Astronomy

This Video Game Lets You Explore Mars’ Actual Surface

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:00
Alan Chan grew up thinking humans would be living in space and exploring Mars by now. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Instead, he decided to explore space on his own by creating a video game that allows people to drive around the Red Planet’s actual terrain in a souped-up rover. “Red Rover,” a new video game, recreates Mars’ surface using satellite and terrain data from NASA’s HiRISE Mars orbiter. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) has
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Einstein Proven Right Even In Other Galaxies

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:00
Albert Einstein’s name is synonymous with intelligence, but he’s more than earned his rep. The man revolutionized physics when he was in his 20s and 30s. He came up with a whole new way of understanding reality, not as a fixed grid against which events occur, but as fundamentally intertwined with time and perception. Trying to prove Einstein wrong, somehow, is a perennial goal of budding and experienced physicists alike. Well, they’ll have to keep trying. A new study in Scienc
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Supermassive stars could explain globular clusters’ strange chemical compositions

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:00

The giant stars may have formed within the clusters and polluted them with peculiar elements.

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Globular clusters might be younger than we thought

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 04:00
Astronomers may have overestimated these objects' age by 4 billion years.
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The sky this week for June 15 to 24

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 04:00
Saturn approaches peak visibility, Neptune reverses course, and the Summer Triangle dominates the night sky this week.
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Giant dust storm engulfs Opportinity rover

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 04:00
NASA's nearly 15-year-old rover has hunkered down to ride out some pretty poor weather.
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NEWS ALERT: ASTEROID DAY 2018

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:00
From Luxembourg to Tanzania, Australia to China, and throughout Latin America, Europe and US — more than 2,000 events planned for June 28-30.
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Astronomers Catch a Black Hole Devouring Star

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:00
Astronomers Seppo Mattila and Miguel Pérez-Torres usually study the natural deaths of stars, but they weren’t going to pass up the chance to investigate a stellar murder. A new paper in Science describes how they nabbed photographic evidence that a supermassive black hole in a relatively nearby galaxy tore apart and consumed part of a star in a phenomenon called a tidal disruption event (TDE), spewing jets of material in the process. Scientists have observed these cosmic crime scen
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Exoplanets could easily survive in double- and triple-star systems

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:00

Less than 40 planets have been found in three-star systems, but that number is likely much higher.

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Trio of Infant Planets Discovered around Newborn Star

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 04:00
New technique could find some of the youngest planets in our galaxy.
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Supersize me

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 04:00
The Milky Way just got larger.
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The sky this week for June 8 to 17

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 04:00
Comet PANSTARRS slides by M54, Venus flanks Gemini’s brightest star, and the Beehive cluster splits Venus and the Moon, all in the sky this week.
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Alpha Centauri system could have favorable conditions for life

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 04:00
X-ray radiation poses no threat to planets orbiting these two nearby Sun-like stars.
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Curiosity Rover Finds Organics Hidden In Mars’ Mudstones And Methane In Its Atmosphere

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 04:00
In a much-hyped press conference held on Thursday, NASA announced its Curiosity rover had uncovered new evidence of methane — a potential sign of life — as well as signs of organic compounds buried in ancient mudstone. The space agency did not say it had found evidence of alien life. However, these new results are still tantalizing. Curiosity landed on Mars back in 2012 and it’s been slowly climbing up Mount Sharp, a large hill formed when an asteroid impact created Gale Crat
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Einstein’s ‘Imaginary Elevator’ Thought Experiment Proven Right Again

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:00
Well, Einstein’s done it again! That is to say, the gravitational theories of Albert Einstein have once again been confirmed, and to a new degree of precision. The equations of general relativity predicted a certain quantity would be zero, and physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have calculated a record-low, unbelievably tiny result — basically, as good to zero as we can get. So what did they measure? The variation between different ultra-precise
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NASA Hacked a Fix For Mars Rover’s Broken Drill

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:00
After suffering more than a year with a broken drill, NASA’s 5-year-old Mars rover Curiosity is now collecting and analyzing samples once again. The drill sits at the end of Curiosity’s LeBron James-sized robotic arm and is vital for grabbing and dropping dirt into the spacecraft’s onboard laboratory. Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) put many months of effort into hacking a new way to drill after the rover’s tool broke way back in December of 2016. Dril
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Kepler data reveals 121 gas giants that could harbor habitable moons

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:00

Move over, exoplanets. Exomoons could be just as hospitable for life.

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The story of the Apollo sextant

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 04:00
How a tool from the Age of Discovery found use in the Space Age.
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Astronaut Donald Peterson passes away

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:00
Peterson shared the first shuttle spacewalk and spent 5 days in space aboard Challenger.
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