The apocalypse is said to be the complete final destruction of the world, first described in the Bible’s Book of Revelation. For decades, many have predicted the event, the most significant being on December 21, 2012, when conspiracy theorists claimed a mythical planet named Nibiru would smash into Earth. However, NASA disregarded the claims at the time […]
The US government says a new robot is poised to help it create a reliable, long-term supply chain of plutonium-238 (Pu-238): a radioactive material NASA requires to explore deep space. NASA uses Pu-238 to power its most epic space missions— among them New Horizons (now beyond Pluto), the Voyagers (now in interstellar space), and Cassini […]
Oceans are heating up about 40% faster than previously measured, scientists say—which only seems to confirm the world’s biggest headache. Published Thursday in Science, a review of recent studies says ocean temperatures are more in sync with dire climate model simulations than scientists knew. The new measurements confirm that oceans could […]
Astronomers know our solar system better than any other, but they’re still learning new ways in which it doesn’t seem to be particularly normal.
One such quirk, in patterns of planetary sizes, was the subject of a news conference held yesterday (Jan. 8) at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The […]
Elon Musk’s SpaceX let go 10% of its 6,000 person staff today. In May of last year, the company stated that it has had “many years” of continuing profitability and in recent weeks raised $273 million so far in a planned $500 million funding round.
“To continue delivering for our customers and to […]
For the first time ever, astronomers have directly witnessed the birth of a super dense object far outside of our galaxy — the rise of either a black hole or a collapsed star in real time. Up until now, we’ve only ever seen these objects many years after they’ve first formed. But now, we can […]
The achievement is no mean feat given the state of the telescope. The scientists recorded the bursts during a three-week period between July and August of 2018 while CHIME was still in a “pre-commissioning phase.” The project wasn’t yet living up to its full potential, suggesting that there are plenty more bursts to be discovered. […]
Artist’s concept of a black hole accreting matter from a star. Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss A telescope on the International Space Station made an incredible high-resolution measurement of the x-rays resulting from a black hole sucking up matter that could have important implications for astronomers’ understanding of these mysterious objects. Scientists know that black holes emit high-energy […]
NASA’s Kepler space telescope is dead. It ran out of fuel back in October of last year, but the incredible wealth of data that it sent back during its life is still being sifted through, and new discoveries are just waiting to be made. A timely reminder of that fact comes in the form of […]
This gigantic image of the Triangulum Galaxy — also known as Messier 33 — is a composite of about 54 different pointings with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. (Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Durbin, J. Dalcanton, and B. F. Williams (University of Washington) The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped an amazing image of the Triangulum Galaxy, […]