- 17 Feb 2015
NASA: Earth Observa...
Eruption at Chikurachki
The volcano in the Kuril Islands spewed ash for the first time since 2008, prompting alerts to aircraft in the western Pacific.
South Korea Unveils Its Moon Rover
On Feb. 16, a research team led by Dr. Gang Sung-cheol at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) unveiled a prototype of a lunar rover, which is planned ...
What Would It Be Like to Live on Mars?
Life on Mars would be full of chilly weather, large dust storms and geological sights dwarfing anything on Earth.
Our Closest Look At Ceres Reveals A Surface Riddled With ...
As we get closer and closer to Ceres, we keep seeing new things. Initially, it was just the barest outline of the dwarf planet, then a strange selection of white ...
A Close Call of 0.8 Light Years
Astronomers identify the closest known flyby of a star to our solar system: A dim star that passed through the Oort Cloud 70,000 years ago
How Living on Mars Could Challenge Colonists (Infographic...
Mars would not be an easy home for human colonists. See how its lower gravity, thin atmosphere and lack of a magnetic field could make it challenging for a colonist ...
Stars Akin to the Sun Also Explode When They Die
The birth of planetary nebulae, resulting from the death of low and intermediate mass stars, is usually thought of as a slow process, in contrast with the intense supernovae that ...
Sky and Telescope
Close Pairing of Venus and Mars on February 20-21
On February 21st, Venus and Mars, Earth's two closest planetary neighbors, will pair tightly in the evening sky.The post Close Pairing of Venus and Mars on February 20-21 appeared first ...
The American Associ...
Alert Notice 508: Nova Scorpii 2015 == PNV J17032620-3504...
February 17, 2015 Event: Nova Scorpii 2015 = PNV J17032620-3504140 Discovered by: Tadashi Kojima, Gunma-ken, Japan Discovery magnitude: unfiltered DSLR magnitude 8.1, using a 150-mm f/2.8 lens and digital camera ...
Astronomy Cast Ep. 368: Searching for the Aether Wind: th...
Waves move through a medium, like water or air. So it seemed logical to search for a medium that light waves move through. The Michelson-Morley Experiment attempted to search for ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Our Sun May Experience a Surprisingly Explosive Death
Our sun will not explode as a powerful supernova when it eventually runs out of fuel, but that doesn't mean there won't be fireworks.
Russian Supply Ship Makes 6-Hour Delivery Trip to Space S...
Russia's unmanned Progress 58 spacecraft docked today to the Zvezda service module at 11:57 a.m. EST, delivering 3 tons of food, fuel, experimental hardware and other gear to the six ...
e! Science News
With new data, Planck satellite brings early universe int...
From its orbit 930,000 miles above Earth, the Planck space telescope spent more than four years detecting the oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background. This fossil ...
Dawn Spacecraft Captures the Best Images of Ceres So Far
Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 ...
Stars Reveal Hidden Galaxy
A dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way may consist of more antimatter than matter. Clara Moskowitz reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
NYC Students Compete for Chance to Fly Experiments to Spa...
Students in the New York City public school system are currently competing for the chance to put a science experiment on the International Space Station, thanks to a new program ...
The Truth Behind Interstellar's "Scientifically Accurate"...
You've probably heard that the black hole in Interstellar was a simulation of unprecedented scientific accuracy. You may also have heard that its creation led to an "amazing scientific discovery" ...
SatTrackCam Leiden ...
OT: the discovery of Near Earth Asteroid 2015 CA40
Satellites is not the only thing I dabble with: as some long-time readers of this blog know, I am also involved in asteroid searches.Since 2012 I am part of a ...
Swamps, Simulations and Mad Drone Skills: Filming 'LIGO: ...
From drone crashes to Harley rides — behind the scenes of the film "LIGO Generations."
SDO is GO
SDO is in the News!
The San Jose Mercury News had a front-page story about predicting solar flares. Drs. Bobra and Couvidat use many kinds of data, but rely heavily on HMI magnetic field data, ...
10 unusual detector materials
The past century has generated some creative ideas for tracking particles. Hans had been waiting in the darkened room for 45 minutes. It was a dull part of his day, ...
Incredible New Images Show Rosetta's Comet Up-Close
This past weekend, the Rosetta spacecraft passed within just 3.7 miles (6 km) of the surface of Comet 67P. The images it sent back show the surface of this alien ...
Russian Soyuz-U Rocket Sends Cargo Spacecraft to Space St...
The Soyuz-U carrier rocket with Russia’s Progress M-26M cargo spacecraft was blasted off on Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. EST (5:00 p.m. local time) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to ...
A close call of 0.8 light years
Astronomers identify the closest known flyby of a star to our solar system: a dim star that passed through the Oort Cloud 70,000 years ago A group of astronomers from ...
Crater-pocked Ceres looks back at Earth
Thought you’d like to see the latest photo of the asteroid Ceres taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 km). That’s only a fifth the ...
NASA Team Develops New Ka-Band Communications System to B...
The radio frequency band that many NASA missions use to communicate with spacecraft — S-band — is getting a bit crowded and noisy, and likely to get more jammed as ...
Live Talk from Baltimore
This Monday CAP2013 kicks off in Warsaw, Poland with a programme packed with activities I can’t wait to take part in.To quote the organisers, CAP “aims to showcase the fantastic ...
Progress 58 Docks to Station’s Zvezda Service Module
Traveling about 257 miles above the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Puerto Rico, the unpiloted Progress 58 Russian cargo ship docked at 11:57 a.m. EST to the rear port of the ...
Book Review and Giveaway: Know It All: 132 Head-Scratchin...
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”— Benjamin FranklinOne of the greatest qualities we possess as humans is our ability to ask questions. Our quest for knowledge and ...
Ancient rocks show life could have flourished on Earth 3....
Some of the planet's oldest rocks show that, 3.2 billion years ago, life was already pulling nitrogen out of the air and converting it into a form that could support ...
Daily cosmobite: Pluto was discovered 85 years ago
Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto 85 years ago on February 18 1930. He found it on a pair of photographs taken a few weeks earlier. Its moon Charon was discovered in ...
NASA Tech Briefs
How Do You Assess Image Quality?
What does "image quality" mean for you? What exactly differentiates a "good" from a "bad" image? How can image quality be measured in an industrial camera and which criteria are ...
Ten unusual detector materials
This article appeared in symmetry on Feb. 17, 2015.The past century has generated some creative ideas for tracking particles. Image: Sandbox StudioHans had been waiting in the darkened room for ...
eatsleepdraw:Part of my comic contest entry called ‘Starc...
eatsleepdraw:Part of my comic contest entry called ‘Starchild’ which you can read here Tumblr | Facebook | Deviantart
Learn All About Pluto, The Most Famous Dwarf Planet
As the New Horizons spacecraft gathers information about Pluto before and after its July 2015 close encounter, practically every day we’re learning more about this dwarf planet. Pluto is now ...
Mysterious bright spots in newest Ceres images
Craters and mysterious bright spots pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn will arrive at Ceres March 6. These two views of Ceres were ...
Come to the dark side (of the cosmos)
Dark matter and dark energy make up 95% of all the stuff in the cosmos, but what is it? Our newest CosmoAcademy offering, starting next week, explores what we know ...
Swiss Space Systems to Build a Spaceport in Croatia
Swiss Space Systems (S3), officially inaugurated its daughter company, Swiss Space Systems Croatia, in the presence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Croatia, as well as representatives of the national ...
timelapse of the sun
An AMAZING timelapse video of our Sun, our star, made of 5 years worth of high resolution images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Wow!
I want these spacey moon boots to go out and play in the ...
I want these spacey moon boots to go out and play in the snow today.Is Marc Jacobs NASA’s new designer? If not, he should be. - Summer
How Asteroid Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony
Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials. Now some companies say they have ...
National Space Soci...
Jay Barbree Wins the National Space Society’s 2015 Space ...
The National Space Society announces that NBC space news correspondent Jay Barbree is the winner of its 2015 Space Pioneer Award for mass media. This award will be presented at ...
Asteroid Day Updates
Related StoriesHow Sentinel Determines an Orbit for a Near-Earth ObjectGreat Reading from New SpaceThe Tunguska Anniversary Interactive Chelyabinsk Video On February 15, to mark the anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor ...
Mysterious Plumes on Mars Have Scientists Stumped
A mystery is brewing on Mars: Amateur astronomers spotted enormous plumes erupting off the Red Planet's surface, leaving scientists puzzled.
Slovakia Becomes Ninth ESA European Cooperating State
Slovakia becomes the ninth country to sign the European Cooperating State Agreement with ESA. This agreement strengthens Slovakia’s relations with ESA, after the signature of the first Cooperation Agreement in ...
Space Exploration N...
Russia delivers supplies to the ISS
Progress M-26M spacecraft docked at the ISS nearly six hours after launch from Baikonur on Feb. 17, 2015.
American Meteor Soc...
Early Morning Pittsburgh Fireball
A bright fireball was seen and reported near Pittsburgh in the early morning on February 17th. The AMS has received 30 eye witness reports from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and New ...
Celebrating Hubble’s 25th Anniversary
In April, Hubble will celebrate a quarter-century in space. The telescope, launched into orbit in 1990, has become one of NASA’s most beloved and successful missions, its images changing our ...
Mystery plumes on Mars puzzle scientists
Amateur astronomers spotted them first, but they show up in Hubble images, too. Astronomers are scratching their heads, wondering these mystery plumes are. Observations of a mysterious plume-like feature (marked ...
ISS On-Orbit Status...
ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/17/15
58 Progress (58P) Launch and Dock: 58P successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 5:00am CST. The spacecraft then proceeded with a nominal 4 orbit rendezvous with ISS and ...