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In space science, India is going from strength to strength, from the recent Moon landing of Chandrayaan-3 to the launch of the solar observing satellite Aditya-L1. That growth also extends to the amateur community: In the past few years, the astroimaging scene in India has taken off — and the nation’s largest astrophotography contest reflectsContinue reading "Entries open for Indian astrophotography contest"
Imagine arriving back at Earth after traveling through space for seven years, tirelessly transmitting images and hauling back rock samples from the diamond-shaped asteroid 101955 Bennu. Time for vacation, right? Hardly for intrepid OSIRIS-REx. This Sunday, Sept. 24, the craft’s primary mission will culminate when it swings by Earth and drops off the largest setContinue reading "OSIRIS-REx prepares to deliver Bennu asteroid samples — and start its next mission"
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Kombucha may be more than just a trendy drink. The fermented tea may also benefit spacefaring humans living on the Moon and Mars. Kombucha is a combination of sugar, tea, yeast, and Symbiotic Culture Of acetic acid Bacteria, or SCOBY. The bacterium then breaks down the sugars and yeast, resulting in an acidic fizzy drink.Continue reading "Kombucha: Popular drink or space mission innovation?"
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Friday, September 22Mercury reaches greatest western elongation (18°) at 9 A.M. EDT. The solar system’s smallest planet is visible in the early-morning sky just before sunrise for the next several days, though now it will start to sink back toward the horizon earlier and earlier. If you’re up early this week, you can catch itContinue reading "The Sky This Week from September 22 to 29: It’s time for autumn"
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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) recently imaged Supernova 1987A (also called SN 1987A), revealing a keyhole structure at its center. The supernova resides within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), about 168,000 light-years from Earth, and was first noticed when researchers saw a new source of light in the LMC created by the death of a massiveContinue reading "JWST views Supernova 1987A"
The future red giant sun bakes planet Earth. Fsgregs/Wikimedia Commons In roughly 5 billion years, the Sun will run out of energy and drastically alter the solar system. Oceans will be baked dry. Entire planets will be consumed. And long-icy worlds will finally enjoy their day in the Sun. Our star is powered by nuclearContinue reading "The Sun’s death could mean new life in the outer solar system"
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The most common features on the surfaces of most of the solar system’s rocky bodies are impact craters. Many measure hundreds of kilometers across and have remained relatively unchanged for several billion years. On Earth, however, the majority of ancient impact sites have disappeared due to plate tectonics and the erosive effects of wind, water,Continue reading "Researchers race to find Earth’s oldest craters"
When 17 people were in orbit around the Earth all at the same time on May 30, 2023, it set a record. With NASA and other federal space agencies planning more manned missions and commercial companies bringing people to space, opportunities for human space travel are rapidly expanding. However, traveling to space poses risks toContinue reading "Spending time in space can harm the human body − but scientists are working to mitigate these risks before sending people to Mars"
The New Horizons spacecraft is perhaps most famous for revealing the icy world Pluto in 2015, flying by the distant dwarf planet and sending back stunning imagery of a dynamic world. But the spacecraft’s mission was far from over. This week, New Horizons and the Hubble Space Telescope are teaming up to observe Uranus andContinue reading "NASA needs you to observe Uranus and Neptune this week"
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Founded in 1843, the Cincinnati Observatory is dedicated to both preserving the history of astronomy in the U.S. and the inspiration of future generations of skywatchers, astronomers, and scientists. Now, the observatory is seeking a new astronomer to serve as a resident expert and science communicator. The position is responsible for leading observatory programming, informalContinue reading "Cincinnati Observatory is looking for a new staff astronomer"
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