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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…

Jeff Bezos Wants a Trillion People to Live in Space

When you have more money than God, what’s next? What could the man who has everything possibly want? Well, transforming humanity into a space-faring civilization, and the immortality that comes with it, seems a likely bet and that looks like the direction many of these billionaires want to go. Amazon founder and Lex Luthor doppelganger Jeff Bezos recently spoke at a members-only event at New York’s Yale Club about his space colonization ambitions with his company Blue Origin. At the event, Bezos described his vision for the future which, according to him, would see one trillion humans living in space,…

We Just Got The First Evidence of a Planet-Wide Groundwater System on Mars

Mars may look like a dry, dusty planet today. But scientific models indicate that it was likely once home to massive amounts of water, both above and below its surface – and now, researchers have evidence to back those models up. “Early Mars was a watery world, but as the planet’s climate changed this water retreated below the surface to form pools and ‘groundwater’,” European Space Agency (ESA) researcher Francesco Salese said in a press release. “We traced this water in our study, as its scale and role is a matter of debate,” he continued, “and we found the first…

New Photos From Jupiter Look Like A Van Gogh Painting

No, that’s not Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting, but the swirls are pretty convincing. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back some lovely new photos of Jupiter that give us all of the Post-Impressionist feels. Jupiter is quite dramatic, in case you forgot about the Great Red Spot, the gas giant’s perpetual giant storm. That’s part of why Juno’s steady stream of images since arriving at Jupiter in 2016 have been so amazing. New Photos From Jupiter Look Like A Van Gogh Painting

Mysterious Sight Over Pittsburgh: Weather Conditions Perfect For Light Pillar Optical Illusion

You were all fooled! Mother Nature pulled off a trick overnight bigger than anything David Copperfield or Harry Houdini ever did. Appearing out of nowhere, all of sudden people began seeing a bright pillar of light suspended in the sky. Some even chased the light to try and find its source. Here’s the thing, like the end of the rainbow with the pot of gold, you aren’t ever going to find the source. I saw a weird pillar of light this morning, then the station started getting calls about it too. I was able to get some shots from Greentree…

A ‘Dragon Aurora’ Appeared in the Sky Over Iceland, and NASA Is a Little Confused

A gargantuan green dragon hisses in the sky over Iceland. Either “Game of Thrones” really upped its production budget for its final season, or the sun belched a barrage of charged particles into our atmosphere again. As much as any of us would like to see a real dragon breathe flames into the winter sky, buzzkill NASA blames solar activity — as usual — for the writhing, “fire-breathing”- aurora that loomed over Iceland earlier this month. Auroras like this occur when some of the sun’s many magnetic field lines twist together and burst, creating sunspots. Charged particles gush out of…

Thirty-million-page backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander: If the apocalypse strikes, the Arch Mission Foundation wants to be sure all the knowledge we’ve accumulated doesn’t disappear

On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed “The Lunar Library” by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF). “The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage…

What HAS Russia spotted in Earth’s upper atmosphere? Mysterious EXPLOSIONS OF LIGHT detected by satellite hint to unknown physical phenomenon

While numerous examples of unusual space weather phenomena have been spotted in the upper atmosphere before, the team operating the Lomonosov satellite say what they’ve found may be something entirely new. Despite the occurrence of several powerful bursts, Russian scientists say there were no signs of storms in the area. The satellite, named after scientist Mikhail Lomonosov, launched in 2016 and is integrated with the Kanopus-B spacecraft. Its goal is to study high-energy cosmic rays, including gamma rays, magnetospheric particles, and transient light phenomena in the upper atmosphere. And, the scientists now say it’s spotted something odd. ‘With the help…

Dwarf Planet Ceres Hosted Near-Surface Water for Millions of Years

Some parts of the dwarf planet Ceres harbored pockets of near-surface water for millions of years in the recent past, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed observations of Ceres’ Occator Crater made by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which studied the dwarf planet from orbit from March 2015 to October 2018, when the probe ran out of fuel. The 57-mile-wide (92 kilometers) Occator sports dramatic bright spots, which Dawn team members determined are salts left behind when briny water boiled away into space. This water likely began as subsurface ice, which was melted by the intense heat of the impact that created…

China Says Space Is Not U.S. ‘Private Property’

Beijing has criticized a recent U.S. report accusing China and Russia of attempting to militarize outer space, the apparent justification for President Donald Trump’s ambitious global missile defense plan. In a report published Monday, the Defense Intelligence Agency found that “China and Russia, in particular, have taken steps to challenge the United States” in space, including through the development of weaponized satellites, energy weapons and surveillance networks. Such accusations previously appeared in Trump’s 2019 Missile Defense Review, which, among other things, called for the installation of space-based missile interceptors. Reacting to the report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Tuesday:…

Report: Space will likely be a battlefield in any U.S. conflict with China, Russia

A new U.S. intelligence report warns that both China and Russia are investing in weapons that could attack U.S. satellites and assets in space, and that both nations are now preparing to use space as a battlefield. Last month, the Defense Intelligence Agency released a report about China’s military capabilities, warning that the Asian country was making advances in counterspace technology that could threaten U.S. satellites responsible for communications, reconnaissance, GPS and early warnings of missile launches. But a new DIA report, “Challenges to Security in Space,” warns that both China and Russia are making advances in space technology, and…

Mars One, which offered 1-way trips to Mars, declared bankrupt

Mars One, a Dutch company that planned to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars and start the first human colony on the Red Planet, has been declared bankrupt. The declaration was made in a Swiss court on Jan. 15 — and posted on Reddit this past weekend — officially dissolving Mars One Ventures AG. “We are currently working with the administrator and an investor to find a solution moving forward, though at this moment that is all we can share,” the company said in an email. The bankruptcy affects the company’s commercial arm, Mars One Ventures AG, but does not affect the…

Scientists Want to Build a Space Station Inside an Asteroid

Many space visionaries want to mine asteroids. But drilling in microgravity is hard, because exerting force on an asteroid will push you away from it. That’s what an inspired a far-out idea from scientists from University of Vienna: turning an asteroid into a space station and mining it from the inside out, according to New Scientist. Setting up Shop The best type of asteroid to build a space station inside would be made of solid rock and rotating several times per minute, according the Viennese scientists’ research, which was published in the preprint server ArXiv in December. The idea is that it would provide enough centrifugal force…

NASA to send humans to the moon once again – ‘but this time we’ll stay’

NASA is planning to take the “next giant leap in deep space exploration” as it looks to send astronauts to the moon who are able to stay there. The space agency’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, called for American firms to help develop human lunar landers – “reusable systems for astronauts to land on the moon” – as he said scientists had been given a mandate by President Donald Trump and Congress to return to the moon for the first time since 1972. He said NASA was planning to send astronauts “to the moon and eventually to Mars and beyond” and that…

NASA Is Going to Knock an Asteroid Out of Orbit in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test

As over-the-top as movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact may be, they do get across a very non-fictional message: you definitely don’t want to be around if and when an actual big honkin’ asteroid smacks into Earth. Even the tiny interlopers that crash into our planet every now and then can do some crazy and violent damage to entire cities. Fortunately, the folks at NASA are on the case, and they’re preparing to launch a mission to test new tech designed to deflect life-threatening asteroids. In what’s being touted as the first-ever test of a true planetary defense system, NASA has teamed…

A Fifth Dimension Could Make Star Trek Discovery’s Spore Drive Physically Possible

There are a few rules in the Universe that seem likely to never be broken. Particles cannot travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum; the entropy of a closed system can never decrease; energy and momentum must be conserved. But if the rules that the Universe plays by are different than we understand them today, many things that appear to be forbidden today may be possible after all. In Star Trek: Discovery, a new type of technology takes us even faster than warp drive: the spore drive. Instead of traveling slower-than-light (via impulse engines) or even faster-than-light through space…

Our sun will become a solid crystal in about 10 billion years

The universe is made up of some serious bling. Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered the first direct evidence of whole stars solidifying into giant crystals, and it could forever change how we understand the lifecycles of stars like our sun, reports Phys.org. The evidence, which is largely based on observations taken with the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite, focuses on observations of about 15,000 white dwarf stars. White dwarfs are what lower mass stars become once they have exhausted all their central nuclear fuel. Our sun is slated to become a white dwarf once its fuel runs…

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don’t worry. For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study in Thursday’s journal Science . But no need to cast a wary glance up. Asteroids still only smack Earth on average every million or few million years, even with the increased crash rate. NASA’s list of potential big space rock crashes shows no pending major threats. The biggest known risk is…

Is Earth on the verge of undergoing a magnetic pole shift? Scientists say SOON

This place we all call home, Earth, is currently in the throes of some serious magnetic turmoil. And scientists are now warning that we’re possibly in for a very rough ride in the months and years ahead, as our North and South Poles are actually moving from their formerly fixed points. According to a paper recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature, what’s happening is that magnetic North Pole is traveling away from Canada and towards Siberia – and it’s doing this so quickly that scientists are now having to issue emergency updates to the maps used by electronic navigation…

Space Bacteria is Mutating Inside the International Space Station

“These are stressful, harsh conditions. Does the environment select for superbugs because they have an advantage?” The “stressful, harsh conditions” are the inside of the International Space Station … conditions that the Russian space program suggested last year could drive a lonely and stressed astronaut to sabotage the ship by drilling a tiny hole (unproven and unlikely but the cause of the hole in the attached Soyuz capsule is still up in the air – pun intended) in order to trigger an emergency and be sent home. If the conditions on the ISS are bad for humans, what about their…

A city in China wants to launch an artificial moon into orbit by 2020 — here’s what would happen if Earth really did have two moons

A city in China wants to launch an artificial moon into orbit by 2020 as a way to reduce energy needs by replacing street light with artificial moonlight. Regardless of whether or not they succeed, their ambitious idea really made us wonder… What would happen if Earth had two moons? Well, it wouldn’t be pretty. Imagine the Moon’s identical twin comes hurtling by and is trapped by Earth’s gravity. As it settles into orbit, halfway between Earth and our original moon, it yanks violently at the oceans. In the real world, this is how our original Moon helps generate tides.…

Outer space gold rush has Wall Street eyeing the moon

Investors looking to cash in on the new space gold rush should keep their eye on the moon, according to a new note from analysts at Morgan Stanley. The moon is increasingly seen as a national security issue, with countries including the U.S. and China, as well as a number of private firms, honing in on its strategic location and large deposits of critical minerals and water. Morgan Stanley’s analysts dubbed China’s recent landing on the far side of the moon a “Sputnik moment” for the U.S., and said the event is likely to spur investment in the new space economy. “The moon is…

NASA to crash 13,500mph spacecraft into ASTEROID

The US space agency is working on the most fiery and crucial stage of its Double Asteroid Redirection Test, DART. The experiment will be the latest in NASA’s mission to protect Earth from deadly asteroid strikes. In 2021, it aims to fully test the new defence system by smashing a spaceship into a rock at 13,500mph (6 km per second). Space experts are worried an asteroid could potentially smash into earth causing catastrophic damage. Depending on the size of the rock, it could cause a mass extinction event – like the type that wiped out dinosaurs – by sparking a…

Large Cloud Galaxy on a Collision Course With the Milky Way

We’re all gonna die! A rogue cloud galaxy is coming and it’s going to smash into the Milky Way, make its black hole bigger and knock our planet out of the galaxy like a bocce ball! Well, yes, yes, yes and possibly … although the people riding Earth as it hurdles through space will not be us. While astronomers have always known that galaxies can and do collide and the Milky Way is on a slow crash course towards Andromeda, new models have found a more immediate danger from something called the Large Magellanic Cloud which is headed our way…

NASA’S OSIRIS REX ARRIVES AT BENNU ASTEROID…

This story was one of the top stories  that people passed along this week. NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid probe has arrived at the asteroid Bennu, and nothing about this mission seems – to me at least – “normal.” Forget all the Egyptian lore-trappings around the mission, Osiris-Rex, standing for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith EXplorer.  It’s the strange little asteroid itself, plus the curiously worded beginning of this article, that intrigues: NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor BEsides being diamond-shaped (from one angle) with what appears to be a parallel set of “craters” running along its equator,…

A start-up wants a woman to deliver a child in space

The moment has arrived at last. A woman in a hospital gown steels herself, ready to push. A nearby monitor displays her baby’s heart rate in big, neon numbers. A nurse in crisp scrubs coos in her ear, offering words of encouragement, advice. The scene would resemble any other delivery room if it weren’t for the view outside the window: the soft curvature of the blue Earth against the blackness of space, 250 miles below. Delivering a child in microgravity may sound like science fiction. But for one start-up, it’s the future. SpaceLife Origin, based  in the Netherlands, wants to…

Multiple Scientists Publish Papers Suggesting The Moon Is Hollow & Artificially Made

It is not out of the question that artifacts of these visits still exist, or even that some kind of base is maintained (possibly automatically) within the solar system to provide continuity for successive expeditions. Because of weathering and the possibility of detection and interference by the inhabitants of the Earth, it would be preferable not to erect such a base on the Earth’s surface. The Moon seems one reasonable alternative. Forthcoming high resolution photographic reconnaissance of the Moon from space vehicles – particularly of the back side – might bear these possibilities in mind. – Carl Sagan Controversy has…

China Lunar Spacecraft in Position for Humanity’s 1st-Ever Dark Side Landing

Orbiting the moon, China’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander has moved into position in preparation for mankind’s first landing on the far side of Earth’s only natural satellite. In entering its planned orbit on Sunday, the Chinese spacecraft will “prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon,” stated the China National Space Administration, cited by the state-owned Xinhua media outlet. Beijing did not immediately make available details on when the landing will occur, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Locked in a tidal embrace with the same lunar face always aimed at the Earth,…

Our universe may be sitting on a bubble within an extra dimension…A new model with dark energy and our Universe riding on an expanding bubble in an extra dimension.

We know that our universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, but what causes this growth remains a mystery. The most likely explanation is that a strange force dubbed ‘dark energy’ is driving it. Understanding the nature of this dark energy is one of the difficult tasks in fundamental physics. It has for quite some time been trusted that string theory will give the appropriate response. As per string theory, all matter comprises of tiny, vibrating “stringlike” entities. The theory likewise requires there to be more spatial measurements than the three that are as of now part of ordinary information.…

Astronomers spot baby star emitting a flare 10,000 times larger than any created by the sun, in fiery ‘tantrum’ that could reveal clues on how exoplanets form

Astronomers have spotted a monstrous stellar flare coming from a baby star 685 light-years away that’s estimated to be 10,000 times larger than any such event emitted by our sun. Experts say the stellar ‘tantrum’ could provide a window into the birth of potentially habitable exoplanets, revealing how huge events shake up the material orbiting distant stars. The M-type star is just 2 million years old, meaning it has yet to reach the size at which it will remain for most of its life. Astronomers have spotted a monstrous stellar flare coming from a baby star 685 light-years away that’s…

Mysterious Lights in the California Sky and a Secretive Spy Satellite Launch

The anomalous sights and sounds in Americas skies continue this week as a strange light appeared in the air over California, prompting the Air Force to cancel a rocket launch and thoroughly freaking out Californians. According to local news reports, the light appeared at around 5:30 p.m. local time and persisted for several seconds. Dozens of motorists and residents caught the strange streak on camera, blowing up social media with posts of the curious apparition. NORAD immediately announced they were investigating the event, while the National Weather Service released a statement proposing that the light was a unique atmospheric phenomenon…

Astronomers Find Planet Covered in Gemstones

Once they’re far enough away from Earth, space probes often turn around and take a photo of out planet to show off its blue sapphire-like sparkle. Those of is living here know it’s nice but not a gem. However, it turns out other planets really are. Astronomers have recently discovered exoplanets formed in high temperatures that caused them to be covered with sapphires, rubies and other gemstones. Does this abundance of precious stones let guys living on these planets off the hook in Valentine’s Day? “Perhaps it shimmers red to blue like rubies and sapphires, because these gemstones are aluminium…

Mars: Pictures reveal ‘winter wonderland’ on the red planet

Earth’s North Pole is famous for its snowy climes – and for hosting Santa’s workshop, of course. But as these pictures reveal, it’s not the only planet with snow scenes this holiday season. This is the Korolev crater, near the north pole of Mars, as captured by the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Mars Express mission. The crater is 82km (50 miles) across, and filled with ice 1.8km thick. It was named after rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev, the architect of the Soviet Union’s space programme. Mr Korolev worked on the first interplanetary missions to the Moon, Mars and…

Saturn is Losing its Rings … Fast!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Neptune? Mercury? Pluto? Nothing exciting. Saturn? RINGS! Everyone knows about the rings. It’s the first planet anyone who gets a telescope for Christmas looks for. It’s the planet that’s hardest to make for a school project, but no one complains because those rings are so darned cool! Bad news, ring fans. NASA just announced that the planet is suffering from something called “ring rain” which is causing the rings to disappear and Saturn will soon be just another Uranus without the funny name jokes. “We estimate that this ‘ring…

Nasa scientists plan to send a nuclear robot drill to hunt for aliens on Jupiter’s moon

Scientists including researchers at Nasa have proposed a plan for a nuclear-powered robot drill that would dig into a moon in an attempt to find aliens. The plan, nicknamed “tunnelbot”, would offer an opportunity to delve deep beneath the distant world of Jupiter’s moon Europa and check whether there are aliens hiding beneath its surface, as some researchers suspect. The water hidden beneath Europa is considered one of the most promising places to find alien life in our own solar system. But it is stuck beneath a crust of ice, making it difficult to explore directly. Now scientists have suggested…

Astronomers discover a star so massive that its forming a tiny star around it rather than planets

The universe is full of surprises, and a colossal young star has been hiding a stellar one. While observing infant star MM 1a, astronomers found that its massive disk was actually forming another star instead of planets. The much smaller companion, dubbed MM 1b, was detected just outside the behemoth star’s dusty disk, and could actually house a planet-forming disk of its own. The discovery of the new star, published on December 14 in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, marks one of the first times astronomers saw a star forming in the fragmented disk of another. Stellar Siblings Binary stars are pretty common…

Astronomers discover the most distant body ever observed in the solar system, more than twice as far as Pluto

An ambitious team of astronomers has discovered the most “far out” object ever observed in our Solar System. The object, a pink dwarf planet called 2018 VG18 and nicknamed “Farout,” lies more than 100 times further from the sun than the Earth is. This discovery, made by Carnegie’s Scott S. Sheppard, the University of Hawaii’s David Tholen and Northern Arizona University’s Chad Trujillo, was formally announced today (Dec. 17) by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. Farout is about 120 AU away — 1 AU is the distance between the Earth and the Sun — making it the first…