Month: April 2019

Hubble Snaps a Crowded Cluster

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NASA – Hubble Space Telescope (HST) patch. April 26, 2019 This sparkling burst of stars is Messier 75. It is a globular cluster: a spherical collection of stars bound together by gravity. Clusters like this orbit around galaxies and typically reside in their outer and less-crowded areas, gathering to form dense communities in the galactic […]

Successful Operation of Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2’s SCI

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JAXA – Hayabusa2 Mission patch. April 26, 2019 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) separated the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor), which had been onboard the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2, on April 5, 2019, for deployment to Ryugu, and then put the SCI into operation. As a result of checking the images captured by the Optical Navigation Camera […]

Antarctica’s Effect on Sea Level Rise in Coming Centuries

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JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory logo. April 26, 2019 There are two primary causes of global mean sea level rise – added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers, and the expansion of sea water as it warms. The melting of Antarctica’s ice sheet is currently responsible for 20-25% of global sea level rise. But […]

The Giant Galaxy Around the Giant Black Hole

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NASA – Spitzer Space Telescope patch. April 26, 2019 On April 10, 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon, the area beyond which light cannot escape the immense gravity of the black hole. That giant black hole, with a mass of 6.5 billion Suns, is located […]

The day the asteroid might hit

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Asteroid Watch logo. 26 April 2019 For the first time, ESA will cover a major international asteroid impact exercise live via social media, highlighting the the actions that might be taken by scientists, space agencies and civil protection organisations. Visualisation of asteroid Itokawa Every two years, asteroid experts from across the globe come together to […]

Hermes to Bring Asteroid Research to the ISS

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ISS – International Space Station logo. April 25, 2019 Asteroid researchers on Earth will soon gain a powerful new way to remotely conduct experiments aboard the International Space Station. The device, called the Hermes Facility, is an experiment station that can communicate with scientists on the ground and give them the ability to control their […]

Biomedical and Botany Research Today as Station Preps for Sixth Spacecraft

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 25, 2019 Vein scans and eye checks were on the schedule today as the Expedition 59 crew continues ongoing biomedical studies. The International Space Station is also getting ready to host a sixth spacecraft when it arrives next week. Scientists have been observing the space residents all week […]

Next-Generation NASA Instrument Advanced to Study the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

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NASA – Galileo Mission patch. April 25, 2019 Much has changed technologically since NASA�s Galileo mission dropped a probe into Jupiter�s atmosphere to investigate, among other things, the heat engine driving the gas giant�s atmospheric circulation. A NASA scientist and his team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are taking advantage of […]

Latest Hubble Measurements Suggest Disparity in Hubble Constant Calculations is not a Fluke

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ESA – Hubble Space Telescope logo. 25 April 2019 LHA 120-N11 in the Large Magellanic Cloud Hubble�s measurements of today�s expansion rate do not match the rate that was expected based on how the Universe appeared shortly after the Big Bang over 13 billion years ago. Using new data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, […]

The first Chinese on the Moon in ten years?

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CLEP – China Lunar Exploration Program logo. April 25, 2019 Beijing aims to build a scientific research station in the regions of the South Pole of the Moon in about ten years. Taikonauts on the Moon in 2029? (Photo-montage, illustation) Image Credits: NASA/Apollo 11 The announcement comes as China has achieved in January a world […]