Astronomy

July 2, 2020

Betelgeuse’s weird dimming caused by gigantic starspots By Mike Wall a day ago

Dust probably wasn’t the culprit after all. The weird recent dimming of the star Betelgeuse was caused by spots that temporarily covered at least half of the enormous […]
June 24, 2020

How Do Astronauts Keep the ISS Operational?

The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the most iconic symbols of space exploration. Though the days of the space race and moon landings are […]
June 24, 2020

A Repeating Fast Radio Burst Has Been Found. It Flares for 4 Days and then Remains Silent for 12 Days

Five hundred million light-years from Earth, there is a deeply unusual object. It is radio silent for 12 days, then erupts in bright radio bursts. These […]
June 19, 2020

The Milky Way could have dozens of alien civilizations capable of contacting us

A pair of researchers has forecasted 36 civilizations, to be exact. With astronomers constantly discovering new exoplanets orbiting distant stars and planetary scientists better understanding the warm, wet corners of […]
June 12, 2020

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy?
 The Way Our Galaxy Formed?

The wonderful thing about astronomy is that there’s always something new to learn. I spotted an article in Science Magazine recently that touched on a recent […]
May 29, 2020

‘Vigorous’ magnetic field oddity spotted over South Atlantic

A long-standing weak spot in Earth’s magnetic field is getting weirder, and it may be splitting into two distinct zones of weakness. The South Atlantic Anomaly […]
May 18, 2020

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe starts sun observation marathon

NASA’s sun-grazing spacecraft is gathering the most data ever on its upcoming skim past our star, with instruments turned on for nearly two months. Parker Solar […]
May 10, 2020

Asteroid sneaks past satellites in one of the closest flybys on record

No one saw it coming until it was right on top of us. More like above us, actually. A previously unseen asteroid the size of a […]
March 26, 2020

Future space telescopes may probe Titan-like exoplanets

The haze rich around Saturn’s moon Titan could be visible around similar exoplanets. Saturn’s huge moon Titan is one of the most intriguing worlds in the solar system. […]