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NASA’s Solar Probe To Launch This Summer: Here’s Why It Won’t Perish In The Heat Of The Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was designed to withstand the extreme heat and temperatures of the sun. The spacecraft is set to go into orbit in the summer of 2018 and provide unprecedented detail about the corona of the sun.

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Very Large Telescope In Chile Captures Remarkably Sharp Images Of Neptune

ESO's ground-based Very Large Telescope in Chile captured a remarkably sharp and more detailed image of the planet Neptune. Scientists used laser tomography to correct distortions caused by the Earth's atmosphere.

Space July 19, 2018

Scientists Spot Star Devouring A Planet For The First Time

Astronomers observed a young star swallowing a planet or two into its rotating disk. The star belongs to the Taurus-Auriga constellation and is just 450 light-years away from Earth.

Space July 19, 2018

The Best Times And Places To Watch The Longest Total Lunar Eclipse Of The 21st Century Next Week

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is about to happen next week. Here are the best times and places to view this once-in-a-lifetime event from Earth.

Space July 18, 2018

Jupiter Moons Now Up To 79 After 10 More Confirmed, Including 1 That May Collide With Others

A team of astronomers discovered 12 new Jupiter moons in March 2017, and the remaining 10 have just been confirmed to bring the total Jupiter moon count to 79. However, one of the new moons, Valetudo, is different.

Space July 19, 2018

Neutrinos Spotted By IceCube Particle Detector Comply With Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity

Einstein’s relativity theory just passed one of its most rigorous tests yet. Scientists found that even neutrinos detected by the IceCube particle detector in Antarctica follow the laws of the universe suggested by Einstein.

Space July 17, 2018

Last NASA Cape Canaveral Launch Towers Demolished: Watch The Destruction Unfold

Launch Complex 17, the last two NASA launch towers at Cape Canaveral, were demolished after 62 years of service. High-profile NASA missions that were launched from the site include the Pioneer probes and the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

Space July 16, 2018

NASA Juno Spacecraft May Have Found Hidden Volcano In Jupiter Moon Io

The NASA Juno spacecraft may have spotted a hidden volcano on Io, one of the dozens of moons of Jupiter. NASA is expecting more clues on the previously undiscovered heat source from the space probe's next flyby.

Space July 15, 2018

Earth's Neighboring Exoplanet Ross 128 B Has Perfect Conditions To Support Life: Study

By studying the host star of Ross 128 b, researchers determined the exoplanet is a rocky world with temperate. This means that it potentially has liquid water on the surface.

Space July 15, 2018

South Africa's MeerKAT Radio Telescope Captures Region Surrounding Milky Way Galaxy's Central Black Hole

South Africa launched the MeerKAT, which will form part of the larger Square Kilometer Array. The radio telescope already started to make science operation, capturing the region surrounding the Milky Way's central black hole.

Space July 14, 2018

NASA Captures Images Of Crawling 'Spiders' On Mars

NASA's MRO spacecraft has captured a landscape on planet Mars that features what look like crawling spiders. Scientists call this araneiform terrain. How does it form on the Red Planet?

Space July 13, 2018

NASA Discovers Two Asteroids Hours After They Slipped Past Earth

Two asteroids safely skimmed past Earth this weekend. They were detected hours after their flyby. Why do astronomers detect near-Earth objects only after the space rocks are already close to our planet?

Space July 12, 2018

‘Ghost Particle’ Found In Antarctica Has Traveled Billions Of Light-Years Through Universe

On Sept. 22, 2017, a ghostly particle traveled across the universe, passed through all cosmic bodies, and reached Antarctica intact. The ghost particle became significant in answering more than a century-old mystery.

Space July 13, 2018

Delays In NASA Commercial Crew Program Impede Astronaut Launches To ISS: Report

Delays in NASA’s commercial crew program could impede the planned astronaut launches to the ISS from American soil, a new GAO report warned. The agency urged NASA to have a contingency plan to ensure U.S. access to the ISS.

Space July 12, 2018

Supermoon Solar Eclipse On Friday The 13th Is ‘Bad Luck’ For Most People

There will be a supermoon on Friday the 13th, the first time since 1974. The day would make most people feel that they are unlucky but not because of any superstitious belief.

Space July 12, 2018

Alien Planets Without Oxygen Could Still Be Home To Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists should not quickly rule out planets without oxygen in the quest for alien life. Researchers said these no-oxygen worlds could in fact be filled with microbial life.

Space July 12, 2018

Gravitational Waves From Black Hole-Neutron Star Collision May Yield Most Accurate Hubble Constant Yet

How fast is the universe expanding? Scientists proposed that the answer to this question could be found in gravitational waves rippling through space-time from a rare astronomical collision.

Space July 12, 2018

Ghost Dunes On Mars May Be Best Chance Of Finding Alien Life

A new study revealed the discovery of about 800 ghost dunes on Mars, which may be the best chance of finding signs of alien life. The ghost dunes are the negative spaces that were left behind by ancient sand dunes.

Space July 12, 2018

Scientists Think NASA Caused A Mars ‘Proof Of Life’ Anomaly 40 Years Ago

Scientists proposed that NASA may have initially found life on Mars 40 years ago. The spacecraft used for the mission, however, may have accidentally evaporated the organic materials that would have been the first evidence of a Martian life.

Space July 12, 2018

Astronaut Snoopy Receives New Deep Space Mission From NASA

NASA and Peanuts Worldwide announced a new partnership that will see an updated Snoopy character. Fifty years ago, Snoopy helped celebrate the Apollo missions. Today, he might also be the face for the next lunar explorations.

Space July 11, 2018

Hottest Planet Ever Found Is Boiling Off Its Own Atmosphere

Scientists found that the hottest exoplanet known to man is losing 100,000 tons of its atmosphere to its host star. In 200 years, the super hot Jupiter will likely be stripped down to its rocky core, the scientists said.

Space July 11, 2018

Saturn Sings An Eerie Cosmic Tune To Enceladus: Here’s How To Listen To It

Scientists found that Saturn sends plasma waves similar to Earth’s auroras to Enceladus. They converted these waves into a sound that Earthlings can now listen to.

Space July 11, 2018

Israel To Launch First Moon Mission This Year

Israel will launch its first lunar mission in December. The spacecraft will land on the moon in February 2019. What are the objectives of this moon mission?

Space July 10, 2018

Russia Achieves Fastest Trip To Space In Less Than Four Hours

The Russian spacecraft Progress 70, also called the Progress MS-09, docked into the International Space Station in the quickest time that was never achieved before. The spacecraft will remain in orbit until January 2019.

Space July 10, 2018

13 Billion-Year-Old Quasar Is Brightest Object Ever Seen In The Early Universe

Researchers discovered an extremely bright quasar dating back to 800 million years after the Big Bang. They said this is the brightest object yet discovered from the first billion years of the universe.

Space July 10, 2018

Hundreds Witness A Fireball Whooshing Across Central US

More than 200 reports about a fireball visible across the central United States were submitted to the American Meteor Society. Most of those who have reported seeing the fireball were people located in Iowa and Illinois.

Space July 10, 2018

Exploding Green Comet Illuminates Night Sky: Here Are The Best Times To See It From Earth

Astronomers discovered a bright green comet streaking through the northern hemisphere’s skies. The comet is currently surrounded by a dust cloud twice as big as Jupiter, making it easily visible to observers on Earth.

Space July 9, 2018

Chris Hadfield: We Could Have Traveled To Mars Decades Ago

Astronaut Chris Hadfield thinks we could have been able to go to Mars decades ago. Now, he’s excited for us to finally go to the Red Planet, but he also highlights the potential dangers that could happen along the way.

Space July 9, 2018

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Gets Cutting Edge Heat-Shield Before August Launch

NASA announced its final and full installation of a heat shield on its Parker Solar Probe that will fly its closest distance to the sun. The heat shield is called the Thermal Protection System.

Space July 8, 2018

NASA Switches On Laser Light Of Climate Science Satellites GRACE Follow-On

The US space agency has switched on the LRI aboard the GRACE Follow-On satellites. The mission, a collaboration between NASA and the German Research Center for Geosciences, was launched in May.

Space July 9, 2018

NASA Places Kepler In Hibernation Mode As Space Telescope Is Running Out Of Fuel

NASA has placed Kepler Space Telescope in hibernation safe mode after the mission team was notified that the spacecraft's fuel is running very low. Kepler is set to wake up in August for the Deep Space Network time.

Space July 7, 2018

Plants, Fresh Produce Arrive At The International Space Station

The latest cargo resupply mission dropped off fresh veggies and other plant experiments at the International Space Station. The Veggie experiment is NASA’s bid to have fresh produce grown and enjoyed in space.

Space July 7, 2018

Bacteria Can Survive The Frigid, Harsh Environment Of Mars

Researchers found that hardy microbes found in Earth’s Arctic regions could possibly survive the extreme Martian climate. The findings raise expectations for the survivability of bacteria in other worlds.

Space July 7, 2018

NASA Opportunity Rover Still Silent Under Massive Mars Dust Storm

The Opportunity rover has not sent a photo back to Earth since June 10, as a massive dust storm enveloped Mars. NASA is confident that the rover will survive the ordeal, as it hibernates to ride out the storm.

Space July 6, 2018

Jupiter’s Moons Are Leaving Strange Marks On The Giant Planet’s Aurora

Scientists found peculiar swirls and spots left on Jupiter’s auroras by two of its moons. The experts said they still do not know what causes the moons to leave these trails behind.

Space July 6, 2018

There Are 121 Giant Planets In The Milky Way With Moons That Could Harbor Alien Life

Scientists identified more than a hundred exoplanets three times larger than Earth that could have moons that are home to alien life. They said expanding the quest for ET to include moons could yield better finds.

Space July 6, 2018

Milky Way Collision With Sausage Galaxy 10 Billion Years Ago Was The Defining Moment In Galaxy’s History

The Milky Way crashed into a dwarf galaxy with a peculiar orbit 10 billion years ago. Experts said this was the most important moment in history that shaped the Milky Way into what it is today.

Space July 6, 2018

Neutron Star 4,200 Light-Years Away Proves Einstein’s Gravity Principle Is Correct

Scientists proved Einstein’s principle of gravity holds true even in the most extreme conditions. A neutron star and a white dwarf 4,500 light-years away from Earth still fall at the same time, even with different masses.

Space July 5, 2018

Here's What Life On Other Planets Might Look Like According To Scientists

NexSS scientists have compiled strategies that can help distinguish living planets. Different biosignatures need to be considered since other worlds may have life forms that look different from those seen on Earth.

Space July 5, 2018

NASA's Dawn Captures Sharper Images Of Weird Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet Ceres

Dawn captured the most detailed pictures of Ceres as it orbits from a proximity of 22 miles above the surface. The new orbit allowed the spacecraft to get a sharper image of Ceres's weird bright spots at the Occator crater.

Space July 4, 2018

Rare Carbonaceous Dust Common In Milky Way Found 11 Billion Light-Years Away

Scientists found a distant galaxy that contains the same type of rare interstellar dust as the Milky Way. The galaxy was found after experts detected a gamma-ray burst emitted by an exploding star.

Space July 4, 2018

Superstar Eta Carinae Is Shooting Cosmic Rays To Earth

Through data from NASA’s NuSTAR telescope, astronomers confirmed the superstar Eta Carinae has been shooting cosmic rays to Earth. Before this, the origin of some unique X-rays and gamma rays detected on Earth was a mystery to experts.

Space July 4, 2018

Fragments Of Meteorites Possibly Recovered Off Washington Coast

The team scouring off the coast of Washington was positive that they recovered the fragments of the meteorite that crashed on March 7. A NASA scientist said it is the largest meteorite he has seen in 21 years.

Space July 4, 2018

Asteroids Came From Ancient Minor Planets That Shattered Into Smithereens

Ancient planets that formed during the early solar system gave birth to the asteroids in the main asteroid belt. This is what scientists at the University of Florida proposed to explain the existence of these bodies between Mars and Jupiter.

Space July 3, 2018

Researchers Detect High-Speed Jet Of Light From Neutron Star Merger

The first confirmed neutron star merger produced a jet of stellar material that researchers on Earth can see with visible light. This contradicts earlier predictions that the merger would create a wide-angle flow of light instead.

Space July 3, 2018

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