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Betelgeuse mystery solved? New deep-space image stirs up fresh theories behind dimming star

One of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky has left astronomers puzzled after it has faded dramatically over the last year. Some have speculated that this is a sign of an impending supernova explosion, but new observations are pointing toward two new theories.Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star located around 700 light years away from Earth that can be found glowing orange in the well-known constellation of Orion. It is so massive that if it were placed in the center of our solar sy...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Belgium, Orion, Jupiter, Accuweather, Eso, Mesa, KU Leuven, Betelgeuse, Evan Bauer, Andy Howell, Jared Goldberg, DirecTV Frontier, Montarges

ESO telescope sees surface of dim Betelgeuse

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The stunning new images of the star's surface show not only the fading red supergiant but also how its apparent shape is changing.
Tags: Science, Orion, Eso, Betelgeuse

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

2021 NASA budget request includes $3.3B for human lunar landers, $430M for Moon resource development

The Trump White House today issued its , and it included a 12% increase in requested funding to NASA’s coffers, as expected. That puts the total request for NASA at $25.2 billion, nearly half, or $12.3 billion, of which is earmarked specifically to support NASA’s efforts to return to the surface of the Moon and to eventually land people on Mars. Highlights from the proposed budget, which was issued by the Office of Management and Budget on Monday, include $3.3 billion specifically designate ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Moon, Orion, Mars, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Office of Management and Budget

Facial Recognition For Stars Lets This Telescope Automatically Find Objects in the Night Sky

Spotting constellations like Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) or Orion in the night sky is easy, but finding harder-to-spot celestial objects can be challenging and frustrating for amateur astronomers who shelled out a few hundred bucks for a fancy telescope. Celestron’s new StarSense Explorer promises to make star…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Smartphones, Ces, Orion, Big Dipper, Celestron, Consumer Tech, Telescopes, CES 2020, CES2020, Starsense Explorer, Facial Recognition For Stars

‘Super-puff’ planets add a cotton candy flavor to the search for alien worlds

Readings from the Hubble Space Telescope have shed light on a bizarre class of alien planets that have the density of cotton candy. The "super-puff" planets were detected by NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012, orbiting Kepler 51, a sunlike star that's 2,600 light-years from Earth along our Milky Way galaxy's Orion spiral arm. A couple of years later, astronomers determined that the planets — known as Kepler-51 b, c and d — have extremely low densities. Hubble's recent observat...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler

Aerojet Rocketdyne signs on the bottom line to build hardware for moon missions

REDMOND, Wash. — Representatives of Aerojet Rocketdyne and Lockheed Martin put their signatures on a contract for up to $170 million worth of rocket hardware that'll be installed on Orion spacecraft heading to the moon — with dozens of employees who'll actually build that hardware watching the proceedings. "These are the things you're going to be talking to your grandchildren about," Cheryl Rehm, Aerojet Rocketdyne's senior director of Redmond programs, told company employees her...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Artemis, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Redmond, Cheryl Rehm Aerojet Rocketdyne

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions

At this week’s International Astronautical Congress, where the space industry, international space agencies and researchers from around the world convene to discuss the state of space technology and business, I asked NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about what role he sees for startups in contributing to his agency’s ambitious Artemis program. Artemis, named after Apollo’s twin sister Artemis, one the gods of Greek myth, is NASA’s mission to return human beings to the surface of the Moon...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Congress, Tech, Economy, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Orion, IAC, Mars, Aerospace, Apollo

Musk Sets Out SpaceX Starship's Ambitious Launch Timeline

BOCA CHICA VILLAGE, Texas -- As Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, says repeatedly, he created a rocket company because he wanted to colonize Mars. His fervent argument is that humanity must spread to a second planet as insurance for long-term survival."Which future do you want?" he asked near the start of a presentation Saturday night at a launch site near the southern tip of Texas, during which he said the options were being "confined to Earth" or becoming a spacefaring spec...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, New York, Texas, Science, Congress, Australia, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, New York Times, Orion, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Mars

Airborne NASA scientists just filmed something troubling in Greenland

Scientists aboard a NASA airplane swooped over some of Greenland's largest glaciers on Monday, spotting melted ice and raging rivers.It's significant, because though it's not nearly summer, large blue ponds have already formed on the icy ground. NASA's Operation IceBridge researchers observed this as part of their mission to watch for changes in Earth's giant masses of polar ice. Greenland, in particular, has been melting at an accelerated rate for some two decades."Although ...
Tags: Texas, Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Norway, Greenland, MacGregor, Josh Willis, Russell Glacier, Joe MacGregor, Jakobshavn, Brooke Medley, IceBridge MacGregor

NASA administrator Bridenstine wants everyone to know he still has faith in the SLS

Well, that certainly didn't take long! Just a day after NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine alluded to the possibility of flying the new Orion crew capsule's first experimental trip around the Moon using a pair of commercial rockets instead of NASA's own Space Launch System which is still in development, he's issued a new statement assuring everyone that the SLS is still a major part of NASA's future.In a new memo sent to all NASA employees and contractors, Bridenstine clarifi...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine

Why there's nowhere better to look up than Britain – plus the best stargazing locations on home soil

Something strange happened on the way to the pub: the sky burst into life. Walking down the unlit lane through the barely lit village on the edge of the inky North Sea, I was blindsided by the depth of the darkness and, with every passing second, by the intensifying brightness up above. Every time my eyes scanned a different patch of the heavens, a new pinprick appeared, as if by merely looking I was magicking the stars; every glimpse conjured another constellation, another fanciful join-the-dot...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Wales, Aberdeen, Britain, Greater Manchester, Orion, Cambridgeshire, National Trust, Namibia, North Sea, Norwich, Scilly, Cumbria, Great Britain

NASA may be forced to rely on a commercial rocket to test its new crew capsule

NASA is betting big on its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft as a one-two punch that will send astronauts on missions to the Moon and beyond. Both the Orion and SLS are currently in development, but they're not progressing at nearly the same rate.This leaves NASA in a bit of a pinch as it looks at its immediate schedule. A lunar test flight of the Orion, perched atop the SLS rocket to send it on its way, was supposed to take place by the middle of 2020, but the SLS is way behind sched...
Tags: Science, Senate, Nasa, Orion, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine

NASA considers shifting a key test flight beyond the moon to commercial rockets

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate hearing today that his agency is looking into an option to double up commercial launch vehicles in order to keep a crucial test mission for its Orion spaceship and European-built service module on schedule for mid-2020. The shift would take NASA’s own heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket, or SLS, out of the rotation for the uncrewed test flight around the moon, known as Exploration Mission 1 or EM-1. “Certainly there are opportunities to utilize ...
Tags: Science, Senate, Nasa, Orion, Jim Bridenstine

NASA’s deep space launch system is ‘coming together’

Anyone who dreams of seeing humans travel to Mars will be happy to hear that NASA just offered a detailed update on the progress of the vehicle that could get us there. The Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule are both "coming together," according to NASA.NASA offered a rough timeline of when it expects to actually see the two spacecraft head skyward, with an unmanned test flight tentatively scheduled for 2020 and a manned mission around the Moon slated to take place by 2023.All eye...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Orion, Mars, Boeing, NASA NASA

A Solar Flare '10 Billion Times More Powerful' Than Earth's Sun Blasted Out of Orion's Sword

In November 2016, astronomers watched a young star some 1,500 light-years away from Earth belch out an explosion of plasma and radiation that was roughly 10 billion times more powerful than any flare ever seen leaving Earth's sun. This sudden stellar eruption may be the most luminous known flare ever released by a young star -- and it could help scientists better understand the still-murky process of star formation."Observing flares around the youngest stars is new territory and it is giving...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Hawaii, Orion, Aurora, Mauna Kea, Carrington, Orion Nebula, Mairs, Steve Mairs, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

Trump Honors 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing in State of the Union Speech

During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (Feb. 5), President Donald J. Trump gave a shout-out to NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. "In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon," Trump said. "Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag, Buzz Aldrin," he added befo...
Tags: Spacex, Science, White House, Russia, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Orion, Pentagon, Air Force, Boeing, Defense Department, Neil Armstrong, Administration, Trump, Mike Pence

3-D views reveal ‘Orion’s Dragon’ in space

Spectral readings from the Orion Nebula have charted the cosmic weather patterns for powerful stellar winds that have created a bubble of material that's 12 light-years wide, as well as a structure that's been nicknamed "Orion's Dragon." The dragon shape stands out in a 3-D video produced using data from NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a Boeing 747 jet that's been converted to carry a 106-inch telescope and other scientific instruments. "Whe...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Boeing, Sofia, Orion Nebula, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, and it'll be a special one

Get ready for what might be the best meteor shower of 2018.  The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks late at night on Thursday into the wee hours of the morning Friday, could bring more than 100 meteors per hour to light pollution-free skies in dark areas around the world, according to NASA. That's a whole bunch of meteors. "If you can see the familiar winter constellations Orion and Gemini in the sky, you'll see some Geminids," NASA explained in a skywatching video. "Expect to see up t...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Southern Hemisphere, Phaethon, Fred Whipple

NASA accepts delivery of European powerhouse for moonship

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has accepted delivery of a key European part needed to power the world’s next-generation moonship. U.S. and European leaders gathered at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Friday to mark the occasion. The newly arrived powerhouse, or service module, will propel NASA’s Orion capsule to the moon during a test […]
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Ap, Nasa, Orion, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla, Kennedy Space Center

How did the first mother in space become godmother to a cruise ship?

What’s the most surreal experience you have ever had? Curiously, for Anna Fisher – one of NASA’s first six female astronauts and famously the first mother to go into space – becoming godmother to the cruise ship Viking Orion sails away with the title. Fisher is not what you may expect from a legendary, space-travelling trailblazer. She may have rocketed above the earth but her feet are firmly on the ground. “It’s so unexpected,” she told me on the ship’s maiden voyage this summer from Rome to Ba...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Rome, International Space Station, Amsterdam, Orion, Basel, Caribbean, Viking, Kristin, Fisher, Alan Shepard, Kara, Shepard, North Star, Fort Campbell Kentucky

Orion capsule: Europe delivers astronaut spaceship's first 'powerhouse'

European industry hands over a key piece of hardware for America's next-generation astronaut capsule.
Tags: Europe, Science, America, Orion

To the Moon and beyond: Airbus delivers powerhouse for NASA's Orion spacecraft

Engineers at the Airbus plant in Bremen, Germany on Thursday carefully packed the spacecraft into a special container that will fly aboard a huge Antonov cargo plane to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a first step on its way to deep space. In Florida, the module will be joined with the Orion crew module built by Lockheed Martin , followed by over a year of intensive testing before the first three-week mission orbiting the Moon is launched in 2020, albeit without people. Future producti...
Tags: Florida, Science, Nasa, Moon, Orion, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Kennedy Space Center, Bill Gerstenmaier, Bremen Germany

NASA solar Parker probe captures image of Earth

Mexico, Oct. 26 (Notimex).- NASA's Parker Probe solar probe took a photograph of Earth, while the spacecraft was about 27 million miles from the planet. The snapshot taken by the WISPR object, unique in the solar probe to take images, shows the "blue planet" as a bright and round object. The Parker Solar Probe captured the image, as it headed towards the first serious Venus assistance of the mission, on September 25. The two panels of the WISPR description come from the instrument's tw...
Tags: Science, Mexico, US, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Orion, Parker, National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, Betelgeuse, Pleiades, Bellatrix, Notimex NASA

Lockheed Martin wants input on commercial payloads for Orion

Lockheed Martin is building Orion for NASA's deep space missions, but the module could carry more than a human crew and the agency's payload to space. The aerospace company is gauging the public's interest in flying commercial payloads aboard the capsule -- and it has NASA's blessing to conduct the market analysis. It has even launched a new portal, where domestic and international organizations can submit their commercial payload concepts, which could be for research in various STEM fields, ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Lockheed Martin

Lockheed's concept moon lander can carry four astronauts

Lockheed Martin has unveiled the designs for a reusable lander built to ferry four astronauts and 1.1 tons of cargo between lunar orbit and the surface of the moon. Leveraging tech from the aerospace giant's Orion spacecraft for deep-space missions, the 14-meter, single-stage vessel can camp for up to 14 days on the moon. Upon touchdown, the crew will use the craft's lift elevator platform to get from the cabin to the surface, before blasting back to their home base aboard the Lunar Orbital Pl...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Lockheed

Airbus to present innovations at International Astronautical Congress

Mexico, Sep. 25 (Notimex).- Airbus will present its innovations and its main space projects during the 69th International Astronautical Congress (AIC), to be held from October 1 to 5 in Bremen, Germany. The CEO of Airbus, Tom Enders, who will participate in a conference will give a speech focused on future opportunities and space activities. At the stand, the company will display several large-scale models of its current key missions, including Orion, NASA's new spacecraft, for which Airbus...
Tags: Science, Mexico, European Space Agency, Orion, Airbus, IAC, Iss, Columbus, Bremen, Orion NASA, Bremen Germany, International Astronautical Congress, Notimex Airbus, Congress AIC, Airbus Tom Enders, Airbus Foundation

Systima wins contract to supply hatch mechanisms for NASA’s Orion spaceship

Systima Technologies says it’s been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin Space to provide pyrotechnically activated hatch mechanisms for NASA’s Orion deep-space crew capsule. The mechanisms will be part of a side hatch latch release system that would come into play in the event of an emergency landing condition after splashdown, the Kirkland, Wash.-based company said in a news release. The Orion is currently in the midst of development, leading up to Exploration Mission-1, an uncrewed test fl...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Orion, Kirkland Wash, Lockheed Martin Space, Systima, Systima Technologies

Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about last night's peak

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which was at its peak overnight – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor showe...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, England, Science, Greece, Scotland, Nasa, Earth, Britain, Comet, Finland, Orion, Glasgow, Scarborough, Mars

Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about tonight's peak

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower o...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, England, Science, Greece, Scotland, Nasa, Earth, Britain, Comet, Finland, Orion, Glasgow, Scarborough, Mars

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