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“All’s Quiet on Betelgeuse” –Prelude to a Realtime Supernova? –Great Discoveries Channel

“All’s Quiet on Betelgeuse” –Prelude to a Realtime Supernova? –Great Discoveries Channel

Posted on Feb 15, 2020 in Astronomy, PhysicsAlthough it’s far enough away to keep Earth safe from radiation when it goes supernova, red supergiant star Betelgeuse is about 700 times the size of our sun, with a radius roughly equivalent to the orbit of Jupiter. “It would be astounding,” said Andy Howell, an astronomer at…
Dinosaurs: New study upends a belief many learned in elementary school

Dinosaurs: New study upends a belief many learned in elementary school

When studying creatures that roamed the Earth tens of millions of years ago, there are bound to be some gaps in our knowledge — take the idea that dinosaurs were massive, cold-blooded creatures. While many of them fit that description, new research might upend the belief all dinos were cold-blooded. Dinosaurs indeed started out as…
Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

After clocking 328 consecutive days in space, NASA astronaut Christina Koch landed safely back on Earth the week before last. Her trip was the longest-ever single spaceflight mission for a woman, and she did it for science: NASA needs to study the long-term effects of spaceflight on the human body in preparation for eventual stays…
Terahertz waves create short and stable electron pulses

Terahertz waves create short and stable electron pulses

Short and sharp: terahertz radiation has been used to improve the quality of ultrashort electron pulses. (Courtesy: Shutterstock/Anteromite) Terahertz radiation has been used to reduce the timing jitter of ultrashort pulses of relativistic electrons. This was achieved independently by two teams, one in China led by Dao Xiang at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the…
Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

Image copyright Allen Observatory Image caption Is there anybody out there? It's a question that governments are not paying to answer The head of one of the US's national observatories says the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe needs to be taken more seriously.Dr Anthony Beasley told the BBC that there should be…
Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit?

Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit?

Home News (Image: © Shutterstock) The confession has been called the king of evidence, as good as a conviction. And so it seems incredulous that innocent people would incriminate themselves by confessing to something they didn't actually do. But more than 300 men and women, after spending months, years, even decades in U.S. prisons, have been…
WATCH: NASA astronaut reunites with dog after 328 days in space -Salem

WATCH: NASA astronaut reunites with dog after 328 days in space -Salem

KENNY: AN ASTRONAUT WHO GRADUATED FROM N.C. STATE SPENT NEARLY A YEAR WATCHING EARLY FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPA STATION. BRIANA: CHRISTINA KOCH RECENTLY CAME HOME AND REUNITED WITH HER DOG. AND NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU SEE THIS VIDEO IT WILL NEVER GET OLD. KENNY: ’LITTLE BROWN DOG’ OR LBD FOR SHORT GETS SO…
Breakthrough Listen releases 2 petabytes of data from SETI survey of Milky Way

Breakthrough Listen releases 2 petabytes of data from SETI survey of Milky Way

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Breakthrough Listen Initiative today released data from the most comprehensive survey yet of radio emissions from the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy and the region around its central black hole, and it is inviting the public to search the data for signals from intelligent civilizations. At a media briefing…
NASA gives four projects $3 million to develop potential space missions

NASA gives four projects $3 million to develop potential space missions

The first of the potential missions is called Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging Plus or DAVINCI+. It would analyze the atmosphere of Venus and attempt to determine if the planet had an ocean in the past. It would also help scientists better understand how the planet's atmosphere formed. Another Venus-focused…
SpaceX tests Falcon 9 rocket for Starlink satellite fleet launch

SpaceX tests Falcon 9 rocket for Starlink satellite fleet launch

Home News Spaceflight A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the CRS-17 Dragon cargo mission for NASA in May 2019. The same booster will make its fourth flight to launch SpaceX's Starlink-4 mission on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Image: © SpaceX) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully fired up the Falcon 9 rocket booster that will…
Near-Earth Asteroid Sets Off Alert, Turns Out to Be Two Asteroids Hanging Out Together

Near-Earth Asteroid Sets Off Alert, Turns Out to Be Two Asteroids Hanging Out Together

Radar plot of the asteroid and its companionPhoto: Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSFAn asteroid that whizzed within 3 million miles of Earth last week turned out to be two objects in a binary system, according to new observations.The automated Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) on Mauna Loa in Hawaii discovered 2020 BX12 on January 27. It immediately…
Solar wind samples suggest new physics of massive solar ejections

Solar wind samples suggest new physics of massive solar ejections

An image of active regions on the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The glowing hot gas traces out the twists and loops of the Sun's magnetic field lines. Credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory/ AIA A new study led by the University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa has helped refine understanding of the amount of…
UFO sighting? Could this be a ‘UFO fleet’ over an Arizona desert?

UFO sighting? Could this be a ‘UFO fleet’ over an Arizona desert?

Footage of unusual activity in US airspace has emerged online. And prominent alien life advocate Scott Waring believes the strange lights are likely to be a small fleet of alien UFOs.Waring, who shared the bizarre footage on his etdatabase.com site, said: “I’m calling it a UFO fleet.” I'm calling it a UFO fleetScott WaringHe said:…
Stunning new images of red supergiant star Betelgeuse captured

Stunning new images of red supergiant star Betelgeuse captured

The surface of the star that could be set to explode in devastating supernova 700 light-years from Earth has been photographed and the images show Betelgeuse is dimming and changing shape.Astronomers behind the new observations say while the star will go supernova at some point, the dimming is more likely caused by either a cooling…
How changing aircraft altitude could cut flight’s climate impact in half

How changing aircraft altitude could cut flight’s climate impact in half

(CNN) Greener fuels, electric engines and more efficient aircraft are all being touted as ways to reduce the environmental harm of flying, but a new study suggests one simple move could help existing flights drastically cut their impact. By changing the flyi…
Scientists Identify Genes from ‘Ghost Population’ of Ancient Humans

Scientists Identify Genes from ‘Ghost Population’ of Ancient Humans

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The history of the human family is not as straightforward as you might think. While there’s just one species of human alive today, that was not the case at various points in the past. Studying the genetic markers floating around…
Pale Blue Dot at 30: Voyager 1’s iconic photo of Earth from space reveals our place in the universe

Pale Blue Dot at 30: Voyager 1’s iconic photo of Earth from space reveals...

Home News Science & Astronomy NASA released this updated version of Voyager 1's famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth on Feb. 13, 2020. The original was taken 30 years earlier, on Feb. 14, 1990. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) Thirty years ago today, humanity got a chance to see itself in a whole new light. On Feb.…
Water on Mars? Boulder shadows may spawn short-lived pools of brine.

Water on Mars? Boulder shadows may spawn short-lived pools of brine.

Home News Science & Astronomy Mars as seen from orbit by NASA’s Viking mission. (Image: © NASA/JPL) Many tiny patches of the ground on modern Mars may be capable of supporting life as we know it, if only very briefly, a new study suggests.Water ice is abundant on and near the Martian surface, but conditions…
Mysterious fast radio burst repeats in 16-day rhythm | EarthSky.org

Mysterious fast radio burst repeats in 16-day rhythm | EarthSky.org

For the first time, a fast radio burst has been found to be repeating, in a regular 16-day cycle. The baffling detection from the CHIME radio telescope deepens the mystery of these bizarre intergalactic objects. Location of the newly discovered repeating fast radio burst – labeled FRB 180916.J0158+65 – in the outskirts of a spiral…
This may be the biggest turtle that ever lived

This may be the biggest turtle that ever lived

Home News An illustration of a giant male (front) and female (left) Stupendemys geographicus out swimming for a snack. (Image: © Jaime Chirinos) An 8-million-year-old turtle shell unearthed in Venezuela measures nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters) long, making it the largest complete turtle shell known to science, a new study reported. This shell belonged to an…
Image: ‘Pale Blue Dot’ revisited

Image: ‘Pale Blue Dot’ revisited

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech For the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic views from the Voyager mission, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is publishing a new version of the image known as the "Pale Blue Dot." The updated image uses modern image-processing software and techniques while respecting the intent of those who planned…
A rare disease among children is discovered in a 66-million-year-old dinosaur tumor

A rare disease among children is discovered in a 66-million-year-old dinosaur tumor

A rare disease among children is discovered in a 66-million-year-old dinosaur tumor - CNN
Popular preprint servers face closure because of money troubles

Popular preprint servers face closure because of money troubles

The rise of preprint repositories has helped scientists worldwide to share results and get feedback quickly. But several platforms that serve researchers in emerging economies are struggling to raise money to stay afloat. One, which hosts research from Indonesia, has decided to close because of this funding shortfall.INA-Rxiv, which was set up in 2017, was…
Saturn’s weird, Earth-like moon just failed a key test for alien life

Saturn’s weird, Earth-like moon just failed a key test for alien life

Home News An image from NASA's Cassini probe, taken Sept. 23, 2006, shows a pair of hydrocarbon lakes on Titan. (Image: © NASA/JPL) Saturn's most Earth-like moon looks a bit less likely to host life, thanks to quantum mechanics, the weird rules that govern subatomic particles.Titan, the second largest moon in our solar system after…
NASA expects thousands to apply for astronaut jobs ahead of moon missions

NASA expects thousands to apply for astronaut jobs ahead of moon missions

Latest Headlines World News // 2 hours ago Barclays CEO under British investigation for ties to Jeffrey Epstein Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Barclays announced Thursday that CEO Jes Staley is being investigated by British financial authorities over ties to financier and accused U.S. sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. U.S. News // 15 hours ago Iowa Democratic…
NASA seeks new Artemis astronauts: Here are the requirements

NASA seeks new Artemis astronauts: Here are the requirements

NASA is seeking applications for a new generation of astronauts, but you’ll need extensive education and credentials in order to meet the minimum requirements for applying. The space agency issued the alert for more astronauts on Tuesday, explaining that it will accept submissions during the month of March. The astronauts will be heading for the…
Largest Planet-Killer Asteroid To Approach Earth This Month Arriving On Saturday

Largest Planet-Killer Asteroid To Approach Earth This Month Arriving On Saturday

KEY POINTSNASA spots a planet-killer asteroid approaching EarthThe approaching space rock is a potentially hazardous asteroidThe asteroid is big enough to cause a major impact eventA potentially hazardous asteroid that’s big enough to trigger a nuclear winter and mass extinction events on Earth following a collision will intersect the planet’s path this weekend. According to…
What is a neutron star? | Astronomy Essentials

What is a neutron star? | Astronomy Essentials

Artist’s concept of a neutron star. The star’s tiny size and extreme density give it incredibly powerful gravity at its surface. Thus this image portrays the space around the neutron star as being curved. Image via Raphael.concorde/ Daniel Molybdenum/ NASA/ Wikimedia Commons. When – at the end of its life – a massive star explodes…
Scientists detect an unexplainable radio signal from outer space that repeats every 16 days

Scientists detect an unexplainable radio signal from outer space that repeats every 16 days

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Published 6:00 a.m. ET Feb. 12, 2020 | Updated 10:10 a.m. ET Feb. 12, 2020CLOSE Fast radio bursts can emit as much power as hundreds of millions of suns but only last a few milliseconds, making them difficult to study, until now. Buzz60For the first time, scientists have detected a radio…
Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters—and it could happen again

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters—and it could happen again

Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. Credit: AntarcticScience.com Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study led by UNSW Sydney shows. Mass melting of the…
More of Antarctica’s ice sheet shatters, worrying scientists

More of Antarctica’s ice sheet shatters, worrying scientists

Yet another chunk of Antarctic glacier sheared off over the weekend, shattering into iceberg shards and causing continued consternation among scientists observing what they fear to be the disintegration of the most frozen place on Earth. “What is unsettling is that the daily data stream [from satellites] reveals the dramatic pace at which climate is…
Betelgeuse Is Acting Really Weird Right Now. Could It Be Ready To Go Supernova?

Betelgeuse Is Acting Really Weird Right Now. Could It Be Ready To Go Supernova?

Astronomers are taking a closer look at some strange behavior by Betelgeuse, a nearby star that is dimming so much some believe there’s at least a chance it’s about to explode. The resulting supernova would light the skies on Earth and be visible with the naked eye, even in the daytime.    The star found in…
SpaceX’s first astronaut-ready spaceship wraps up final factory tests before heading to Florida

SpaceX’s first astronaut-ready spaceship wraps up final factory tests before heading to Florida

Set to become the first commercial spacecraft ever to launch NASA astronauts, SpaceX has revealed that its newest Crew Dragon spaceship is in the midst of its final major factory tests, meaning that it could be just a matter of days before it ships to Florida. Originally built to support SpaceX’s first operational NASA astronaut…
This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It’s Got Bigger Worries

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It’s Got Bigger Worries

What if I told you that in Australia, a mouse-like marsupial called antechinus breeds so manically during its three-week mating season that the males bleed internally and go blind, until every male lies dead? And what if I told you that this isn’t the reason the species is facing an existential threat?Reporting today in the…
“Reaper of death” dinosaur discovered in Alberta

“Reaper of death” dinosaur discovered in Alberta

Researchers from the University of Calgary and the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta have discovered a new species of dinosaur that once terrorized the province. As Heather Yourex-West explains, the creature dubbed the "reaper of death" was a smaller, but still vicious cousin of the tyrannosaurus rex.For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.caSubscribe to Global…
NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network

NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network

Robotic spacecraft will be able to communicate with the dish using radio waves and lasers. Surrounded by California desert, NASA officials broke ground Tuesday, Feb. 11, on a new antenna for communicating with the agency's farthest-flung robotic spacecraft. Part of the Deep Space Network (DSN), the 112-foot-wide (34-meter-wide) antenna dish being built represents a future…
Yes, That Pink Manta Picture Is Real

Yes, That Pink Manta Picture Is Real

Australian Geographic published an article yesterday featuring a picture many believed to be photo shopped. After all, could manta rays with a pink belly (instead of the usual white) exist? Turns out, yes! The bright pink manta ray gliding past Kristian at Lady Elliot Island, Australia. Kristian Laine (instagram: @kristianlainephotography) The University of Queensland’s Project…
Mediterranean great white sharks found to have 3.2 million-year-old origins

Mediterranean great white sharks found to have 3.2 million-year-old origins

Historical Great White Shark jaws front. Credit: University of Bologna The great white shark has been in the Mediterranean for 3.2 million years, way longer than researchers have hypothesized until now. The white sharks currently living in the Mediterranean are genetically closer to those of the Pacific Ocean than to their neighbors inhabiting the Atlantic.…
Mysterious radio signal from space is repeating every 16 days

Mysterious radio signal from space is repeating every 16 days

(CNN)Mysterious radio signals from space have been known to repeat, but for the first time, researchers have noticed a pattern in a series of bursts coming from a single source half a billion light-years from Earth. Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are milliseco…
Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters –

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters –

IMAGE: Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. view more  Credit: AntarcticScience.com Mass melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was a major cause of high sea levels during a period known as the Last Interglacial (129,000-116,000 years ago), an international team of scientists…
Inbreeding among the last woolly mammoths may have led to extinction

Inbreeding among the last woolly mammoths may have led to extinction

(CNN)Some of the last mammoths on Earth suffered from mutated genes that reduced fertility, caused diabetes, affected their development and even kept them from being able to smell flowers, according to a new study. While woolly mammoths were once plentiful …
SpaceX set to launch NASA astronauts first after Boeing narrowly avoids catastrophe in space

SpaceX set to launch NASA astronauts first after Boeing narrowly avoids catastrophe in space

SpaceX is set to become the first private company to launch NASA astronauts as few as three months from now, all but guaranteed after Boeing’s competing Starliner spacecraft narrowly avoided a catastrophe in space on its orbital launch debut. The ultimate purpose of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is to ensure that the US is…
Adapting to climate change: We’re doing it wrong

Adapting to climate change: We’re doing it wrong

Credit: CC0 Public Domain When it comes to adapting to the effects of climate change, scientists and policymakers are thinking too small, according to a new research review. The authors argue that society should focus less on how individuals respond to such climate issues as flooding and wildfires and instead figure out what it takes…
Asteroid warning: NASA detects a 1KM rock that could kill millions on rapid approach

Asteroid warning: NASA detects a 1KM rock that could kill millions on rapid approach

NASA’s tracking systems are watching a potentially catastrophic asteroid dubbed 2002 PZ39, which is believed to measure nearly 3,280ft (one kilometre) across. The asteroid is currently flyying through space at speeds of more than 35,500mph (57,240km/h). At this rate, NASA said the asteroid will make a "close approach" to Earth before noon on Saturday, February…
An Asteroid Totally Just Mooned Earth

An Asteroid Totally Just Mooned Earth

(Arecibo Observatory/Planetary Radar Science Group) MICHELLE STARR 11 FEB 2020 A large asteroid whooshed past Earth last week, and mooned all of humanity in the process.As it approached Earth space, asteroid 2020 BX12 was under close observation. Clocking in at 200 to 450 metres across (656 to 1,476 feet), and moving at around 90,000 kilometres…
NASA gives JPL green light to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth

NASA gives JPL green light to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth

NASA’s proposed budget builds toward a future when earthlings will set foot on Mars. And in the meantime, it takes the next big step toward bringing a little bit of Mars back to Earth.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday unveiled a $25.2-billion plan that would send astronauts back to the moon by 2024 as part…
Huge red star might explode soon and next few weeks are critical

Huge red star might explode soon and next few weeks are critical

An artist's impression of Betelgeuse and the plume of gas around it. ESO/L. Calçada Supergiant star Betelgeuse has been getting dimmer at an unprecedented pace over the past few months, leading some astronomers to wonder if it might be in the process of the collapse that precedes a supernova explosion. But there are other possible…
New Tyrannosaurus: The T. Rex is the King of Lizards, but it’s new cousin is the “Reaper of Death”

New Tyrannosaurus: The T. Rex is the King of Lizards, but it’s new cousin...

The Tyrannosaurus Rex has long been the creature of nightmares — but the "King of Tyrant Lizards" had a cousin who may have been just as terrifying. With the help of a paleontology enthusiast, scientists in Canada said they discovered the newest member of the Tyrannosaurus family and named it after the Greek God of…
Distant giant planets form differently than ‘failed stars’

Distant giant planets form differently than ‘failed stars’

This image of the low-mass brown dwarf GJ 504 B was taken by Bowler and his team using adaptive optics with the NIRC2 camera at Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The image has been processed to remove light from the host star (whose position is marked with an "x"). The companion is located at a separation…
Chemists develop safer hydrogenation processes

Chemists develop safer hydrogenation processes

Unique hydrogenation research led by CCNY's Mahesh Lakshman is the inside cover feature in the journal “Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis.” Safe and environmentally-friendly hydrogen gas on demand could be on the horizon following a new "hydrogenation" chemical process in development at The City College of New York. Led by Mahesh K. Lakshman, the research uniquely…
Voyager 2 spacecraft resumes its exploration of interstellar space

Voyager 2 spacecraft resumes its exploration of interstellar space

Voyager 2 spacecraft resumes its exploration of interstellar space after NASA engineers fix a potentially fatal glitch from 11.5 billion miles awayNASA says Voyager 2 officially entered 'interstellar space' in November 2018 At the end of January there was an energy spike due to a failed spin manoeuvreIt shut off its science instruments but NASA engineers…
Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Starship production well underway inside new Texas factory

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Starship production well underway inside new Texas factory

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has offered a new glimpse inside the company’s rapidly-expanding South Texas Starship factory, revealing the beginnings of the next-generation rocket’s first true assembly line — and a wealth of spacecraft hardware. Situated two or so miles from the Gulf of Mexico (and Mexico itself) in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX has been…
Powerful Radio Signal From Deep Space Appears to Be Repeating in a 16-Day Cycle

Powerful Radio Signal From Deep Space Appears to Be Repeating in a 16-Day Cycle

MICHELLE STARR 10 FEB 2020 One of the defining characteristics of the mysterious deep-space signals we call fast radio bursts is that they are unpredictable. They belch out across the cosmos without rhyme or reason, with no discernible pattern, making them incredibly hard to study. Now, for the first time, astronomers have found a fast…
Cygnus launch to ISS scrubbed as NASA considers schedule changes for future cargo missions

Cygnus launch to ISS scrubbed as NASA considers schedule changes for future cargo missions

by Jeff Foust — February 9, 2020 A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket on the pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport moments before its Feb. 9 launch was scrubbed because of technical reasons. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust Updated 8:35 p.m. Eastern with new launch date. WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — A technical issue scrubbed a scheduled Feb. 9…
GALLERY: Super Snow Moon shines over middle Tennessee

GALLERY: Super Snow Moon shines over middle Tennessee

GALLERY: Super Snow Moon shines over middle Tennessee - WZTV
Lockheed Martin delivers new GPS satellite scheduled for April launch aboard Falcon 9

Lockheed Martin delivers new GPS satellite scheduled for April launch aboard Falcon 9

by Sandra Erwin — February 9, 2020 The GPS 3 SV03 satellite "Columbus" arrived Feb. 5, 2020, at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. Credit: Lt. Col. Maggie Sullivan, U.S. Air Force The April launch will be SpaceX’s second GPS 3 mission WASHINGTON — The third satellite of the GPS 3 constellation arrived Feb.…
Rocket scheduled for 11:03 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral

Rocket scheduled for 11:03 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WFLA) — The ULA Atlas V rocket launch is scheduled for late Sunday night. The Solar Orbiter launch from Cape Canaveral is expected to take place at 11:03 p.m. The rocket is on a mission to reach the sun, which won’t happen for about three years. Read more here. LATEST STORIES: Top…
Further problems with Boeing’s Starliner Capsule Revealed

Further problems with Boeing’s Starliner Capsule Revealed

Boeing’s space division seems to have made yet another blunder in relation to its Starliner capsule. Even though the capsule’s first mission (the Orbital Flight Test, or OFT) was already a failure due to a timer failure, another error has been found in the capsule’s software which could have destroyed the Starliner vehicle altogether. This…
Pluto’s Icy Heart Heart Beats Daily, Pumping Nitrogen Winds Around the Dwarf Planet

Pluto’s Icy Heart Heart Beats Daily, Pumping Nitrogen Winds Around the Dwarf Planet

This high-resolution image captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the bright expanse of the western lobe of Pluto’s “heart,” or Sputnik Planitia, which is rich in nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane ices. Credit: NASA A “beating heart” of frozen nitrogen controls Pluto’s winds and may give rise to features on its surface, according to…
Northrop Grumman ‘go’ to launch its 13th Cygnus cargo ship for NASA Sunday

Northrop Grumman ‘go’ to launch its 13th Cygnus cargo ship for NASA Sunday

Home News Spaceflight A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus NG-13 spacecraft sits atop Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia on Feb. 5, 2020. (Image: © NASA/Aubrey Gemignani) WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — The number 13 may have a bad wrap among the superstitious, but Northrop…
Trump will propose big boost for NASA to return astronauts to the moon

Trump will propose big boost for NASA to return astronauts to the moon

President Trump is seeking billions of dollars in new funding for NASA  aimed at returning astronauts to the moon within four years, according to administration officials.Trump will propose a 12 percent budget increase for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration when he releases his spending plan next week. The boost includes funding to develop human landers, Fox News has confirmed.No one has been…
Weekend Round-Up: Disposable Perspectives, Foreign Oscars, And The Lady Of Space Returns To Earth

Weekend Round-Up: Disposable Perspectives, Foreign Oscars, And The Lady Of Space Returns To Earth

Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet…
“Clowns Supervised by Monkeys” Boeing Puts Space Industry in Danger

“Clowns Supervised by Monkeys” Boeing Puts Space Industry in Danger

Boeing’s unmanned CST-100 Starliner space taxi narrowly avoided a “catastrophic failure” during a December test flight. The problem was due to a software bug that led to erroneous thruster firings, according to NASA. This comes at a time when Boeing is still reeling from two fatal crashes due to faulty MCAS software in the 737…
Why the Mars 2020 rover is armed with a high-powered laser

Why the Mars 2020 rover is armed with a high-powered laser

When it departs for its journey to Mars later this year, NASA’s Mars 2020 rover won’t only be armed with an array of scientific instruments — it will also be toting a high-powered laser. The laser is part of the rover’s SuperCam instrument for analyzing rocks and minerals found on the Martian surface. The laser…
10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $37 noise cancelling headphones, $6 smart plugs, GoPro HERO8, Roomba i7+, more

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $37 noise cancelling headphones, $6...

The weekend has finally arrived, and with it come some of the best daily deals we’ve seen all week. Highlights from Saturday’s roundup include an exclusive deal that gets you shockingly good wireless noise cancelling headphones with 40-hour battery life for just $36.99 with the coupon code BGRTT085, Alexa and Google ready Wi-Fi smart plugs…
Revisiting Animal Crossing: New Leaf Was A Mistake

Revisiting Animal Crossing: New Leaf Was A Mistake

There’s a reason why I don’t return to Animal Crossing games long after I stop playing them. But stupidly, I decided to break that rule last week. I have some regrets.When Animal Crossing: New Leaf released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, I sank hundreds of hours into building up my virtual town, Tennant. It…
A new spacecraft is journeying to the Sun to get a never-before-seen look at the star’s poles

A new spacecraft is journeying to the Sun to get a never-before-seen look at...

This weekend, the European Space Agency and NASA are launching a new, hardened spacecraft bound for the center of our Solar System, where it will get a view of our Sun that no vehicle has seen before. The probe, dubbed the Solar Orbiter, will be tasked with observing the Sun’s poles, in hopes of better…
Super Snow Moon 2020: Bright, full moon will light up the night sky tonight

Super Snow Moon 2020: Bright, full moon will light up the night sky tonight

The second full moon of winter has an appropriate name – the Snow Moon. And the Saturday/Sunday night lunar show will be particularly impressive.A Super Snow Moon will light up the sky this weekend. The first part of the name – Super – is given when a new or full moon happens at the time…
Boeing’s 2nd Starliner software glitch could have led to an in-space collision

Boeing’s 2nd Starliner software glitch could have led to an in-space collision

Home News Spaceflight Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is pictured back home at the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, where it is undergoing inspection after its Orbital Flight Test mission in December 2019. (Image credit: Frank Michaux/NASA)Seven weeks after Boeing's CST-100 Starliner failed to reach the International Space Station as planned during its first…
Bacteria, bone and more: Here’s the science launching to the space station Sunday

Bacteria, bone and more: Here’s the science launching to the space station Sunday

Home News Spaceflight The Antares rocket and Cygnus capsule headed to the International Space Station on Feb. 9, 2020, was raised to vertical position on a launchpad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (Image: © NASA/Aubrey Gemignani) NASA is launching a bevy of crew supplies and scientific cargo to the International Space Station Sunday…
Arctic ice melt is changing ocean currents

Arctic ice melt is changing ocean currents

Arctic sea ice was photographed in 2011 during NASA's ICESCAPE mission, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," a shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in…
Space Mining – the Quest for the World’s First Trillionaire Amid Earth’s Growing Resource Scarcity

Space Mining – the Quest for the World’s First Trillionaire Amid Earth’s Growing Resource...

Those of you who have watched Syfy’s Expanse season – resurrected by Amazon for its fourth iteration – would be well aware of the concept of space mining. Set in a future where humans have colonized the entire solar system, the series explores a realistic take on what may well become reality in the near-future.…
Voyager 2 bounces back from glitch in interstellar space

Voyager 2 bounces back from glitch in interstellar space

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist's depiction of one of the twin Voyager spacecraft exploring interstellar space. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) Voyager 2 is taking the measure of its exotic surroundings once again.On Jan. 25, the venerable probe, which has been exploring interstellar space since November 2018, failed to execute a spin maneuver as intended.…
Pluto’s famous heart powers icy winds on the dwarf planet

Pluto’s famous heart powers icy winds on the dwarf planet

Home News The left lobe of Pluto's heart-shaped feature is a 600-mile-wide (1,000 kilometers) ice plain known as Sputnik Planitia. (Image: © NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI) Pluto's icy heart is beating.The dwarf planet's famous heart-shaped feature, which NASA's New Horizons spacecraft discovered during its epic July 2015 flyby, drives atmospheric circulation patterns on Pluto, a new study suggests.Most…
Expedition 61 Crew Receives a Warm Welcome in Kazakhstan

Expedition 61 Crew Receives a Warm Welcome in Kazakhstan

Published on Feb 7, 2020Expedition 61 Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency), Soyuz commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and NASA Flight Engineer Christina Koch were greeted in a traditional ceremony at the airport in Karaganda, Kazakhstan February 6, a few hours after landing in their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft in Kazakhstan near the town…
In the US East? Look up for Sunday’s space launch

In the US East? Look up for Sunday’s space launch

A Cygnus resupply spacecraft headed for the International Space Station is scheduled to launch on Sunday, February 9, from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. How and when to watch live in the sky, or on NASA TV. View larger. | Are you in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region on Sunday? Look up! This map indicates when…
This weekend’s Snow Moon will be 2020’s first supermoon

This weekend’s Snow Moon will be 2020’s first supermoon

As we hit our mid-winter stride, our next full moon will be the Snow Moon and it will be officially full about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. This is the first of three supermoons to grace the skies in 2020 - moons that appear just a little larger than a regular full moon.Having a full moon that…
Beaked Whales Use Coordinated Stealth Mode to Evade Killer Orcas

Beaked Whales Use Coordinated Stealth Mode to Evade Killer Orcas

A breaching Cuvier’s beaked whale of El Hierro, Canaries. Image: N. Aguilar ULLBeaked whales are elite when it comes to their deep diving, but their echolocating clicks expose them to a dangerous predator: orcas. New research shows that groups of beaked whales can reduce predation risk by coordinating deep dives and stealthy ascents.For beaked whales,…
Experts baffled by ‘unusual’ monster galaxy that died suddenly

Experts baffled by ‘unusual’ monster galaxy that died suddenly

Researchers have discovered a new "monster" galaxy that grew at a high rate during the early part of the universe. However, it died mysteriously, baffling researchers.The newly-discovered galaxy is known as XMM-2599 and is approximately 12 billion light-years from Earth. The universe itself is 13.8 billion years old, so XMM-259 is being seen as it…
In photos: NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-breaking spaceflight

In photos: NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-breaking spaceflight

Home News Spaceflight (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) NASA astronaut Christina Koch wrapped up her first stay on the International Space Station Feb. 6, 2020, and it is one for the record books. Koch arrived in space in March 2019 and spent a total of 328 days living and working in the orbiting laboratory.Koch's stay set…
Fusion Startups Step In to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Fusion Startups Step In to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

If Nick Hawker’s computer models are right, the snap of a pistol shrimp’s claw holds the secret to boundless clean energy. Mr. Hawker’s company, First Light Fusion, is one of around two dozen startups chasing the dream of generating electricity by squeezing atoms together. Fusion, first theorized a century ago and shown to be possible…
‘Bizarre’ turtle managed to survive asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs

‘Bizarre’ turtle managed to survive asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs

The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago also caused nearly 75 percent of all species on the planet to go extinct. However, a new study suggests one "bizarre" form of life managed to survive — a land turtle.Fossils of the turtle, known as Laurasichersis relicta, were recently discovered in northern France. The fossils date to around 56 million…
World’s most powerful particle accelerator one big step closer

World’s most powerful particle accelerator one big step closer

Credit: Imperial College London Scientists have demonstrated a key technology in making next-generation high-energy particle accelerators possible. Particle accelerators are used to probe the make-up of matter in colliders like the Large Hadron Collider, and for measuring the chemical structure of drugs, treating cancers and manufacturing silicon microchips. So far, the particles accelerated have been…
Astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after a year in space

Astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after a year in space

Published on Feb 6, 2020Astronaut Christina Koch is back on Earth after setting a world record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch landed in Kazakhstan after spending 328 days on the International Space Station, where she also broke ground as part of the first all-female spacewalk with fellow astronaut Jessica Meir.Watch "CBS…
‘Bonecrushing’ crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230M years ago discovered in Brazil

‘Bonecrushing’ crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230M years ago discovered in Brazil

The fossils of a "bonecrushing" ancestor of the modern-day crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230 million years ago have been discovered in Brazil, stunning researchers.Known as Dynamosuchus collisensis, the fossil was discovered in the dinosaur fossil hotbed of Agudo, in southern Brazil. It has been nicknamed the "T. Rex of its time," according to researchers. The…
A Snow Moon – the first supermoon of 2020 – will light up the sky this weekend

A Snow Moon – the first supermoon of 2020 – will light up the...

A Snow Moon will appear from Friday evening to Monday morning, but don’t worry: it won’t affect the weather. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, northeastern Native American tribes referred to the second full moon of winter as the Snow Moon because of February’s heavy snow. This year, it’s a supermoon, which means it will be…
Violent battle between two stars in space captured in stunning photo

Violent battle between two stars in space captured in stunning photo

Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY Published 7:31 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2020 | Updated 12:33 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2020CLOSE The two brawling nebulas help researchers understand the “death process” of stars like our sun. Buzz60Not all stars get along.In fact, astronomers spotted the colorful remnants of what they concluded was a violent confrontation between two…
How to die on Mars

How to die on Mars

Home News Spaceflight How will we die on Mars? Science fiction media has approached this question for decades. For those who die aboard spacecraft on the journey to Mars or some other cosmic destination (e.g., Spock's death in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and events in the recent film "Ad Astra"), the solution is…
Weather warning: Earth could be hit by MINI ICE-AGE as Sun ‘hibernates’

Weather warning: Earth could be hit by MINI ICE-AGE as Sun ‘hibernates’

Sunspot activity on the surface of the Sun follows a well-known but little understood 11 year cycle. Activity rises and falls creating the so-called solar maximum and then solar minimum. During a solar maximum, the Sun is more powerful and is littered with sunspots.Conversely when the Sun enters a solar minimum – which it did…
Sand Dunes Interact And ‘Communicate’ With One Another, Physicists Say

Sand Dunes Interact And ‘Communicate’ With One Another, Physicists Say

(shirophoto/Getty Images Plus) CARLY CASSELLA 6 FEB 2020 Whether on land or underwater, sand dunes usually appear in large groups. But even when these natural formations are in close touch with their neighbours, they still need their personal space from time to time. When two identical dunes migrate over long distances, physicists have found these…
Comet 67P Repeatedly Changed Color During the Historic Rosetta Mission

Comet 67P Repeatedly Changed Color During the Historic Rosetta Mission

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it was seen by Rosetta on July 7, 2015. The comet’s bright coma is clearly visible. Image: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0A review of data taken over the course of the two-year Rosetta mission shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was sometimes reddish in appearance, while at other times it assumed a bluish…
Tipping Points In The Climate System: The Worst Kind Of Positive Feedback

Tipping Points In The Climate System: The Worst Kind Of Positive Feedback

With global temperatures continuing to break records in recent years, it’s important to cast an eye towards the future. While efforts to reduce emissions remain in a political quagmire, time is running out to arrest the slide into catastrophe. Further compounding the issue are a variety of positive feedback loops that promise to further compound…
Record-breaking NASA astronaut Christina Koch is returning to Earth after nearly a year in space

Record-breaking NASA astronaut Christina Koch is returning to Earth after nearly a year in...

This evening, three astronauts will head home from the International Space Station, including one record-breaking crew member who just spent nearly a year in space. NASA astronaut Christina Koch is on her way back to Earth after setting the record for the longest continuous spaceflight by a woman and after completing the first all-female spacewalks…
HIV vaccine failure, coronavirus papers and a unprecedented glimpse of the Sun

HIV vaccine failure, coronavirus papers and a unprecedented glimpse of the Sun

The surface of the Sun, imaged by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.Credit: NSO/NSF/AURA The highest-resolution image of the Sun ever takenThe world’s most powerful solar telescope has opened its eyes. The US$344-million Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, which has been two decades in the making, is scrutinizing the Sun in extraordinary detail from atop…
Pluto’s beating ‘frozen heart’ is in charge of its weather – study

Pluto’s beating ‘frozen heart’ is in charge of its weather – study

New research shows that not only does Pluto’s unique “frozen heart” actually control the dwarf planet’s weather systems, it does so with a “beat.” When NASA’s New Horizons mission captured footage of the dwarf planet in 2015, scientists found that, contrary to popular opinion at the time, Pluto did in fact have some physical features…
Yarn grown from human skin cells could be woven or knitted into ‘human textiles’

Yarn grown from human skin cells could be woven or knitted into ‘human textiles’

Yarn grown from human skin cells could be woven or knitted into 'human textiles' for tissue grafts or organ repair, study claimsCells called fibroblasts from an animal can be used to make sheets of skin in a labThe sheets are cut into ribbons and twisted to form various forms of yarn The threads can then be…
Two invisible stars are bending space-time deep in the Milky Way

Two invisible stars are bending space-time deep in the Milky Way

Home News A binary pair of red dwarf stars might be warping space-time and distorting our view of another star much, much farther away. (Image: © M. Rębisz) In summer 2016, astronomers watched a star 2,500 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation flash to life as if preparing to explode in a fiery supernova. The…
Sand dunes ‘communicate’ when they move, researchers say

Sand dunes ‘communicate’ when they move, researchers say

Sand dunes are rarely isolated. They form in large groups known as dune fields, whispering in the desert wind or flowing with the water on a seabed.Now researchers have discovered that dunes communicate with their neighbors as they move across these landscapes — they can even push their neighbor dunes farther away, according to a…
Incredible Image Shows The Extraordinary Aftermath of One Star Engulfing Another

Incredible Image Shows The Extraordinary Aftermath of One Star Engulfing Another

MICHELLE STARR 5 FEB 2020 A dramatic encounter between two stars has strewn their remains out across their little corner of space in the most spectacular fashion - and we get to actually see it with our own eyes. Here's how it went down: As a dying star expanded into a red giant, it engulfed…
Trump touts Space Force, moon and Mars plans in State of the Union address

Trump touts Space Force, moon and Mars plans in State of the Union address

Home News Spaceflight Space exploration got a couple of shout-outs in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night (Feb. 4).During the nearly 80-minute speech, Trump touted the recent establishment of the Space Force — the first new U.S. military branch to be stood up since the Air Force in 1947 — as one of…

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