Hungry black hole may be cosmic 'missing link'

A team of astronomers has found what it says is the best evidence yet for an elusive class of black hole. They say the presumed "intermediate-mass" black hole betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that ventured too close. These medium-sized holes are a long-sought "missing link" i


WHEN IS THE APRIL FULL MOON? PINK SUPERMOON TO BE BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST OF 2020

The pink supermoon on April 7 will not only be the first full moon of spring, but also the biggest and brightest of the year. The reason for this is the moon's uneven orbit, which is more elliptical or oval shaped than it is circular. Every orbit takes 27.3 days to complete and includes a perigee,


Moon looks like Saturn in incredible image: 'Makes you wake up your imagination'

A photographer in Guatemala captured an incredible image of the moon that makes the celestial object look like another — Saturn. Twenty-five-year-old Francisco Sojuel took the photo while at a base camp of volcano Acatenango, near Antigua, British news agency SWNS reports. Sojuel said he took


NASA SUSPENDS CONSTRUCTION OF WORLD'S

NASA has suspended production and testing of the rocket and crew module for its Artemis moon program amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The space agency announced that it was temporarily closing down its Stennis Space Center and nearby Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the powerful rocket&md


No family, fanfare for NASA astronaut launching next month

A NASA astronaut who’s about to leave the planet for six months will blast off without any family or fanfare because of the coronavirus. Chris Cassidy said Thursday that he won’t have any guests at his April 9 launch from Kazakhstan. He expects to say goodbye in Russia to his wife, Juli


Boeing hit with 61 safety fixes for astronaut capsule

Boeing faces 61 safety fixes following last year’s botched test flight of its Starliner crew capsule, NASA said Friday. NASA has also designated December’s aborted space station mission as a serious “high-visibility close call” that could have destroyed the capsule — t


SpaceX, Space Adventures to fly civilians to space

Space tourism company Space Adventures announced Tuesday an agreement with SpaceX to fly private citizens on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. "This will provide up to four individuals with the opportunity to break the world altitude record for private citizen spaceflight and see planet Earth the way no


Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected left huge dent in space

The biggest cosmic explosion on record has been detected – an event so powerful that it punched a dent the size of 15 Milky Ways in the surrounding space. The eruption is thought to have originated at a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which is about 390m light years f


Shake it, baby! NASA robotic lander confirms quakes on Mars

NASA’s robotic InSight lander has for the first time established that Mars is seismically active, but do not call the shaking, rattling and rolling taking place on the Red Planet earthquakes. The proper term, fittingly, is marsquakes.Scientists said on Monday the InSight lander, which touched


Spacewatch: Solar Orbiter sends first data back to Earth

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter has completed the first critical stage of its mission. Launched on 10 February from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the spacecraft has sent back its first readings after the deployment of its 4.4 metre-long boom arm. Made of titanium and carbon fibre, the bo


Astronomers to sweep entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life

Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations. The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexic


Latest solar probe to get first close up of the sun's polar regions

A new spacecraft built jointly by U.S. and European space agencies is ready for a blazing journey to the sun to capture an unprecedented view of its two poles, an angle that could help researchers understand how the star’s vast bubble of magnetic energy affects Earth.The Solar Orbiter spacecra


What's the weather like in space? A new mission seeks to find out

On the morning of 1 September 1859, the English astronomer Richard Carrington noticed something strange on the surface of the sun: two patches of intensely white light erupting from a cluster of dark sunspots. Five minutes later, they vanished. Later that night, bright aurora lit the Earth’s


TOI 700 d: Earth-sized planet found relatively nearby

NASA has announced that its planet hunter satellite TESS discovered an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water. The planet, named "TOI 700 d", is relatively close to Earth: only 100 light years away, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory s


Watch Out for These Science Events in 2020

2020 will see a veritable Mars invasion as several spacecraft, including three landers, head to the red planet. NASA will launch its Mars 2020 rover, which will stash rock samples that will be returned to Earth in a future mission and will also feature a small, detachable helicopter drone. China wil


Are Saturn’s Rings Really the Same Age as Dinosaurs?

By Matthew Cage After the death dive of the Cassini spacecraft, researchers discovered that Saturn’s rings were much younger than they thought. However, a planetary scientist who makes statements on the subject argues that there is not enough data to make such a precise estimate. Saturn&rsqu


China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China has invited international observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday’s test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China


Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

TOKYO - Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft departed from a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to bring back soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country’s space agency sai





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