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GoPro Camera Snaps Up Mysterious Lights Near ISS

A new video footage from an astronaut's camera supposedly captured mysterious lights. The unidentified lights were spotted near the ISS and were recorded by a GoPro camera.

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Japan Fails Bid To Launch Satellite-Carrying Mini-Rocket Shortly After Liftoff

Carrying a mini Earth-observation satellite, No. 4 vehicle of the SS-520 rocket series managed to lift off Sunday at 8:33 a.m. in Japan when a communications malfunction forced the abortion of the rocket’s second stage.

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Moon Express Gets One Step Closer To Mining The Moon With Enough Fund For First Lunar Trip

With enough funding, Moon Express may soon land on the moon, and eventually, mine lunar resources someday. The company is said to expand the Earth's economic sphere by discovering and using the resources on the lunar surface.

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Water, Water, Anywhere? 3 Signs Of Water Ice On Other Planets And Asteroids

With the discovery of water ice on other planetary objects, scientists are abuzz over the probability of the presence of -- and the prospect of supporting -- life beyond the boundaries of planet Earth.

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Farthest Milky Way Stars Might Have Been Ripped From Another Galaxy

New research published by scientists at Harvard shows that the Milky Way has a tendency to "steal" stars from smaller neighboring galaxies. The interaction between the Milky Way and the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy is believed to have resulted in such a phenomenon, which gave birth to three giant streams of stars.

Space January 15, 2017

SpaceX Falcon 9 Set To Bring Iridium Satellites Into Orbit: Here's How To Watch The Rocket Launch Live

Fresh with a license from the Federal Aviation Administration for a return to flight, SpaceX is with its Falcon 9 rocket will be launching 10 Iridium satellites on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 12:54 p.m. EST. This will be the first ever SpaceX launch after the September explosion that caused it many losses.

Space January 14, 2017

Company That Wants To Mine The Moon Gets Enough Money For Maiden Lunar Flight

Moon Express, one of the competitors of the Google Lunar X Prize, has secured additional funding for its maiden trip to the lunar surface. The company plans to mine Helium-3 from the moon.

Space January 14, 2017

Alien Megastructure Star: Mysterious Signal May Be Due To Tabby's Star Eating A Planet

Astronomers propose a new theory to explain the mysterious dimming of the Tabby's star. The dips in brightness may be due to the star devouring a planet about 10,000 years ago.

Space January 13, 2017

Black Hole At The Center Of Milky Way Spewing Planet-Sized ‘Spitballs’

A new study has revealed that a gravity-induced 'spitballs' phenomenon is taking place in the super massive black hole of the Milky Way. It is part of the star-shredding activity in which a portion of the gas coalesces into planet-like structures with the spitballs being flung around the black hole at high speed and most of them getting ejected out of the galaxy.

Space January 13, 2017

Mock Mars Mission Launches In Hawaii

The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation is geared up for its fifth Mock Mars mission in Hawaii. A crew of six members will take part in the drill which starts Jan. 19, 2017.

Space January 13, 2017

Powerful Solar Storms Could Produce ‘Sparks’ Capable Of Vaporizing, Melting Soils At Moon’s Poles

The moon doesn’t have an atmosphere and this means it’s exposed to space’s harsh environment. According to researchers, solar storms are a particular threat because they could produce sparks capable of melting or evaporating soil on the lunar surface.

Space January 13, 2017

Is Planet Nine A Rogue Planet Caught By The Solar System?

A new study proposes that Planet Nine could previously be a 'rogue planet,' a free-moving body not bound to any host star, which eventually got snatched into the solar system through the sun’s gravitational pull.

Space January 13, 2017

Milky Way May Have Stolen Some Of Its Distant Stars From Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy

Some of the distant stars of the Milky Way may have been stolen from another smaller galaxy. Simulations show that the Sagittarius dwarf, the second closest galaxy to our own, has lost about a third of its stars.

Space January 13, 2017

Groundbreaking Optical Device Built For Widest Real-Time Views Of Vast Sun Regions

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has developed an advanced optical device capable of correcting images of the Sun that are distorted by turbulence from the different layers of the atmosphere. Under the new device, real-time pictures are now delivered to the scientists on the activity of the star’s surface.

Space January 12, 2017

How Old Is The Moon? Earth's Natural Satellite Older Than Previously Thought

A new study suggests that the moon is about 4.51 billion years old, older than what was previously thought. The conclusions were based on analysis of fragments from the Apollo 14 mission.

Space January 12, 2017

Hubble Photograph Shows Collision Of Two Galaxies 1 Billion Light Years Away

Using its Advanced Camera for Surveys, the Hubble Space Telescope captured two galaxies destructively colliding into each other. What caused the two galaxies to merge into one?

Space January 11, 2017

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Detects Exocomets Falling Toward Young Star

Gas detected by the Hubble Space Telescope hinted the presence of comets falling toward the young star HD 172555. What does the process known as gravitational steering hint about the waters on Earth?

Space January 11, 2017

Very Large Telescope In Chile To Get An Upgrade To Search For Planets In Star System Alpha Centauri

The Chile-based Very Large Telescope needs a 'new pair of sunglasses' to detect exoplanets in the star system Alpha Centauri. The Stephen Hawking-backed Breakthrough Initiatives will provide the funding for the upgrade.

Space January 11, 2017

Earth's Moon May Have Formed From Multiple 'Moonlets' That Merged

A new study has debunked the existing theory on Moon’s formation from a single asteroid impact on Earth. According to the new theory, multiple asteroid collisions with Earth led to the formation of moonlets from the debris and they finally merged into a single Moon in a process that lasted for many centuries.

Space January 11, 2017

Asteroid’s Close Brush With Earth: Is The Planet Ready For Incoming Space Rocks?

An asteroid made its closest approach to Earth last Monday morning, and while it's no killer space rock, how prepared are we for these near-Earth objects?

Space January 11, 2017

Giant Telescope Joins Breakthrough Hunt For Planets In Alpha Centauri

Breakthrough Initiatives of Russian billionaire Yuri Milner will fund an upgrade to an instrument on the ESO’s Very Large Telescope, equipping it in its search for planets at Alpha Centauri.

Space January 10, 2017

Asteroid Barely Missed Earth When It Flew By Closer Than The Moon On Monday

An asteroid about the same size as the Chelyabinsk meteor flew by Earth at a proximity equivalent to about half the distance between our planet and the moon. The space rock was discovered only two days before it whizzed by.

Space January 10, 2017

Red Nova To Appear In The Night Sky 5 Years From Now: How To See The Stellar Explosion

A red nova would appear like a glittering star in the previously dark spot of the night sky about five years from now. The stellar explosion could be as bright as the Polaris, the north star.

Space January 10, 2017

Spooky Clouds Swirling Around Venus Atmosphere Prompt Alien Probe By US, Russian Scientists

Called Venera-D, the joint mission by NASA and Roscosmos is poised to send an uncrewed aerial vehicle to the heart of Venus’ atmosphere to investigate the possibility of microbial life.

Space January 9, 2017

Stephen Hawking Turns 75: Facts And Trivia On The Genius Physicist

As renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking celebrates his 75th birthday, we look back at his astounding battle with ALS and his genius life in the sciences.

Space January 9, 2017

2 Supermassive Black Holes Found Hiding In Galaxies Near Our Solar System

Using X-ray observations of NuSTAR, Chandra and Suzaku, astronomers found two supermassive black holes hiding in our galaxy's cosmic neighborhood. What prevented scientists from finding these bodies earlier?

Space January 9, 2017

Falcon 9 Launch Postponed To January 14: Bad Weather Caused SpaceX To Push Back Launch Date

SpaceX has moved its scheduled Falcon 9 liftoff from Jan. 9 to Jan. 14 because of bad weather at its California launch site. This is supposed to be the company's first rocket launch since August 2016.

Space January 8, 2017

VISTA Survey Uses Near-Infrared To Offer Most Detailed View Of Orion A Molecular Cloud

VISTA Telescope with its near-infrared technology has captured spectacular images of Orion A molecular cloud, which is Earth’s closest star factory. Taken as part of the VISION survey, the great images showed many young stars and objects previously unseen as they were buried inside the dusty clouds

Space January 8, 2017

Witness Two Stars Colliding In 2022: How The Red Nova Will Be Visible From Earth [GIF]

Astronomers predict the collision of a contact binary star system in 2022 that would be visible even without telescopes. See how this collision could look like from space and how it could possibly change the night sky.

Space January 8, 2017

First Look At New, Rarely Observed Hoag-Type Galaxy Located 359 Million Light-Years From Earth

Researchers have observed a Hoag-type galaxy located light-years away from Earth. In the known universe, less than 0.1 percent of the total number of galaxies have this particularity.

Space January 8, 2017

Falcon 9 Is All Systems Go With January 9 Launch Attempt: What This Means For SpaceX And Iridium

The Falcon 9 is ready for another launch on Monday, Jan. 9. What does this mean for SpaceX and Iridium?

Space January 7, 2017

Binary Star System Predicted To Merge, Explode In 5 Years

Researchers have predicted that the twin stars of KIC 9832227 will merge and then explode, resulting in a bright star. The event is predicted to occur 2022.

Space January 7, 2017

'Levitating' Moon Dust? How Dust Particles Travel Across The Lunar Surface Through Static Electricity

A new study suggests that UV radiation or plasmas are the ones responsible for making dust particles appear to 'levitate' on the moon. These forces can lift the material several centimeters above the surface by charging them with static electricity.

Space January 7, 2017

China Aims For Record 30 Space Missions In 2017

China is shooting for the moon and planning to launch some 30 space missions in 2017, including its planned probe on the far side of the moon and its projected Mars mission by 2020.

Space January 6, 2017

X-Ray Image Shows Largest Collection Of Supermassive Black Holes Up To Billions Of Times More Massive Than The Sun

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured an image of black holes. About 70 percent of the image is composed of supermassive black holes that are up to billions of times more massive than the sun.

Space January 6, 2017

NASA Mission To Visit Giant Metal Asteroid 16 Psyche, The Only Core-Like Body In The Solar System

The Psyche mission will visit one of the strangest objects in the solar system, a giant metal asteroid believed to be the core of a planetary body. The body is mostly composed of iron and nickel.

Space January 6, 2017

Earth-Like Icy Ridges Found On Pluto: What We Know About This Bladed Terrain So Far

Those icy ridges found on the Tartarus Dorsa region of Pluto are similar to the so-called penitentes on Earth, making it possible for the same features to exist elsewhere in the solar system, a new study has found.

Space January 6, 2017

'Alien' Radio Signal Linked To Young Neutron Stars In Dwarf Galaxy

Fast Radio Bursts have been thought as signals sent by extraterrestrial life. FRB 121102, have been linked to young neutron stars in a far away dwarf galaxy.

Space January 6, 2017

NASA Books More Astronaut Flights From SpaceX and Boeing: Here’s A Short History Of US Reliance On Russian Space Vehicles

Here’s a quick look at when NASA started relying on Russia to send its astronauts to the ISS, and its blooming arrangements with private space taxi providers like SpaceX and Boeing.

Space January 5, 2017

Skywatching In 2017: Here’s When To Look Up To Catch The Planets

A complete guide on star gazing shows everything needed to catch astronomical sights in 2017. It will also list the best constellations each planet will occupy during the year in broad details covering conjunctions, oppositions, and elongations.

Space January 5, 2017

Fast Radio Bursts Traced To A Distant Dwarf Galaxy: How Did Scientists Pinpoint These Mysterious Signals?

Astronomers have discovered where fast radio bursts come from. What's surprising about the discovery is how the FRB 121102 came from a dwarf galaxy, and not a large galaxy.

Space January 5, 2017

SpaceX, Boeing Secure ISS Crew Rotation Mission Contracts From NASA

NASA has announced four more contracts to SpaceX and Boeing for crewed flights to the International Space Station in 2018. This takes the total number of missions to SpaceX and Boeing to six each.

Space January 5, 2017

New NASA Missions To Send Robotic Probes To Study Mysterious Asteroids In The Solar System

NASA will send two robotic probes to visit eight asteroids in the Solar System. The Lucy mission will study Jupiter Trojan asteroids and the Psyche mission will study a giant metal asteroid.

Space January 5, 2017

NASA Probes Black Holes And Cosmic X-rays In New Mission

NASA has chosen the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission to launch a space telescope that will observe patterns in the X-ray radiation from black holes and neutron stars. The IXPE mission is one of three finalists in the space agency's Astrophysics Explorers Program.

Space January 5, 2017

NASA, Hubble Capture Images Of Cosmic Megamaser Radiating Intense Microwaves

The latest images released by Hubble Space Telescope have brilliantly captured the inner turbulence of a Megamaser located 370 million light-years away from Earth. Unlike masers of regular galaxies, megamasers are 100 million times brighter and emit intensely strong microwave radiations.

Space January 4, 2017

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