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The aim of China's Chang'e 5 mission is to return samples of lunar soil to Earth by the end of 2020. The post China Launches Ambitious Sample-Return Mission to the Moon appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Mon, Nov 23, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
Live coverage of the Chinese Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission launching on a Long March 5 rocket. Text updates will appear automatically below. Follow us on Twitter. CGTN webcast in English Live launch pad views [...]
Mon, Nov 23, 2020
Source: Spaceflight Now
Capella is the sixth-brightest star in the sky — and it's more than one star! The main two stars in the system are near-twins, bright yellow giants. The post Meet Capella, the Goat Star appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Mon, Nov 23, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
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Sun, Nov 22, 2020
Source: Spaceflight Now
A Chinese Long March 5 rocket rolls out of its assembly building at the Wenchang launch base Nov. 17 with the Chang’e 5 spacecraft. Credit: CASC/CLEPChinese scientists and engineers are counting down to launch of a heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket Monday with the Chang’e 5 mission, an ambitious attempt [...]
Sun, Nov 22, 2020
Source: Spaceflight Now
EDITOR’S NOTE: Launch has been rescheduled for 9:13 p.m. EST on Nov. 24 (0213 GMT on Nov. 25). A Falcon 9 rocket fires its engines at Cape Canaveral on Sunday in preparation for launch with 60 more Starlink satellites. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight NowSixty more Starlink internet satellites are ready to [...]
Sun, Nov 22, 2020
Source: Spaceflight Now
An object set to pass near Earth next month may in fact be a relic of the early Space Age. The post Earth's New "Minimoon" May be a 1960s-Era Rocket Booster appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Sat, Nov 21, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
After suffering severe damage from broken cables that cannot be readily repaired, the observatory’s enormous radio telescope is now slated for “controlled decommissioning” -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Nov 20, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space
What happens when two neutron stars don't add up to a black hole? The post Gamma-ray Flash Heralds Birth of a Magnetar appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Fri, Nov 20, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
The Perseverance rover is well on its way to Mars. It's more than halfway there, in fact, in kilometers traveled. In 91 days — on 18 February, 2021 — it will begin its descent to the Red Planet, ramming the thin air there at hypersonic speeds, slowing to where a [...]
Fri, Nov 20, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
A new satellite image reveals the damage that shut down the facility, ending an era in astronomical observation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Nov 19, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space
The iconic Arecibo telescope, damaged by two cable failures within three months, is beyond repair. The post Iconic Arecibo Telescope Damaged, To Be Dismantled appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Thu, Nov 19, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
The venerable Arecibo radio telescope, a mammoth 305-meter dish nestled in the forested hills of Puerto Rico, is to be decommissioned after a pair of cables that support a huge platform above the dish broke. The enormous telescope has been in use since it was completed in 1963, operated by several [...]
Thu, Nov 19, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
Sensors will monitor solar emissions that threaten GPS and radio signals -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Nov 19, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space
After 16 years, astronomers have figured out the origin of a strange ring of ultraviolet light, and shed light on a common — but rarely observed — event. The post The Case of the Blue Ring Nebula appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Wed, Nov 18, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
A mysterious blue ring, like a gigantic eye in space, has been staring down astronomers for years, as if daring them to understand it. Now it looks like we do. It's not an eye, it's a millennium-long belch: Gas blown out from a star system, where one star ate another and [...]
Wed, Nov 18, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
SpaceX’s first 4-astronaut mission for the agency is a milestone in human spaceflight -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Nov 17, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space
The already tentative detection of phosphine is under heavy scrutiny from the scientific community. A problem with the ALMA data hasn't helped. The post Is the Phosphine Biosignature on Venus a Calibration Error? appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Tue, Nov 17, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
Astronomers have discovered a small object in space that will pass by Earth on 1 December 2020 by the small margin of just 50,000 km. Not only that, but our planet's gravity will change its trajectory so much it will become a temporary moon of Earth! Here's the real kicker: This [...]
Tue, Nov 17, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
Radioactive elements produced by colliding neutron stars could make the difference between living and lifeless worlds -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Nov 17, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space

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