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NASA reveals new spacesuits designed to fit men and women

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 04:00

These two new spacesuits will help the space agency put astronauts back on the surface of the Moon, enhance their mobility, and keep them safe along the way.

Categories: Astronomy

Gas 'waterfalls' might be feeding atmospheres of young planets

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 04:00
The finding will help astronomers understand how new planets collect the gases that make up their atmospheres.
Categories: Astronomy

Jupiter shields Europa from cosmic rays that could erase evidence of life

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 04:00
Radiation shouldn't ruin astronomers' shot at finding alien life on Europa's surface.
Categories: Astronomy

Boeing Starliner gears up for crewed trip to ISS with two new test dates

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 04:00

A crewed launch is possible in the next year.

Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers zoom in on a galaxy 9 billion light-years away thanks to gravitational lensing

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 04:00
X-rays in a tiny galaxy, made visible by gravitational lensing, are showing researchers how stars formed in the early universe.
Categories: Astronomy

Quakes reveal Mars has a unique interior

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 04:00
NASA’s InSight lander has recorded more rumblings on the Red Planet, and the results are mystifying and exciting scientists.
Categories: Astronomy

This interstellar space rock looks a lot like our own solar system's comets

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 04:00
The second identified visitor from another star is very different from the first - and very similar to objects born around the Sun.
Categories: Astronomy

The Sky This Week from October 11 to 20

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 04:00
The Hunter’s Moon rules the evening sky early this week, while Venus and Mercury return to view soon after sunset as the week winds down.
Categories: Astronomy

Merging stars may create the universe's most powerful magnets

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 04:00

New simulations suggest that when two stars collide, the resulting product can be extremely magnetic, and it may ultimately wind up as a magnetar.

Categories: Astronomy

Could Life Survive on a Planet Orbiting a Black Hole?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 04:00
There could potentially be a habitable zone around a supermassive black hole. But the intense gravity poses unique dangers.
Categories: Astronomy

Alexei Leonov, first person to walk in space, dies at 85

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 04:00
Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov made the first spacewalk, an excursion he barely survived. He also made the first space art and advocated international peace.
Categories: Astronomy

The Milky Way's supermassive black hole erupted with a violent flare just a few million years ago

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 04:00
Our galaxy's central black hole erupted relatively recently in Earth’s history, possibly when early human ancestors were roaming the planet.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA is building its first electric airplane

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 04:00
The electric airplane could be a key step in eliminating carbon emissions in aviation.
Categories: Astronomy

How the first exoplanets were discovered

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
In 1992, astronomers discovered the first exoplanet, or planet outside our solar system. But it didn’t come in any form they’d really anticipated.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA’s ICON satellite to launch on Wednesday

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
The new orbiter will orbit in the ionosphere and study the interactions of Earth and space weather.
Categories: Astronomy

Which galaxies are best suited for the evolution of alien life?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
We know life can arise in the Milky Way. But alien life may have an easier time evolving in galaxies with more heavy elements and fewer cosmic catastrophes.
Categories: Astronomy

Physics Nobel awarded for exoplanet and cosmological discoveries

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
The three new laureates discovered the first planet orbiting a solar-type star and improved our understanding of how the universe evolved.
Categories: Astronomy

This lake on Mars was drying up 3.5 billion years ago

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 04:00
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover found evidence that a lake in Gale Crater evaporated billions of years ago, likely as a period of climate change hit the planet.
Categories: Astronomy

How many astronauts have died in space?

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 04:00

There's no doubt space is an extremely dangerous place, but only a handful of space travelers have actually died there.

Categories: Astronomy

How galaxies and their supermassive black holes grow together

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 04:00
New research shows the link between the stars a galaxy forms and the monster black hole snacking in its center is surprisingly stable.
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