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Made in space: Why Earth's industries might one day leave our planet

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 04:00
Resources from space could be the key to preserving our species and our home.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA's Orion successfully completes final major flight test

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 04:00
On Tuesday, the flight abort safety test went off in clear weather and to full success, according to preliminary results.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA preps for key Orion safety test tomorrow

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:00
An uncrewed mockup of the crew capsule will tomorrow test an abort system to pull it safely away from rocket boosters in the event of a launch failure.
Categories: Astronomy

Here’s how to watch Tuesday’s total solar eclipse

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:00
Even if you won’t be standing in the path of totality, there are still plenty of ways to experience the eclipse online.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers uncover hidden black holes in merging galaxies

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 04:00
A new survey has uncovered eight sets of two or even three feeding supermassive black holes as galaxies smash together.
Categories: Astronomy

View the Whirlpool Galaxy in changing colors

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 04:00

These images of the famous pair of merging galaxies shows how different wavelengths of light reveal new details about our universe.

Categories: Astronomy

A Chile afternoon in the Moon's shadow

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 04:00
Observers along a narrow track that crosses South America will witness darkness at midday July 2.
Categories: Astronomy

Fungi can withstand the high radiation doses of outer space, scientists find

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 04:00
These two species of fungi could potentially survive space travel.
Categories: Astronomy

White holes: Do black holes have mirror images?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 04:00
These black hole opposites would spew energy, be impossible to enter, and might even answer some of the universe’s fundamental questions.
Categories: Astronomy

The Sky This Week from June 28 to July 7

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 04:00
A total solar eclipse that cuts a narrow swath across South America highlights a week that also features glorious nighttime views of Jupiter and Saturn.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA announces new Dragonfly drone mission to Titan

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 04:00
The dual-quadcopter drone will make dozens of flights across Saturn’s largest moon, studying its chemistry and looking for signs of past and present life.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers pinpoint location of a single fast radio burst for the first time

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 04:00
Powerful but mysterious outbursts of radio waves are popping off all around us. Researchers using a radio telescope array in Australia have finally traced a one-and-done burst back to the galaxy it came from, a first.
Categories: Astronomy

Cosmic firecrackers: The mystery of fast radio bursts

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 04:00
These bright but fleeting explosions unleash more energy than the Sun produces in a day — and yet we don't even know what causes them.
Categories: Astronomy

Meteorites carrying cyanide could have given ancient life on Earth a boost

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 04:00
While examining meteorites, researchers found a compound very similar to one seen inside most bacteria.
Categories: Astronomy

ALMA spots what may be the very first stages of planetary formation

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 04:00
The radio telescope imaged a blob of gas that astronomers think might one day grow into a planet around one of the stars closest to Earth.
Categories: Astronomy

Salt-loving bacteria's survival skills bode well for life on Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 04:00
Researchers were able to dry out microbes and revive them with humidity under salty conditions much like those on the Red Planet, giving researchers hope for life on our harsh neighbor.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers peer at the glowing shrouds of gas around distant galaxies

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 04:00
Thanks to gravitational lensing, a new survey takes aim at the gaseous halos around young galaxies, looking for clues about how galaxies form and grow.
Categories: Astronomy

History of Mars impacts leaves hope for ancient martian life

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 04:00
Evidence from martian meteorites indicates the Red Planet stopped experiencing large impacts early on, leaving plenty of time for possible life to form.
Categories: Astronomy

Curiosity detects methane spike on Mars again, but what does it mean?

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 04:00
Although methane can be a sign of life, scientists are still waiting for more details.
Categories: Astronomy

UPDATE: SpaceX’s third Falcon Heavy launches tonight

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 04:00
Tonight's launch will ferry up a number of new and innovative experiments.
Categories: Astronomy

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