Category Archives: Space

The Earth does not really revolve around the Sun

Can you handle the truth? Ok, here it is: Our planet is not revolving around the Sun. The Earth and our sun both revolve around a point known as the barycenter. (Red dot in image) What’s at the barycenter? Absolutely nothing and this does not violate any laws of gravity. How can this be? Sun… Read More »

Aquatic life on Pluto?

Pluto is hiding a very big secret some 3 billion miles (5 billion km) away from Earth: a vast ocean of liquid water. … it might amount to … about 75 percent of all of Earth’s liquid water reservoir … And Pluto is one of the Solar System’s smaller ocean worlds. Researchers announced their discovery… Read More »

Irony: Altitude sickness stops second man on moon 

Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk on the moon, released details Sunday of his dramatic medical evacuation from Antarctica. He is continuing to recuperate in a… Read More »

Back when the earth had two moons

The theory that the Earth was born moonless and was hit by a Mars-sized plant, ejecting into space material that became our moon does not explain why the far side of the moon is so different from the side we see. Some researchers say our planet once had two moons. The missing satellite might still… Read More »

Scientists find one of most massive objects in universe

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known structures in the Universe. Called the Vela supercluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies. … Kraan-Korteweg and her team published their discovery of… Read More »

Can you spot the hidden dwarf galaxy?

Scientists have discovered a hidden dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way – and it could change our understanding of how dark matter holds galaxies together. The reason this galaxy has remained hidden is that it’s incredibly faint – in fact, it’s the faintest satellite galaxy we’ve found to date. And the discovery suggests that… Read More »

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Mystery Deepens

Three months back, after conducting a detailed study of the star KIC 8462852, astronomers came to the conclusion that it was, unequivocally, “the most mysterious star in our galaxy.” Now, the star, whose bizarre behavior sparked speculation over existence of an alien civilization around it, is grabbing headlines once again. First, some background. In September,… Read More »

The Crab on Mars

  THE Mars Curiosity Rover has taken a strange image that has left space enthusiasts captivated. Captured by NASA, the image shows a crab-like object on the surface of the red planet. Since emerging online, social media has been abuzz with users claiming the finding is proof of alien life. However, scientists have been quick to… Read More »

Earth raises a plasma shield to battle solar storms

Earth can raise shields to protect itself against solar storms. For the first time, satellites and ground-based detectors have watched as the planet sends out a tendril of plasma to fight off blasts of charged solar matter. The discovery confirms a long-standing theory about Earth’s magnetic surroundings and offers us a way to keep track… Read More »

Asteroid mysteriously breaks up

Remember the old Atari Asteroids game and how the space rocks would split into smaller and smaller pieces as your little arrowhead-shaped ship shot tiny balls of light at them? Well, astronomers at UCLA have just seen, for the first time ever they say, that asteroids really do break up that way. The discovery was… Read More »

NASA owns the moon, offers mining opportunities

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals. Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting… Read More »

Oldest star in Universe discovered

Astronomers in Australia have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may re-write our understanding of the universe directly following the Big Bang. The team from Australian National University (ANU) say that the star, located around 6,000 light years away from Earth, is roughly 13.6 billion years old. This means it… Read More »

Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station

Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station Added by Kimberly Ruble on October 13, 2013. This weekend, an astronaut from Italy, Luca Parmitano, put some very strange photographs upon his account at Twitter which had been taken from the International Space Station. They showed what appeared to be some sort of unknown cloud that was rising… Read More »

200,000 people apply to be first to live on Mars

If you have ambitions of being one of the first people on Mars, listen up: A Dutch company says it is moving along with its plan to send four lucky Earthlings to colonize the Red Planet. The catch: They won’t ever come back. The Mars One foundation announced Tuesday that it has secured lead suppliers… Read More »

Sun will “flip upside down” within weeks say Nasa

The Sun is set to “flip upside down” within weeks as its magnetic field reverses polarity in an event that will send ripple effects throughout the solar system. Although it may sound like a catastrophic occurrence, there’s no need to run for cover. The sun switches its polarity, flipping its magnetic north and south, once… Read More »

So far from home … Photo of Earth from Saturn

A panoramic image of the Saturn system was unveiled at the Newseum in Washington Tuesday. It was created by combining 141 images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in orbit around the ringed planet since 2004 after a seven year voyage. In this portion of the image we can look back at the Earth and moon which… Read More »

One-Ton GOCE Satellite Plummets Into Atlantic Ocean

from Popular Science A one-ton European Space Agency satellite finally plunged to Earth on Sunday. Dozens of charred pieces of it – the largest pieces could be 200 pounds – likely landed in the Atlantic Ocean near the Falkland Islands. One Falkland Islander even snapped a photo of the incinerating satellite as it streaked down… Read More »

Grasshopper’s Journey Hints at New Era in Spaceflight

In 1997 McDonnell Douglas was the prime contractor in the Delta Clipper-Experimental project, commonly known as DC-X. During the years of 1993-1996, DC-X achieved several successful tests in the quest to become the first single stage to orbit reusable launch vehicle, ascending vertically, moving laterally, and then descending to the ground. Originally a project of… Read More »

The UN vs the Asteroids

… The UN voted last week to adopt a proposal from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) to form an “International Asteroid Warning Group” to defend the planet from asteroids, Scientific American first reported. Member states will use the group to share information on Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and pull together a response to a… Read More »

Meteorite Pulled From Russian Lake One of World’s Biggest

Eight months after a meteorite exploded over central Russia, divers have hauled a large chunk of space rock out of a lake, giving people a look at the extraterrestrial object that caused damage throughout the region. On February 15, a 55-feet (17 m) wide, 10,000-ton meteorite exploded over central Russia. When the rock hit the… Read More »

Lonely, young planet drifting in space without a star

The solitary life of this newly discovered planet, with the catchy name PSO J318.5-22, has astronomers excited. Only 80 light-years from Earth, the 12 million-year-old planet has properties similar to those of gas-giant planets orbiting young stars. But because it is floating alone through space, rather than around a host star, astronomers can study it… Read More »

LADEE enters Moon orbit w/97% of NASA furloughed

According to someone at NASA: “Early this morning (October 6), we fired LADEE’s main engine in a braking maneuver known as the Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) burn.” “This slowed the spacecraft’s velocity enough for it to be captured by the Moon’s gravity. This critical burn went flawlessly and LADEE is now in lunar orbit! Two… Read More »

Fighting To Free Knowledge Paid For By Taxpayers – And Winning

One of the pioneers of open access is Michael Eisen, who helped found what has become the leading open access publisher, Public Library of Science, back in 2000. Since then, he’s been a pugnacious defender of the public’s right to read the research it has paid for, so perhaps it’s no surprise that he decided… Read More »

NASA Goes Low-Tech: Sends Balloon to Study Comet ISON

As stargazers keep their hopes up for an awesome show from ISON, dubbed the “comet of the century,” a balloon NASA sent into space is intended to bring back more information about the celestial event. But this is not your average balloon. At 671 feet tall, NASA’s balloon – named BRRISON, which stands for Balloon… Read More »

Detected radio bursts evidence of “exotic phenomena”

The detection of four short bursts of radio waves, possibly arising from explosions billions of light years away, could be powerful tools to study our Universe, according to research published in Science. In 2006, a similar so called “Lorimer burst” was detected with the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope and its authenticity was debated with widespread… Read More »

Mars soil analysis reveals surprising amount of water

Analysis of Martian soil by NASA’s ongoing Mars Curiosity rover turned up a surprising amount of water, as well as a chemical that will make a search for life more complicated, scientists said on Thursday. A scoop of fine-grained sand collected by the rover shortly after its August 2012 touchdown showed the soil contains about… Read More »

Deep Impact mission ends, leaves bright comet tale

NASA today announced the end of operations for the Deep Impact spacecraft, history’s most traveled deep-space comet hunter, after trying unsuccessfully for more than a month to regain contact with the spacecraft. UMD scientists – who helped conceive the mission, bring it to reality and keep it going years longer than originally planned – say… Read More »

Birdheaded man on Mercury

This elevated rise on Mercury resembles a vaguely humanoid shape You’ve all heard of the “face on Mars” and the “man in the Moon” – well I guess this would be the “man on Mercury!” And I feel like I’ve seen him somewhere before… “Oh, they’ve encased him in carbonite. He should be quite well… Read More »

Scientists claim to have found evidence of ALIEN LIFE

Balloon sent to edge of atmosphere picks up organisms “that can only have come from space. British scientists believe they have found evidence alien life after sending a balloon to the edge of space. The team of scientists sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere and captured small biological organisms they say can only have… Read More »

The Next Great Leaps Into Space Are Happening This Week

It’s going to be a busy seven days for the private space industry, with a pair of launches from the companies operating the new delivery trucks to the International Space Station. Both SpaceX and Orbital Sciences will be flying rockets in the coming week, and the launches are happening on opposite coasts. First up is… Read More »

So Many Sun Loops

In profile, the magnetic field lines emerging from several active regions were easily observed as they reached across from one magnetic pole to another (Sept. 4-5, 2013). When viewed in extreme ultraviolet light, the tracings of charged particles along the magnetic field lines are revealed. The bright, active regions are areas of intense magnetic forces.… Read More »

Virgin Galactic ship shakes its space-flight feathers

… The first vehicle purpose-built for carrying tourists into space has now tested not just its wings, but also its feathers. Although it still hasn’t reached space, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo flew slightly longer and higher than it did on its first powered flight in April – and this time it also deployed a safety mechanism… Read More »

Moon mission to look for “hopping” water and “electrified” dust

NASA’s latest moon mission, LADEE, will spend three months studying the moon’s water cycle and atmosphere – two things most of us thought the moon didn’t have. If all goes as planned, at 11:27 p.m. tonight, NASA will launch LADEE – the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, pronounced “laddy” – from its Wallops Island… Read More »

Robot spacecraft ready for launch to study moon dust, NASA says

Weather conditions were “looking real good” for NASA’s Friday night launch of a small robotic spacecraft on a mission to investigate the mysterious moon dust that Apollo astronauts encountered decades ago, a spokesman said. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft, known as LADEE, is scheduled for launch at 11:27 p.m. EDT on Friday… Read More »

‘Cosmic Caterpillar’ Seen

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured what scientists are describing as a “cosmic caterpillar” nearly 6 trillion miles long slinking through deep space. The celestial critter in the new Hubble telescope photo is actually a cloud of gas stretching one light-year across, scientists say. This cloud is in the process of collapsing down under its… Read More »

Hubble and NTT Capture Strange Alignment of Planetary Nebulae

While taking a look at more than a hundred planetary nebulae in our galaxy’s central bulge, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO’s New Technology Telescope have found something rather incredible. It would appear that butterfly-shaped planetary nebulae – despite their differences – are somehow mysteriously aligned! We know that stars similar to… Read More »

Curiosity Mars rover views eclipse of the Sun by Phobos

Images taken with a telephoto-lens camera on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity catch the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, passing directly in front of the sun – the sharpest images of a solar eclipse ever taken at Mars.Phobos does not fully cover the sun, as seen from the surface of Mars, so thesolar eclipse is… Read More »

Biggest U.S. rocket blasts off with spy satellite

An unmanned Delta 4-Heavy rocket, the largest in the U.S. fleet, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday to put a classified spy satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, officials said Wednesday. The 23-story-tall rocket lifted off at 11:03 a.m. local time/1803 GMT from a launch pad originally built… Read More »

Earth telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble

Telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble Astronomers say they are now able to capture images of the sky that are twice as sharp as those captured by the Hubble telescope. A team of scientists from the University of Arizona, Arcetri Observatory in Italy and the Carnegie Observatory developed the technology that will allow… Read More »

Comet ISON to fly by Mars

Image: Comet McNaught, also known as the Great Comet of 2007 and given the designation C/2006 P1.   Image credit Wikimedia Around the world, astronomers are buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. On Thanksgiving Day 2013, the icy visitor from the outer solar system will skim the sun’s outer atmosphere and, if it… Read More »