Category: Space-Astronomy

Pluto May Not Be a Planet, But It Could Be Made Out of Millions of Comets

Southwest Research Institute scientists integrated NASA’s New Horizons discoveries with data from ESA’s Rosetta mission to develop a new theory about how Pluto may have formed at the edge of our solar system “We’ve developed what we call ‘the giant comet’ cosmochemical model of Pluto formation,” said Dr. Christopher Glein of SwRI’s Space Science and […]

Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Drilling success: Curiosity is collecting Mars rocks

NASA‘s Curiosity rover successfully drilled a 2-inch-deep hole in a target called “Duluth” on May 20. It was the first rock sample captured by the drill since October 2016. This image was taken by Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2057. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Engineers working with NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at […]

Are We Headed Towards Another Deep Solar Minimum?

Are We Headed Towards Another Deep Solar Minimum?

A (nearly) naked Sol… more the norm than the exception these days. Image Credit: NASA/SDO AIA 512/1600 imager. Have you been keeping an eye on Sol lately? One of the top astronomy stories for 2018 may be what’s not happening, and how inactive our host star has become. The strange tale of Solar Cycle #24 is ending with an […]

An Interstellar Object Has Been Hiding in Our Solar System

An Interstellar Object Has Been Hiding in Our Solar System

Interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua raised an interesting possibility: if objects could enter our Solar System from somewhere out beyond its reaches, maybe it’s happened before. New research has found that that is indeed the case and that interstellar object has been living here a long time. It’s the first known permanent fixture of our Solar System that wasn’t […]

If There Is A Multiverse, Can There Be Life Too?

If There Is A Multiverse, Can There Be Life Too?

The Multiverse Theory, which states that there may be multiple or even an infinite number of Universes, is a time-honored concept in cosmology and theoretical physics. While the term goes back to the late 19th century, the scientific basis of this theory arose from quantum physics and the study of cosmological forces like black holes, singularities, […]

Strange New Theory For Those Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts in Space

Strange New Theory For Those Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts in Space

Fast Radio Bursts have fascinated astronomers ever since the first one was detected in 2007. This event was named the “Lorimer Burst” after it discovers Duncan Lorimer from West Virginia University. In radio astronomy, this phenomenon refers to transient radio pulses coming from distant cosmological sources, which typically last a few milliseconds on average. Over two […]

NASA’s New Planet Hunter Snaps Initial Test Image, Swings by Moon Toward Final Orbit

NASA’s New Planet Hunter Snaps Initial Test Image, Swings by Moon Toward Final Orbit

NASA’s next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is one step closer to searching for new worlds after successfully completing a lunar flyby on May 17. The spacecraft passed about 5,000 miles from the Moon, which provided a gravity assist that helped TESS sail toward its final working orbit. As part of camera commissioning, […]

Stars formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang

Stars formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang

The galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223 taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the inset image is the galaxy MACS1149-JD1 located 13.28 billion light-years away observed with ALMA Stars in a galaxy 13.28 billion light-years away formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang, finds a team of international astronomers led by groups at […]

A Pale Blue Dot, As Seen by a CubeSat

A Pale Blue Dot, As Seen by a CubeSat

The first image captured by one of NASA’s Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats. The image, which shows both the CubeSat’s unfolded high-gain antenna at right and the Earth and its moon in the centre, was acquired by MarCO-B on May 9. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Voyager 1 took a classic portrait of Earth from several billion miles […]

Astronomers Discover The Fastest Growing Black Hole In The Universe

Astronomers Discover The Fastest Growing Black Hole In The Universe

Astronomers at ANU have found the fastest growing black hole known in the Universe, describing it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our sun every two days. The astronomers have looked back more than 12 billion years to the early dark ages of the Universe when this supermassive black hole was estimated […]

SpaceX Powefull Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket Soars With Satellite For Bangladesh

SpaceX Powefull Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket Soars With Satellite For Bangladesh

This image made available by SpaceX shows the company’s Falcon 9 rocket booster after it landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, May 11, 2018. Bangladesh’s first satellite was lifted into orbit in the mission. (SpaceX via AP) SpaceX lifted Bangladesh’s first satellite into orbit Friday using an upgraded rocket designed […]