Tag: Orbit

New Calculations Reveal Venus Is Not The Closest Planet To Earth

Scientists found that contrary to popular belief, the Earth's closest neighbor is not Venus. The formula used to measure distances between planets were not as accurate as people thought it was.

Space March 16, 2019

Yale Researchers Find Reason Behind Odd Exoplanet Configurations

Yale University astronomers have found a surprising link between exoplanet pairs' axial tilt and their orbit. The discovery provides an answer to a mystery that has been baffling scientists since Kepler's launch in 2009.

Space March 5, 2019

Astronomers Find Unusual Quadruple Star System With Unique Planet Forming Disc

Scientists found a binary system in which a protoplanetary disk lined up in the stars' poles. According to researchers, this would see planets formed and eventually orbit in a right angle.

Space January 16, 2019

Humanity Star: Giant Disco Ball Will Plunge Back To Earth Sooner Than Expected

The reflective orb Humanity Star is falling back to Earth just two months after it was launched into space. What went wrong and when will it re-enter Earth's atmosphere?

Space March 22, 2018

Visiting Star Threw Comets And Asteroids Off Their Orbits 70,000 Years Ago

In the prehistoric times, a red dwarf passed and knocked off some parts of the Oort Cloud and created new objects with an unusual orbit. Instead of moving in a circular motion, they follow a V-shaped path.

Space March 22, 2018

NASA’s $1 Billion Juno Mission Starts Unraveling Jupiter’s Secrets With Breathtaking New Images

The breathtaking new images from Juno spacecraft reveal the richness and depth of Jupiter's ancient and mysterious past that would either confirm or debunk the theories about the planet's origin and composition.

Space March 30, 2017

Young Solar System 300 Light-Years Away Shows Scientists How Planets Evolve

Astronomers studying a recently discovered planet gain new insight into how solar systems are formed. Unlike other planets, this one exists outside its debris disk.

Space March 18, 2017

Astronaut John Glenn, First American To Orbit Earth, Dies At 95

John Glenn, the space hero of America, has passed away at the age of 95 on Dec 8. The former fighter pilot made history in 1962 with his three-orbit flight in a space capsule called Friendship 7. He later served the country as Ohio’s senator.

Space December 9, 2016

Mars To Make Closest Approach To Earth Since 2005

Mars is set to make its closest approach to Earth on Memorial Day Monday, May 30. NASA says the Red Planet will reach within 46.8 million miles from Earth, the nearest it has ever been since November 2005.

Space May 28, 2016

NASA's New Tool Reveals When You Can See Space Station Fly Over Your City

This new NASA widget for ISS viewing will enable users to see the orbiting laboratory in the night sky from their own location. Learn how to use this Spot the Station tool.

Space May 19, 2016

International Space Station Reaches 100,000th Orbit Around Earth

With nearly two decades of scientific research under its belt, the International Space Station on Monday reached a significant milestone. The habitable satellite completed its 100,000th orbit around Earth.

Space May 17, 2016

This Lonely Exoplanet Orbits A Star 600 Billion Miles Away

Astronomers from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have identified what could be the largest solar system ever to be found. They discovered that a gas giant exoplanet long thought to be a lonely planet was actually orbiting a host star located roughly 1 trillion (1 million million) kilometers away.

Space January 27, 2016

This Is How NASA's Planetary Defense Office Will Protect Planet Earth From Asteroid Collisions

In case an asteroid threatens the Earth, NASA now has a department committed solely on detecting potential impacts. This is how the Planetary Defense Coordination Office would work during potential collisions.

Space January 16, 2016

Watch this perfectly good burger get launched into space for no reason

A London burger restaurant decided it would be a good idea to send a burger and fries into space. They were right.

Internet Culture October 13, 2014

What are CubeSats and why are they posing a hazard to other objects orbiting in space?

A new study by researchers at the University of Southampton warns that the influx of CubeSats into the Earth's orbit could eventually result in collisions with and damage to other objects there.

Geek October 1, 2014

ISRO Mangalyaan gets ready to enter Mars orbit: Will it? Won't it?

The successful test-firing of Mangalyaan's LAM engine on Monday boosted confidence that the spacecraft will make it to the orbit of Mars. ISRO scientists, however, keep their fingers crossed.

Space September 23, 2014

Young twin stars may host protoplanets with weirdly misaligned orbits

Astronomers have discovered a young binary system with two potential exoplanets beginning to form.

Space July 31, 2014

Orbit is more than just a fitness tracker (Video)

Runtastic arrives at its smart wristband after starting with fitness software. Runtastic's Orbit stands out from most other fitness trackers by including a display that stands in for sports watches and smartphone apps.

Wearable Tech July 31, 2014

Now you can fly your pet's ashes to the moon

Want to properly memorialize a deceased pet but don't know how? This Texas-based company will put Fluffy's ashes into a capsule and blast it off into space or to the moon.

Internet Culture July 31, 2014

North Korea rips off NASA's logo but 'NADA' to worry about

Could there really be NADA into this North Korea space agency's choice of acronym and logo, said to be a rip-off of the logo of their opponent NASA? See what their government has to say.

Space April 5, 2014

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