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Breakthrough Listen is Going to Scan ‘Oumuamua, You Know, Just to be Sure it’s Just an Asteroid and Not a Spaceship.


On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar asteroid, named 1I/2017 U1 (aka.

Messier 63 – the Sunflower Galaxy


Welcome back to Messier Monday! Today, we continue in our tribute to our dear friend, Tammy Plotner, by looking at the “Sunflower Galaxy”, otherwise known as Messier 63.

Too Big, Too Soon. Monster Black Hole Seen Shortly After the Big Bang


It is a well known fact among astronomers and cosmologists that the farther into the Universe you look, the further back in time you are seeing.

Earth and Venus are the Same Size, so Why Doesn’t Venus Have a Magnetosphere? Maybe it Didn’t Get Smashed Hard Enough


For many reasons, Venus is sometimes referred to as “Earth’s Twin” (or “Sister Planet”, depending on who you ask).

Astronauts in Trouble Will be Able to Press the “Take Me Home” Button


Living and working in space for extended periods of time is hard work. Not only do the effects of weightless take a physical toll, but conducting spacewalks is a challenge in itself.

The Space Station is Getting a New Gadget to Detect Space Debris


Since the 1960s, NASA and other space agencies have been sending more and more stuff into orbit. Between the spent stages of rockets, spent boosters, and satellites that have since become inactive, there’s been no shortage of artificial objects floating up there.

Weekly Space Hangout – Dec. 6, 2017: Brian Koberlein and “Big Science”

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr.

Two new Super-Earths Discovered Around a Red Dwarf Star


The search for extra-solar planets has turned up some very interesting discoveries. Aside planets that are more-massive versions of their Solar counterparts (aka.

What is the Transit Method?


For centuries, astronomers have speculated about the existence of planets beyond our Solar System. After all, with between 100 and 400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy alone, it seemed unlikely that ours was the only one to have a system of planets.

Messier 62 – the NGC 6266 Globular Cluster


Welcome back to Messier Monday! Today, we continue in our tribute to our dear friend, Tammy Plotner, by looking at the globular cluster known as Messier 62.

A New Survey Takes the Hubble Deep Field to the Next Level, Analyzing Distance and Properties of 1,600 Galaxies

Since its deployment in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has given us some of the richest and most detailed images of our Universe.

There Could be Hundreds More Icy Worlds with Life Than on Rocky Planets Out There in the Galaxy


In the hunt for extra-terrestrial life, scientists tend to take what is known as the “low-hanging fruit approach”.

Juno Isn’t Exactly Where it’s Supposed To Be. The Flyby Anomaly is Back, But Why Does it Happen?


In the early 1960s, scientists developed the gravity-assist method, where a spacecraft would conduct a flyby of a major body in order to increase its speed.

Here Comes Comet Heinze for the Holidays


Comet C/2017 T1 Heinze passes near the galaxy NGC 2706 on November 25th. Image credit and copyright: Charles Bell.

Oops, low energy LEDs are increasing light pollution


When it comes to technology and the environment, it often seems like it’s “one step forward, two steps back.” Basically, sometimes the new and innovative technologies that are intended correct for one set of problems inevitably lead to new ones.

The Genesis Project: Using Robotic Gene Factories to Seed the Galaxy with Life


In the past decade, the rate at which extra-solar planets have been discovered and characterized has increased prodigiously.

Weekly Space Hangout – Nov. 29, 2017: Dean Regas’ “100 Things to See in the Night Sky”

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr.

Astronomers Think They Know Why Hot Jupiters Get So Enormous


The study of extra-solar planets has revealed some fantastic and fascinating things. For instance, of the thousands of planets discovered so far, many have been much larger than their Solar counterparts.

Carnival of Space #537

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by my at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #537 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space.

Every Time Lightning Strikes, Matter-Antimatter Annihilation Happens too

Lighting has always been a source of awe and mystery for us lowly mortals. In ancient times, people associated it with Gods like Zeus and Thor, the fathers of the Greek and Norse pantheons.


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