Category: Space

See 3 Moons of Jupiter Perform Rare Triple Transit Friday Night

See 3 Moons of Jupiter Perform Rare Triple Transit Friday Night

By  Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education/Space.com On Friday night (Jan. 23), observers all across North America will witness a rare event when three of Jupiter’s moons, and their shadows, pass across the face of the giant planet. How rare are these Jupiter tripletransits? I have seen two in the last 15 years personally, but the next one will not occur until […]

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Sarah Brightman Ready For 10-Day Trip to ISS

Sarah Brightman Ready For 10-Day Trip to ISS

Via Dave Reneke NASA has recently revealed that British Singer Sarah Brightman is expected to fly for the International Space Station (ISS) in October. The famed soprano starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Sarah will shell out about $52 million for her trip to the ISS. She will take the ride aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule, said […]

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Meteorite is ‘hard drive’ from space

Meteorite is ‘hard drive’ from space

By Simon Redfern/BBC News Researchers have decoded ancient recordings from fragments of an asteroid dating back billions of years to the start of the Solar System. They found tiny “space magnets” in meteorites which retain a memory of the birth and death of the asteroid’s core. Like the data recorded on the surface of a computer hard drive, the magnetic signals […]

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Japan might get to name the most alien worlds

Japan might get to name the most alien worlds

By  Jacob Aron/New Scientist Who gets to name exoplanets? As efforts to officially christen alien worlds gets under way, it looks like Japanese astronomy fans will get the deciding vote. Currently, planets outside the solar system are saddled with dull scientific designations like GJ 667 Cc or HD 40307 g. Last year the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the scientific body […]

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Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

By Sarah Knapton/Telegraph A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers. Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from unknown sources in the universe, which emit as much energy as the Sun does in an entire […]

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Are Aliens Watching Old TV Shows?

Are Aliens Watching Old TV Shows?

Via Dave Reneke You’ve probably heard the stories about how aliens have been watching old episodes of “I Love Lucy” and might think these are our “historical documents”. Are they? How far have our television signals reached? Television transmissions expand outward from the Earth at the speed of light, and there’s a trope in science fiction that aliens have learned […]

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New Telescope in Chile Now Searching for Alien Planets

New Telescope in Chile Now Searching for Alien Planets

By Miriam Kramer/Space.com A new alien-planet–hunting telescope has just come online in Chile, and it could help scientists peer into the atmospheres of relatively small planets circling nearby stars….. VIDEO  

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Welcome To Crash Course Astronomy!

Welcome To Crash Course Astronomy!

Via Dave Reneke It is my pleasure to introduce you to the very first episode of my new online video series, Crash Course Astronomy. I’m not gonna lie to you: I’m pretty happy about this. It was a lot of fun to write, and a lot of fun to film it.I hope y’all like it. We have a lot more episodes […]

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Large Asteroid Will Pass Earth On Australia Day 2015

Large Asteroid Will Pass Earth On Australia Day 2015

Via Dave Reneke Astronomers will be pointing their telescopes to the sky this Australia Day trying to get a glimpse of a giant asteroid heading our way. But there will be no need to enlist the help of Bruce Willis or his demolition buddies. Thankfully the big space rock will safely pass Earth. The asteroid, dubbed 2004 BL86, is estimated […]

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Fool the World With a Fake Meteor

Fool the World With a Fake Meteor

Via Adweek The Oklahoma City meteor phenomenon, which has been viewed millions of times online, started when a YouTube account called JamesWest posted a cell phone video of an object shooting across the sky over a local neighborhood. Later that day, three other accounts posted clips of the same meteor over the same area. As people began to talk about […]

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