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  • Shrinking Moon May Be Generating Moonquakes
    13 May 2019, 5:00 pm
    The Moon is shrinking as its interior cools, causing the brittle surface crust to break as the Moon shrinks, forming faults where one section of crust is pushed up over a neighboring part. A new analysis gives the first evidence that these faults are still active and likely producing moonquakes today.

  • NASA’s InSight Lander Captures Audio of First Likely ‘Quake’ on Mars
    23 April 2019, 8:37 pm
    NASA’s Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely “marsquake.”

  • Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water From Moon
    15 April 2019, 5:00 pm
    Streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor, according to researchers using data from NASA’s LADEE spacecraft. The findings will help scientists understand the history of lunar water.

  • NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises
    19 March 2019, 5:33 pm
    A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface.

  • NASA to Host Media Teleconference on Asteroid Sample Return Mission
    14 March 2019, 5:00 pm
    NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 19, to announce new science from the agency’s first mission to return to Earth an asteroid sample that may contain unaltered material from the very beginning of our solar system.

  • March 11 Events Highlight NASA’s Moon to Mars Plans at Goddard
    6 March 2019, 5:30 pm
    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland invites media on Monday, March 11, to get an up-close look at Moon to Mars related work taking place at the center.

  • New ‘NASA Science Live’ Program Premieres This Week
    25 February 2019, 4:17 pm
    NASA invites you to take a behind-the-scenes look at how the agency explores Earth and outer space with a new monthly television series that premieres this week.

  • NASA-Funded Research Creates DNA-like Molecule to Aid Search for Alien Life
    21 February 2019, 9:23 pm
    In a research breakthrough funded by NASA, scientists have synthesized a molecular system that, like DNA, can store and transmit information. This unprecedented feat suggests there could be an alternative to DNA-based life, as we know it on Earth – a genetic system for life that may be possible on other worlds.

  • NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe
    13 February 2019, 10:00 pm
    NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy’s planetary systems.

  • NASA Research Reveals Saturn is Losing Its Rings at “Worst-Case-Scenario” Rate
    17 December 2018, 5:00 pm
    New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn’s magnetic field.

Astronomy News - ScienceDaily

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  • Galaxy blazes with new stars born from close encounter
    16 May 2019, 5:46 pm
    The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. Rather than destroying the galaxy, the chance encounter is spawning a new generation of stars, and presumably planets.

  • Small, hardy planets most likely to survive death of their stars
    14 May 2019, 5:58 pm
    Small, hardy planets packed with dense elements have the best chance of avoiding being crushed and swallowed up when their host star dies, new research has found.

  • Shrinking moon may be generating moonquakes
    13 May 2019, 5:22 pm
    A new analysis suggests that the moon is actively shrinking and producing moonquakes along thousands of cliffs called thrust faults spread over the moon's surface. The faults are likely the result of the moon's interior cooling and shrinking, causing the surface crust to shrivel and crack like a raisin's skin.

  • Matter around a young star helps astronomers explore our stellar history
    10 May 2019, 3:48 pm
    Astronomers have mapped the substance aluminum monoxide in a cloud around a distant young star -- Origin Source I. The finding clarifies some important details about how our solar system, and ultimately we, came to be.

  • Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks may push super-Earths close to their stars
    9 May 2019, 7:38 pm
    Astronomers found that as planets form out of the chaotic churn of gravitational, hydrodynamic -- or, drag -- and magnetic forces and collisions within the dusty, gaseous protoplanetary disk that surrounds a star as a planetary system starts to form, the orbits of these planets eventually get in synch, causing them to slide -- follow the leader-style -- toward the star.

  • New clues about how ancient galaxies lit up the Universe
    9 May 2019, 3:27 pm
    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that some of the Universe's earliest galaxies were brighter than expected. The excess light is a by-product of the galaxies releasing incredibly high amounts of ionizing radiation. The finding offers clues to the cause of the Epoch of Reionization, a major cosmic event that transformed the universe from being mostly opaque to the brilliant starscape seen today.

  • A new filter to better map the dark universe
    8 May 2019, 8:24 pm
    To address messy measurements of the cosmic web that connects matter in the universe, researchers developed a way to improve the accuracy and clarity of these measurements based on the stretching of the universe's oldest light.

  • Explosions of universe's first stars spewed powerful jets
    8 May 2019, 7:46 pm
    Instead of ballooning into spheres, as once thought, early supernovae ejected jets that may have seeded new stars.

  • Star formation burst in the Milky Way 2-3 billion years ago
    8 May 2019, 7:45 pm
    Researchers have found, analyzing data from the Gaia satellite, that a strong star formation burst occurred in the Milky Way about 2 to 3 billion years ago. In this process, more than 50 percent of the stars that created the galactic disc may have been born.

  • Could this rare supernova resolve a longstanding origin debate?
    7 May 2019, 8:55 pm
    Detection of a supernova with an unusual chemical signature may hold the key to solving the longstanding mystery that is the source of these violent explosions. Observations taken by the Magellan telescopes at Carnegie's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile were crucial to detecting the emission of hydrogen that makes this supernova, called ASASSN-18tb, so distinctive.

  • Blue supergiant stars open doors to concert in space
    6 May 2019, 6:41 pm
    Blue supergiants are rock-and-roll: they live fast and die young. This makes them rare and difficult to study. Before space telescopes were invented, few blue supergiants had been observed, so our knowledge of these stars was limited. Astronomers have now studied the sounds originating inside these stars and discovered that almost all blue supergiants shimmer in brightness because of waves on their surface.

  • Telescopes in space for even sharper images of black holes
    6 May 2019, 6:41 pm
    Astronomers propose placing two or three satellites in circular orbit around the Earth to observe black holes.

  • Hubble spots a stunning spiral galaxy
    3 May 2019, 4:08 pm
    NGC 2903 is located about 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo (the Lion), and was studied as part of a Hubble survey of the central regions of roughly 145 nearby disk galaxies.

  • When it comes to planetary habitability, it's what's inside that counts
    2 May 2019, 8:33 pm
    Can the geologic and dynamic features that make our home planet habitable be produced on planets with different compositions?

  • Pinpointing Gaia to map the Milky Way
    2 May 2019, 4:48 pm
    A new image, a composite of several observations captured by ESO's VLT Survey Telescope (VST), shows the ESA spacecraft Gaia as a faint trail of dots across the lower half of the star-filled field of view. These observations were taken as part of an ongoing collaborative effort to measure Gaia's orbit and improve the accuracy of its unprecedented star map.

Astronomy News - Astronomy.com

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  • The Sky This Week from May 17 to 26
    17 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    The waning gibbous Moon passes both Jupiter and Saturn this week, while Jupiter’s largest moon seemingly disappears as it slides into the giant planet’s shadow.

  • O’Neill colonies: A decades-long dream for settling space
    17 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    Amazon's Jeff Bezos, like many before him, is enamored with the idea of spinning space cities that might sustain future humans.

  • New Horizons reveals Ultima Thule's quiet, lonesome past
    17 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    The latest data from the distant probe reveal a history of gentle collisions and few disturbances.

  • Hubble spies "Two-Face" galaxy that suffered a glancing blow
    16 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    A cosmic hit-and-run some 30 million light-years away has left one galaxy with an identity crisis. For billions of years, the now-irregular NGC 4485 lived a nice and normal life as a standard spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs). Then, a few million years back, NGC 4485 experienced a near-miss when the equivalent of a galactic semi-truck (NGC 4490) careened past it, creating a gravitational wake that wreaked havoc for both parties. The result? Based on

  • Tonight’s SpaceX Starlink launch could be the start of a new internet
    15 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    The first batch of 60 Starlink satellites will start SpaceX’s plans for a global satellite internet.

  • China's Yutu-2 rover finds ancient rocks in Moon's biggest crater
    15 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    The persistent rover Yutu-2 has already surpassed its expected lifetime, but it's clearly not done yet.

  • Project Artemis: NASA names its 2024 Moon mission
    14 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    On Monday night, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the space agency has named its planned mission to put humans back on the lunar surface: Artemis. As the Greek deity most associated with the Moon, and the god Apollo’s twin sister, the namesake choice was an obvious fit. On the logistical side, Bridenstine also announced that NASA will ask Congress for an additional $1.6 billion in funding to jumpstart the program. NASA has not put forward a full budget for the ambitious Arte

  • Apollo-era Moon quakes hint that Moon is still active today
    13 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    A new analysis of Apollo-era quakes on the Moon reveal that our satellite is probably still tectonically active. Detectors laid down by Apollo astronauts half a century ago revealed small shakes on the Moon, but their causes weren’t well understood. Meteor strikes, like those that caused the Moon’s most distinctive features, still rain down today, so astronomers couldn’t be sure whether the Moon was shaking itself, or being shaken by external forces. Now, new research has track

  • Tiny spacecraft tested as part of Breakthrough Starshot plan for interstellar travel
    10 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    The first human-made spacecraft to reach another star system might fit in the palm of your hand. That’s the design engineers from the University of California, Santa Barbara are working on. The tiny craft, which weighs about as much same as a stick of gum, had its first test flight in April, where it soared more than 100,000 feet in the air. Its creators hope its successor will one day fly in space, perhaps even beyond the solar system to neighboring stars like Alpha Centauri. Wafercraft T

  • Early galaxies shone brighter and hotter than expected
    10 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    These brilliant star factories turned on the first lights that streamed freely through the universe.

  • The Sky This Week from May 10 to 19
    10 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    Open clusters play a starring role in this week’s sky, as a waxing crescent Moon passes in front of Cancer’s Beehive Cluster (M44) and Mars slides just north of M35 in Gemini.

  • Bezos unveils bold plans for human spaceflight and 'Blue Moon' lunar lander
    9 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    On Thursday, Blue Origin founder and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos unveiled the Blue Moon lander, a spacecraft that can deliver up to 6.5 tons of cargo – and possibly crew – to the lunar surface. The announcement was made at a news conference in Washington, D.C. Along with Blue Moon, he revealed his new BE-7 rocket for the lander, which he says has been in development for three years. If all goes according to plan, the company will test fire the rocket for the first time this summer. Toget

  • The universe's first supernovae spewed jets of material into nearby galaxies
    9 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    A strange star without much iron, yet tons of zinc, indicates some of the very first supernovae might have exploded asymmetrically.

  • Antimatter acts like regular matter in classic double-slit experiment
    8 May 2019, 12:00 pm
    For the first time, researchers have shown that antimatter interferes as a quantum wave in the same way regular matter does.

  • Could quantum mechanics explain the existence of space-time?
    7 May 2019, 12:00 pm

    Physicists find hints that entanglement explains Einstein’s equations for gravity.

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