StarDate Online 6 Dec 2018, 06:00 UTC The big dog trots across the southern sky on these late-autumn nights — the constellation Canis Major. It’s conspicuous thanks to its leading light: Sirius, the Dog Star — the brightest star in the night sky. It climbs into view in the southeast by about 10 p.m. right now, but it’ll rise earlier as autumn gives way to winter.
The Space Show 5 Dec 2018, 16:20 UTC An overview review and look at the commercial and global space industry for 2018 plus a look ahead to 2019.
ESOcast 5 Dec 2018, 11:00 UTC The SPECULOOS project has made its first observations at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. SPECULOOS will focus on detecting Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby ultra-cool stars and brown dwarfs.
StarDate Online 3 Dec 2018, 06:00 UTC When Hubble Space Telescope was launched, it had a big problem: It couldn’t see very well. NASA had allowed it to fly with a flaw in its main mirror, which blurred its view of the cosmos. But 25 years ago this week, a crew of astronauts set out to fix the problem.
The Space Show 1 Dec 2018, 17:32 UTC We welcomed back Dr. Haym Benaroya to discuss our lunar policy, returning to the Moon, planning a human lunar return mission, commercial lunar market potential, advocacy action and more. During the first segment of our two segment two hour six minute discussion, Dr. Benaroya and I discussed our lunar return mission, the need for mission planning and the apparent absence of substantial pre-planning mission requirements making us both have doubt about our return to the Moon policy.. Dr. Benaroya suggested that given the absence of real mission planning, that perhaps our lunar return efforts were not that serious. What do you think? Please let us know by posting on the blog.
StarDate Online 1 Dec 2018, 06:00 UTC In the 1960s and ’70s, America and the Soviet Union sent dozens of missions to the Moon. Today, though, lunar exploration is a multi-national enterprise. In recent years, Europe, India, and Japan have all sent spacecraft to the Moon. And five years ago today, China entered the Moon business, too, with the launch of Chang’e 3, named for a Moon goddess. The craft landed on the Moon two weeks later, and deployed a small rover.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 30 Nov 2018, 07:30 UTC Astronomers have discovered a unique nearby triple star system containing a pair of massive ‘Wolf-Rayet’ stars which are about to explode as supernovae and could produce one of the most powerful explosions since the big bang — a gamma-ray burst.