- Why Landing On Mars Is So Hard, The Martian Atmosphere, a Deathlylocks Zone.
M ore Mars landing attempts have failed than on any other planet or moon due to one fundamental physical property of Mars. That property is the atmosphere. This is the reality NASA will face Monday November 26 th 2018 and every time they land on Mars. The ...
Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Nov 25 2018 - 11:17pm
- Watch InSight's Successful Landing On Mars- First Peek Into Deep Interior, First Interplanetary Cube Sats, Many Firsts...
Coverage began at 2 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. UTC). Landing started about 40 minutes later, the entire landing telemetry was streamed live through the briefcase sized Mars Cube One interplanetary "cube sats", and at around 3.01 p.m. EST they got firs ...
Article - Robert Walker - Nov 29 2018 - 11:55pm
- Fast Radio Bursts: Solving One Of The Universe's Mysteries
One of the most baffling puzzles of modern astrophysics is the nature of Fast Radio Bursts, which were discovered in 2007. These are seemingly rare, extremely bright flashes of light with radio wavelengths. They last only milliseconds; originate outside o ...
Article - The Conversation - Nov 29 2018 - 8:00am
- HAT-P-11b: An Exoplanet Inflated Like A Helium Balloon
A distant planet has an abundance of helium in its atmosphere so great that it has swollen to resemble an inflated balloon. The helium of HAT-P-11b, 124 light years from Earth and in the Cygnus constellation, is blown away from the day side of the planet t ...
Article - News Staff - Dec 6 2018 - 4:16pm
- No Need To Be Scared Of Asteroids- Far Less Scary Than Lightning
Short summary- the risk from larger asteroids of 1 km upwards, large enough to have some global effects is more or less retired as a result of astronomical searches for the last few decades. There is still a risk from smaller asteroids, but in most cases ...
Article - Robert Walker - Dec 11 2018 - 2:20am
- The Astronomy Of Christmas
From the Neolithic to present times, the amount of sunlight we see in a day has had a profound impact on human culture. We are fast approaching the winter solstice for the Northern hemisphere, which takes place on December 21. This is the longest night of ...
Article - The Conversation - Dec 20 2018 - 12:55pm
- China Probes Far Side Of The Moon, A Sputnik Moment?
C hina has a track record of slow gradual advancement in space flight technology which is unlikely to alarm the US of A into action in the way Sputnik did. The timeline of their advancement suggests no reason to panic about their space program. Their achi ...
Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jan 3 2019 - 11:37am
- Can There Be A Planet Or Dwarf Planet With The Same Shape As Ultima Thule's Snowman?
For any of you who haven't seen it, here is a stereo image of Ultima Thule, alternating between two images which help if you don’t have 3D Anaglyph glasses. The interesting thing about it is that there is no sign that the two lobes are more than slig ...
Article - Robert Walker - Jan 4 2019 - 8:29pm
- Why You Don’t Need To Worry About Asteroid 2002 NT7
It actually crossed our orbit already on the 8th. It is already moving upwards away from our orbit. Earth is catching up on it from behind and is closest on the 13th at 61 million kilometers. That's further away than Mars at its closest, and much fur ...
Article - Robert Walker - Jan 10 2019 - 4:25pm
- Update On 2002 NT7- Flew Past At A Great Distance, 16.50 UTC Today 13th January- That's Further Away Than Mars At Its Closest
2002 NT7 is closest at 16.50 today, UTC time. It will be 61 million kilometers away and they know the distance exactly to within 127 kilometers, and the time of the flyby accurate to the nearest minute. It is no risk to Earth. It is already well above our ...
Article - Robert Walker - Jan 13 2019 - 11:32pm