

In a press briefing today, scientists rom the Royal Astronomical Society announced a potentially revolutionary scientific discovery: They’ve detected the presence of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, which suggests the possible presence of biological life. Phosphine is a gas that’s a known biosignature, which means it’s only present when some for of life is also present – and more than that, it’s a gas that also has no known false positives, at least when detected on Earth, that are mistaken...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Science, Articles, Tech, Carbon, Earth, Galaxy, Venus, Royal Astronomical Society


Scientists find gas linked to life in atmosphere of Venus

Phosphine, released by microbes in oxygen-starved environments, was present in quantities larger than expectedTraces of a pungent gas that waft through the clouds of Venus may be emanations from aerial organisms – microbial life, but not as we know it.Astronomers detected phosphine 30 miles up in the planet’s atmosphere and have failed to identify a process other than life that could account for its presence. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, UK News, Alien Life, Venus


Are Elon Musk's ‘megaconstellations’ a blight on the night sky?

Miniature satellites open up a world of technological possibility. But experts say they degrade the astronomical landscapeThe natural serenity of the night sky is a touchstone for all of us. Everyone alive today looks at the same stars no matter where they are located on the planet. But the connection is more profound because, next to our brief lives, the stars are immortal. Shakespeare saw the same stars in the same patterns that we do. So did Galileo, Columbus, Joan of Arc, Cleopatra and the f...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Satellites, Shakespeare, Galileo Columbus Joan


Funky Discrepancy Deepens Dark Matter Mystery

New research, in which empirical data failed to jibe with theoretical calculations, shows just how much physicists still have to learn about dark matter.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Galaxies, Dark Matter, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Computer Simulations


Flee Earth With Winning Images From the 2020 Astronomy Photographer of Year Competition

The prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has announced the winning photos of its 2020 contest. From galaxies and star-forming nebulae through to planets, aurorae, and annoying satellite trails, these photos remind us that Earth is but a peculiar speck in the vastness of space.Read more...
Tags: Photography, Astronomy, Science, Earth, Space Porn, Astronomy Photography, Photo Contests


Gigantic Camera Snaps First-Ever 3,200-Megapixel Digital Photos

Scientists from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have produced the world’s first 3,200-megapixel digital photos. The images were snapped by an oversized digital camera destined for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile, in what is an early demonstration of this facility’s tremendous potential.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Cameras, Engineering, Chile, Telescopes, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Rubin Observatory, Vera C Rubin Observatory, Gigantic Camera Snaps First Ever, Megapixel Digital Photos


Join us Wednesday, September 9 to watch Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator Demo Day live

The 2020 class of Techstars’ Starburst Space Accelerator are graduating with an official Demo Day on Wednesday at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET), and you can watch all the teams present their startups live via the stream above. This year’s class includes 10 companies building innovative new solutions to challenges either directly or indirectly related to commercial space. Techstars Starburst is a program with a lot of heavyweight backing from both private industry and public agencies, including from N...
Tags: Startups, TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Electronics, La, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Satellite, Virtual Reality, Louisiana, Lockheed Martin, Robotics, Spaceflight


Scientists discover first 'intermediate-mass' black hole in massive merger

In 2019, scientists detected gravitational waves that were later determined to come from the merging of two so-called "intermediate-mass" black holes.These black holes were thought to exist, but had never been directly observed.The discovery sheds new light on how black holes form. In May 2019, a ripple of gravitational waves passed through Earth after traveling across the cosmos for 7 billion years. The ripple came in four waves, each lasting just a fraction of a second. Although the ancient s...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Bbc, Innovation, Universe, Black Holes, The Associated Press, Ligo, Caltech, Glasgow University, Cosmos, Alan Weinstein, Christopher Berry, Martin Hendry, Karan Jani


Are aliens hiding in plain sight?

Several missions this year are seeking out life on the red planet. But would we recognise extraterrestrials if we found them?In July, three unmanned missions blasted off to Mars – from China (Tianwen-1), the US (Nasa’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover) and the United Arab Emirates (Hope). The Chinese and American missions have lander craft that will seek signs of current or past life on Mars. Nasa is also planning to send its Europa Clipper probe to survey Jupiter’s moon Europa, and the robotic land...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Biology, US, Nasa, Chemistry, Alien Life, Zoology, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Europa, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Mars Nasa, China Tianwen


3 wonders of the universe, explained

Most people have seen atoms illustrated in textbooks and know about the Big Bang and the speed of light, but there is a good chance what you think you know is not scientifically accurate.Michelle Thaller, an astronomer and Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA, is here to clear up the misconceptions and explain why atoms don't actually look that way, why the Big Bang is a misnomer, and why the speed of light is more than just really fast.Is there an edge of space? Does light exper...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Big Bang, Cosmos, Compilation, Michelle Thaller


SpaceX broke a record by launching 180 satellites in 1 month — accelerating Elon Musk's project to blanket Earth in high-speed internet

President Trump acknowledges Elon Musk after SpaceX launched the manned Crew Dragon spaceship, at the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Saul Martinez/Getty Images SpaceX launched satellites faster than any other company or agency in history over the last month, as part of Elon Musk's plan to blanket Earth in high-speed internet. The launches hurtled 175 Starlink internet satellites into space, along with five satellites from other companies. The latest satel...
Tags: Amazon, Astronomy, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Netherlands, Satellites, The New York Times, Falcon 9, Musk, Falcon, Trump


'It just sounds like a thud': astronomers hear biggest cosmic event since big bang

Researchers believe noise was two black holes colliding around 7 billion years ago, creating a previously unseen class of stellar objectScientists have announced the detection of a signal from a long-ago collision between two black holes that created a new one of a size never seen before.“It’s the biggest bang since the big bang observed by humanity,” said Caltech professor of physics Alan Weinstein, who was part of the discovery team. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Caltech, Alan Weinstein


A Guide to the Unearthly Oceans in Our Solar System

Liquid water is typically associated with planet Earth, but our solar system hosts surprisingly large volumes of the stuff—you just need to know where to look.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Earth, Planetary Science, Subsurface Oceans, Subterranean Oceans


The Core of This Galaxy Far, Far Away Looks Like a TIE Fighter

This distant region of space is either a Star Wars TIE Fighter measuring 35 light-years across or an active galactic nucleus spewing all sorts of delicious astronomical data. Hard to say.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Astronomy, Science, Galaxies, Pew Pew Pew, Active Galaxies


Stories from space! 4 astronauts share their adventures

Being able to call yourself a former astronaut is a distinction that not many people on Earth have. Studying or reading about space from the ground is one thing, but getting to experience it firsthand is to join the universe's most exclusive club. This video brings together the voices of former astronauts Garrett Reisman, Chris Hadfield, Ron Garan, and Leland Melvin as they each share a personal anecdote about what they saw, felt, and learned during their training and their time in space. F...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Adventure, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Storytelling, Universe, Emotions, Planets, Exploration, Humanity, Chris Hadfield, Hadfield, Cosmos


Trillions of Rogue Planets Could Be Careening Through Our Galaxy

A new estimate suggests the Milky Way contains more free-floating planets than stars. It’s a big claim, but an upcoming mission might actually prove it.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Planets, Milky Way, Exoplanets, Planetary Science, Rogue Planets


'From the mundane to the sublime in a second': Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space

Her 200 days in orbit turned the first female Italian astronaut into a celebrity – and the model for a Barbie doll. Back on Earth, she says, it was hard to find authentic relationshipsThere’s something surreal about talking to someone who’s been to space. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti might be at home in Cologne while I’m Zooming her from London – but there’s still an awareness: those eyes have seen what only a handful of people will ever see. Those hands have been without gravity tra...
Tags: Books, Astronomy, Space, Science, London, Earth, Culture, Cologne, International Space Station, Italy, Samantha Cristoforetti, Cristoforetti


Close-Up View of Comet NEOWISE Shows It Survived Close Encounter With Sun

Comets don’t always survive their sojourns into the inner solar system, but a new close-up image suggests the NEOWISE comet—the brightest in decades—has kept it together.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Hubble, Comets, Hubble Space Telescope, Neowise Comet


A Car-Sized Asteroid Just Got Remarkably Close to Hitting Earth

On August 16, a car-sized asteroid came to within 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of our planet, making it the closest known non-impacting asteroid on record.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Asteroids, Near Earth Objects, Near Earth Asteroids, Close Calls


Does Our Sun Have a Long-Lost Twin?

The strange configuration of material in the outer reaches of our solar system has led a team of scientists to speculate that the Sun had a companion during its early days. Intriguingly, this scenario could explain the presence of the hypothesized Planet Nine, should it actually exist.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Sun, Solar System, Astrophysics, Planet Nine, Oort Cloud, Binary Stars, Separated at Birth


Damaged SETI Observatory Could Be Sidelined for Months

The iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was damaged last week when a large cable fell onto the radio telescope’s main reflector dish. We’re now learning more about this unfortunate incident, including how long it might take until the beleaguered observatory is back online.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Disasters, Seti, Puerto Rico, Telescopes, Arecibo Observatory, Radio Astronomy, Observatories, SETI Observatory Could Be Sidelined for Months


Somehow, a Tiny Black Hole Is Causing a 'Heartbeat' 100 Light-Years Away

There’s a cloudy patch of space inside our galaxy that unexpectedly produces gamma radiation at clockwork-like intervals. Scientists have now linked these periodic pulses to a “microquasar”—most likely a black hole—located a whopping 100 light-years away, in what is an extraordinary observation.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Gamma Rays, Microquasars


A Dusty Burp Could Explain Mysterious Dimming of Supergiant Star Betelgeuse

Doomed supergiant star Betelgeuse has been acting strange lately, appearing far less bright than usual and then bouncing back to normal. Hubble Space Telescope observations from last year suggest the unexpected dimming was caused by a sudden ejection of hot gases, which formed an enormous dust cloud after cooling.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Stars, Red Giants, Astrophysics, Supergiant Stars, Betelgeuse, Stellar Dimming


A star is reborn: dust cloud blamed for dimming of Betelgeuse

Mystery had enthralled skywatchers since the star began to lose luminosity last October – with some suggesting it could explodeThe sudden dimming of one of the Milky Way’s brightest stars, Betelgeuse, could be due to a dust cloud spewing up from its surface, astronomers have said.The mystery has enthralled skywatchers since the star – part of the Orion constellation – began to lose luminosity last October, with some experts suggesting it could herald its explosion into a supernova. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Orion, Betelgeuse


Famed SETI Observatory Wrecked After Cable Breaks

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is currently out of commission after a thick support cable fell onto the dish, creating a large gash. It’s yet another setback for the beloved science facility, which hasn’t fully recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Seti, Puerto Rico, Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo


How to View the Perseid Meteor Shower This Week

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this week, so now is the time to plan your escape to a dark spot under open sky.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Lifehacks, Perseid Meteor Shower, Meteor Showers, Perseid Meteor Shower This Week


Inside the genius of Albert Einstein

The word genius is often used to describe Albert Einstein, but what exactly earned the German-born theoretical physicist that descriptor? We have his ideas to thank for many facets of the modern world, but it turns out not everyone thought he was that brilliant."Everybody knows who Einstein is and people understand that he was a very famous scientist," says NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller. "But I think that people often don't grasp the true depth and the profound nature of the things that Einst...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Time, Intelligence, Nasa, Brain, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Albert Einstein, Mind, Einstein, Cosmos, Michio Kaku, Compilation



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