Astronomy

New NASA instruments aim to answer atmospheric unknowns

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00

The latest Earth Venture missions address how mineral dust and Arctic radiation impact our atmosphere.

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NASA seeks the gold in Winter Olympics snow

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00
NASA engineer Manuel Vega can see one of the Olympic ski jump towers from the rooftop of the South Korean weather office where he is stationed. Vega is not watching skiers take flight, preparing for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympic games. Instead, he's inspecting the SUV-sized radar beside him. The instrument is one of 11 NASA instruments specially transported to the Olympics to measure the quantity and type of snow falling on the slopes, tracks and halfpipes. This Winter O
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Astronomers report a possible slew of extragalactic exoplanets

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00
Could a distant galaxy be home to a large population of unbound planets?
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Join the hunt for cosmic rays

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00
By downloading a simple app, you can turn your smartphone into a detector that will help astrophysicists solve one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy – the origins of cosmic rays.
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AstrOlympics blends sports with science

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:00
What do Olympic athletes and objects in space have in common? The answer is matter in motion, often in extreme examples.
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Did the Milky Way devour other galaxies to grow?

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:00

Leftovers from massive dwarf galaxies likely linger in our galaxy’s outskirts.

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Asteroid to pass between Earth and Moon on Friday

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:00
The asteroid, which is between 50 and 130 feet wide, will miss Earth by a distance of 39,000 miles — less than one-fifth the distance between Earth and the Moon.
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Renowned astrophysicist Donald Lynden-Bell has passed away

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:00
Lynden-Bell is remembered for his many and varied contributions to the field of astronomy.
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Starmus V announces a star-studded 2019 line-up, featuring five original members of the Apollo Mission crew

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 05:00
May-Britt Moser, Brian Cox and Arthur McDonald will join Tim Peake, Gennady Padalka and Nicole Stott at the fifth world-famous festival of science and art in Bern, Switzerland.
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Solar arrays on NASA’s InSight mission test successfully

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 05:00
The powerful solar panels will energize the Mars lander despite dust and weak sunlight.
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SpaceX succesfully launches the Falcon Heavy rocket

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 05:00
SpaceX launched their largest rocket yet, the Falcon Heavy, at 3:45 p.m. EST on February 6.
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TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets Might All Be Water Worlds

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 05:00
A series of papers out today gives us further insights into the TRAPPIST-1 system discovered in 2016. The seven planets that make up the system orbit a dim red dwarf star much smaller and cooler than our own Sun. The planets’ orbits are much tighter than in our solar system, and they’re all closer to their home star than Mercury is to the Sun. Three of them are thought to be in the “habitable zone” where liquid water could exist. The TRAPPIST Seven The system is relat
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A well-placed cluster puts a distant galaxy under a high-powered lens

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 05:00
Gravitational lensing shows astronomers a galaxy that’s strangely dormant when most others are busy forming stars.
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One of the oldest stars in the Milky Way discovered

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 05:00
J0815+4729 is a star with both an extreme iron deficiency and a carbon surplus, which suggests it’s one of the oldest stars ever found in the Milky Way.
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Ancient stars could help determine dark matter’s velocity

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 05:00
Dark matter and our galaxy’s oldest stars may have more in common than we thought.
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Centaurus A’s satellites rotate together

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:00
New observations confirm what astronomers have seen elsewhere … and challenge current dark matter models.
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Humanity’s new star

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:00
This small artificial satellite is designed to encourage wonder and reflection.
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Curiosity Mars rover takes selfie with Mount Sharp

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:00
A new self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge, which it has been investigating for the past several months.
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Explorer 1: The start of the American Space Age

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 05:00
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of America’s first satellite, Explorer 1, which ushered the United States into the Space Race.
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The Moon’s disappearing act

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 05:00
On the morning of January 31, people with clear skies across western North America will have front-row seats to the first total eclipse of the Moon since September 2015. For 76 minutes, the Full Moon will lie completely immersed in the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, and the only light hitting the Moon will be the reddish glow from all of our planet’s sunrises and sunsets. But don’t fret if you live farther east — residents across the eastern half of the continent will st
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