Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 09:49
Sky gazers across Africa and South America witnessed amazing ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse on Sunday as Moon blocked most of the Sun leading to an astounding and first solar eclipse for year 2017. The moon appered to block the Sun to a varying degree depending on location. The best ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse was witnessed in 45-miles wide and 8,500 miles long range on the planet (mostly in parts of Africa and South America). Sky gazers not in this region witnessed partial solar eclipse. Slooh Community Observatory's live webcast has also showcased the solar eclipse.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 02/25/2017 - 12:12
NASA announced on Friday that it might take around a month for it to determine whether it would be feasible to put two astronauts on board the first test flight of Space Launch System (SLS), which is scheduled to make its maiden launch late next year.
The first test flight of the SLS rocket, dubbed Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), is currently slated to send an unmanned Orion capsule into the deep space. A crewed mission, under the existing plan, will fly aboard the SLS/Orion system on the EM-2 mission sometime in 2021.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 06:24
More than half a dozen Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting the same star forty light-years away from Earth, U.S. space agency NASA announced at a news conference iin Washington on Wednesday (Feb. 22).
This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all temperate, meaning they could have water on their surfaces and potentially support life.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:51
The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will hold a news conference this Wednesday (Feb. 22) to share new findings on exoplants -- planets that orbit stars other than our Sun.
Without providing any specifics, the U.S. government-run space agency announced that the news conference on “new findings” will start at 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT), and feature five speakers Thomas Zurbuchen, Michaël Gillon, Sean Carey, Nikole Lewis, and Sara Seager.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:53
NASA scientists remain optimistic that the decision to keep the Juno spacecraft in its current 53-day orbit of Jupiter for the remainder of its mission will yield positive and spectacular results.
The U.S. government-run space agency recently announced that Juno will remain in its current, long orbital period instead of shifting to previously planned 14-day orbit. The decision followed a Juno engine malfunction that occurred in October 2016.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:12
Further boosting scientists’ interest in Ceres, U.S. space agency NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has for the first time spotted organic molecules, the carbon-containing building blocks of life, on the dwarf planet.
Dawn spotted the organic molecules on Ceres using its visible & infrared mapping spectrometer instrument near the dwarf planet’s 33-mile-wide Ernutet crater.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:51
NASA will study the risks and costs of sending astronauts on the first flight of a gigantic new rocket that is being built to explore deep space, the space agency’s acting administrator Robert Lightfoot announced.
The U.S. space agency aims to test the Saturn V-class Space Launch System rocket in late 2018 with an unscrewed Orion crew capsule that will fly around the Moon. Later it will be capsule will be used to sent astronauts into deep space.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:31
Astronomers have noticed heartbeat-like vibrations from star HAT-P-2 nearly 370 light years away from us. The exoplanet of star HAT-P-2 is having a strange influence on the star as it approaches close to it in the orbit as noticed by Spitzer Space Telescope. Astronomers noticed that star HAT-P-2 vibrates every 87 minutes and this is possibly caused by an exoplanet that orbits HAT-P-2. The details of the findings of research team have been published in Astronomical Journal Letters.