Space is notoriously dangerous and difficult to prepare for. As Richard Branson once pointed out when talking about his Virgin Galactic project, it literally & 34;is rocket science.& 34;Sadly, humanity& 39;s desire to explore beyond Earth and to understand the universe has led to a few disasters throughout the storied history of space travel.
Ask someone who doesn& 39;t know much about the constellations, and they will probably tell you they know just one — Orion.Located on the celestial equator, the abstract projection out into space of Earth& 39;s equator, Orion is a prominent constellation that is visible in the Northern Hemisphere from November to February, and is generally visible between the latitudes of 85° and -75°.
The man initially thought it might be a gold nugget.December 27, 2019Back in 2015, David Hole found a unique looking rock in Maryborough Regional Park near Melbourne, Australia. Thinking it might have gold inside, he took it home with him only to find that no matter what he did he could not break it.
About 100 such stars have been spotted by astrophysicists.December 23, 2019Astrophysicists deal with unknown phenomena all the time. One such phenomenon is the case of mysteriously disappearing stars.RELATED: 7 WEIRD STARS THAT HAVE ASTRONOMERS SCRATCHING THEIR HEADSVASCOResearchers with the & 34;Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations& 34; (VASCO) project have identified 100 such stars that once existed and then magically stopped.
Seongchan “Steven” Yun was convicted of providing false documentation to a federal agency.December 25, 2019A 32-year-old former NASA contractor could serve up to 10 years in federal prison after purchasing Chinese parts for a NASA space launch project and attempting to hide it. Seongchan “Steven” Yun, of Redondo Beach, California, was convicted of providing false documentation to a federal agency in order to cover up his purchases.
The Pan-STARRS system, located in Haleakala in Hawaii, is the world& 39;s largest and most powerful digital cameras. Funded by NASA& 39;s Near-Earth Object Observation Program, it is currently employed to hunt and track potentially dangerous space objects.Here we explore the components that make up the Pan-STARRs system and check out some of its most impressive vital stats.
Bill Joy, the famed computer engineer who co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982, once said, & 34;No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.& 34; This has come to be known as & 34;Joy& 39;s Law& 34; and is one of the inspirations for concepts such as & 34;crowdsourcing& 34;.
Surviving in space is not something that our bodies are designed for, and we might assume that the same thing applies to every single organism found here on earth.The thought of an organism being able to survive in space is riveting in itself, not least because of the harsh conditions found in outer space.
Musk tweeted a video simulation of what the journey will be like.December 30, 2019Elon Musk was busy over the weekend and Monday on Twitter sharing a variety of news and clips. Perhaps the most impressive was the simulation of the first crewed flight of Falcon 9.In slow motionThe video showed the astronauts heading for the ship in slow motion while music played in the back as well as speaker instructions.
The 2020 Quadrantids Meteor Show Will Be Full of Fireballs: Here's Everything You Need To Know to See It
The Quadrantids meteor show is one of Earth& 39;s three big meteor shows.January 02, 2020The Quadrantids meteor show is one of the big three meteor shows along with the Perseids and the Geminids. Unfortunately, it is not as well known as these two other shows for one key reason: it is so very cold.RELATED: 11 OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR FAN PICTURES FROM THE 2018 PERSEID METEOR SHOWERThe peakThe Quadrantids peak on January 3/4, 2020 giving approximately 120 shooting stars per hour.
As you are about to find out, there appear to be a fair few people who don& 39;t seem to understand some basic astronomical facts and concepts. Either they didn& 39;t pay attention in school, or simply have little or no interest in the subject.Whatever the truth might be, it makes for some pure comedy gold for the rest of us at times.
The space rock has a diameter of about 26 meters.January 02, 2020An asteroid will approach Earth this Saturday and it is a big one! The asteroid has been named by NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) as 2019 YB4.It has an estimated diameter of about 26 meters, large enough to create a truly big explosion in the sky if it strikes Earth.
Are you an astronomy geek? Looking for some places to visit to get your astronomy fix? Then you might want to check out any of these amazing travel destinations that are just the right fit for astronomers.RELATED: ASTROLOGY VS. ASTRONOMY: WHAT& 39;S THE DIFFERENCE?Where in the world is the best place to see stars?
The first full moon of the year coincides with the first eclipse of the year.January 07, 2020The first full moon of the new year is taking place this Friday and it is a good one as it happens to coincide with an eclipse. Full moons happen every 29.5 days. This one is called the Wolf Moon, named after the wolves that howled at it out of hunger during the winter months.
The case saw NASA bring in a non-NASA physician blood clot expert.January 04, 2020Plenty of things can go wrong in space, and quite often, they do. Luckily there is a team of experts at NASA that is constantly looking for solutions to these problems, and most often then not, they find them.RELATED: NASA FINDS THAT DORMANT VIRUSES ACTIVATE DURING SPACEFLIGHTA first in spaceSuch was the case, when the agency discovered a blood clot, or a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), in one of their astronauts in space.
On December 10-11, 2019, Iceland received one of the largest snow storms in its history. The so-called & 34;10-year storm,& 34; brought winds of 100 miles per hour (161 km/h), with one weather station reporting gusts of up to 149 mph (240 km/h).Sustained winds reached 90 mph (145 km/h) in the Northeast part of the country, and 10 feet (3 m) of snow fell in the North.
The rocket core stage completed manufacturing work.January 09, 2020The first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage for NASA’s Artemis program has finally arrived. The rocket core stage completed manufacturing work at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.RELATED: NASA AND BOEING CONTRACT EXTENDED, OPENING THE PATH FOR MORE ARTEMIS MISSIONSGreen Run testsIt has now been loaded onto the agency’s Pegasus barge for delivery to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St.
Mars seems to be a popular destination for 2020. Here are four missions heading there.January 06, 2020Mars is often touted as a plan B planet, one that could have the potential to sustain life if things here on Earth get too bad. But how realistic is that and how close are we really to colonizing the Red Planet?
Astrophysicist Ron Mallett believes time travel is possible, and he actually has a prototype machine to prove it.January 08, 2020We all wish we could travel back in time but all know it is simply not a possibility. Or is it?Astrophysicist Ron Mallett believes it is, according to CNN travel.RELATED: THE ONE QUESTION EVERYONE WONDERS: IS TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE?
It& 39;s a new year and a new decade! And all around the world, space agencies, the commercial aerospace industry, and public space interests are hoping to spend it by sending new missions to space, bringing new instruments online, and achieving new breakthroughs.As always, these efforts are intended to build on previous successes and failures, leveraging the breakthroughs and lessons of the past to push the frontiers of space exploration and science.
Scientists have discovered that water is disappearing from the surface of Mars rapidly.January 10, 2020Once home to vast oceans, Mars is losing its remaining water particles, according to scientists.It’s been confirmed that the current water particles are mysteriously disappearing from the surface of Mars.