SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 26 Jan 2018, 08:36 UTC Stream on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). *New Zealand reaches orbit New Zealand has successfully placed a spacecraft into orbit for the first time. Rocket Lab’s unmanned Electron launch vehicle – named Still Testing – blasted off from the Lift off Mahia Peninsula launch pad on Sunday afternoon. You tube video url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPcsZgmTRrg *Black hole burping Astronomers have caught a monster black hole in a distant galaxy snacking on gas and then "burping" — not once, but twice. The findings show two separate episodes of feeding frenzy by the supermassive black hole about 800 million light-years away. *The changing Sun Like the waistband of a couch potato in midlife, the orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding. It happens because the Sun’s gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses mass. *Tiangong-1 crashing back to Earth Chinese space officials say their Tiangong 1 space station is still under control and will likely crash back to Earth in mid to late March. However, their inability to provide an exact schedule for the orbiter’s return continues to raise concerns about the likelihood of an imminent uncontrolled re-entry. *China launches new navigation satellites China has launched its latest pair ...
StarDate Online 25 Jan 2018, 06:00 UTC When a star explodes as a supernova, it’s bad news for any nearby planets. The shockwave blasts the planets to cosmic dust. But that act of cosmic destruction clears the way for new acts of creation: the birth of new planets. And a recent study suggests a way for the second-chance planets to take shape.
NASACast Audio 24 Jan 2018, 17:32 UTC Pluto -- which is smaller than Earth’s Moon -- has a heart-shaped glacier that’s the size of Texas and Oklahoma. Fascinating Pluto also has blue skies, spinning moons, mountains as high as the Rockies, and it snows—but the snow is red! In this episode of Gravity Assist, Jim Green talks with New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute about what the July 2015 flyby of Pluto revealed about this mysterious and diverse world.
ESOcast 24 Jan 2018, 11:00 UTC A new national facility at ESO’s La Silla Observatory has successfully made its first observations. The ExTrA telescopes will search for and study Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby red dwarf stars. ExTrA’s novel design allows for much improved sensitivity compared to previous searches. Astronomers now have a powerful new tool to help in the search for potentially habitable worlds.