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101 Astronomical Events for 2017: A Teaser


It’s that time of year again… time to look ahead at the top 101 astronomical events for the coming year.

ESO Survey Shows Dark Matter to be Pretty “Smooth”


Dark Matter has been something of a mystery ever since it was first proposed. In addition to trying to find some direct evidence of its existence, scientists have also spent the past few decades developing theoretical models to explain how it works.

Why Does Siberia Get All the Cool Meteors?


Children ice skating in Khakassia, Russia react to the fall of a bright fireball two nights ago on Dec.6 In 1908 it was Tunguska event, a meteorite exploded in mid-air, flattening 770 square miles of forest.

John Glenn: Godspeed and Rest in Peace


John Glenn always had the right stuff. Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and a legendary figure around the world, has died.

NASA Needs Your Help With the “Long-Duration” Space Poop Problem


It turns out, that famous question of “How do you go to the bathroom in space?” is not so easy to answer.

Fabulous Florida Nighttime Blastoff Delivers Highest-Capacity US Air Force Satcom to Orbit


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-8 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 at 6:53 p.m EDT on Dec.

Trump Meeting Puts NASA Funding in Question


Since the election of Donald Trump, NASA has had its share of concerns about the future. Given the President-elect’s position and past statements on climate science, there has been speculation that his presidency will curtail funding to some of their research efforts, particularly those that are maintained by the Earth Science Directorate.

Advanced USAF Tactical Satcom Set for Stunning Dec. 7 Nighttime Blastoff- Watch Live


ULA Delta IV rocket poised for blastoff with the WGS-7 mission for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fl, on July 23, 2015.

How Strong is the Force of Gravity on Earth?


Gravity is a pretty awesome fundamental force. If it wasn’t for the Earth’s comfortable 1 g, which causes objects to fall towards the Earth at a speed of 9.8 m/s², we’d all float off into space.

Cassini’s First Ring-Grazing Orbit A Success


The Cassini-Huygens mission is coming to an end. Cassini was launched in 1997 and reached Saturn in 2004.

Two New Books From Universe Today Writers, Just in Time for the Holidays

Looking for great holiday gifts for that special someone who is interested in space and the stars? Two writers for Universe Today have you covered whether it’s exploration of the Solar System or learning what to look for in the night sky.

‘Insufferable’ Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Recovering From ‘Record Setting’ Antarctic Expedition Evacuation


Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin trekking across Antarctica as the oldest man to reach the South Pole.

Quasar Light Confirms Consistency Of Electromagnetism Over 8 Billion Years


Back in November, a team of researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Cambridge published some very interesting findings about a galaxy located about 8 billion light years away.

Our Guide to the 2016 Geminid Meteors: Watching a Good Shower on a Bad Year


One of the best yearly meteor showers contends with the nearly Full Moon this year, but don’t despair; you may yet catch the Geminids.

SpaceX ‘Return to Flight’ Set For Dec. 16 with Next Gen Iridium Satellites – 3 Months After Pad Explosion


Upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off with Thaicom-8 communications satellite on May 27, 2016 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

What is the Weather like on Venus?


Venus is often called Earth’s “Sister Planet” because of all the things they have in common. They are comparable in size, have similar compositions, and both orbit within the Sun’s habitable zone.

Russian Progress Cargo Ship Launch Failure Deals Setback to ISS


The Progress 65 cargo spaceship launched on time Thursday morning, Dec. 1, 2016 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but failed to reach orbit minutes later.

How Far is the Asteroid Belt from the Sun?


In the 18th century, observations made of all the known planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) led astronomers to discern a pattern in their orbits.

Carnival of Space #486

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Leedjia Svec at the Stylish STEM blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #486.

The Canes Venatici Constellation


Welcome back to Constellation Friday! Today, in honor of the late and great Tammy Plotner, we will be dealing with Canes Venatici constellation.


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