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Friday, November 08, 2019

What it takes to be a space pilot

Taking control of a 3,000-pound rocket motor launching into an inhospitable environment at speeds exceeding 2,000 miles per hour sounds terrifying to some. But others will spend their whole careers in pursuit of those ephemeral, weightless moments. ...

The Sky This Week from November 8 to 17

Friday, November 8 The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 2:57 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. If you start watching it early this evening, you can see its brightness diminish by 70 percent over the course of about five hours as ...
Thursday, November 07, 2019

A rocky planet in this weird star system would have stunning skies

Over the past couple of decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of alien planets and solar systems. These worlds come in a wide variety of arrangements, many of which are quite different from what we see in our own solar system. Some have gian...
Wednesday, November 06, 2019

A nonprofit plans to reopen the historic Yerkes Observatory

The historic Yerkes Observatory, which houses the world's largest refracting telescope, will live again thanks to a new agreement announced Tuesday. According to the deal, ownership of the famed observatory will transfer from the University of Chicag...
Tuesday, November 05, 2019

DESI will map millions of galaxies and reveal dark energy's history

A powerful new astronomical instrument got its first view of the sky from an Arizona mountaintop two weeks ago. Once the device officially gets to work in early 2020, it will capture the light from thousands of galaxies each night — up to 5,000...

SpaceX and Boeing complete crucial tests for their crew capsules

Boeing and SpaceX, both leaders in the aerospace industry, have completed crucial tests of their crew capsules, which the companies hope will bring American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the near future. Boeing’s CST-10...

Hubble reveals a galaxy in a cosmic city

The universe is vast, with galaxies containing gas, dust, stars, and planets sprinkled throughout. But this sprinkling isn’t random; although some galaxies are indeed truly alone, most are not, but instead are congregating through gravity. NGC ...
Monday, November 04, 2019

First results: Voyager 2's recent pass into interstellar space

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft crossed into interstellar space last November. Now, one year later, scientists have published the first results from the data Voyager 2 gathered as it passed from the Sun’s sphere of influence out into interste...
Friday, November 01, 2019

The Sky This Week from November 1 to 10

Friday, November 1 The waxing crescent Moon serves as a convenient guide for finding Saturn this evening. Look for the ringed world 4° to Luna’s upper left. Of course, Saturn remains a glorious sight all week. The planet resides among the b...
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

DC-X: The NASA rocket that inspired SpaceX and Blue Origin

The rocket looked like it was out of a science fiction movie. A gleaming white pyramid resting on four spindly legs, the experimental craft was NASA’s ticket into a new era of space exploration. With a series of built-in rockets on its undersi...

These colliding galaxies paint a ghostly picture

Galaxies in our universe grow and evolve through collisions. When they smash together, galaxies distort and change as gravitational effects spark new star formation and feed supermassive black holes. The entire process can even bind the parties invol...
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