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Watch a supermassive black hole trap a 'fluffy' disk in this simulation

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 5:08pm
A new computer simulation flies through tangled galaxies and zooms in on a black hole to dissect how these voids feats on surrounding matter.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers measure 'warp speed' of Milky Way galaxy

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 4:00pm
The Milky Way is warped, and the alignment of this warp is precessing backwards around the galaxy under the influence of a squashed dark matter halo.
Categories: Astronomy

James Webb Space Telescope suggests this exoplanet is our 'best bet' at finding an alien ocean

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 3:21pm
James Webb Space Telescope data suggests the exoplanet LHS 1140 b is a water world in its star's habitable zone that sports a lovely, temperate ocean.
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX launches Türkiye's 1st homegrown communications satellite to orbit (video)

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 2:30pm
SpaceX launched Türkiye's first domestically produced communications satellite today (July 8), sending the craft aloft from Florida's Space Coast.
Categories: Astronomy

Hurricane Beryl makes landfall as Category 1 hurricane along eastern Texas (video)

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 2:00pm
The strongest hurricane to occur this early in the year makes landfall in Matagorda, Texas, as a Category 1 early Monday (July 8) morning.
Categories: Astronomy

'Star Trek' legend Jonathan Frakes to direct new series, 'Arthur C. Clarke's Venus Prime'

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 12:00pm
Jonathan Frakes will direct a new miniseries adaptation of the "Arthur C. Clarke's Venus Prime" novels.
Categories: Astronomy

Extreme 'hot Jupiter' exoplanet stinks like rotten eggs and has raging glass storms

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 11:00am
As if deadly rains of glass, temperatures hot enough to melt lead, and sidewise 5,000 mph winds weren't unfriendly enough, the JWST has found a Jupiter-sized exoplanet also stinks of rotten eggs.
Categories: Astronomy

Weird physics at the edges of black holes may help resolve lingering 'Hubble trouble'

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 10:00am
The expansion of the universe may not be accelerating at the edges of black holes. If this is the case at all event horizons, this may explain "Hubble tension," and the worst prediction in physics.
Categories: Astronomy

After 14 years in space, NASA's prolific NEOWISE asteroid-hunter is about to shut down

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 9:00am
A NASA asteroid-hunting mission is coming to a close, paving the way for the next generation of planetary defense efforts.
Categories: Astronomy

'This is how we get to Mach 3:' Virgin Galactic's Jameel Janjua on his long journey to space (exclusive)

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 8:00am
Jameel Janjua made it 'to the bitter end' in a Canadian astronaut government selection in 2009, but wasn't chosen. He found a different path to space, however: Virgin Galactic.
Categories: Astronomy

Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket launching for 1st time ever this week

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 6:00am
Europe's new heavy-lift Ariane 6 rocket is set to make its long-delayed debut on Tuesday (July 9).
Categories: Astronomy

Space radiation can damage satellites − my team discovered that a next-generation material could self-heal when exposed to cosmic rays

Sun, 07/07/2024 - 11:00am
The space environment is harsh and full of extreme radiation. Scientists designing spacecraft and satellites need materials that can withstand these conditions.
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Astrophotographer captures stunningly detailed photos of our 'fuzzy' sun

Sun, 07/07/2024 - 10:00am
Check out these three incredible solar images taken by astrophotographer Mark Johnston from his backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Categories: Astronomy

Jumping on an asteroid: How VR is being used to visit worlds we can never reach

Sun, 07/07/2024 - 8:00am
At the 2024 Astronomical Society of Australia's Annual Scientific Meeting, I got to walk on an asteroid in virtual reality. Here's what I found in Ryugu World.
Categories: Astronomy

Chasing the midnight sun along Norway's arctic coastline

Sun, 07/07/2024 - 6:00am
Join me on an adventure along Norway's stunning coastline as I explore the strange phenomenon of the midnight sun, where the sun doesn't set below the horizon.
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX's Starship to fly again 'in 4 weeks,' Elon Musk says

Sat, 07/06/2024 - 12:00pm
SpaceX aims to launch the fifth test flight of its huge Starship rocket just four weeks from now, Elon Musk said.
Categories: Astronomy

This Week In Space podcast: Episode 118 —Understanding the Darkness

Sat, 07/06/2024 - 11:07am
On Episode 118 of This Week In Space, Rod and guest co-host Isaac Arthur talk with Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes of JPL about the concepts of dark matter and dark energy.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA's 1st year-long mock Mars mission wraps up in Houston

Sat, 07/06/2024 - 11:00am
Four volunteers exited a mock Mars habitat at NASA's Johnson Space Center on July 6, bringing the agency's first year-long simulated Red Planet mission to an end.
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'Space Cadet' is a silly sendup of NASA's serious astronaut training program (review)

Sat, 07/06/2024 - 10:30am
A review of Prime Video's new NASA astronaut training comedy, "Space Cadet," starring Emma Roberts.
Categories: Astronomy

The great silence: Just 4 in 10,000 galaxies may host intelligent aliens

Sat, 07/06/2024 - 10:00am
Without plate tectonics, oceans and continents, complex life that is able to invent and master advanced technology might never evolve.
Categories: Astronomy