Category: Space

Dangerous Asteroid Impacts Hit Earth Every Six Months

Dangerous Asteroid Impacts Hit Earth Every Six Months

By Dave Reneke A study using data from monitoring stations designed to enforce a nuclear test ban treaty shows that the Earth is enduring far more dangerous asteroid impacts than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013, the Earth was hit by 26 asteroids that exploded with a force of between one and 600 kilotons – an average of one every […]

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‘Houston, We Have A Problem’: A Look Back 44 Years After The Apollo 13 Mission

‘Houston, We Have A Problem’: A Look Back 44 Years After The Apollo 13 Mission

Via Inquisitr Thanks in part to Ron Howard’s space odyssey movie, Apollo 13, several generations are very aware of what happened in one of the most incredible survival stories in NASA’s history, when the 1970 mission went terribly wrong and changed from an obscure event to one that captured the attention of millions, who were glued to their television sets for days. […]

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‘Most Earth-like planet yet’ spotted by Kepler

‘Most Earth-like planet yet’ spotted by Kepler

Via BBC News The most Earth-like planet yet has been discovered, scientists report in the journal Science. The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says. Nestled in the Milky Way, it is part of a five-planet system that orbits around a cool […]

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Today, A Spacecraft From 1978 Took Our Lunch Money

Today, A Spacecraft From 1978 Took Our Lunch Money

Via io9 A spacecraft from 1978 resurfaced, today — and then it took our lunch money. This is not a story about time travel, though. It’s a story about the internet, money, space, and, of course, lunch. And it’s all true. The story begins in 1978, when we launched a probe deep into space. Almost twenty years later, that probe was […]

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Would you baptise an alien?

Would you baptise an alien?

Via Yorkshire Evening Post Would you baptise an alien? That is the unusual question posed to students in Leeds by one of the Pope’s astronomers. Scientific theories and religion look set to collide in a talk by leading papal astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ. The acclaimed astronomer and Jesuit will share why astronomical research is so important to the Vatican. Brother Guy is […]

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‘Blood moon’ eclipse seen over Americas

‘Blood moon’ eclipse seen over Americas

Via BBC News Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth’s shadow falling across the Moon. The Moon changed colour from orange to blood red or brown in a total lunar eclipse. The total lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours as the Moon moved into the Earth’s shadow. From 08:06 BST (07:06 GMT) our planet’s natural satellite […]

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Space Science Center wants to bring spacecraft home after 31 years

Space Science Center wants to bring spacecraft home after 31 years

Via The Independant Morehead — A car-sized spacecraft launched in 1978 to measure the solar wind, then repurposed to fly alongside two comets, then lost and silent for decades, could be recycled again into a sun observation platform now that it has been found … again. And Morehead State’s Space Science Center may get the keys to drive it. During […]

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Total Lunar Eclipse 2014 – 14/15th April

Total Lunar Eclipse 2014 – 14/15th April

Via Yahoo Sky gazers are in for a rare celestial treat – the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, which will occur overnight on 14-15 April. The phenomenon occurs when the Earth, Sun and moon are in perfect alignment, covering the moon from view in the Earth’s shadow. Who Gets to See it? The total lunar eclipse will be easily visible […]

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‘Cherry tree from space’ mystery baffles Japan

‘Cherry tree from space’ mystery baffles Japan

Via Yahoo A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected — and with very surprising flowers. The four-year-old sapling — grown from a cherry stone that spent time aboard the International Space Station (ISS) — burst into blossom on […]

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Branson Searching For Boy Who Gave Him Space Ideas

Branson Searching For Boy Who Gave Him Space Ideas

By Dave Reneke Sir Richard Branson has launched a worldwide search for the boy who inspired the Virgin Galactic Space program.  He says he owes it all to a something that happened out of the blue! The entrepreneur was inspired to launch his space tourism drive after being questioned by a young caller on the television program Going Live! in 1988.  The Virgin […]

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