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NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 04:00
The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of March 30, 2021. A report issued by the review board addresses a range of factors influencing Webb’s schedule and performance, including the technical challenges and tasks remaining by primary contractor Northrop Grumman bef
Categories: Astronomy

Cassini Finds Massive Organic Molecules in Enceladus’ Plumes

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 04:00
A new analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft indicates the presence of large organic molecules on Enceladus, something not found on the moon before. Using two instruments aboard the now-perished orbiter, an international team of researchers looked at molecules erupting with plumes of water vapor streaming from beneath Enceladus’ surface. Though similar experiments have been performed in the past, this time, the researchers found organic molecules much bigger, and thus more
Categories: Astronomy

Is our universe lucky?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 04:00
The multiverse theory states that though our universe is one of many, it’s a lucky one. But new research calls that luck into question.
Categories: Astronomy

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 will soon punch an asteroid

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 04:00
Deep-space exploration has been all the rage lately, but the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is honing in on a target closer to home. JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is quickly approaching Ryugu, an asteroid who could provide crucial clues to the formation and evolution of our solar system. The craft set off on its 3.26 billion mile (5.24 billion kilometer) round-trip journey in late 2014, and is now within just 25 miles (40 kilometers) of the asteroid. Once it arrives, it will
Categories: Astronomy

This Video Game Lets You Explore Mars’ Actual Surface

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:00
Alan Chan grew up thinking humans would be living in space and exploring Mars by now. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Instead, he decided to explore space on his own by creating a video game that allows people to drive around the Red Planet’s actual terrain in a souped-up rover. “Red Rover,” a new video game, recreates Mars’ surface using satellite and terrain data from NASA’s HiRISE Mars orbiter. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) has
Categories: Astronomy

Einstein Proven Right Even In Other Galaxies

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:00
Albert Einstein’s name is synonymous with intelligence, but he’s more than earned his rep. The man revolutionized physics when he was in his 20s and 30s. He came up with a whole new way of understanding reality, not as a fixed grid against which events occur, but as fundamentally intertwined with time and perception. Trying to prove Einstein wrong, somehow, is a perennial goal of budding and experienced physicists alike. Well, they’ll have to keep trying. A new study in Scienc
Categories: Astronomy

Supermassive stars could explain globular clusters’ strange chemical compositions

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:00

The giant stars may have formed within the clusters and polluted them with peculiar elements.

Categories: Astronomy

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