NASA has announced that it has awarded a launch services contract to Rocket Lab to launch the Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-Infrared Experiment (PREFIRE) mission. PREFIRE is a climate change research mission that will study how much heat is lost from the Arctic to space. The mission is scheduled to launch in May 2024… Continue reading NASA Announces Launch Service for Arctic Warming Experiment with Rocket Lab
On the morning of June 30, 1908, a massive explosion occurred in the skies over Siberia. The explosion flattened an estimated 80 million trees over an area of 2,150 square kilometers (830 square miles), and eyewitness reports suggest that at least three people may have died in the event. The explosion is generally attributed to… Continue reading The Tunguska Event: A Natural Disaster of Epic Proportions
Our solar system is a symphony of planetary noises, from the howling winds of Venus to the crashing waves of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. While we can’t hear these sounds directly, we can use instruments to record them and then play them back for us to hear. The most familiar sounds from other planets come… Continue reading The Sounds of Other Planets: A Symphony of Planetary Noises
Nature likes spirals – from the whirlwinds of a hurricane to the pinwheel-shaped protoplanetary disks around newborn stars to the vast regions of spiral galaxies in our Universe. Now astronomers are surprised to find young stars spiraling into the center of a massive star cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the… Continue reading An Amazing Spiral Formation of Stars Is Captured by NASA’s Hubble Telescope
China’s ambitions in space received a boost as three astronauts docked at China’s semi-finished Space Station. China plans to collect samples from asteroids and explore Jupiter by 2025. Three Chinese astronauts, two veteran Taikonauts, and one rookie launched from the Gobi Desert and docked with the center part of the Space Station. They will complete… Continue reading China’s Space Program: The World’s New Space Superpower
Mercury, the closest planet to our sun, is a very hot planet, with daytime temperatures reaching 430°C. However, the planet has cooled considerably over the years as its interior became colder. Real Pictures of Mercury Recommended posts: Mercury was a lava planet billions of years ago, when the rocks on its surface melted. As a… Continue reading Are There Any Real Pictures of Mercury?
NASA’s Psyche mission will explore a unique metallic asteroid between Mars and Jupiter in 2022. The asteroid could contain metal from the core of an early rocky planet. Recommended posts: Psyche mission NASA There aren’t many classes of objects left in the solar system that we haven’t looked at up close with a spacecraft. And… Continue reading NASA’s Psyche Mission to an Asteroid
When astronomers discovered the SN2016aps supernova in 2016, they knew they were dealing with something colossal, though not exactly what its magnitude was. SN2016aps is the brightest and most massive supernova It was discovered in 2016 by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) observatory in Hawaii. The supernova is located in a… Continue reading SN2016aps: The Brightest and Most Massive Supernova ever Detected