On October 6th, 2013, the Catalina Sky Survey discovered a small asteroid which was later designated as 2013 TX68.
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION - Despite howling winds and unseasonably frigid temperatures in the ‘sunshine state’, United Launch Alliance’s workhorse Atlas V rocket successfully blasted off this morning, Friday, Feb 5, and delivered the final GPS satellite in the IIF series to orbit for the US Air Force.The ULA Atlas V carried the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-12 navigation satellite to orbit - thus completing the constellation of next generation GPS IIF satellites that are critical to both military and civilian users on a 24/7 basis.
Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Dr. Or Graur, Research Associate at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University; Researches what type of star leads to a thermonuclear, or “Type Ia,” supernova.
What comes to mind when you look up at the night sky and spot the constellations? Is it a grand desire to explore deep into space?
I've always liked the idea that Jupiter has acted like a protector to its little brother, Earth. That it has used its massive gravitational pull to divert asteroids and comets from a collision course with Earth.
Right now, we're staring hard at a small section of the sky, to see if we can detect any planets that may be habitable.
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION - The first launch of 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is poised for blastoff on Friday, Feb.
Did scientists find a giant alien structure around KIC 8462852? Probably not, but if they did, what would these structures look like?
What do you get when you combine 15 radio telescopes on Earth and one in space? You get an enormous "virtual telescope" that is 63,000 miles across.
China has released hundreds of images of the Moon, taken by its Chang'e 3 lander and its companion rover, Yutu.
On this date half a century ago the Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft made humanity's first-ever soft landing on the surface of the Moon.
What do Pamela and Fraser think will happen or be discovered in 2016? What would they like to see in the near future?
Looking for something truly elusive? Astronomy has no shortage of the fleeting and ephemeral when it comes to challenges.
If you try to apply simple common sense to how Saturn's rings really work you're going to be sorely mistaken: the giant planet's signature features run circles around average Earthly intuition.
The Moon is the first object in space that fascinates we Earthlings. The Sun might be more prominent, but you can't stare at the Sun without ocular damage.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - Looking amazingly like a fish flying across the skies high above the Florida space coast, NASA’s unique Super Guppy aircraft loaded with the structural backbone for NASA’s next Orion crew module, swooped in for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center on Monday afternoon, Feb.
The Ariane 5 rocket is a workhorse for delivering satellites and other payloads into orbit, but fitting the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) inside one is pushing the boundaries of the Ariane 5's capabilities, and advancing our design of space observatories at the same time.The Ariane 5 is the most modern design in the ESA's Ariane rocket series.
In the 18th century, French astronomer Charles Messier kept noting the presence of fixed, diffuse objects in the night sky.
The first person to ever write an article for Universe Today (apart from me) was Tammy Plotner. Tammy was an experienced amateur astronomer, and had already dedicated her life to sharing her love of the night sky with the public.
What is this thing we keep hearing about – the Higgs Boson, and why is it important? It’s been said that the best way to learn is to teach.