Astronomy

Ploonets: When a planet's moon goes rogue

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers have defined a new class of celestial objects called "ploonets," which are orphaned moons that have escaped the bonds of their planetary parents.
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SpaceX may test its massive Starhopper prototype this week

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 04:00

Elon Musk says his rocket company plans to test its massive passenger craft prototype in Texas as soon as Tuesday.

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What are intermediate-mass black holes?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00

We've detected puny, stellar-mass black holes. And we've detected giant, supermassive black holes. But what about those in the middle?

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Are these supermassive black holes on a collision course?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00
A Hubble Space Telescope discovery could help astronomers find out if supermassive black holes can collide.
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NASA built rock climbing robots to scale cliffs on Mars and beyond

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00
Meet a family of robots that could explore terrain far more challenging and extreme than standard rovers can handle.
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The Sky This Week from July 12 to 21

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:00
The Moon takes center stage this week, passing close to both Jupiter and Saturn before it reaches its Full phase on the 16th — 50 years to the day after Apollo 11 blasted off on its extraordinary mission.
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Japanese asteroid mission touches down on Ryugu, collects sample

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 04:00
The successful collection of this second sample means the mission has accomplished all its major goals, and can head back to Earth later this year on a positive note
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Margaret “Hap” Brennecke: The woman who welded Apollo's rockets

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 04:00
The first female welding engineer employed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center made critical contributions to the mighty Saturn V that put men on the Moon.
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What are primordial black holes?

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 04:00
Birthed in the first second after the Big Bang, these as-yet-unseen objects could offer answers to astronomers’ outstanding questions.
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NASA shuts off systems on Voyager 2, saving power for long haul into interstellar space

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 04:00
Launched in 1977, Voyagers 1 and 2 are the longest-running spacecraft, still operating at more than 11 billion miles from home, decades after the end of their nominal goal of exploring the outer solar system planets. They still get their power from the same three radioisotope thermoelectric generators, or RTGs, that have served them for years. But with these generators yielding less power every year, the spacecraft have started to flag. Mission controllers have had to make some tough calls about
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India set to launch Moon rover and orbiter

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 04:00
Later this week, India will be a launching their ambitious second lunar mission
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Dust storms brew over Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 04:00
The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter captured images of dust storms swirling over Red Planet's northern ice cap.
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Atira asteroids: A strange family of space rocks that circle close to the Sun

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 04:00
A newly discovered asteroid named 2019 LF6, which orbits the Sun in just over 150 days, is shedding light on a mysterious class of asteroids known as Atira asteroids.
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Space radiation hasn't contributed to astronaut mortality — yet, study shows

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 04:00
An analysis of all living and dead astronauts and cosmonauts shows that radiation hasn't contributed meaningfully to their mortality rates.
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The Sky This Week from July 5 to 14

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 04:00
Saturn reaches opposition and peak visibility this week. The ringed world shines brightest, looms largest, and remains visible throughout these short nights.
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Astronomers peer into a super-Earth's atmosphere for first time

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 04:00
The atmosphere of GJ 3470 b is surprisingly simple, made of mostly hydrogen and helium.
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New photo captures Eta Carinae’s fireworks show

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 04:00

Hubble reveals a festive explosion and new information on the exploding star.

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The 2019 South American eclipse, as captured By those on the ground

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 04:00

After the July 2019 eclipse, many posted their photos, videos, thoughts, and feelings about it to social media.

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NASA selects 12 new lunar experiments in advance of human return

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 04:00
These new projects will launch to the Moon to test science and commercial possibilities in advance of NASA’s crewed venture slated for 2024.
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A second one-time fast radio burst has been traced back to its galaxy

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 04:00
A Milky Way-like galaxy nearly 8 billion years ago birthed the brief pulse of radio waves, further deepening the mystery of these strange cosmic signals.
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