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Mystery solved: Betelgeuse, the dimming star that drew international attention, isn't exploding - it was just dusty

These images, taken by the Very Large Telescope, show the surface of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse during its dimming from January 2019 (far left) to March 2020 (far right). ESO/M. Montargès et al. Betelgeuse, a distant red giant star, captured the world's attention last year because it was dimming. The star's dying light indicated that it might soon explode in a supernova. But a new study reveals that's not the case - it was just veiled in a cloud of dust. See more storie...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Stars, Explosions, Mystery, Dust, Supernova, Astrophysics, Betelgeuse, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Miguel Montargès, Eric Pantin, Betelgeuse Montargès


The sound of science: Why audio is the next frontier in Mars exploration

For most of human history, space exploration has been carried out with visual technologies like telescopes. Now, astronomers are turning to microphones
Tags: Space, Science, Trends, Nasa, Features, Mars, Astronauts


Miami and Space - the new battlegrounds for tech's top egos

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:Miami techies bristle at Silicon Valley "saviors"Palantir's TikTok astro-momThe most promising startups of 2021 Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. Soundtrack: This week's newsletter has been specially designed to be consumed while listening to David Bowie's "Starman." This week: Tech egos are clashing, from the shores of Miami to...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Space, Science, Enterprise, Microsoft, Softbank, America, Newsletter, Trends, Virgin Galactic, David Bowie, Venture Capital, Richard Branson, Miami, Silicon Valley


2 stunning panoramas show life on Mars through the eyes and ears of NASA's Perseverance rover

NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars. AP NASA's Perseverance rover has been snapping photos of Mars for several months. A new 360-degree video captures Mars' rocky terrain, plus the sound of its windy atmosphere. Another panorama gives a close-up look at the rover's tracks in the Martian soil. See more stories on Insider's business page. In its first 100 days on Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover took more than 75,000 images - including selfies, photos of mysterious rock...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Helicopter, Ingenuity, Jezero, Aria Bendix, Jezero Crater, Perseverance Mars Rover, First Perseverance


Rocket men: Bezos, Musk and Branson scramble for space supremacy

Experts say three billionaires have upended the traditional model for human spaceflight and are shaping a thriving new eraIt was a week in which two space-faring billionaires tussled again in their futuristic game of cosmic oneupmanship. And this time, for once, Elon Musk was not at the party.The declaration that Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and world’s richest man, was heading into space next month on the first crewed launch of his Blue Origin New Shepard rocket was followed quickly by an app...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, World news, US news, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Branson, Bezos Musk


NASA is finally advancing a space telescope that could track down dangerous asteroids before they strike Earth

An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission. NASA/JPL-Caltech A NASA space telescope could help track down 90% of asteroids big enough to crush New York. NASA is finally advancing the telescope, called NEO Surveyor, after years of passing it over. By passing a key review, the telescope has escaped what one expert called "NASA mission limbo hell." See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA is finally moving forward with a space telescope that could spot asteroi...
Tags: Space, New York, Science, News, Congress, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Asteroids, Telescope, Trump, Near-earth Objects, Chelyabinsk, NASA JPL Caltech, Chelyabinsk Russia


Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam's Trailer Is Beyond Meta

Few animated series have the pop culture IQ of Teen Titans Go!—and yet everyone has their blind spots. When it comes to Beast Boy, Robin, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire, theirs is they haven’t seen ‘90s classic Space Jam. Coincidentally, they’re all the property of Warner Bros, and with a new Space Jam film on the way, …Read more...
Tags: Space, Hbo, Science, Films, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Warner Bros, Robin, Jam, Greg Cipes, Raven, Space Jam, Teen Titans, Cyborg, Hynden Walch, Tara Strong


Photos show China's rover on the surface of Mars, ramping up its competition with NASA to explore the planet

The China manned space agency released a selfie of the Zhurong rover and its landing platform on Friday. CMSA China released a set of pictures from its Zhurong Mars rover on Friday. The images include a selfie of the rover and a 360 panorama of the terrain around the landing site. The rover also snapped a picture prominently showing the Chinese flag on Mars. See more stories on Insider's business page. China unveiled a new set of pictures beamed back from Mars by the country's Zhu...
Tags: Space, Science, China, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, News UK, Mars, Soviet Union, China Manned Space Agency, CMSA, Aylin Woodward, Jezero Crater, Zhang Kejian, Utopia Planitia


Astronomers find blinking giant star near heart of Milky Way

Huge star, 25,000 light years away, dims by 97% then slowly returns to former brightnessAstronomers have spotted a giant blinking star, 100 times the size of the sun, lurking near the heart of the Milky Way.Telescope observations revealed that over a few hundred days the enormous star, which lies more than 25,000 light years away, dimmed by 97% and then slowly returned to its former brightness. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, UK News


A mysterious 'Rosetta Stone' explosion reveals a missing link behind solar eruptions

The failed portion of a solar eruption on March 13, 2016. NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory Scientists recently examined a solar eruption from 2016 that seemed to defy categorization. They named it the "Rosetta Stone" since it connected three different types of eruptions. Their research now suggests that all three forms of solar eruptions may have the same origin. See more stories on Insider's business page. When the sun isn't sleeping, it's bursting with activity - including gia...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Atlantic, Jet, Coronal Mass Ejection, Mason, Rosetta Stone, American Astronomical Society, Goddard Space Flight Center, ESA NASA, Universities Space Research Association, Solar Flares, Solar Storms


Building the world's biggest and deepest swimming pool… for science!

The Blue Abyss is a deep sea and space research training facility that will be constructed near the Cornwall Airport Newquay in England. Holding nearly 1.5 million cubic feet of water, the Blue Abyss will be the world's largest and deepest swimming pool of its kind. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Space, England, Science, News, Diving, Astronauts, Oceanography, Cornwall Airport Newquay


Discovery Channel's reality show 'Who Wants to Be An Astronaut?' will send the winner to the ISS. Producers hope it will show that space travel can be made accessible to ordinary people.

The winner will journey to the ISS in 2022. Reuters Discovery Channel recently announced a new reality show that will send its winner to the ISS. The mission is expected to take place in 2022. Contestants will be expected to undergo "extreme" challenges based on real astronaut training. See more stories on Insider's business page. There's no shortage of companies offering to blast tourists into space. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Trends, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Discovery Channel, Branson, Bezos, Peterson, International Space Station ISS


Discovery Channel's reality show 'Who Wants to Be An Astronaut?' will send the winner to the ISS. Its producers hope it will show that space travel can be made accessible to ordinary people.

The winner will journey to the ISS in 2022. Reuters Discovery Channel recently announced a new reality show that will send its winner to the ISS. The mission is expected to take place in 2022. Contestants will be expected to undergo "extreme" challenges based on real astronaut training. See more stories on Insider's business page. There's no shortage of companies offering to blast tourists into space. Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, US, Trends, Earth, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Branson, Bezos, Peterson, Ricci


Solar eclipse 2021: the crescent sun – in pictures

From New Jersey to Milton Keynes, skygazers in the northern hemisphere were able to see a partial solar eclipse, witnessing a crescent sun in an eclipsed sunrise in some parts of the worldSolar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland Continue reading...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, World news, Ireland, New Jersey, The Sun, The moon, Milton Keynes, Solar eclipses


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amA celestial phenomenon is under way, with observers in the UK set to see a crescent sun as viewers in the Arctic enjoy an annular solar eclipse.An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun. This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon known as the “ring...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, Russia, UK News, World news, Earth, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Arctic, The moon


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle to be visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amViews of a partial solar eclipse will be “somewhat fleeting” across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said.But those in central and south-east England will have clear spells to witness the spectacle, according to the Met Office. On Thursday morning, skygazers will be able to see nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon in what is known as an annular...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Met Office, The moon, UK Weather


Scientists have solved a decades-old mystery about how auroras form in the sky

The aurora borealis in the sky near Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland, October 7, 2018. Alexander Kuznetsov/Reuters Scientists have confirmed for the first time how the northern lights form in the sky. Electromagnetic waves transfer energy to electrons, which then hitch a ride toward Earth. The electrons eventually collide with atoms and molecules in a brilliant light show - the aurora. See more stories on Insider's business page. For years, scientists hadn't been able to confirm how t...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Northern Lights, Ucla, Rovaniemi, Landau, University of Iowa, University of California Los Angeles, Lapland Finland, Howes, Lev Landau, Reuters Scientists, Auroras


Nasa spacecraft captures first closeups of Jupiter’s largest moon in decades

Juno passed within 645 miles of Ganymede, the closest any spacecraft has come to the moon since 2000Nasa’s Juno spacecraft has provided the first closeups of Jupiter’s largest moon in two decades.Juno zoomed past icy Ganymede on Monday, passing within 645 miles (1,038km). The last time a spacecraft came that close was in 2000 when Nasa’s Galileo spacecraft swept past our solar system’s biggest moon. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Jupiter, Juno, Ganymede


NASA's Juno probe at Jupiter beamed back close-up photos of the planet's largest moon, Ganymede, for the first time in 2 decades

The Juno spacecraft (left) flew past Ganymede (right) on Monday. NASA/JPL-Caltech; NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS NASA's Juno spacecraft zipped past Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, on Monday. Juno snapped an up-close portrait of the ice-encrusted moon for the first time in 20 years. NASA expects more Ganymede images soon, as well as data about its icy shell, which could hide an ocean. See more stories on Insider's business page. Grey, heavily cratered, and peering out from the bl...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Jupiter, Solar System, Spacecraft, Planet, Grey, Juno, Galileo, Ganymede, NASA JPL Caltech


European Commission drops plan to ban UK from science projects

Move comes after concerns from diplomats Britain was being treated as if it posed a similar risk to ChinaThe European Commission has dropped plans for a blanket ban on UK involvement in EU research on space projects and supercomputers after a backlash from member states and leading scientists.Thierry Breton, the former French finance minister who is now the EU internal market commissioner, had claimed the EU needed to keep control of intellectual property and that the UK’s involvement was an una...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, Science, Eu, European Union, World news, Britain, European Commission, Thierry Breton, ChinaThe European Commission


EC drops plans to ban UK from science projects after backlash

Research bodies voice opposition to exclusion of UK from space projects and super computer researchThe European Commission has dropped plans for a blanket ban on UK involvement in EU research on space projects and super computers after a backlash from member states and leading scientists.Thierry Breton, the former French finance minister who is now the EU internal market commissioner, had claimed the EU needed to keep control of intellectual property and that the UK’s involvement was an unaccept...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, Science, Eu, European Union, World news, European Commission, EC, Thierry Breton


Space tourism is about to take off. Here's how firms like Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX are making sure visitors' bodies can survive the trip.

SpaceX Companies are preparing to take tourists to the edge of space as soon as 2022. Bidding for a seat onboard a Blue Origin spaceship has reached a whopping $2.8 million. As voyages get longer, training regimens will make sure humans can handle the trip. See more stories on Insider's business page. Companies like Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin are gearing up to send tourists to the edge of space - and eventually, beyond - But for ordinary...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Science, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Space X, Blue Origin, Afp, New Shepard


SpaceX rocket heads to ISS with a supply of squid, toothpaste and avocados

Rocket due to reach the International Space Station this weekend is loaded with 7,300lb of fresh food and supplies for an orbiting lab SpaceX has launched a supply mission bound for the International Space Station on Thursday, carrying with it thousands of tiny sea creatures along with a plaque-fighting toothpaste experiment and powerful solar panels.The 7,300lb (3,300kg) shipment – which also includes fresh lemons, onions, avocados and cherry tomatoes for the station’s seven astronauts – should...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, US news, International Space Station


SpaceX just launched 5,000 tardigrades into space so astronauts can study how indestructible they are

A tardigrade under a microscope. Shutterstock SpaceX launched tardigrades and baby squid toward the space station on Thursday. The creatures are part of a resupply mission - astronauts will test how well they survive in orbit. Tardigrades can withstand extreme temperatures and pressures, including being shot out of a gun. See more stories on Insider's business page. SpaceX's latest resupply mission to the International Space Station has some tiny, living passengers.Five thousand ta...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Florida, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Cnn, International Space Station, University of Florida, Iss, Squid, Jamie, Antarctic, Tardigrades


Nasa plans return to Venus with two missions by 2030

Nasa sets aside $1bn for two ventures, which will be first US exploration of the planet since 1989Nasa is returning to Venus for the first time in more than three decades to gain a better understanding of the history of what scientists believe could have been the first habitable planet in the solar system.Plans for two separate and ambitious deep space missions to Earth’s nearest neighbour were announced on Wednesday by the head of the US space agency, Bill Nelson. Launches were targeted for a 2...
Tags: Space, Science, US, World news, US news, Nasa, Earth, Venus, Bill Nelson


NASA is finally returning to Venus with 2 new spacecraft - one to map the 'inferno-like world' and one to plunge to its surface

A composite image of Venus from NASA's Magellan spacecraft and Pioneer Venus Orbiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is sending two new missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030, the agency announced Wednesday. The DAVINCI+ mission will plunge to Venus' "inferno-like" surface, while VERITAS will map the planet. The spacecraft could help scientists investigate how Venus became so hot and whether it holds life. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than three decades have passed...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Exploration, Jupiter, Spaceflight, Neptune, Venus, Nelson, Extraterrestrial Life, Veritas, Triton, Magellan


OroraTech’s space-based early wildfire warnings spark $7M investment

With wildfires becoming an ever more devastating annual phenomenon, it is in the whole planet’s interest to spot them and respond as early as possible — and the best vantage point for that is space. OroraTech is a German startup building a constellation of small satellites to power a global wildfire warning system, and will be using a freshly raised €5.8M (~$7M) A round to kick things off. Wildfires destroy tens of millions of acres of forest every year, causing immense harm to people and the pl...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Space, Science, Funding, Tech, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, Wildfires, Satellites, Satellite Imagery, Aerospace, GreenTech, TUM, Earth imaging, Recent Funding


A space telescope that could protect Earth from asteroids has been stuck in 'NASA mission limbo hell' - but it may finally escape

An artist's concept of an asteroid-hunting space telescope. NASA/JPL-Caltech A future NASA space telescope could help track down 90% of asteroids big enough to crush New York. But efforts to launch such an asteroid observatory have failed to advance for years. Now, NASA's NEO Surveyor mission may finally move forward if it passes a key review in the coming weeks. See more stories on Insider's business page. An asteroid big enough to wipe out a city could be careening towards Ea...
Tags: Space, New York, Science, News, Congress, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Asteroids, Telescope, Trump, Near-earth Objects, Congressional, Chelyabinsk, NASA JPL Caltech


A piece of space debris punched a tiny hole in the International Space Station, damaging a robotic arm

Photos show damage to a robotic arm on the International Space Station, May 28, 2021. NASA/Canadian Space Agency A piece of space debris has struck the International Space Station. NASA found a hole in one of the station's robotic arms, though it's still working. Scientists monitor 23,000 pieces of space junk that could harm the station, but some debris is too small to track. See more stories on Insider's business page. A piece of space debris has punched a hole in one of the I...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Canada, International Space Station, New Zealand, Astronauts, Iss, Space Junk, Space Debris, Kessler, Canadian Space Agency, Aylin Woodward


‘Scary stuff’: International Space Station robotic arm struck by space junk

‘Lucky strike’ did not endanger seven astronauts on boardNot known what debris struck station or when it occurredThe sudden appearance of a small hole in a robotic arm aboard the international space station (ISS) has brought renewed attention to the danger posed by space junk. Related: Chinese cargo craft docks with future space station in orbit Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, World news, US news, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss



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