Space

Peering Into The Void: Cosmic Web Reveals This Part Of The Early Universe Had Almost No Matter!

About 1 billion years after the Big Bang, the gas in deep space was highly opaque to ultraviolet light and its transparency varied widely from place to place, obscuring much of the light emitted by distant galaxies. This opaque quality contains tantalizing ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 15 2018 - 8:43am

Exoplanets Containing Water May Be More Common Than Believed

Some exoplanets with masses two to four times the size of Earth can be explained by large amounts of water- and they may be more common than previously thought, say researchers. The 1992 discovery of exoplanets orbiting other stars has sparked interest in ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 20 2018 - 6:38am

Multi-Stellar SETI Candidate Selection (Kaggle Kernels)

Consider the statistical challenges around Dysonian SETI. The standard approach (for searches within the Milky Way) is to find stars that are "outliers", e.g. those that are significantly dimmer than their spectrophotometric characteristics and ...

Blog Post - Jose Solorzano - Sep 1 2018 - 6:05pm

'How Close To Sending Humans To Mars?' Should Ask '... To Moon?' Right Now No-one Can Repeat Apollo, Including The US

People often ask, "How close are we to sending humans to Mars" and it's not surprising given the optimistic presentations by Elon Musk and others. However, Mars is just too far away to send humans at this stage. ...

Article - Robert Walker - Sep 20 2018 - 9:17am

Elon Musk, Please Hire Me As An Astronaut For Space X’s BFS

Dear Mr Musk, you should hire me to fly Yusaku Maezawa to the Moon and back.  Especially if you want to connect to the past and future history of space flight.  I am a fully qualified scientist with a MS in Physics and a thesis in Astronomy meeting all th ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Sep 22 2018 - 6:35pm

Does 'The Goblin' Make Neptune Sized Planet 9 More Likely?... And Are Mars Or Earth Sized 'Goblin's Possible?

Does this discovery of 'The Goblin make 'Planet 9' more likely? Yes I’d say so. It’s looking really strange. I’m beginning to be won around to the idea:). There is plenty of space for planets to exist beyond Neptune. No known big gas giants ...

Article - Robert Walker - Jan 22 2019 - 1:30pm

Fun Speculation- Can Neptune Sized Exomoon Have Moonlets Like Neptune's Triton? Or A Ring? Even Moonlets Of Moonlets?

Just before the flyby of Pluto by New Horizons I wrote a speculative fun article about whether it could spot moonlets of Pluto’s moons. Can Moons Have Moons? Or Rings? Theoretically it seems possible that moonlets just possibly might be dynamically stable ...

Article - Robert Walker - Oct 6 2018 - 11:36am

Might Astronauts Be Able To Dive Through A Liquid Airlock Into A Lunar Cave Habitat From The Surface Vacuum? (Like A Barometer)

This is a rather fun idea by Peter Koch originally suggested in the Moon Miner's Manifest Classics- 1987-1988 (see page 31). It's not so likely in the early stages, because of the large amounts of water needed to construct it, but it may perhaps ...

Article - Robert Walker - Oct 10 2018 - 10:37pm

Mycorrhiza Means Space Farms

What would it take to grow potatoes or tomatoes in space? Some mycorrhiza, it turns out. Currently NASA can't even get a telescope into space without being wildly over budget and 10 years behind schedule so they are not putting colonies on the moon an ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 15 2018 - 6:40pm

NGC 2467: The Pirate Of The Southern Skies Gets A New Image For Halloween

Using FORS2, an instrument mounted on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, government astronomers have observed the active star-forming region NGC 2467 — the Skull and Crossbones Nebula, called such because of the dust, gas and bright young stars gravitationally bo ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 24 2018 - 10:00am