For your daily space zing, check out an infographic recently highlighted on the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s Google+ page. Called “How to Color the Universe” (see it below), it explains why the colors we see from space telescope pictures are added in after the data is gathered.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what 3,538 exoplanets look like spinning around their stars, here you go!
Flame and fireworks. That’s what the Automated Transfer Vehicle Albert Einstein appeared to astronauts to be like as it made a planned dive into Earth’s atmosphere Nov. 2. The European Space Agency ship spent five months in space, boosting the International Space Station’s altitude several times and bringing a record haul of stuff for the astronauts on board the station to use.
Voyager 1′s ‘plasma wave instrument’ detects electrons that are excited when solar storms interact with the ionized gas that surrounds it. They occur at frequencies up to a few thousand hertz, so it can be translated to audio via loudspeakers.
The Earth orbits the Sun in the Solar System, and the Solar System is embedded within a vast galaxy of stars. Just one in hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe. Ours is called the Milky Way because the disk of the galaxy runs across the sky as a band of glowing light, like spilled milk.
The newly announced World View balloon flight concept shares a number of “striking” similarities to an older proposal for ‘near-space flight experience’ balloon rides, according to the head of the zero2infinity Inbloon project.
The countdown has commenced and the excitement is building for India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) – which will conduct a detailed study of the Martian atmosphere and is the nation’s first ever mission to the Red Planet.
As Voyager 1 recedes from the solar system, researchers are listening for “interstellar music” (a.k.a. plasma waves) to learn more about conditions outside the heliosphere.
Today’s hybrid solar eclipse is most widely visible beyond the central shadow track as a brief partial eclipse from northeastern Americas through Africa, and along the track in an annular phase for only the first 15 seconds.
Scientists at the German Space Agency (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und- Raumfahrt or DLR) have discovered the first fully formed solar system outside our own. KOA-351, some 2,500 light years away, has five rocky planets and two gas giants further out, closely mimicking the formation of our own system.
The UN has announced it’s undertaking the effort to protect the planet from killer asteroids. Trace explains what their plan is if a giant space rock sets it’s sights on Earth.
We keep saying dark matter is so very hard to find. Astronomers say they can see its effects — such as gravitational lensing, or an amazing bendy feat of light that takes place when a massive galaxy brings forward light from other galaxies behind it. But defining what the heck that matter is, is proving elusive. And considering it makes up most of the universe’s matter, it would be great to know what dark matter looks like.
A newly verified planet found in data from the Kepler mission delivers on the space telescope’s task of finding Earth-size planets around other stars. The new planet, called Kepler-78b, is the first Earth-sized exoplanet discovered that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. Similarities to Earth, however, end there. Kepler-78b whizzes around its host star every 8.5 hours at a distance of about 1.5 million kilometers, making it a blazing inferno and not suitable for life as we know it.
This artist’s rendition released NASA October 30, 2013 shows Kepler-78b orbiting its parent star. (AFP/NASA) The space scientists are baffled after finding the first ever Earth-sized planet, which has the same density as our home world, and violates all known planetary formation theories by its existence. The discovery of Kepler-78b was made by two […]
As our aging sun begins to burn helium, the intense heat generated in its core will blast away some of its outer layers resulting in a loss of mass.