Science

Every now and again, I screw up.  Oh, it’s extremely rare when I write an article (cough cough), but it happens. Sometimes it’s small enough that I’ll just issue a correction in the text and then forget about it, because hey, that happens. But other times it’s either big enough or [...]
Tue, Sep 27, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
Tonight, if all goes well, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test — or DART — mission will slam into a tiny asteroid moon at nearly 24,000 kilometers per hour, blasting out a cloud of debris, creating a flash of light visible across the solar system, and changing the velocity of the asteroid by [...]
Mon, Sep 26, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
Neptune is the keeper of the deep: The last known major planet from the Sun, the god of the boundless sea beyond the inner solar system that marks the shore of the black depths of interstellar space. Despite being four times the diameter of Earth, its distance of a soul-chilling 4.5 [...]
Fri, Sep 23, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
Astronomers have found the nearest known black hole candidate to Earth, a quiet beast nearly ten times as massive than the Sun just 1,570 light-years from us*. It was found through the antics of its Sun-like stellar companion, but how it came to be is a head-scratcher [link to paper]. [...]
Tue, Sep 20, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
Saturn’s rings are arguably the most gorgeous and spectacular structures in the solar system. They’re so flat — proportionally thinner than a single sheet of paper — that when they’re edge-on we can’t see them at all; if it weren’t for the fact that Saturn is tilted so we see them at [...]
Fri, Sep 16, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
One of the most truly spectacular objects in the entire sky is the celebrated Orion Nebula, a star-birth factory 1,300 light-years from Earth. It's so bright that it can be seen with the naked eye; it looks like a star, the middle of three that form Orion's "dagger" that hangs [...]
Wed, Sep 14, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
Since it landed on Mars in February 2021, the rover Perseverance has been exploring Jezero Crater, a 50-kilometer-wide impact feature. The mission’s purpose is to look for evidence that Mars once had or maybe still has areas that can support life.  [...]
Tue, Sep 13, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
This is maybe just a tiny bit morbid but also cool science: A team of geologists and Earth scientists have figured out a new way to identify ancient impact craters: By the way they burned everything around them*. [...]
Mon, Sep 12, 2022
Source: Bad Astronomy
The search for technological relics of extraterrestrial civilizations will inspire the public and attract talent to the field of astronomy [...]
Mon, Sep 06, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
Ordinary human dilemmas are tougher to solve than the most difficult problems of physics and mathematics [...]
Fri, Sep 03, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
A proposal plans to study how to build a giant spacecraft [...]
Thu, Sep 02, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
Contrary to what we’ve long assumed, this reservoir of comets surrounding the solar system may have more visitors than permanent residents [...]
Thu, Sep 02, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
Ions flowing through atom-thin stacks of carbon confirm classic theories but also yield new surprises [...]
Thu, Sep 02, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
Economic inequality, an indulgent trip to space and an ongoing legal battle with NASA are putting the space company in the hot seat [...]
Thu, Aug 26, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
Recent work has shown how “naked singularities” might defy the cosmic censorship conjecture [...]
Mon, Aug 23, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
Years of weather monitoring suggest a high-altitude locale in Qinghai Province could host future telescopes [...]
Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
Fred Hoyle and George Gamow were brilliant iconoclasts who reached opposite conclusions about the expanding universe (for the record, Gamow was right) [...]
Wed, Aug 18, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space
A battle for the future of American stargazing is about to begin—and the stakes are sky high [...]
Wed, Aug 18, 2021
Source: Scientific American Space

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