The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.

— Peter De Vries

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Virgin Galactic Unveils Under Armour Spacesuits and 'Spacewear' for Space Tourist Flights

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 6:46pm
Virgin Galactic lifted the curtain Wednesday (Oct. 16) on its new line of Under Amour "spacewear" for passengers on suborbital trips aboard its SpaceShipTwo vehicles.
Categories: Astronomy

Desert ant runs so fast it covers 100 times its body length per second

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 6:00pm
Saharan silver ants only have 10 minutes a day to find food in the searing desert heat, so they have evolved to run at almost a metre per second
Categories: Astronomy

Desert ant runs so fast it covers 100 times its body length per second

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 6:00pm
Saharan silver ants only have 10 minutes a day to find food in the searing desert heat, so they have evolved to run at almost a metre per second
Categories: Astronomy

Virgin Galactic May Raise the Ticket Price for SpaceShipTwo Again

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 5:32pm
The price of a ticket to space on Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo will likely increase as the private spaceflight company gears up for its first commercial flights.
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX Files a Request to Launch Another 30,000 Satellites for Starlink, on Top of the 12,000 They’re Already Planning to Launch

Universe Today - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 5:16pm

According to recent filings, SpaceX is hoping to send an additional 30,000 Starlink satellites to orbit in the coming years.

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Categories: Astronomy

Some Quasars Shine With the Light of Over a Trillion Stars

Universe Today - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 5:07pm

Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the Universe. The brightest ones are so luminous they outshine a trillion stars. But why? And what does their brightness tell us about the galaxies that host them? To try to answer that question, a group of astronomers took another look at 28 of the brightest and …

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Categories: Astronomy

Lawmakers Grill NASA Chief on Moon-by-2024 Budget, Schedule

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 3:47pm
A key group of congressional budgeters have big questions for NASA chief Jim Bridenstine about his moon-landing goals — and he doesn't have the answers they want.
Categories: Astronomy

How Can a Star Be Older Than the Universe?

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 3:43pm
Somebody is lying about their age.
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Hubble Space Telescope Spots Interstellar Comet Borisov (Video)

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 3:36pm
NASA's venerable Hubble Space Telescope turned its eyes to interstellar visitor Comet 2I/Borisov and caught a surprise: The interloper looks a lot like comets from our own solar system.
Categories: Astronomy

Interstellar Comet Borisov “Indistinguishable” from Solar System Comets

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 3:00pm

The solar system's newest interstellar visitor, Comet 2I/Borisov, bears a striking resemblance to the icy population of the outer solar system.

The post Interstellar Comet Borisov “Indistinguishable” from Solar System Comets appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX's Starlink Constellation Could Swell by 30,000 More Satellites

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:11pm
SpaceX's Starlink internet-satellite constellation may end up being even bigger than we thought — a lot bigger.
Categories: Astronomy

Weekly Space Hangout: October 16, 2019 – Jeffrey Kargel Talks Climate Change on Earth and Beyond

Universe Today - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:01pm

Hosts:Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Allen Versfeld (https://www.urban-astronomer.com/ / @uastronomer) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Moiya McTier (https://www.moiyamctier.com/ / @GoAstroMo) Jeff Kargel is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. He is a geologist, a glaciologist, and a planetary scientist. Climate change is a major thread, and that is what he is …

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Categories: Astronomy

A second mutation that makes people need less sleep has been found

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
A genetic mutation that lets people feel fully rested with less than six hours sleep has been identified, months after a similar discovery
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A second mutation that makes people need less sleep has been found

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
A genetic mutation that lets people feel fully rested with less than six hours sleep has been identified, months after a similar discovery
Categories: Astronomy

Mother’s attention may shape baby’s hormone system and temperament

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
Babies who are touched, talked to and paid more attention by caregivers develop more receptors for the "cuddle chemical" oxytocin over their first 18 months
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Mother’s attention may shape baby’s hormone system and temperament

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
Babies who are touched, talked to and paid more attention by caregivers develop more receptors for the "cuddle chemical" oxytocin over their first 18 months
Categories: Astronomy

Deadly frog fungus now thrives where we thought it couldn’t survive

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
A notorious fungus that is devastating amphibian populations is far more common than first thought, leaving biologists wondering why only some infected animals die
Categories: Astronomy

Deadly frog fungus now thrives where we thought it couldn’t survive

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
A notorious fungus that is devastating amphibian populations is far more common than first thought, leaving biologists wondering why only some infected animals die
Categories: Astronomy

Strange sand dunes on Titan could be made by cosmic rays hitting ice

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
Saturn’s largest moon Titan has strange sand dunes that seem to be full of organic molecules, which may form when radiation from space hits ice on the ground
Categories: Astronomy

Strange sand dunes on Titan could be made by cosmic rays hitting ice

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:00pm
Saturn’s largest moon Titan has strange sand dunes that seem to be full of organic molecules, which may form when radiation from space hits ice on the ground
Categories: Astronomy