Space

The US Can't Put A Person In Space, Yet An Israeli Non-Profit Can Put A Probe On The Moon.

The Israeli private non-profit backed Beresheet mission illustrates the change occurred in space exploration in the second half of the 20-teens.  So far in 2019 Space X announced private plans for a lunar flyby mission, China has landed a rover on the moo ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Mar 1 2019 - 3:06am

Event Horizon Telescope Image: An Interesting Nothingness?

M edia hyped black hole images will show a whole lot of nothing.  Look at the simulations put out by the research team showing what they expect to find, nothing, at least at the location of the black hole.   Which is just fine.  A black hole is a region o ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Apr 6 2019 - 11:12pm

Messier 87 — First Black Hole Image

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT resea ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 10 2019 - 10:31am

The Black Hole Image from M87 IS AMAZING … At Least To Us

The Image presented at a press conference today by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration is the result of collaboration between numerous scientists around the world lead by EHT director Shep Doeleman.  They were able to do this using the technique kno ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Apr 10 2019 - 2:02pm

Supermassive Black Hole At The Heart Of The Messier 87 Galaxy Revealed

An international team of over 200 scientists has captured the first direct images of a black hole. They accomplished this remarkable feat by coordinating the power of eight major radio observatories on four continents, to work together as a virtual, Earth- ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 10 2019 - 11:01am

40 Years Later, Jean-Pierre Luminet's Black Hole Image Looks Surprisingly Accurate

Published in 1979 in Astronomy and Astrophysics, it had a worldwide impact, especially since this type of object was still highly theoretical.  It was not an artist's view but an image based on the then supposed physical properties of a black hole and ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 10 2019 - 10:24am

How They Photographed A Supermassive Black Hole- A Day Astronomers Will Remember For Centuries

First, this is totally harmless. Tiny and far away, shrouded with dust and gas. They can only see it using radio waves that go through the dust. And the photo of course changes nothing, we've know it is there for a long time away. This is a screensho ...

Article - Robert Walker - Apr 11 2019 - 5:32pm

Gravitational Wave Astronomy In Space, Public Talks of LISA Con #4.

Gravitational wave astronomy in space, that is the goal of the LISA Collaboration.  LISA stands for Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.  This collaboration is having a very early meeting in Florida and at that meeting there will be certain public talks br ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Apr 28 2019 - 4:48pm

When Black Holes and Neutron Stars Collide, These Are The Possible Results.

A quark star is a hypothesized type of object more dense than a Neutron star but not dense enough to form a black hole. Long ago theorized, could such an object be observed via, and even made possibly through, gravitational waves? This is not a likely out ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - May 5 2019 - 3:13am

'Forbidden' Planet Found In The 'Neptunian Desert'

A Neptunian planet named NGTS-4b has been found in what should be a 'Neptunian Desert' using the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) observing facility, designed to search for transiting planets on bright stars. NGTS-4b is so small other ground ...

Article - News Staff - May 28 2019 - 6:48pm