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Friday
Nov 21 2014
21:41 UTC

An Ocean Beyond Earth: Europa Awaits

... totally unknown to science. But what about the ocean on other worlds? I'm not talking¬about sci-fi planets or suspected alien Earths around other stars, either, but right here in our own solar system, where an ocean even deeper than ours […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Thursday
Nov 20 2014
23:20 UTC

Dear Jupiter: Use More Sunscreen

It's the signature accessory of the largest planet in our solar system: Jupiter's Great Red Spot, an enormous anticyclone¬over twice the width of our entire planet. Visible in even modest backyard telescopes, the GRS has been churning away for¬at least several hundred years. But, based on recent analysis of data gathered by the Cassini spacecraft […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Thursday
Nov 20 2014
16:00 UTC

A Thousand Days Til Totality: Anticipating the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Where will YOU be on August 21st, 2017? Astronomy is all about humility and thinking big in terms of space and time. It's routine for astronomers to talk of comets on thousand year orbits, or stars with life spans measured in billions of years(...)Read the rest of A Thousand Days ‘Til Totality: Anticipating the 2017 […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Nov 20 2014
15:49 UTC

BICEP2 All Over Again? Researchers Place Higgs Boson Discovery in Doubt

At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe, faster is better. Faster means more powerful particle collisions and looking deeper into the makeup of matter. However, other researchers are proclaiming not so fast. LHC may not have discovered the Higgs Boson, the boson that imparts mass to everything, the god particle as some have called […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Nov 18 2014
14:55 UTC

Fibers and Voorwerpjes

While preparing for more observations of the Galaxy Zoo giant AGN clouds (Voorwerpjes), this is a good time to introduce more complete ways of obtaining astronomical spectra. Traditionally, we've put a long slit in front of spectrographs, so we can measure everything along that line without worries about overlapping spectra of different objects or pieces […]

Posted by Galaxy Zoo Blog

Tuesday
Nov 18 2014
11:55 UTC

bouncing on a comet.

humans landed a robot on a comet last week for the first time. yeehaw! a collaboration of scientists and engineers from 20 countries made this happen through the european space agency. the rosetta spacecraft traveled through the solar system for 10 years, getting gravity assists from earth a few times and mars before reaching its destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. space craft selfie with its solar panel and comet 67Pthe philae lander drifitng away from rosetta on its way to comet

Posted by astropixie

Friday
Nov 14 2014
22:44 UTC

The 2015 Year in Space Calendars Are Here!

What brings you an entire year of awesome space news and pictures, each and every day? (Besides me, of course?) That's right: The Year in Space calendar! Produced by Starry Messenger Press in conjunction with The Planetary Society, the 2015 Year in Space calendar is (like its predecessors) a gorgeous 16″ x 22″ (40. 5 cm […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Friday
Nov 14 2014
19:13 UTC

Cosmic Castaways' Orphan Stars Shine in New Numbers

New research is occurring on up to half of the stars in the known universe, discovered to be drifting outside the safe havens of their home galaxies in unexpected numbers by a new study. CIBER, or the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, is a set of telescopes launched into space to briefly study the cosmic glow emitted by what scientists had previously thought to be the light of the Universe's first, primordial galaxies. During Astrophysicist Michael Zemcov and his team's obse

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Friday
Nov 14 2014
17:55 UTC

Rosetta mission team makes final plans to save Philae lander - as it happened

Time is running out for Philae as its original battery charge is exhausted and it receives insufficient sunlight on its solar arrays to carry on working. However, many of its scientific objectives have already been achieved 5. 55pm GMT Thats it for today. The Philae mission looks almost certain to be coming to an end. Tomorrow we will know one way or the other whether it has survived the night. It has been an extraordinary rollercoaster. Amid all the anxiety about the landers limited lifetime, beh

Posted by Across the universe

Friday
Nov 14 2014
12:46 UTC

Rosetta mission: the race against time to save Philae - live

... Rosetta orbiters main science camera, had hoped to find the lander in an image about 1 kilometer away from the target site (before coming to a rest, Philae bounced in a big

Posted by Across the universe

Thursday
Nov 13 2014
20:25 UTC

Rosetta mission: Philae comet landing photos released - live

European Space Agency scientists say theyre still trying to locate the Philae lander but it is stable and sending dataPhilae lander sends back first image from cometPhilaes landing in picturesA triumph of human ingenuity Guardian editorial 8. 20pm GMT Were going to close our coverage for the day of Philaes first 24 hours on a comet, with major updates from the European Space Agency (Esa) below: 7. 59pm GMT Some of Philaes experiments began shortly after landing, and Esa confirmed today that they

Posted by Across the universe

Thursday
Nov 13 2014
18:58 UTC

Rosetta mission: Philae comet landing photos released - live

... historic achievement in science with news theories of conspiracy surrounding the Philae landing, as compiled by my colleague Hannah Ellis-Petersen. Comet 67P is NOT a comet, the UFO site letter continues. Some 20

Posted by Across the universe

Thursday
Nov 13 2014
12:51 UTC

Rosetta mission: Philae lander may be 'up against a wall' - live coverage

European Space Agency scientists say Philae lander is stable and sending data. Stuart Clark is at Esa mission control in DarmstadtRosetta mission: Philae makes historic landing on cometThe ambitious mission to place a landing craft on a speeding cometRosettas success will help illuminate the origins of life, writes Usama Hasan 12. 51pm GMT Heres the livestream from mission control in Darmstadt. 12. 39pm GMT A key observation for helping determine the exact landing spot will be the day and night cy

Posted by Across the universe

Wednesday
Nov 12 2014
20:11 UTC

Rosetta mission: Philae craft may have bounced during comet landing as it happened

The European Space Agency has landed a spacecraft called Philae on a comet. Stuart Clark was at Esa mission control in Darmstadt Rosetta mission: Philae makes historic landing on cometThe ambitious mission to place a landing craft on a speeding cometRosettas success will help illuminate the origins of life, writes Usama Hasan 8. 06pm GMT As Philae temporarily loses touch with Rosetta, we leave you with this artists impression of the lander on the surface. Thanks for joining us on this truly amazi

Posted by Across the universe

Wednesday
Nov 12 2014
18:50 UTC

Rosetta mission: Esa lands spacecraft on comet live coverage

The European Space Agency has landed a spacecraft called Philae on a comet. Stuart Clark is at Esa mission control in Darmstadt to bring you the news as it happensRosetta mission: Philae makes historic landing on cometThe ambitious mission to place a landing craft on a speeding cometRosettas success will help illuminate the origins of life, writes Usama Hasan 6. 50pm GMT Comets are the original source of Earth's water. That wee lander is now in position, poised to re-write what we know about ours

Posted by Across the universe

Wednesday
Nov 12 2014
16:00 UTC

See the Ball, Be the Ball.

What do we know about potentially habitable worlds¬beyond our Solar System? What will it take to find out whether or not they are habitable… or inhabited? What are we doing to improve our ability to¬answer those two questions? These are the things my colleagues and I get to work on every day, and recently I […]

Posted by PaleBlue.blog

Wednesday
Nov 12 2014
12:41 UTC

Rosetta mission: ESA attempts to land spacecraft on comet live coverage

The Rosetta spacecraft is making its historic bid to land on a comet using the Philae lander. Stuart Clark is at the European Space Agencys mission control in Darmstadt to bring you the news as it happens 12. 41pm GMT Esa has put together highlights from todays events up to the separation of the lander from Rosetta. 12. 24pm GMT Dr Daniel Brown, an astronomer at Nottingham Trent University in theUK, thinks that Esa has already made history. What a mission and what a challenge. Rosetta has already m

Posted by Across the universe

Wednesday
Nov 12 2014
11:31 UTC

Rosetta comet landing - live stream

Watch live as the European Space Agency attempts to land a craft on comet 69P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the first time in history such a task has been attempted. The Philae landing craft has launched from the mother ship and is due to touch down between about 4pm GMT and 4. 40pm GMTRosetta spacecraft comet landing live coverage Continue reading...

Posted by Across the universe

Wednesday
Nov 12 2014
06:57 UTC

Rosetta comet landing live blog

The Rosetta spacecraft is making its historic bid to land on a comet using the Philae lander. Stuart Clark is at the European Space Agencys mission control in Darmstadt to bring you the news as it happens 6. 57am GMT The landing has just become riskier. The cold gas thruster appears not to be working on Philae. This thruster is on top of the lander and is designed to push the spacecraft onto the comet as the harpoons and drills anchor Philae to the surface. Without the thruster, the risk of Phila

Posted by Across the universe

Tuesday
Nov 11 2014
16:14 UTC

Rosetta comet landing on course despite wake-up glitch

Rosettas Philae lander did not wake up properly at the first attempt but everything is back on course nowOn Wednesday the European Space Agency will attempt a risky landing on a comet, and it seems the Philae lander wanted to catch a few extra winks of sleep before its big day. Overnight, the commands were sent to wake up Philae but the robotic lander began using a backup computer rather than the main computer. The result was that not all the telemetry data was being sent to Earth. Continue readi

Posted by Across the universe

Tuesday
Nov 11 2014
13:14 UTC

Rosetta's audacious mission to land on a comet in pictures

On Wednesday, Rosetta will attempt to drop a lander called Philae onto the surface of a comet. This is the story of the European Space Agencys extraordinary decade-long mission in images Continue reading...

Posted by Across the universe

Saturday
Nov 08 2014
17:00 UTC

Vesta's Giant Impact

Vesta is, in so many ways, the weirdest world that you are mapping here on CosmoQuest. It's small enough to be non-spherical and is covered in the scars of its many impacts. The largest impact basins on its southern pole are records of some of the most defining moments in Vesta's history. They are even responsible for the ridges around it s equator that first surprised scientists when the first high resolution images came back from Dawn. Recently, a group

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Saturday
Nov 08 2014
15:25 UTC

Review: In Interstellar, Christopher Nolan Shows He Has The Right Stuff

Science fiction aficionados, take heed. The highly-anticipated movie Interstellar is sharp and gripping. Nolan and cast show in the end that they have the right stuff.¬Nearly a¬three hour¬saga, it holds your attention and keeps you guessing. Only a couple of scenes seemed to drift and lose focus. Interstellar borrows style and substance from some of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Nov 05 2014
23:07 UTC

Seven Days Out: ESA’s Historic Landing on a Comet is Just a Week Away

In less than a week, on November 12, 2014, the Philae lander will separate from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft and descend several kilometers down to the dark, dusty and frozen surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Its three spindly legs and rocket-powered harpoon are all that will keep the 100-kilogram spacecraft from crashing or bouncing hopelessly back out […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Nov 05 2014
22:34 UTC

light as a feather

... perform a fantastic science experiment!did anyone ever tell you that a bowling ball and a feather would fall at equal speeds if it weren't for air resistance? i didnt think it would be so interesting to watch the actual experiment, but they did a great job with this short clip!

Posted by astropixie

Tuesday
Nov 04 2014
14:58 UTC

Building A Space Base, Part 2: How Much Money Would It Take?

How much would it cost to establish a space base close to Earth, say on the Moon or an asteroid? To find out, Universe Today spoke with Philip Metzger, a senior research physicist at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, who has explored this subject extensively on his website and in published papers. Yesterday, Metzger outlined the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Nov 03 2014
14:18 UTC

Building A Space Base, Part 1: Why Mine On The Moon Or An Asteroid?

So can we get off of Earth already and start building bases on the Moon or an asteroid? As highlighted in a recent Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post, one way to do that quickly could be to use resources on site. But how do we even get started? Can we afford to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Nov 03 2014
02:06 UTC

Cassini Spots the Sun Shining on Titan’s Sea

There's nothing like the beautiful reflection of sunlight off the mirrored surface of a lovely lake… regardless¬if you're on Earth or Saturn's moon Titan! This picture, a mosaic of images acquired by Cassini's Visual Infrared and Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument during a flyby on August 21, 2014, shows exactly that: sunglint reflecting off the super-smooth […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Oct 29 2014
17:07 UTC

New Moon Crater

The Moon is covered in craters, and it's so hard to count them all, as you well know! It probably doesn't help that there are new craters¬being formed all the time, as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's constant monitoring reminds us. Another new crater was found by comparing images from before a “flash” event detected on the Moon in September of 2013 and images from this past spring. An 8-second long flash was detected by MIDAS (Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Tuesday
Oct 28 2014
16:58 UTC

Film funded by ESA tells the story of comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta

... This is how the short science fiction film Ambition was announced at its premiere on Friday 24 October. Funded by ESA, it is a collaboration between the space agency and digital film company Platige Image. Oscar-nominated director Tomek Bagiskis seven minute film explores the philosophy behind the Rosetta mission. It

Posted by Across the universe

Monday
Oct 27 2014
19:11 UTC

Keeping Time with Craters

We've talked a whole lunch about using craters to figure out the relative ages of surfaces in the Solar System. Well, here is a short, succinct, and super-adorable animated video explaining just that process! Thanks to Meg Rosenburg, aka @trueanamolies, for putting this together.

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Monday
Oct 27 2014
16:04 UTC

Why Watch ESA Rosetta's Movie Ambition'? Because We Want to Know What is Possible

NASA has taken on space missions that have taken years to reach their destination; they have more than a dozen ongoing missions throughout the Solar System and have been to comets as well. So why pay any attention to the European Space Agency's comet mission Rosetta and their new short film, “Ambition”? ‘Ambition' might accomplish […]

Posted by Universe Today

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