Space

We Finally Know What That "Temporary Moon" Around Earth Is

By<p>Filed Under NASA & Satellites<p>As we all know, Earth has just one best friend — the moon. But in 2016, a strange object seemed to pass close enough …

Science

Scientists want to create a universe in a lab, and they actually could

Physicists aren’t often reprimanded for using risqué humour in their academic writings, but in 1991 that is exactly what happened to the cosmologist …

Physics

Seeing One Example Of Merging Neutron Stars Raises Five Incredible Questions

On August 17th, both the light and the gravitational wave signals from inspiraling-and-merging neutron stars reached Earth, where both were detected, for the first time, by humans. The inspiral phase was seen for approximately 30 seconds in the LIGO and Virgo detectors, lasting more than 100 times …

Astrophysics

NASA tests rocket designed to get humans to Mars

NASA has test-fired an astonishingly powerful engine which will one day propel a manned mission all the way to Mars.<p>The American space agency tested …

Exploration

The Orionid Meteor Shower is Tonight! Here's How And When To Catch It

By<p>Filed Under Space Science<p>Meteor showers are a much-needed break from the monotony of existence, and conveniently, an exceptional one happens to …

Astronomy

NASA tests engine for manned flight into deep space

The engine is intended to work with the Orion, a spacecraft designed for manned missions out of Earth's orbit and into deep space.

Exploration

The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight. Here's How to See It.

Unless there’s a rare solar eclipse threatening to captivate the entire nation, it’s admittedly hard to keep up with -- let alone witness -- all of …

Astronomy

The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend - D-brief

By Michael E. Bakich | October 20, 2017 10:36 am<p>If you’re out enjoying the predawn darkness Saturday, you’ll likely see a number of bright streaks …

Astronomy

Skies over France to light up with spectacular meteor shower this weekend

As the Earth crosses the Orionids - the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet - shooting stars will be visible in the night sky …

Meteor Showers

Blue Origin just sent a jolt through the aerospace industry | Ars Technica

"As Joe Biden would say, this is a BFD for the space industry."<p>New space company Blue Origin has spent the better part of this decade developing a …

Exploration

Mysterious Molecules Detected On Saturn During Cassini's Grand Finale Dive - ExtremeTech

Mysterious Molecules Detected On Saturn During Cassini’s Grand Finale Dive<p>By on October 19, 2017 at 10:04 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Planets

How to View Uranus Without a Telescope as It Nears Earth Tonight

From about 1.7 billion miles away, Sky-gazers will have a good chance of seeing the icy planet Uranus Thursday night — without the help of a …

Astronomy

The rocket company that aims to undercut SpaceX on cost will launch 3 missions from Virginia in 2018

Rocket company Vector will conduct three commercial missions from Virginia Space's mid-Atlantic regional spaceport at NASA's Wallops launch …

Exploration

These are the countries on Earth with the most junk in space

• <b>More than 4,600 satellites orbit Earth, along with more than 14,000 old rocket parts and pieces of space junk.</b>• <b><br>The US is responsible for the most debris in space, followed by Russia and China.</b>• <b><br>Experts worry that not cleaning up space debris could lead to increasing numbers of collisions and a runaway</b> …

Science

This entourage of weirdos hangs out in Earth's cosmic neighborhood

Don’t you want to meet them?<p>Earth is a planet of habit. It rigorously adheres to a whirlwind of a daily schedule, spinning through its tasks (mostly: spinning.) In terms of long-term plans, it has those down too. It orbits the Sun every 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 46 seconds, …

Astronomy

That Neutron Star Merger Was Actually Metal As Hell, Literally

On Monday, Oct. 16, an international team of scientists announced the first-ever detection of a gravitational wave from a smashup of neutron stars. …

Astrophysics

How Scientists Predict If a Spacecraft Will Fall and Kill You

Maybe you've heard that Tiangong-1, China's 19,000-pound prototype space station, is scheduled to rain down on Earth ... eventually. As in, some time …

Exploration

Bigelow and ULA plan orbital moonbase by 2022

Bigelow Aerospace has made no secret of its desire to get into the space station business and now, along with United Launch Alliance (ULA), it's …

Exploration

NASA chooses to not tell Congress how much deep space missions cost | Ars Technica

The key question now is: Does Congress care?<p>This week, the US Government Accountability Office reported on progress the space agency is making to …

NASA

Newfound Bus-Size Asteroid Will Zoom Safely By Earth Today

A bus-size asteroid will zoom between Earth and the moon today (Oct. 19), but poses no threat of hitting our planet.<p>The recently discovered space …

Science

Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test

What appears to be a unique selfie opportunity was actually a critical photo for the cryogenic testing of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in …

NASA

Lunar cave could give astronauts shelter on the moon

Japanese scientists have discovered a massive cave on the moon that could one day serve as shelter for astronauts colonizing our rocky neighbor, …

That’s a wrap! NASA spacewalkers install new HD video camera on space station

NASA astronauts finished up this month’s trio of spacewalks with a nearly seven-hour-long outing today — highlighted by the installation of a new HD …

Science

New High-End Search for Lunar Impacts - Sky & Telescope

<b>A professional observatory in Greece has begun recording flashes created when bits of interplanetary debris strike the Moon.</b><p>The Moon's battered face …

Astronomy

Deep space communications via faraway photons

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.<p>The Deep Space …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon

For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the lunar surface might be entrances to giant caverns carved long ago by flowing …

Physical Geography

The Hubble Space Telescope Is Falling

Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been redefining how we view our Universe. From hundreds of miles above the surface of the Earth, it orbits the entire world every 97 minutes. Multiple servicing missions, including the final one in 2009, have corrected its optics, enhanced its cameras, …

Hubble Space Telescope

Virtual reality takes you on a trip to Mars with NASA rover – and to alien worlds, too

NASA has been offering virtual-reality tours of Mars for years — but now, with Google’s help, the space agency has come up with one of the most …

Science

Is it better to live on the moon or on Mars? A scientific investigation

Elon Musk wants humans to live on Mars. NASA wants, at the very least, to send some astronauts over to the Red Planet to check it out. But the Trump administration has recently signaled that it’s more interested in sending astronauts back to the moon.<p>As a space science professor, I believe this is …

Big Ideas

Mars Has a Mysterious "Tail," According to New Find From NASA Spacecraft

By<p>Filed Under Elon Musk & Planets<p>At first glance, Elon Musk’s future home, Mars, looks like an overgrown litter box. But if the red planet has proven …

Science