Space

Why Disk Galaxies Look Smooth

Like with kids, when it comes to galaxies adolescent blemishes disappear over time. Exponential disks, common in spiral galaxies, dwarf elliptical galaxies and some irregular galaxies, appear smooth and have an exponential fade. How did they get it way? It ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 5 2020 - 8:58am

It's The Greatest Pumpkin In The Universe, Charlie Brown

In a classic "Charlie Brown" Halloween tale, one character believes in the pumpkin equivalent of an Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy, but NGC  2292 and NGC  2293 are real. At 109,000 light-years across, the diameter of our Milky Way, they don't j ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 29 2020 - 10:08am

Lunar Occultations, And Why They Are Fun

Have you ever looked at the moon through a telescope, or even a pair of binoculars? Our satellite is really beautiful to look at- it is full of detail you can get lost in: craters, mountain ridges, canyons, plateaus. And there's no clouds to obscure t ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Nov 22 2020 - 6:20am

After Arecibo? A Lunar Crater Telescope.

A recibo while no longer unique in design since China built a similar and larger telescope was special. What should replace it is something that will exceed what it is able to do. There is already a well formed plan for such a radio telescope using a prop ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Nov 22 2020 - 4:41pm

Next Week, You'll See Something In The Sky No Human Has Seen Since March 4, 1226

This winter solstice, Dec. 21st, you'll be able to see something no one has seen since the Middle Ages; Jupiter and Saturn will appear so close together in Earth’s night sky they will look like a double planet. While we orbit the sun each year, Jupite ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 14 2020 - 5:01am

The Geminid Meteor Shower Is As Strong As Ever

Meteor showers are a spectacular phenomenon that takes place when the Earth intersects the path along which periodic comets (or less frequently, asteroidal bodies) orbit the Sun. Comets lose debris when they get close to perihelion, but the debris does not ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Dec 17 2020 - 5:59am

Jupiter And Saturn Put Up Quite A Show

In what is a once-in-a-few-lifetimes experience, I witnessed today the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky (with a crescent moon thrown in to boot). While every sixteen years or so the two planets end up angularly close because of their di ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Dec 19 2020 - 4:49pm

Galactic Bromance: This Heavenly Duo Travel The Universe Together, Unbound By Any Star

An international research team has discovered an exotic binary system composed of two young planet-like objects, orbiting each other- and not a star. They are planet-like because they look like giant exoplanets but they formed in the same way as stars, pr ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 23 2020 - 2:33pm

Will Anyone Ever Own Their Own Land In Space- And May We Get Wars In Space In The Future?

Will anyone own land in space? Could an individual, company or country claim the Moon? Will we have countries in space, organized by ideas and religions, and territories just as we have on Earth? Will they go to war with each other over territories, resou ...

Article - Robert Walker - Feb 3 2021 - 9:49pm

With Perseverance, Heavenly Questions, and Hope Earth's Armada Of Probes Arrives at Mars.

Orbital mechanics have dictated that the USA, UAE and PRC who sent probes to arrive at mars formed a defacto fleet of probes to the Red Planet. Arriving next week NASA and the PRC will independently be landing probes at Mars. When the rover Curiosity land ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Feb 13 2021 - 9:43am