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Charon’s icy surface erupted from an underground ocean

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 05:00
But the mystery of how the ocean escaped from under a frozen surface is still being explored.
Categories: Astronomy

The ESA will soon explore the smallest asteroid yet, after NASA rams a probe into it

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 05:00
Get ready Didymoon and Didymos. DART and Hera are coming for you.
Categories: Astronomy

Hubble accidentally discovers an ancient, nearby dwarf galaxy

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 05:00
Though the tiny galaxy Bedin 1 sits just 30 million light-years away, it appears to have lived in seclusion for most of its life.
Categories: Astronomy

Meet Henrietta Leavitt, the woman who gave us a universal ruler

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 05:00
Cepheid variable stars act as signposts to help astronomers build a 3D picture of the sky. Here's the story of the woman who unlocked these stars' secrets.
Categories: Astronomy

Galactic twist: The Milky Way's disk is warped

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 05:00
By mapping the distances to over 1,000 pulsating stars, astronomers have discovered a distinct kink in the Milky Way's disk.
Categories: Astronomy

Chinese Chang'e-4 rover wakes up, does science, goes back to sleep

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 05:00
Following a two-week hiatus, more results are coming from the far side of the Moon.
Categories: Astronomy

Researchers develop a steam-powered spacecraft that can hop between asteroids

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00
By mining asteroids to obtain its fuel, the World Is Not Enough (WINE) spacecraft could theoretically explore our solar system forever.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers map a black hole using "echoes" of light

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00
The results offer the first evidence that the hot cloud of particles around a black hole shrinks following an outburst of activity.
Categories: Astronomy

The Sky This Week from February 1 to 10

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00

February evenings feature many of the sky's brightest stars and clusters, while February mornings host brilliant Jupiter and Venus, the latter of which passes near several deep-sky wonders in the Milky Way.

Categories: Astronomy

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover finds clues about mysterious Mount Sharp

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00
By tweaking one of Curiosity's navigational tools, scientists have analyzed the density of the rock beneath the rover, finding it's more porous than previously thought.
Categories: Astronomy

New study says that dark energy could be growing in strength

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00
One new study shows how dark energy may be changing over time.
Categories: Astronomy

Scientists just cleared up a mystery about aurorae

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 05:00
Though you may assume the northern and southern lights should mirror each other, researchers have finally shown why this is not always the case.
Categories: Astronomy

A lunar rock sample found by Apollo 14 astronauts likely came from Earth

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
The odd Moon rock, nicknamed "Big Bertha," is roughly 4 billion years old and bears a striking resemblance to the oldest rocks found on our planet.
Categories: Astronomy

This Israeli company will soon launch the world's first private Moon lander

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
Spawned from the Google Lunar X Prize competition, the privately funded SpaceIL organization plans to shoot for the Moon in the next month.
Categories: Astronomy

Two Chinese private space companies will launch into orbit this year

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
These firms are eyeing the first half of 2019 to push the Chinese space industry to the next level.
Categories: Astronomy

Maybe you really can use black holes to travel the universe

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
One of the most cherished science fiction scenarios is using a black hole as a portal to another dimension or time or universe. That fantasy may be closer to reality than previously imagined. Black holes are perhaps the most mysterious objects in the universe. They are the consequence of gravity crushing a dying star without limit, leading to the formation of a true singularity – which happens when an entire star gets compressed down to a single point yielding an object with infinite dens
Categories: Astronomy

Does spaceflight impair an astronaut's ability to fight cancer and viruses?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
New research suggests prolonged periods of spaceflight can drastically reduce the effectiveness of astronauts' natural killer cells, which help eliminate cancer cells and prevent the resurgence of old viruses.
Categories: Astronomy

Hubble’s most-used camera is back in action after malfunction

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 05:00
The Wide Field Camera 3 is now operating normally, after a short hiatus to address a strange reading.
Categories: Astronomy

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