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Mysterious Supermassive Black Hole is Creating Stars Across Four Galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope gets all of the media hype for its dazzling images, but when it comes to black holes – which don’t photograph too well – you can’t beat the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. In orbit since 1999, this space telescope has far exceeded its planned five-year lifespan and continues to dazzle astronomers with its new discoveries about black holes. Its latest find is a supermassive black hole which, instead of gobbling up stars, planets and space debris, is spewing out thousands of baby stars and spreading them across four galaxies. How does this happen and are we in…

Stellar Vibes: Neutron Star-Quakes ‘Clear Up Mystery’ of Milky Way’s Age

Astronomers have used careful measurements of star brightness originally gathered for spotting planets for a new purpose: guessing the age of our galaxy. After tracking “star-quakes,” they believe a more accurate estimate is that the Milky Way is 10 billion years old. When NASA’s Kepler satellite was scouring the skies for exoplanets, it found them by carefully watching a star’s brightness for the telltale dimming caused by a planet passing in front of it. While Kepler’s mission is complete, the data it collected keeps on giving: a team of scientists led by researchers at the Sydney-based ARC Centre of Excellence…

Liquid water on Pluto? Gases trapped in a layer of ice could be what keeps an underground ocean from freezing, report researchers

Scientists believe that a layer of gassy material on Pluto’s surface is stopping an ocean underneath it from freezing over. New models of Pluto’s evolution suggest that this gassy layer is helping to insulate this body of water. If their calculations are correct, this means that these gases, if present in other planets, can potentially harbor life-supporting bodies of liquid water. Images taken by NASA’s New Horizons probe showed the Sputnik Planitia region near the dwarf planet’s equator back in 2015. Hints of an underground ocean come from readings that showed mountain ranges, glaciers, icy volcanoes and fissures on Pluto’s surface, suggesting that…

‘Deathly Gravitational Embrace’: Researcher Predicts What Awaits Our Life-Friendly Milky Way

The product of a massive bang, our galaxy, which is the only one known to support life, is expected to sink into oblivion in a pretty similar way. The Milky Way is just one of a myriad of galaxies scattered around the ever expanding universe, with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope putting the total number of those it has managed to map at around 100 billion. Despite the Milky Way, where life has famously and uniquely emerged, being the subject of numerous studies, it seems that newer and fresher ones will never cease to appear. In her newly released book titled…

Is the Great Red Spot of Jupiter About to Disappear Forever?

In the last 10 years, but in the last five months in particular, the press has reported dire warnings that the Great Red Spot of Jupiter is dying. However, some astronomers believe, to paraphrase Mark Twain, that the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated, or at least premature. Robert Hooke, an early British physicist who discovered cells, first described the Great Red Spot in 1665. In 1979, when two Voyager spacecraft flew close by Jupiter, images showed that the spot was a red cloud that rotated as part of a huge vortex several times larger than the Earth. Concerns…

Astronomers Spot Monster Black Hole That ‘Should Not Even Exist in Our Galaxy’

There are about 100 million stellar black holes in our Milky Way Galaxy, which were formed as a result of the collapse of massive stars. Scientists have always thought that the weight of each such black hole is no more than 20 times that of the Sun. An international team of astronomers has detected a stellar black hole with a record mass 70 times greater than that of the sun, according to a study published by the journal Nature. The team headed by group of astronomers led by Professor Liu Jifeng of the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy…

Photo: Astronomers Release New, Up-Close Images of Interstellar Comet Borisov

Yale astronomers released new, close-up photos of the Comet 2I/Borisov Tuesday, offering humankind a refreshing glimpse of the first confirmed interstellar comet to enter our solar system. According to NASA, comets are “cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit the sun … When a comet’s orbit brings it close to the sun, it heats up and spews dust and gases into a giant glowing head larger than most planets.” Check out this new image of comet 2I/Borisov taken Nov 24 using @keckobservatory! Earth is superimposed on the image to show the comet’s size: its tail is 14x…

Breaking Open A Black Hole: The World’s Most Dangerous Experiment

2012 was a big year for black holes. Or, rather, for our understanding of them. First, Scientific American published a moderately terrifying paper titled “Black Holes are Everywhere” and then a team of researchers at Princeton University numerically solved the Einstein-hydrodynamic equations in order to determine that black holes are, in fact, way easier to create than previously thought. Their findings showed that the formation of a black hole requires considerably less energy than previous calculations suggested. Meanwhile, perhaps at least partly because of these revelations, concern over the world-destroying possibility–no matter how unlikely–of a man-made particle collider opening up…

Air Force Research Laboratory looks to beam solar energy from space

The concept of collecting solar energy through satellites and beaming the power to earth has been around since the 1960s. But the technology hasn’t been around to do it cost effectively. But that may no longer be the case. The Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque is helping to develop a system that would collect solar energy in space, convert it to radio frequency, and beam it to earth to be used in remote, forward operational bases during military operations. AFRL is partnering with Northrop Grumman on the more than $100 million Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstration and Research project,…

Our Idea of Cosmos May Be All Wrong, as Universe May Be Infinite Loop…

New findings appear to support the hypothesis of a ‘closed universe’ which bears some unconventional space-time implications, although the majority of science does not currently support this model. A new study published Monday in the Nature Astronomy journal appears to support the hypothesis that our universe is curved and not flat, as a majority of science believes. If this is the case, then traveling in one direction will eventually bring you back to the point where you began, what scientists call a ‘closed universe’. However, most scientists currently support the theory of  the ‘flat universe’ which suggests that the known…

ALIEN WATER from beyond our solar system found on interstellar comet ‘Borisov’

Water from a completely alien star system has been detected on the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, which is currently passing through our space neighborhood. In an extraordinary breakthrough, astronomers studying Borisov believe they have detected the tell-tale signs of water on the visiting comet. Water from another planetary system has never before been spotted inside our solar system. Borisov was spotted by an amateur astronomer on 30 August, and the professionals have been scrambling to analyse before it flies away. Researchers had already detected gas being spewed from the comet’s surface, but finding water would signal a hugely significant discovery. The…

NASA ‘VIPER’ Robot to Map Moon Water Ice in Anticipation of ‘Long-Term Human Presence’

NASA discovered water on the Moon in 2009 after crashing a rocket into a crater on near the south pole. Since then the task has been to study and eventually extract and use the reserves, which potentially amount to the millions of tons. NASA revealed on Friday that it will send the new Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mobile robot to the south pole of the Moon, in order to get a close-up look at ice deposits in the region and hopefully sample the water ice. “The key to living on the Moon is water – the same as…

Spacetime tunnels: Scientists reveal how to find wormholes, if they really are out there

Physicists have published a new methodology that will surely delight hardcore science fiction fans: a how-to guide for finding wormholes, a theoretical structure that provides passage between different areas of spacetime. In theory, a wormhole could link together two parts of space at totally different points in time and regardless of the distance between them. However, reliable sci-fi plot device though they may be, no one knows if they really exist. Now, scientists at the University at Buffalo and Case Western Reserve University in the US, and Yangzhou University in China have published new research in Physical Review D to…

Mysterious Sand Dunes on Saturn’s Largest Moon Could Be Formed by Cosmic Rays, Study Claims

Titan’s sand dunes, which were earlier discovered by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, reach heights of almost 100 metres and spread across more than 10 million square kilometres of the Saturn moon’s surface (for comparison’s sake, the Sahara Desert is 9.2 mln square kilometres in size). Scientists have discovered new evidence suggesting that the sand dunes on Saturn’s largest moon Titan were formed by galactic cosmic rays rather than rainfall. In a study published by the journal Science Advances, researchers from the Manoa-based University of Hawaii pointed out that they made the conclusion when analysing the previous theory that Titan’s atmosphere includes…

How much energy would it take to travel through time?

Time travel has always fascinated mankind, but a Star Trek kind of warp drive has till now been impossible to build. This hasn’t discouraged scientists to continue researching it. Scientists have long debated the practicality of warp drive—or traveling faster than the speed of light. While some argue that the entire concept defies the laws of physics as we know it, others continue to press on in their effort to prove that warp drive could one day be a reality, sparking an era in which we would finally become a true space-voyaging species. Warp Drive For Dummies Warp drive is just plain…

Chief scientist of NASA now “pre-warning” Earthlings that life exists on Mars and will be announced in the next two years… but warns Earth “isn’t ready” for the bombshell

Life on Mars definitely exists, but NASA won’t prove it at this time because the world is “not prepared” for the “revolutionary” implications of disclosure. This is the claim of Dr. Jim Green, anyway, who recently announced that two rovers, one from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the other from the European Space Agency (ESA), are expected to find life on Mars within months of landing there in March 2021. ESA’s ExoMars Rover, nicknamed “Rosalind” after British chemist Rosalind Franklin, will drill down 6.5 feet into the core of Mars’ surface to pull up samples for examination in…

Scientists: Center of Milky Way Exploded Not Long Ago

Just 3.5 million years ago, after the dinosaurs had already become extinct and ancient human ancestors began to walk the Earth, the center of the Milky Way galaxy lit up as epic beams of energy burst forth, creating a flare that expanded to more than 200,000 light years away from the supermassive black hole that birthed it. That’s what researchers discovered, according to a new study to be published soon in The Astrophysical Journal. The event, known as a Seyfert flare, is a burst of radiation in two energized cones. What started as a small emission of radiation grew in…

Scientists Want To Turn Asteroids Into Gas Stations

Scientists planning to start mining the moon as early as 2025 may soon shift their attention to other celestial bodies as a new study suggests that there are about 1,000 asteroids closer to our planet than the lunar surface and which contain large amounts of the most precious resource: water. While most of those space rocks are only a few feet in size, at least 25 of them are large enough to be able to serve as a stand-alone water reservoir. Together, the potential of these “hydrated” asteroids is unparalleled as they should be enough to fill nearly 320,000 Olympics-size swimming pools — significantly more than…

Second Interstellar Object to Visit Solar System Confirmed, Named After Amateur Astronomer

The first interstellar comet and the second interstellar object to enter our Solar System in modern history, it was originally discovered by a telescope maker with a solid history of newly-identified comets. An unusual space object detected last month, confirmed to be of interstellar origin, has been named after the astronomer and engineer who first reported it, CNN reported Wednesday. Named 2I/Borisov, after Gennady Borisov – a telescope maker and astronomer living in Crimea who has discovered seven other comets – the object was determined to be a comet that originated outside the Solar System. This makes it the second…

Space agencies to smash spacecraft into asteroid at over 14,000 mph

NASA and the ESA are finally set to test the Earth’s planetary defenses to see whether we can successfully defend ourselves from the apparent scourge of space rocks. But the scientists are not sure what’s going to happen. The target they have chosen is the asteroid Didymos B, roughly 160 meters in diameter, one half of a binary asteroid system. Didymos B orbits the larger asteroid Didymos A every 11.92 hours and this will help determine the ultimate success (or failure) of the mission.  The Didymos system is classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO), meaning it’s close but not too…

Gemini Observatory Telescope Snaps Picture of ‘Interstellar Visitor’ Cruising Through Solar System

The space object’s pronounced tail, which is apparently a product of outgassing, seems to confirm that our solar system’s new visitor is indeed a comet. Researchers at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have managed to obtain images of a new comet designated as C/2019 Q4 that was recently spotted by Russian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov. According to Science Alert, the space object was captured by the Gemini North Telescope’s Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph, with the picture being snapped on the night of 9-10 September. “This image was possible because of Gemini’s ability to rapidly adjust observations and observe objects like this,…

New Interstellar Oumuamua-Like Object in Solar System Spotted by Amateur Astronomer

A previously confirmed interstellar object called Oumuamua sparked excitement among astronomers as it was the first time that they were able to at least partially study a space body that came from outside our Solar System at such close proximity. A new object venturing into our Solar System from the depths of outer space has been spotted by an amateur astronomer in Crimea, Gennady Borisov, and has now officially been named C/2019 Q4 Borisov by the Minor Planet Centre. It’s the second time in recent years that such an object has entered our planetary neighbourhood, with the last one being…

Does Mars have an active groundwater system? Scientists say YES

Liquid water had long since deserted the surface of Mars, leaving only the faint marks of its passage in the form of dried-out channels, lake-beds, and valleys. But researchers said that the Red Planet might harbor flowing water hundreds of meters underground. Previous studies have indicated that the Martian south pole contained lakes of liquid water buried far below the surface. In contrast, the equatorial region displayed terrain features that originated in ancient streams and rivers, which moved across the ground level or slightly below the surface millions of years ago. Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) pored…

This Alien Planet Is So Hot It Bleeds Metal

There are thousands of confirmed exoplanets in the cosmos, and many of them are members of solar systems very different than our own. As missions like Kepler and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have highlighted more distant worlds, astronomers have been surprised how many of them have so-called “hot Jupiters.” WASP-121b is the hottest of these close-orbiting gas giants. How hot is it? It’s so hot that heavy metals leak out as it rockets around the star.  WASP-121b made headlines in 2017 when scientists used Hubble to characterize its stratosphere. That was a first for any exoplanet, and it…

Molecular diamonds & golden asteroids: Your guide to becoming a space trillionaire

There’s money to be made in the vast expanse of the universe. While at times posing a dire threat to our planet, asteroids are a source of untold wealth, ripe for the taking. Ready to become the first trillionaire? Here’s how. Three asteroids whizzed by Earth last week, with Armageddon averted only by a few hundred thousand miles. While they didn’t actually pose much danger, the cosmic near-misses may have been an opportunity for massive profit, according to NASA. As space travel becomes more technically feasible, mining operations among the stars could soon become a wildly lucrative industry. With a…

Scientists are searching for a mirror universe. It could be sitting right in front of you.

At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee, physicist Leah Broussard is trying to open a portal to a parallel universe. She calls it an “oscillation” that would lead her to “mirror matter,” but the idea is fundamentally the same. In a series of experiments she plans to run at Oak Ridge this summer, Broussard will send a beam of subatomic particles down a 50-foot tunnel, past a powerful magnet and into an impenetrable wall. If the setup is just right — and if the universe cooperates — some of those particles will transform into mirror-image versions of themselves, allowing…

Rare image of US Air Force’s secretive space plane in orbit

Astrophotographer Ralf Vandebergh captured an image of the US Air Force’s X-37B space plane in orbit. The reusable, uncrewed space vehicle, designated OTV-5, is on a secret testing mission since its launch in September 2017. From Vandebergh’s post at Spaceweather.com: I have been hunting for the OTV-5 since months and saw it visually in May. When I tried to observe it again mid June, it didnt meet the predicted time and path. It turned out to have maneuvered to another orbit. Thanks to the amateur satellite observers-network, it was rapidly found in orbit again and I was able to take…

Mutant Mold on the Space Station is Immune to Radiation

Mold in your house can make you sick, weaken the foundation and make it impossible to sell. If your house is the International Space Station, it’s even worse. Although the crew is only renting and the foundation remains solid, a new study found that the mold they’re dealing with on the space station is not only unhealthy but mutant … and that mutation may make it immune to the radiation that is so deadly to humans in space. That means this mutant mold could easily survive trips to other planets and contaminate their houses too … not to mention possibly…

NASA is Developing GPS for Navigation on the Moon

GPS, Earth’s navigation system that is used by an estimated four billion people will now enable future human navigation on the Moon. NASA is developing GPS for Moon for aiding its future Artemis missions. The Global Positioning System or GPS has certainly made life on Earth easier. Traveling to an alien city or locality is no more overwhelming today as now we have GPS guiding us every step of the way. NASA is working on creating GPS for Moon and if that sees fruition, navigation on the lunar surface will be equally easier. A team at NASA is developing a…

‘Not Anything Like This in the Solar System’: NASA Probes ‘Unique’ Atmosphere of Exoplanet

NASA has discovered an unexpected fact about a giant exoplanet, which is between Earth and Neptune in terms of size, but at the same time is unlike anything found in the solar system. Thanks to two NASA space telescopes, Hubble and Spitzer, astronomers have managed to identify and reveal the first detailed chemical “fingerprint” of a sub-Neptune/Super-Earth hybrid exoplanet. Scientists believe that there isn’t “anything like this in the solar system”: the planet, known as Gliese 3470 b, or GJ 3479 b, is 12.6 times heavier than Earth, but is still smaller than the blue ice giant Neptune. While other…

The golden asteroid that could make everyone on Earth a billionaire

Whether it was the Big Bang, Midas or God himself, we don’t really need to unlock the mystery of the origins of gold when we’ve already identified an asteroid worth $700 quintillion in precious heavy metals. If anything launches this metals mining space race, it will be this asteroid–Psyche 16, taking up residence between Mars and Jupiter and carrying around enough heavy metals to net every single person on the planet close to a trillion dollars. The massive quantities of gold, iron and nickel contained in this asteroid are mind-blowing. The discovery has been made. Now, it’s a question of…

Beta Taurid meteor SWARM is headed for Earth…

A swarm of meteors heading towards Earth could have a catastrophic impact on our planet and its inhabitants, scientists have warned. The Beta Taurids is a meteor shower that takes place every year between June 5 and July 18, when the Earth passes through a broad stream of debris left by Comet Encke. It is less well known than some other meteor showers because it peaks after sunrise, making the “shooting stars” much harder to see. However, scientists believe that the cloud of debris may contain large space rocks that could pose a significant threat to life Earth. Some have…

Earth Is Moving Toward The Same Meteor Swarm That Scientists Believe Caused The Tunguska Explosion Of 1908

Over the next several weeks, our planet will have a close encounter with the Taurid meteor swarm.  It will be the closest that we have been to the center of the meteor swarm since 1975, and we won’t have an encounter this close again until 2032.  So for astronomers, this is a really big deal.  And hopefully there will be no danger to Earth during this pass, but some scientists are absolutely convinced that the Tunguska explosion of 1908 which flattened 80 million trees in Russia was caused by an object from the Taurid meteor swarm.  As you will see…

We Have Detected Signs of Our Milky Way Colliding With Another Galaxy

Antlia 2, the “ghost of a galaxy” orbiting the Milky Way, is a dark horse in more ways than one. Not only is it so faint it was only just discovered last year, it may now be responsible for curious ripples in the hydrogen gas that makes up the Milky Way’s outer disc. According to new research, Antlia 2’s current position is consistent with a collision with the Milky Way hundreds of millions of years ago that could have produced the perturbations we see today. The paper has been submitted for publication and is undergoing peer review.  Antlia 2 was a…

Earth is approaching the same “meteor swarm” that may have caused an entire forest to explode in 1908

A swarm of meteors heading toward Earth could have the potential to cause a catastrophic impact, a new study from Western Ontario University says. The so-called Taurid swarm is a recurring event that some scientists believe could have played a role in the biggest Earth impact of modern times, in 1908, when a space rock slammed into Siberia with enough force to destroy an entire forest. What has become known as the Tunguska explosion of 1908 was so powerful that the blast leveled 80 million trees over an 800-square-mile area. It’s considered to be a one-in-1,000-year event, according to Western…

The briny depths of Europa brim with table salt

Scientists are fairly confident that Jupiter’s moon Europa has an underground ocean, even though they’ve never seen it. Hidden beneath an icy crust, most of what researchers know about that ocean is based on the moon’s smooth, streaked surface. Europa lacks mountains or large craters, but it is crisscrossed with ridges and cracks, called chaos terrain, that scientists think is caused by the shifting of ice plates over a liquid ocean, analogous to Earth’s plate tectonics. By using the Hubble Space Telescope to spy on Europa’s surface, astronomers have discovered the presence of sodium chloride – better known as table…

NASA readies mission to mysterious $10,000 QUADRILLION Psyche asteroid

The value of all the nickel and iron that NASA believes makes up 16-Psyche’s oddly-shaped space rock in the asteroid belt’s outer reaches is estimated at $10,000 quadrillion. This is a massive sum, but NASA’s Psyche mission, which has now received approval to enter the final development stages before manufacturing begins for its 2022 launch, is actually after a much bigger prize – revealing how Earth’s origins. NASA researchers believe asteroid Psyche is key to understanding how planetary bodies are formed. This is because the space scientists theorise Psyche is really the core of a planet which broke apart following…

Mass anomaly detected under the moon’s largest crater

A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system—the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin—and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study. “Imagine taking a pile of metal five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground. That’s roughly how much unexpected mass we detected,” said lead author Peter B. James, Ph.D., assistant professor of planetary geophysics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.The crater itself is oval-shaped, as wide as 2,000 kilometers—roughly the distance between…

Mysterious intergalactic bridge spanning 10 MILLION light-years spotted between galaxy clusters in first of its kind discovery

Astronomers have spotted an intergalactic ‘bridge’ stretching between two galaxy clusters 10 million light-years apart. A ‘trail’ of magnetic fields and relativistic electrons were spotted along filaments connecting two clusters, called Abell 0399 and Abell 0401. The discovery is said to be the first of its kind, revealing a glimpse at how magnetic fields and high-energy particles extend along the ‘cosmic webs’ connecting distant objects in the universe.  Researchers led by a team from the National Institute of Astrophysics (Inaf) of Cagliari identified the bridge using the LOFAR radio telescope. The so-called cosmic web describes the filamentary structures through which…

First coronal mass ejection detected from another star ejects 1.2 million billion tonnes of plasma into space

The most powerful magnetic phenomena produced by the Sun are coronal mass ejections. These are the dramatic releases of plasma from the Sun into a solar wind, and they are associated with solar flares and solar prominence eruptions. Researchers have now observed a coronal mass ejection from another star for the first time. An Italian-American team used NASA’s X-ray observatory, Chandra, to observe HR 9024, an active star 450 light-years from Earth. They saw X-rays flashes associated with the emission of giant bubbles of plasma. The coronal mass ejection was strong enough to throw into space 1.2 million billion tonnes of…

Newborn Exoplanets Discovered Feeding Off Of Their Mother Star

“This is the first unambiguous detection of a two-planet system carving a disk gap.” That’s astronomer-speak for “We just photographed two baby planets feeding off of their mama star and we couldn’t be prouder!” Julien Girard of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, announced it this week in a paper he co-authored in the journal Nature Astronomy and in a press release. It’s the first-ever discovery of new planets growing by accumulating dust and debris from the disk that usually surrounds a young star. In this case, the star is PDS 70, a low-mass T Tauri (younger than…

Scientists have found a ‘Forbidden Planet’ that has no business being where it is

There’s something strange about a newly discovered planet about 920 light-years from Earth. The planet, described this week in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, is Neptune-like — meaning it’s a gaseous orb about three times the size of Earth and resembling the wind-swept blue marble from our own solar system. It also inhabits a region of space called the Neptunian Desert, where scientists were hoping to find exoplanets of roughly Neptune’s size — although this is the first ever sighted there. Sure, we’ve seen its kind before. But the real Neptune is the eighth planet from our…

An Astounding Amount of Water Has Been Discovered Beneath the Martian North Pole

Using ground-penetrating radar, scientists detected a massive reservoir of frozen water sandwiched by layers of sand beneath the northern polar ice cap on Mars. This reservoir contains so much ice that, if melted and brought to the surface, it would submerge the entire planet. “This was a surprise even for us,” Stefano Nerozzi, the lead author of the new paper and a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin, told Gizmodo in an email. The massive reservoir was detected within Mars’ northern cavi unit, a deposit of multiple layers of water ice mixed in with sand that formed over…

Something Appears to Have Ripped a Massive Hole in the Milky Way’s Edge

Something appears to have torn a hole in part of the Milky Way’s halo. The “dark substructure” was found via Gaia observations—a project set out to produce the most detailed 3D map of our galaxy—with Harvard scientist Ana Bonaca noticing a perturbation in a tidal stream. She presented her findings at the American Physical Society’s April meeting. As first reported by LiveScience, Bonaca was focusing on tidal streams produced by stars escaping from globular clusters—normally found at the edges of a galaxy. The stellar halo of the Milky Way is full of these tidal streams. If there is nothing to…

Jeff Bezos Has Plans to Extract the Moon’s Water

Between the shipping and handling, the web servers, the groceries, and the newspapers, Jeff Bezos never stopped thinking about the moon. He was 5 years old when Americans first walked on the lunar surface, and he remembers the grainy black-and-white footage from that historic moment. “It had a huge impact on me,” Bezos said. “And it hasn’t changed.” Bezos, in addition to leading Amazon and owning The Washington Post, runs a spaceflight company called Blue Origin. Blue Origin has been working on something for the past three years, and on Thursday, Bezos unveiled it: a giant spacecraft designed to touch…

Rare chemical element could power spacecraft for up to 400 years

The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and University of Leicester have reported the first generation of usable electricity from americium, which could lead to the development of “space batteries” that power missions for up to 400 years. The rare element americium – illustrated below – is not found in nature, but is a by-product of the decay of plutonium, which itself is produced during the operation of nuclear reactors. A team of scientists led by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), working with the University of Leicester, have extracted americium from some of the UK’s plutonium stockpile. They used the heat…

Amazing PINK MOON set to rise over Earth on Good Friday

The full pink moon is expected to occur on Good Friday at 12:12 BST (07.12 EST). Despite having the name, the moon will not actually appear as the colour pink. Its name is derived from a flower that blooms at the same time in Spring annually. Stargazers around the world will be treated to a stunning astronomical display of a full Pink Moon on Good Friday. Despite its name, the Pink Moon won’t actually be that colour but instead derives the name because it coincides with the blooming of a pink wildflower The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox,…

Astronomers confirm that THIRD planet exists in the Kepler-47 binary star system and say this one could be the size of Saturn

A third exoplanet has been detected orbiting around the twin stars in the system Kepler-47, new research reports. The planet is between Neptune to Saturn in size, larger than the other two, and has a temperature of around 169°C (336°F), San Diego State University experts say. The planet could not be detected before because, until recently, its orbit had not caused it to appear to pass between the host star and the Earth. As the planet’s orbital alignment slowly shifted, however, it became increasingly visible to the sensor aboard NASA‘s Kepler space telescope in Earth’s orbit. With multiple planets orbiting around two…